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Curve Ball: Beware of legal fee pitches from lawyers

We’ve worked with legal fee issues with many lawyers and law firms for more than 20 years now.  While you would think that lawyers understand how legal fees work and the issues they can raise, they often do not know … Continue reading

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Clients Uncovered: No insurance money for jailed lawyer’s clients

Clients tend to make some assumptions about lawyers, including the assumption that lawyers are wealthy and carry lots of insurance from which clients can recover if the lawyer steals, overbills them, or commits malpractice. Unfortunately, these assumptions are often wrong, … Continue reading

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Blame the Help: Law firm escapes sanctions thanks to associate’s tragedy

In theory, a law firm is responsible for all the actions (and omissions) of all its lawyers, all its staff, and even its temps and contract staff (lawyers, paralegals, or whatever).  And, also in theory, the client is bound by … Continue reading

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Kardashian Effect: So what if lateral partners destabilize ambitious law firms?

For those who obsess about “biglaw” as though it were the ultimate in legal practice, rather than just a mutation, the increasingly destabilizing impact of vanity lateral partners with wads of portable business is troubling.  Firms aspiring to grow don’t … Continue reading

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Stop The Madness: Bring commonsense to the table

There are many areas of the law and many types of skills lawyers might acquire.  But there are basically two types of lawyer in the larger sense:  Transactional lawyers and litigation or court lawyers.  Lawyers who go to court may … Continue reading

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Miracles of Hourly Billing: “Biglaw” hours down but fees up

Surveys are often used as an excuse for an article on a slow news day.  Here’s an example of a common theme in legal and some business publications:  Speculation on the health of the legal profession based on self-selected data … Continue reading

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Make It Rain: Aspiring rainmakers advised to be dominant, obsessed, risk takers

As with any business, law firms depend on obtaining new clients not just to grow, but to replace clients who leave or — perish the thought — resolve their legal needs.  Some firms attract business through advertising, and now websites, … Continue reading

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Bigger Than Life: Exaggerated self-promotion touted as solution to waning legal business

There’s been a panic among some law firms looking for clients capable of paying seven figure and larger legal fees, annually.  This has led as well to a great commotion in the legal press (and sometimes the business press) the … Continue reading

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Little Justice: Arizona says $5K disputes too big for small claims court

There seems to be a consensus that litigation costs too much, but figuring out who to blame and how to fix it leads to disagreement.  The higher the “transaction cost” of litigating a dispute, the more disputes cannot be handled … Continue reading

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Dry Hole: Litigation drains insurance coverage long before the case is over

Most people think of insurance as providing coverage to repair their home or car, or get their business back on its feet.  But in the major leagues, it’s about two things:  Big money damages (think class actions, securities cases, some … Continue reading

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