The “Anti-SLAPP” Statute: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!

The Texas Citizens Participation Act (sometimes referred to as the “anti-SLAPP” statute) was enacted in 2011 as Chapter 27 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. Since its enactment, the Act has generated more than 200 appellate decisions, with many more cases in the pipeline. Despite its broad application—and the fact that it has […]

Ten things every young lawyer should know, but doesn’t (Because they don’t teach it in law school)

“Oh good grief, another article by an older (I prefer the word experienced) lawyer who assumes he knows things younger lawyers could not possibly know.” But let’s face it, if a significant legal career does not somehow impart wisdom to the older lawyer that is not available to a lawyer who is not yet had that […]

Eat, Drink and Be Merry—Just Not Too Merry

The season of office holiday parties is upon us.  And, for an employment lawyer, it can be a business bonanza. Few events are fraught with more peril for both employers and employees than the office holiday party. How to minimize that peril? For the employee, the most important thing to remember is that your office […]

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 […]