Dallas Firm Named Tops in U.S. Law for Business Disputes

Loewinsohn Flegle Deary SimonDallas business trial law firm Loewinsohn Flegle Deary Simon won the No. 1 spot for the Elite Trial Lawyers award, based on research by VerdictSearch, The National Law Journal and Law.com.

Three of the firm’s co-founders, Alan Loewinsohn, Craig Simon, and Matt Ray, accepted the award during a reception at the Las Vegas Bellagio Hotel on October 5.

The firm’s recent litigation includes a trial victory that resulted in a $6 billion verdict – the largest verdict of 2017 and one of the Top 10 verdicts in U.S. history.

Read details about the honor.



Download: 2018 Corporate Ediscovery Benchmarking Report

Zapproved recently partnered with Corporate Ediscovery to commission an in-depth survey of corporate ediscovery professionals. The resulting benchmark report uncovers key insights about the ediscovery community, including common challenges, aspirations, and approaches to managing each stage of the EDRM.

The 2018 Corporate Ediscovery Benchmarking Report can be download from Zapproved’s website at no charge.

The results and detailed benchmarks include:

  • The volume and types of matters that require ediscovery support
  • How corporate teams are managing each stage of the EDRM – from data preservation through document review
  • Common challenges and goals for 2019 and beyond
  • Best practice adoption rates and barriers

Download the report.



Video: How to Handle a PR Crisis

To be most effective, crisis planning has to start now, before there’s a crisis to respond to, advises Androvett Legal Media & Marketing in a new video and post on the company’s website.

“When there is a crisis, you want to be ready to jump into action as fast as possible, not starting from scratch. But remember, being fast doesn’t mean being sloppy. You can take a very strategic approach to putting your plan together,” according to the post.

The authors discuss some simple steps to follow, including: identify what matters, identify your audiences, list the questions, write out your answers, designate a single spokesperson, identify clear lines of authority, and consider media training.

See the video and post.




Download: A Field Guide to Bad Directors

National Association of Corporate DirectorsBad corporate directorship can be incredibly detrimental to a company or organization. From inattention to detail to feelings of entitlement, bad board members can seriously impede board operations, waste precious resources, and stifle best-practice corporate governance.

The National Association of Corporate Directors has published  “A Field Guide to Bad Directors,” in which four-time corporate chair and CEO of Special Investigations Michael Pocalyko

  • lays out the defining characteristics of a bad director,
  • identifies 14 of the most prevalent bad director archetypes, and
  • offers suggestions for mitigating the effects of a bad director.

Additionally, Pocalyko interviews three seasoned directors about their personal experiences with deficient board members and what management styles and personal qualities are beneficial in maintaining a high-performance board.

The article can be downloaded at no charge from the NACD website.

Download the article.



Webinar: Linux Foundation’s OpenChain Explained

Flexera will present a complimentary webinar discussing the OpenChain Project for a secure and compliant software supply chain.

The event will be Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, at 11 a.m. Central time.

The Linux Foundation has developed the OpenChain project, a standard that can help software suppliers manage their production process better, to ship secure and compliant software to customers.

In this webinar, Shane Coughlan, general manager – OpenChain at the Linux Foundation, will give an overview of OpenChain; why it is needed and how it helps address issues in software production. Participants will learn how to improve their software production processes.

Register for the webinar.



5 Estes Thorne & Carr Partners Win Recognition

Five Estes Thorne & Carr partners have been named to the 2019 listing of The Best Lawyers in America and the 2018 listing of Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters.

In commercial  law, Dawn Estes was recognized by Best Lawyers, and she won Top 100 recognition from Super Lawyers.

In family law, Jessica Thorne won recognition from both awards lists, and Lori Carr won dual recognition in labor law.

In commercial litigation, Carol Payne won dual recognition, and Linda Moore was honored by Super Lawyers.

Read about the honors.




White Paper: User Authentication for E-Signature Transactions

OneSpan has published a white paper titled “User Authentication for E-Signature Transactions” and made it available for downloading at no charge. (See the download form below.)

The white paper provides guidance on how to select and implement user authentication techniques. It answers questions like:

  • How do I select the right authentication for my requirements?
  • How do I implement strong authentication, without making the process difficult for the customer?
  • Can I leverage existing user authentication credentials?
  • Can I adjust my user authentication criteria for different transactions and processes?



Five Rusty Hardin Lawyers Recognized for Civil, Criminal, and Appellate Work

Five lawyers with with Houston-based Rusty Hardin & Associates have earned recognition in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a U.S. peer-review guide to attorneys.

