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Amy Stewart Law Welcomes LaDawn Nandrasy, a Highly Accomplished Appellate Expert, via Amy Stewart Law. Amy Stewart Law, a Dallas-based insurance coverage law firm, is thrilled to welcome appellate expert LaDawn Nandrasy. With nearly three decades of experience handling sophisticated and complex civil appeals, LaDawn adds invaluable expertise to the firm’s insurance-coverage practice. She also brings ten years of experience as managing partner of her prior law firm, an elite appellate boutique.

“This, Too, Shall Pass,” by Michelle May O’Neil. Sandy May, mother of motivator and divorce lawyer Michelle May O’Neil, had a saying that got her through the worst of times. “She didn’t use it for the small things in life,” writes Michelle. “Just the really bad, dark stuff when life was kicking us in the stomach.” Michelle attributes the mantra to Ann Landers: “Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself the most comforting words of all: This, too, shall pass.”

How Do You Compensate Your Third-Party Developer?, via The Watson Firm. The lawyers at The Watson Firm are often asked how third-party developers (“Managers”) should be compensated and what the various options are. The developed lot fee structure is the most common, but it isn’t appropriate for more complicated transactions. Here are some structures that they’ve seen over the years.

A “Selfie” Injury Case Pits Bull vs. His Client, by CourtroomLogic Consulting’s Kacy Miller. What to do when you and your client don’t see eye to eye on trial strategy? Grit your teeth and figure it out. In her most recent “Bull” column Kacy Miller addresses the common misconception that trial consultants are all about going to trial; sometimes, a consultant’s burden is to convince their clients NOT to enter the courtroom.

Office Parties 101 [Infographic], by Clouse Brown PLLC’s Alyson Brown. With the holiday season upon us, employment law firm Clouse Brown PLLC is sharing a quick guide to office party management. Based on Alyson Brown‘s blog post from last year, Don’t Let Your Holiday Parties Be the Gifts That Keep on Giving, this infographic gives you a snapshot of what employers should know before opting for that open bar.

Was “Bull” Fratricide a Tragic Accident or Intentional Murder?, by CourtroomLogic Consulting’s Kacy Miller. With plenty of hypothetical questions (including a hypothetical question about hypothetical questions), plenty of spoilers and an entire paragraph shaming attorneys with poor courtroom demeanor, the latest installment of trial consultant Kacy Miller‘s “Bull” column is like a good Thanksgiving dinner — a whole bunch of fun jury consulting side dishes that make one glorious feast of a blog post.

Whistleblower Protections in the United States, by Jackson Spencer Law’s Jennifer Spencer. Since Congress launched an impeachment inquiry against President Trump in September, there’s been a lot of talk about whistleblower protections filling the news cycle. In this article, employment attorney Jennifer Spencer of Jackson Spencer Law covers three of the most frequently asked questions the firm encounters in their whistleblower practice: what a whistleblower is, what laws protect whistleblowers, and how to make a whistleblower claim.

Fear Is a Useless Emotion, by Michelle May O’Neil. Motivational speaker and divorce lawyer Michelle May O’Neil writes about facing your fears in her latest blog post inspired by her book, Wisdom from Momma: Anecdotes and Euphemisms from a True Texas Lady. Her mother’s message, she writes, is “if you can accept the worst possible consequences of failure, you have nothing to fear.”

Law Offices of Brad Jackson in Dallas Named One of Nation’s Top Law Firms, via The Law Offices of Brad Jackson. The Law Offices of Brad Jackson in Dallas once again has been named on the exclusive Best Law Firms list published by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the leading commercial litigation law firms in the United States. The firm founded by civil litigation specialist Brad Jackson has been named among the nation’s best for four consecutive years based on work for clients in a variety of business lawsuits.

Plaintiffs’ Attorney Chip Brooker of Dallas Named Among Nation’s Best Lawyers, via Brooker Law. Accomplished plaintiffs trial lawyer Chip Brooker of Brooker Law, PLLC, in Dallas once again is being recognized among the best lawyers in the nation based on his work for clients in personal injury cases and nominations from other lawyers. Chip’s expertise in personal injury litigation recently helped him earn his third consecutive selection to The Best Lawyers in America. He also claimed his first appearance in the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers guide.

