Laura P. Haley has a unique perspective and combination of experience, having served as both in-house and outside trial counsel for a Houston-based energy services company. She now serves that industry and others as an advisor, litigator, and outsourced general counsel. She also handles appeals and provides litigation support to trial lawyers.
“We’re going to win,” a board-member announced, pointing at the application for a temporary restraining order, and looking around the room. Turning her gaze to me, she reiterated, “it says, ‘Plaintiff Will Likely Succeed on the Merits,’ and then you give a bunch of reasons why. That means we’ll win the case, right?” “From a … Continue Reading
“I feel like I’m visiting your home every time I read a post,” I told Andrew Tolchin, the founder of the “Texas Lawyers” (TL) Facebook Group. “Visiting my home is precisely what it is supposed to feel like—like you are in my living room,” he replied. Andrew describes TL as a “judge-free online legal community … Continue Reading
For much of my career as outside litigation counsel, I marked the end of cases with a celebratory client lunch or a sigh of “good riddance.” But when I went in-house with one of my clients, the end of each case was an opportunity to consider lessons the company could learn from the litigation. Now … Continue Reading
In my last post, I addressed the significance of the burden in framing your response to a motion for summary judgment and in your appeal from an adverse summary judgment. In this post, I address getting your evidence in the record and keeping the other side’s out, amending your petition, and filing an appeal from … Continue Reading
All litigators file or respond to dispositive motions, including motions for summary judgment. Dispositive motions are an opportunity for trial attorneys to implement their trial strategy, using the facts in their cases to gain a tactical advantage, whether by eliminating claims or defenses, educating the judge, or poisoning the well. But dispositive motions also require … Continue Reading
My last post discussed the importance of avoiding career-limiting moves. Today, I’ll focus on how in-house litigators have the opportunity to learn information every day that they can and will use in future litigation—every single day. That learning opportunity will happen if you keep your door open and are nice. In-house legal departments handle a … Continue Reading
One bright spring day in 2007, I took my former client out to lunch to pitch my new firm. By the end of lunch, my client hired me as his new in-house litigator. I had never considered a corporate counsel job before and had no idea what to expect. This post, and those I’ll write … Continue Reading