Firm founder Rusty Hardin, who has won some of the nation’s most high-profile trials and earned some of the legal profession’s most prestigious honors, is featured for both commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense work. He was also rated Lawyer of the Year for 2019 in the Houston area for white-collar criminal defense.

Firm partners Andy Drumheller and Derek Hollingsworth, both former prosecutors, are recognized for their white-collar criminal defense expertise. Of counsel Cathy Cochran and firm partner Joe Roden are listed for their appellate work. All of the five lawyers have been recognized in previous editions of the Best Lawyers list.

Read details about the honors.



West Mermis Co-Founders Earn National Recognition

Lawrence J. West and Joshua W. Mermis, co-founders of the Houston-based litigation boutique West Mermis PLLC, have both been named to the 2019 listing of The Best Lawyers in America as well as the 2018 listing of Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters.

West and Mermis have been recognized for two consecutive years by Best Lawyers for their work in construction litigation.

In addition to this year’s Super Lawyers recognition, West has been named to the Texas Super Lawyers list each year since 2014.

Mermis was first recognized in 2017, after earning appearances on the companion Texas Rising Stars list from 2010-2011 and again from 2014-2016.

Read about the awards.



Deans & Lyons Co-Founder Named Among DFW’s Top 100 Attorneys

Attorney Michael Lyons, co-founder of the Texas-based trial firm Deans & Lyons, has been selected among Dallas-Fort Worth’s Top 100 attorneys in the 2018 edition of the Texas Super Lawyers legal guide.

The Top 100 list recognizes the DFW region’s leading attorneys regardless of practice focus. In addition to this distinction, Lyons earned selection among The Best Lawyers in America for 2019. He has also been recognized among the top “high stakes” trial lawyers in the state as a member of both the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, as well as a member of America’s Top 100 Attorneys for Texas Lifetime Achievement. In 2017, he was named among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for North Texas.

Also earning 2018 Texas Super Lawyers honors were firm co-founder Greg Deans for his products liability and mass tort work and partner Katie Stepp for her general litigation practice.

Earlier this year, three of the firm’s lawyers were selected to the companion Rising Stars list of the top young attorneys in the state. Partners Chris Simmons and Courtney Bowline were recognized along with associate Lana Beverly for their outstanding work on both personal injury and commercial litigation matters.

Read details about the honors.



Online Quiz Scores Maturity of E-Discovery Process

Exterro has posted an online quiz to quickly find out how mature an e-discovery process is when compared to EDRM Duke Law’s e-discovery maturity scale. The complimentary quiz takes about 10 minutes to complete.

The quiz consists of 20 multiple choice questions based on best practices ranging across the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) from information governance through matter closing.

It will help participants:

  • Understand your organization’s e-discovery maturity
  • Improve your in-house e-discovery process
  • Learn more about what mature e-discovery operations look like

Take the quiz.



Download: Effective Practices for Internal Investigations Led by the Board

National Association of Corporate DirectorsA new article published by the National Association of Corporate Directors discusses the steps a company needs to take before deciding to embark upon a board-led investigation, and provides insight into essential actions the company should take to “weather the storm of an investigation,” like assigning committee responsibilities and having disinterested directors.

Based on best practices discussed at this spring’s AC Committee Chair Advisory Council meeting, this article outlines the key considerations for boards beginning an investigation:

  • Early decisions have far-reaching impacts
  • Keep the external auditor informed, while maintaining privilege
  • Take a proactive approach to remediation
  • Get ahead of reputational damage
  • Discuss whether the circumstances warrant self-reporting

The company said this article helps directors develop an internal investigation protocol to follow should an issue arise, and equips directors with a framework to mitigate the effects of an investigation both internally and externally.

Download the article.



Annual Security Report Deadline is Approaching

The U.S. Department of Education’s deadline for institutions to comply with the Annual Security Report is Oct. 1, 2018, points out Canopy Programs by United Educators.

Canopy Programs is offering assistance with its Clery Compliance Toolset, which can generate reports that include policies and procedures, as well as statistics for the past three calendar years.

The online tool will allow users to effectively:

  • Develop policies and procedures
  • Log crime and fire incidents
  • Request and log crime statistics from local law enforcement
  • Generate daily crime logs

Request a demo or download a white paper.

Chamblee Ryan Observes 20 Years of Litigation Practice

Texas law firm Chamblee Ryan is observing its 20 years of litigation by compiling a long list of victories.

The firm has offices in Dallas and Tyler. Name partners are Bill Chamblee and Jeff Ryan.

“Some firms say they focus on effective client representation,” the firm says on its website. “But our record and reputation in trial litigation compares favorably to any other firm in North Texas, large or small. Since 1998 our attorneys have tried hundreds of cases in the court room, as well as secured favorable results through effective negotiation involving many industries and in many areas of the law.”