Words Matter: Expert Advice on Effective Language (Part 3 of 3), by CourtroomLogic Consulting’s Kacy Miller. In two recent blog posts (here and here), trial consultant Kacy Miller resurrected one of her favorite books on communication: Dr. Frank Luntz’s “Words that Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear.” Although his approach is often political, she writes, she believes Dr. Luntz’s “Rules of Effective Language” apply just as easily to the world of litigation and courtroom persuasion.

Keith Clouse Inducted into Prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, via Clouse Brown, PLLC. The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a non-profit professional association honoring the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of labor and employment law, has selected Clouse Brown PLLC name partner Keith Clouse as a fellow of the organization. He was officially welcomed into the College on November 9 at the 24th Annual Induction Dinner at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Big Pharma is the Real Bad Guy in “Bull” Murder Case, by CourtroomLogic Consulting’s Kacy Miller. “This week’s episode, ‘Killer Doctor,’ is chock full of goodies,” writes “Bull” columnist and real-life trial consultant Kacy Miller. “We have a woman dying of terminal cancer. Experimental drugs. A grieving brother and son. The murder of the treating physician. A confession (or two). And the bonus? We even get a dash of that last-minute, yet far-fetched, Bull team sleuthing. Good stuff.”

How To Reimagine And Reinvest To Reinvent Yourself, by Michelle May O’Neil. Recently, Michelle O’Neil spoke about her journey “from couch to marathon” at the Ziglar Edge Conference in Mount Pleasant, Texas. In this blog post, Michelle shares a video of the presentation, as well as a summary recap.

‘Best Law Firms’ Selects Grable Martin Fulton for 2020 List for Expertise in Patent Law, via Grable Martin Fulton, PLLC. Grable Martin Fulton, PLLC has, for the third year in a row, been named to the annual list of “Best Law Firms.” The firm was selected as a Tier One law firm for its achievements in patent law in Dallas-Fort Worth. Qualification for the list, published annually by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®, requires that at least one attorney be recognized in that year’s edition of The Best Lawyers in America; for the previous six years, member Wei Wei Jeang has been selected for inclusion on the list for her work in patent law.

Clouse Brown Named to ‘Best Law Firms’ 2020 Edition, via Clouse Brown, PLLC. For the second consecutive year, “Best Law Firms” has named Clouse Brown PLLC a Tier 1 law firm in Dallas/Fort Worth for both Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor & Employment. In order to be considered for “Best Law Firms,” a firm needs to have at least one lawyer named to the current list of The Best Lawyers in America. Most recently, both Clouse Brown name partners, Keith Clouse and Alyson Brown, were included on the list for their work in Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment.

‘Bull’ Shows the Perils of Confirmation Bias, by CourtroomLogic Consulting’s Kacy Miller. The episodes in season four have actually had quasi-plausible storylines. Unfortunately, they haven’t contained much jury consulting. Or not much of it, at least. “And I have to admit,” writes consultant Kacy Miller, “the lack of jury consulting absurdities is making my job as a columnist more challenging. But who doesn’t like a challenge?”

Jackson Spencer Law Earns ‘Best Law Firms’ 2020 Recognition, via Jackson Spencer Law. Jackson Spencer Law has been recognized by the 2020 edition of “Best Law Firms.” This comes on the heels of firm founder and managing partner Jennifer Spencer being named to The Best Lawyers in America. “This recognition speaks to the depth of our practice,” said Ms. Spencer. “Not only does our team provide exemplary employment advocacy services, but we also understand the business side and how to negotiate with employers.”

Texas Physician Non-Compete Agreements Not One Size Fits All, by Clouse Brown PLLC’s Alyson Brown. Like any business that loses a key individual, hospitals and medical practice groups have an interest in retaining their customers (in this case, patients and referral sources) when a physician leaves the practice, but there are certain details to be aware of. Executive employment attorney Alyson Brown explains the potential risks in signing and enforcing physician non-compete agreements, and what to look for in these types of agreements.

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