Presidents Column: Our Volunteers Make Us Strong

For a decade, DBA leaders counted on Karen McCloud. On April 9, we lost Karen after a lengthy illness. She will be dearly missed. The May edition of Headnotes has a wonderful article about Karen and her achievements. Karen served as President of the Dallas Women Lawyers Association, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, and […]

Presidents Column: Respecting Our Independent Judiciary and the Role of Lawyers

Judges form the third branch of government. The general public has a much poorer understanding of the judicial branch and what it does than the executive and legislative branches. Most people go their entire lives with only brief encounters with the judicial branch, mostly through municipal or family courts. Many of our fellow citizens are […]

Presidents Column: The DBA Has Your Back

As I write this column in early April, we have been “sheltering in place” and “social distancing” for more than three weeks—with at least four more to go.  These are unprecedented and difficult times. But we will get through them together. Our way of doing things always has involved lawyers coming to the Belo Mansion […]

A Crisis Can Bring Us Together

There is an old expression: May you be cursed to live in interesting times.  In my 63 years, I never have seen anything like the COVID-19 crisis.  Over the last two weeks we have seen not just daily but hourly changes in how we live.  When we decided to close the Belo on March 12, […]

President’s Column: Celebrating the Right to Vote

This year, the DBA is celebrating the right to vote with three programs and what we call the “Vote Project.” On February 27 Eric Foner—a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and professor from Columbia University—will appear at the Belo Mansion to discuss the reconstruction amendments, including the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 15th Amendment guaranteeing […]

President’s Column: Inaugural Speech of Robert Tobey

February 2020 – Inaugural Speech of Robert Tobey There is no more important time in American history to be a lawyer than right now. But there also is no more challenging time to practice law. The DBA is a critical source of support for Dallas lawyers—and my goal is to ensure that continues to be […]

President’s Column: An ‘Outsider’ No More

January 2020 – An ‘Outsider’ No More Welcome to 2020! I am honored to serve as the 111th President of the best Bar Association in the country. In this, my first column, I’d like to share with you how I got here and also demonstrate how the Dallas Bar can do great things for you […]

Rohrmoos Requires Proof of Reasonableness in Sanctions Awards

In my last blog, I discussed the Texas Supreme Court’s decision in Rohrmoos Venture, et. al. v. UTSW DVA Healthcare, LLP clarifying the proper method for proving up attorney’s fees under the lodestar method using the eight factors from Arthur Andersen v. Perry Equipment Corporation, 945 S.W. 2d 812 (Tex. 1997) to calculate the base […]

The Definitive Standard for Proving Up Attorneys’ Fees in State Court

On April 26, 2019, the Texas Supreme Court issued its opinion in Rohrmoos Venture, et. al. v. UTSW DVA Healthcare, LLP, which clarifies the proper standard for proving up attorneys’ fees in court is the lodestar method using the eight factors from Arthur Andersen v. Perry Equipment Corporation, 945 S.W. 2d 812 (Tex. 1997) to […]

What Can Lawyers Do About Negative Reviews on Social Media?

With social media, good and bad publicity can spread worldwide within minutes. Every business wants positive feedback concerning its customer service—and law firms are no exception. Bad reviews are viewed like the plague. While marketing experts have ways to turn every lemon into lemonade, this post addresses what lawyers can do, ethically, to deal with […]