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Above The Law's 2016 Lawyer Of The Year Contest: The Finalists!
So it should come as no surprise to see big names dominating our list of finalists for 2016 Lawyer of the Year (“LOTY”). We received some great nominations from our readers, which we supplemented with our own editorial selections before selecting a ...
Thief steals $45,000 from lawyer's office over the holiday weekend ...
Thief steals $45,000 from lawyer's office over the holiday weekend ...
Tajik Human Rights Lawyer's Prison Term Extended
A court in Tajikistan has extended the prison term handed down to a prominent human rights lawyer. In October, the Dushanbe City Court found Buzurgmehr Yorov guilty on charges of issuing public calls for the overthrow of the government and inciting ...
Lawyer gets a negative client review, so he sues Google
A New Jersey lawyer named Richard Kitrick was the subject of a negative review and he is, as you can imagine, not happy about it. The main reason for his upset is the fact that he claims to never have represented the reviewer. In my experience, I ...
Netanyahu's lawyer: Receiving cigars from a friend is not a criminal offense
On Thursday Netanyahu was questioned under caution by police for the second time this week, over allegations that he received illegal gifts from Israeli and foreign businessmen. Benjamin Netanyahu. (photo credit:REUTERS). Share on Facebook Share on ...
Court suspends lawyer for taking money out of wife's fund
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court has suspended an attorney amid allegations he removed more than half-a-million dollars from his wife's trust fund through forgery. Attorney Shawn Rice's wife accused him during 2011 divorce proceedings of ...
Lawyer who sued Gawker for Hulk Hogan now represents Melania Trump and claimed email inventor
The California lawyer who represented Hulk Hogan in his successful privacy suit against Gawker is now filing libel suits on behalf of Melania Trump and the man who claims he invented email. The latest suit filed by lawyer Charles Harder claims TechDirt ...
A lawyer rewrote Instagram's privacy policy so kids and parents can have a meaningful talk about privacy
In Britain, more than half of 12- to 15-year-olds are on Instagram, according to OfCom (pdf), the country's communications regulator. So are 43% of 8- to 11-year-olds. But how many of them understand what they signed when they joined? Pretty much 0% ...
Lawyer Claims Prosecutorial Misconduct in Philadelphia 'Billy Doe' Sexual Abuse Case
In the latest twist in the rapidly unraveling "Billy Doe" sex abuse case, a lawyer for one of the four men sent to jail by the testimony of a former altar boy says prosecutorial misconduct should clear his client from further legal jeopardy. Thomas ...
Oregon Standoff Lawyer Pleads Not Guilty in Court Scuffle
Marshals providing courtroom security surrounded the agitated lawyer before tackling him to the carpet. They pressed a stun gun against his body as he writhed and screamed. Mumford was charged with two misdemeanors for failing to comply with federal ...
Public defense lawyer faces 2-month suspension over gagging motion
Assistant Public Defender Elizabeth Ramsey sits with her client, Jamal Smith, on Dec. 17, 2015, after Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jack Schramm Cox charged Ramsey with criminal contempt for allegedly violating his order not to publish transcripts of ...
Pop Culture's Portrayal of Lawyers Misses the Mark, 'Making a Murderer' Lawyer Says
As the lawyer hero of "Making a Murderer," Netflix's hit true crime series from 2015, you might think Dean Strang would be optimistic about the power of TV to improve the public's understanding of what lawyers do. You'd be wrong. "Could you weigh in on ...
WV Supreme Court annuls lawyer's license
A lawyer who pleaded guilty Sept. 15 to drug and embezzlement charges had his West Virginia law license annulled this week. The West Virginia Supreme Court annulled Richard Hardison Jr.'s license Wednesday, according to a Friday afternoon ...
Lane Johnson files complaint; lawyer calls arbitration 'sham'
PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson has filed a complaint against the NFL and the NFL Players Association in federal court with a motion to vacate the arbitration award concerning his 10-game suspension. Johnson was officially suspended in ...
Bundy lawyer pleads not guilty in court scuffle
FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2016, file photo, Marcus Mumford, attorney for Ammon Bundy, appears outside court after defendants in a ranching standoff were found not guilty in Portland, Ore. Mumford has pleaded not guilty to accusations stemming from his ...
Lawyer: Therapy on hold until state signs paperwork
BLOOMINGTON — A Twin City man's therapy at a state mental facility where he is receiving court-ordered treatment related to the 2009 murder of his 14-month-old daughter has been delayed by the refusal of the McLean County State's Attorney's office to ...
Scientology lawyer speaks out, slams Leah Remini and her show
Actress Leah Remini has been speaking out against the Church of Scientology for years. The church is once again speaking back — this time, on camera. "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" gave A&E its biggest series debut in two years when it ...