See the list of victories.




Master Class: Aligning Board Responsibilities

NAVEX Global will present the online master class “Herding Big Cats: Improving Executive & Board Engagement” on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Central time.

Getting positive buy-in needed from an organization’s executives and board members is a common issue for most businesses, NAVEX says on its website. “And, it can be especially difficult for compliance professionals needing to demonstrate the true ROI of their programs. In this Master Class, you’ll learn how to wrangle top-level decision-makers to ensure all executives and board members understand their responsibilities for compliance oversight. Effectively protect your organization from compliance and behavioral risk, and learn why active board engagement is critical for establishing a strong ethical culture from the top down.”

This master class will cover:

  • How to contribute to the goals of the board
  • Rules of engagement for difficult board discussions
  • Common communication mistakes to avoid
  • Meaningful board training methods
  • How to position compliance to get critical program buy-in

Register or get more information.




Registration Open for 2018 Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference

Registration has begun for the 2018 Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference, which is being held in conjunction with The Center for American and International Law’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board Bench Bar Conference.

Hosted by the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association, the annual event is one of the largest of its kind nationally, bringing together practicing lawyers, general counsels, in-house counsels, respected judges, and industry experts from across the globe to discuss the latest issues in patent law and intellectual property litigation. Topics will also include Corporate Cyber Threats, Qui Tam litigation, Trade Secret Theft and Protection, and many others.

The Honorable Andrei Iancu, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will be the keynote speaker.

The 22nd annual EDTX Bench Bar Conference is set for October 17-19 at the Marriott Legacy Town Center in Plano, and registration information is available here.

Contact Andrea Williams-McCoy for more information on conference programs, registration and lodging at 903-870-0070 or andrea@siebman.com.

Just Released: ACC 2018 Global Compensation Report

ACCThe Association of Corporate Counsel has published an in-depth, self-reported compensation survey for in-house counsel and legal operations professionals.

For companies seeking to stay competitive in the marketplace and lawyers considering career moves, access to detailed compensation data for in-house counsel and legal operations professionals is essential, the ACC says on its website.

Based on responses from more than 5,000 lawyers in corporate legal departments from 65 countries and 39 different industry sectors, this first-ever ACC Global Compensation Report is available from the organization.

Download the report.




New Report: Don’t Leave Open Source Risk Analysis out of M&A

Black Duck Software has posted the “451 Research Business Impact Brief: Don’t Leave Open Source Risk Analysis Out of M&A Due Diligence” to help readers learn why an open source audit is crucial for firms acquiring companies, undergoing mergers, or entering joint ventures.

The report is available for downloading from the Black Duck website at no charge.

The growing use of open source in software development exposes companies to potential security vulnerabilities and license compliance issues that must be managed, the company says on its website. To mitigate these risks, 451 Research urges companies to make Software Composition Analysis (SCA) part of their M&A due diligence.

In this Business Impact Brief, 451 Research assesses the growth of open source components in software development, its serious security and license risks for potential acquirers of software IP and looks ahead to the future of why these trends aren’t slowing down anytime soon.

Download the report.




National Law Journal Honors Loewinsohn Flegle Deary Simon

Loewinsohn Flegle Deary SimonLoewinsohn Flegle Deary Simon has earned a place on the 2018 Elite Trial Lawyers finalist list for Business Torts as selected by editors and reporters of American Lawyer Media’s National Law Journal.

The publication’s research staff selected the Dallas-based firm for its lawyers’ “exemplary performance in cutting-edge work on behalf of plaintiffs over the last 18 months.” Finalists were chosen from 300 submissions across 23 categories.  The selection process is designed to identify firms “that have achieved exemplary results for their clients.”

Earlier this year, the firm was honored as a Tier 1 Law Firm, the highest-possible ranking, by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in America based on confidential feedback from clients and other lawyers. All six of the firm’s principals are listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

Read about the honor.



White Paper: Update on the U.S. Department of Education’s Clery Enforcement Measures

Canopy Programs’ new white paper, “An Update on the U.S. Department of Education’s Clery Enforcement Measures,” provides an overview of the Clery review process and cases involving institutions that were fined for Clery Act violations in 2017.

Despite the change in federal administration, the U.S. Department of Education has continued to aggressively enforce the Clery Act. Specifically, the department issued fines against 10 institutions in 2017 based on program reviews that were conducted in the past several years totaling $800,000, or an average of $80,000 per institution.

The complimentary white paper offers insight into these cases, including:

  • A review of the institutional demographics by type and enrollment size
  • What caused the program reviews to take place
  • An analysis of the length of time for the program reviews
  • Which categories of violations resulted in fines

Download the white paper.