Tag Archives: Legal Fees: Law & Management

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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Crumby Fight: Class action defendants want plaintiffs’ unclaimed dollars

There are plenty of problems with class actions because they rarely accomplish much for the actual victims, if there are any, but instead generate gigantic fees for defense lawyers and plaintiff class action lawyers.  In a “coupon” settlement, the plaintiff … 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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Lien On You: Anti-consumer advice disguised as free consumer advice

In exchange for having a monopoly on the practice of law, lawyers are supposed to help the public understand the law and help those who cannot afford to pay a lawyer.  Lawyers like to consider themselves professionals, and these are … Continue reading

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Incremental Justice: Lawyer sanctioned by bar for excessive quarter-hour time entries

Although legal fees are required to be reasonable — and it’s unethical to charge an unreasonable fee in most jurisdictions — this rule is not enforced literally.  Most bars shunt ethics complaints about fees into fee arbitration and ignore or … 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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Flag On The Play: Lawyer fumbles medical charges held in escrow

As we’ve said many times before, having your lawyer hold your money in his or her firm’s “trust” or “escrow” account can be a problem.  All these accounts typically do is segregate client or non-lawyer money from lawyer money.  This … Continue reading

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