Most days, Hogan Lovells partner Kevin Lipson dives into complex legal matters for energy regulation law. But today, his attention was on an art auction that reeled in $5 million for the estate of famed artist Robert Indiana, known around the world for his “LOVE” images. Lipson represents the executor of Indiana’s estate. Details here on how he got involved.
Houston-based MLP Natural Resource Partners recently got a $25 million payday thanks to their lawyers at Schiffer Hicks Johnson. The payment is tied to a $190 million settlement the firm obtained in a payment dispute tied to a couple coal mines owned by Foresight Energy. Details here.
There are three ways to defend an oil company involved in litigation, according to EDGE Litigation Consulting’s Dan Jacks and Mark Sobus: the good, the bad and the downright ugly. But even if it’s ugly, it’s best to start any defense with the reality of what jurors really think about your client going in.
It started with a client-vendor deal. A nondisclosure agreement was signed. The deal took the back burner, and the parties went their separate ways. But now, they are reunited in the courtroom in the thick of a $49 million legal battle. Neither side is backing down. Natalie Posgate tells the story.
The unprecedented election last week of 20 Democratic candidates to the state courts of appeals in Austin, Dallas and Houston will have an almost immediate and substantive impact on civil litigation and issues such as enforcement of arbitration clauses, excessive use of Anti-SLAPP laws and deference to juries in large-dollar plaintiff’s verdicts.
In an era characterized by the zig of headlong expansion, the Texas-based firm of Kane Russell Coleman Logan has found a way to zag. In unusually amicable fashion, senior director Zach Mayer is departing from the 26-year old firm and, with the blessing of its founding management, taking as many as 20 lawyers with him. More in The Texas Lawbook
Judge Dale Tillery of the 134th District Court is easily the busiest civil trial judge in Dallas County. But it’s not easy being the busiest. It involves relentless punctuality, the occasional 3 a.m. hearing and a willingness to eschew lunch. Natalie Posgate profiles the judge who presided over Reavis v. Toyota.
Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts is breathtaking in its scope and breadth. This 14-volume treatise is edited by New York litigator and scholar Robert Haig, but its authors include several leading Texas lawyers, including David Beck, Judge Barbara Lynn, David Coale, Rod Phelan, Van Beckwith and Chip Babcock.
Informal deals have been a standard practice in the entertainment industry, but a recent courtroom battle between actor Johnny Depp and his ex-lawyer has aimed a spotlight on the risks associated with “soft” contracts. Attorneys at Bell Nunnally provide an analysis for lawyers in Texas.
As a young man, I accompanied my dad to a bank to get a loan in hopes of opening an auto body shop. The loan officer denied us service, threw our completed paperwork at us and told we would never receive a loan from that bank or buy that business. That banker made certain that we knew we were not welcome in his world. And that is a major reason I’m a lawyer today. My story is the story of many.