Category Archives: Civilian’s Guide to Lawyers

No Will, No Way: Prince apparently dies without a Will

The untimely death of the artist finally known as Prince is an important lesson for everyone.  It seems Prince died without a Will, “intestate” as they say, so apparently he made no provision for handling his valuable estate, including not … Continue reading

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Bully Pulpit: Lawyer threatens suit for missing $2.25 side order

There are people who love to threaten litigation over trivial, non-justiciable slights that should be thrown out of court, probably with sanctions.  This is pretty common with certain insecure or uneducated fools, especially bullies like Donald Trump, who rarely (if … Continue reading

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Abandoned in Place: Global law firm dropping DC and NY back office operations

In the old “Perry Mason era,” a law firm was mostly lawyers (almost all men), each with a secretary (almost all women) — the more wood paneling on the walls, the better.  And each lawyer had a fairly big, personal … Continue reading

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State Legal Lotteries: States hire private firms for gigantic contingent fees

Here’s a report about a new law in West Virginia to shine a light on the mysterious, fabulously expensive practice of state government agencies contracting to hire outside plaintiff law firms to handle big claims for the state on a … Continue reading

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Two Wrongs Dept.: Keep calm & carry on

From time to time even the best lawyers and law firms are accused of legal malpractice.  Sometimes that idea comes from the client trying to explain a disappointing result.  Sometimes things happen — like missed deadlines — that the lawyer … Continue reading

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Smiling Clients: You’re not a comedian, just be the lawyer

Many clients, even those with in-house lawyers and doing lots of work with lawyers, have bad experiences with law firms, even if their legal matter ends relatively well.  Sometimes the cost is just too high, so the “victory” or “less … Continue reading

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User Beware: Online lawyer directories rarely reliable

We’re still living in the first “internet” age, when a couple of dropouts with some cash from their parents can “launch” a miniature business based on some basic technology, usually with some connection to “technology,” especially the “internet,” like an … Continue reading

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The Apprentice: Justice Scalia struggled as a junior associate

In the wave of biographical information following the untimely death of Antonin Scalia, more details have emerged about his early years, after law school, as a junior litigation associate at Jones, Day.  According to contemporaries and later law clerks, the … Continue reading

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Speak Your Mind: Clients defamed lawyer with bad facts in negative reviews

A Florida lawyer won substantial punitive damages (and her legal fees balance) in a defamation case against her former client and the former client’s ex-husband, who had been the opponent in the original case.  The client and her ex-husband jointly … Continue reading

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Get Certified: “Exert influence without authority”

In a world where most colleges are giving out bachelor’s degrees for doing work less challenging than what you’d find in a serious high school honors class, and master’s degrees for bachelor’s-level work, another fad is the “certificate” game.  Instead … Continue reading

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