Trump Son-in-Law Poised to Quit as Family Firm CEO, Lawyer Says ...
Trump Son-in-Law Poised to Quit as Family Firm CEO, Lawyer Says ...
Trump Son-in-Law Poised to Quit as Family Firm CEO, Lawyer Says
Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President-elect Donald Trump who is expected to be a key adviser in his administration, is prepared to resign as chief executive officer of his family's real estate company to comply with government ethics standards ...
As Baylor looks to dismiss Title IX lawsuits, lawyers seek relevant documents
Lozano's lawyer, Joey McCall, of Coral Gables, Florida, did not reply to requests for comment. Chafin was named in an April 2014 Waco police report describing such violence, but criminal charges were never filed. He has said the story is falsely ...
Will Hollywood's go-to divorce lawyer survive Jolie and Depp going rogue?
For well over a decade, Laura Wasser has been the go-to divorce lawyer for A-list stars looking to end their marriages quickly, cleanly and quietly. She has represented Britney Spears, Jennifer Garner, Gwen Stefani, Ashton Kutcher and Kim and Khloe ...
Former CIA Lawyer Cautions Return To Torture Techniques He Once Defended
John Rizzo, former acting general counsel of the CIA, says there's little doubt about Russia's interference in the election. He hopes Donald Trump will respect the intelligence community's expertise. Facebook; Twitter. Google+. Email ...
A lawyer rewrote Instagram's terms of use 'in plain English' so kids would know their privacy rights
“'Terms and conditions' is one of the first things you agree to when you come upon a site,” Jenny Afia, a privacy lawyer and partner at Schillings law firm in London, told The Washington Post. “But of course no one reads them. I mean, most adults don't ...
Supreme Court rules Hinds judge right to fine defense lawyer
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Supreme Court has upheld a Hinds County judge's decision to fine a private lawyer $1,300 for refusing to represent a defendant who couldn't pay. The high court ruled in Circuit Judge Jeff Weill's favor Thursday, in ...
James Baker: US 'Cannot Be Israel's Lawyer' on Palestinian Issue
Former Secretary of State James Baker on Sunday warned that President-elect Donald Trump's new administration "cannot be Israel's lawyer" if it expects to successfully broker peace in the Arab/Israeli conflict. In an interview aired Sunday on CNN's ...
Hub City lawyer reflects on Evelyn Gandy's impact
Jennifer Ingram Johnson is now an accomplished lawyer at the firm and even has some of Gandy's awards in her office, including her Margaret Brent Women Lawyers Award that depicts a broken glass ceiling. "She has helped an untold number of women," ...
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Split Putting Hollywood Divorce Lawyer Laura Wasser's Reputation In Jeopardy?
As the Jolie-Pitt divorce gets nasty, Laura Wasser, Hollywood's renowned divorce lawyer for A-list celebrities, has been put under the spotlight. According to New York Post's Page Six, Wasser's celebrity clients include Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher ...
Building Smart Contracts Trust in 2017: Lawyer's Role
What do we need to firmly launch smart contracts into the mainstream and what is the lawyer's role? A recent article in Coindesk by executives at Tezos argues that we need to conquer three remaining barriers: 1) implementation of formal verification of ...
Autonomous vehicles will cut accidents by 60-90 percent: industry lawyer
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Automotive lawyer Tom Manganello says autonomous vehicles will reduce accidents by 60 to 90 percent once the technology becomes commonplace. Manganello, who last week appeared on a panel discussion with auto safety ...
Lawyer assigned to Fort Lauderdale rampage suspect
FORT LAUDERDALE — Airport shooting rampage suspect Esteban Santiago made his first court appearance Monday under tight security as more details emerged about the man and the horrifying crime he's accused of committing. Santiago, 26, was ...
Lawyer: Executive blamed in meningitis outbreak not to blame
BOSTON -- A lawyer for the former president of a compounding pharmacy blamed for a deadly national meningitis outbreak has told jurors that his client isn't responsible. Barry Cadden is accused of causing the deaths of 25 people. They died of fungal ...
DirecTV, lawyer accused of unfair trade practices
SANTA ANA, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- DirecTV once more faces a racketeering lawsuit alleging it has conducted unfair trade practices and has colluded with a law firm and an unnamed entity in extorting small businesses, especially those that are ...
Suspect in Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting Is Assigned a Lawyer
Esteban Santiago is accused of fatally shooting five people and wounding six others at the airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Credit Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel, via Associated Press. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Looking frail and meek, ...
