The Difficult Woman: A Vocabulary Lesson

The Atlantic’s David Frum recently tweeted:  “A female friend just lost a job for being ‘difficult.’ As she narrated what had happened, it struck me:  A difficult woman is one who asks for the things I get without having to ask for them.” When I read this, the description of his friend as a “difficult […]

5 things to consider when buying your first drone

More and more people are joining the drone craze. And it’s no mystery why – drones are really fun to fly and the images you can get are mind-blowingly cool. In this blog, I am focusing mostly on the hobbyist – which just means someone using a drone for personal entertainment rather than commercial purposes. […]

Trial Lawyers Beware: How the TRAPS Can Trap You in Ordering Transcripts

The Supreme Court of Texas recently denied review in a case our firm handled concerning an appealing party’s obligation to order hearing and trial transcripts. The bottom-line result of that denial is to entrench a potential trap for trial lawyers under the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure. Rule 34.6(f) of the appellate rules provides that […]

Is the Difference Who Asks?

While one issue involving  equal pay claims gets much attention, an equally troubling issue flies under the radar. Yet, it deserves the same level of attention and scrutiny. The first highly publicized equal pay issue is whether an employer can rely on an employee’s prior salary as its legitimate and non-discriminatory reason to pay a […]

Can Lawyers Get Advice About Their Cases on Social Media?

I have been practicing law since 1980. Throughout my career, lawyers have discussed their cases with each other.  As a young lawyer, I would seek out mentors both inside and outside my firm to give me good advice on how to handle cases generally and about specific issues relative to my cases.  In those days, […]

#TimesUp for Law Firms

In the #metoo  and #timesup era, law firms are learning they are not immune from pay discrimination claims. In recent years, female partners have made headlines with lawsuits alleging that they were paid less than their male partners. The claims have been brought both as single plaintiff lawsuits and as class actions under Title VII, […]

Disqualification Motions in Texas: Don’t Sit On Your Rights!

Among our firm’s growing practice areas is litigation where one party files a motion seeking to disqualify another party’s lawyers. These motions are becoming ever more common. We are hired both to file and pursue disqualification, and to represent lawyers in resisting disqualification. One of the critical issues in seeking disqualification—no matter what the grounds—is […]

My spouse got way too much of the property in our divorce! Can I appeal this disproportionate division?

One of the most common questions we get concerning divorce appeals concerns disproportionate property divisions. In most contested Texas divorces, trial courts attempt to divide the marital estate evenly between the parties. But not always. Sometimes, for various reasons, a trial court believes that one spouse should receive a disproportionately greater share of the estate. […]

Breaking Up is Hard To Do; Death of a Law Firm

An old French saying posits: “Any fool can start a love affair, but it takes a real talent to know how to end it.” The same is true for a law firm. And just like ending a love affair can cause anger and hostility you never expected, ending a law practice with lawyers you have […]