Executive Charged In Deadly Meningitis Outbreak Is Not To Blame, His Lawyer Says
Barry Cadden, co-founder of the now-shuttered New England Compounding Center, declined to testify before a congressional committee in 2012. (AP). A lawyer for the former president of a Framingham compounding pharmacy blamed for a deadly national ...
The Latest: Lawyer criticizes decision not to fire officer
New York will be able to make up for lost electricity generation after the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant shuts down in 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, announcing a deal between state officials and...More. A plan to close the aging Indian ...
Above The Law's 2016 Lawyer Of The Year Contest: The Winner!
The competition for 2016 Lawyer of the Year (“LOTY”) honors unfolded just like Election 2016. An elite leader of the Establishment led for most of the contest, but suffered a surprise upset at the hands of an outsider. For most of the race, C. Allen ...
Jared Kushner Will Sell Many of His Assets, but Ethics Lawyers Worry
After President-elect Donald J. Trump announced Monday that he would appoint his son-in-law, the real estate investor Jared Kushner, as a senior White House adviser, lawyers for Mr. Kushner said he would sell many of his assets to avoid myriad ...
20 under 40: Shining star as a lawyer and volunteer
CEDAR FALLS — Brooke Trent announced the daily opening ceremony at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando during a college internship at Disney. “A family was selected each morning to assist. There was a countdown and a ribbon cutting to open the park each ...
Lawyer Feygin publishes Poroshenko's letter to Sushchenko
Mark Feygin, the lawyer of Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko, has published a letter written by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to his client. He posted the scanned letter on his Facebook page. "President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has ...
Want to Be a Star Lawyer? New Acritas Research Uncovers Top Ways to Shine
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The legal industry often links an individual's personal brand to their success, making it difficult to pinpoint a universal "it" factor that makes certain lawyers stand out from the rest. But a new report from the global ...
Florida lawyer accused of bilking nearly $1 million from clients' trust accounts
Hiring a lawyer may be one of the most important decisions you will ever make, but when an attorney fails to represent their clients' best interest, the fallout can be devastating. WFTS-TV uncovered a local attorney is now under suspension by the ...
In Wake of Jerusalem Truck-Ramming, US Professor/Palestinian Rights Lawyer Says Journalists Must Not Call Arab ...
In Wake of Jerusalem Truck-Ramming, US Professor/Palestinian Rights Lawyer Says Journalists Must Not Call Arab ...
Noise ordinance passed over objections of preacher's lawyer
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ Springfield has approved a new noise ordinance over the objections of an attorney for a street preacher who was arrested after delivering loud sermons downtown. The Springfield News-Leader reports that backers said the rules ...
Gov. Abbott appoints Dallas lawyer to replace 5th Court of Appeals judge
Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday appointed civil attorney Jason Boatright to the 5th Court of Appeals in Dallas. He replaces Justice David Lewis, who resigned in October before the state could remove him from the court. Lewis battled alcoholism, depression ...
'Ethics Monster' lawyer Kenneth Donchatz fights to save his license
A Westerville lawyer who once described himself as "The Ethics Monster" fought to save his law license before the Ohio Supreme Court this morning. Kenneth Donchatz, who as an assistant disciplinary counsel with the court once "prosecuted" lawyers ...
Why Lawyers Are Freaking Out About Jeff Sessions as Attorney General
There was also testimony that Sessions said the ACLU and NAACP were "un-American" and had "forced civil rights down the throats of the people," and that he had agreed with the claim that a white lawyer known to defend black clients was a "disgrace to ...
Jailed lawyer Robert Graham pleads not guilty to stealing $2.1M from clients
Suspended probate lawyer Robert Graham, left, confers with his attorney Bryan Cox while making his first court appearance at Regional Justice Center on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. He is charge in stealing $2.1 million from clients Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas ...
DealBook|Former Top Justice Dept. Lawyer to Join Morrison & Foerster
John P. Carlin, who was the Justice Department's top national security lawyer, has moved to the law firm Morrison & Foerster to lead its global risk and crisis management practice, the firm announced on Tuesday. The former assistant attorney general ...
Why HGTV Stars Chip And Joanna Gaines Can Help Solve The Lawyer Shortage In Middle America
The Gaineses story should inspire lawyers struggling to build a practice, or simply tired of the Biglaw rat race to consider relocating to a rural area or small town to start a law firm. Opportunities already exist — as NPR recently reported, the ...
Nassau DA: Disbarred West Hempstead lawyer admits stealing $5M
Hempstead attorney David Frankel, 52, pleaded guilty Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in the theft of more than $5.7 million belonging to clients, Nassau County prosecutors said. (Credit: NCDA). A disbarred West Hempstead attorney admitted Tuesday to stealing ...