Don’t Dodge—Defuse: Use Your Opening Statement to Handle Problem Areas

ThinkstockPhotos-140270511Almost every case has problems—sometimes they are analogous to bombs waiting to drop on your case. The key is whether you show them to the jury and simultaneously defuse them, or whether the opposition drops them with glee. Continue reading

What If the Ex-Spouse Hits the Jackpot?

Money rainA couple gets divorced and one is ordered to pay spousal support to the other. But then the one getting support hits the lottery, inherits a lot of money, or has some other financial windfall. Is the support payer off the hook? Continue reading

8 Things You Can Do to Take Your Law Career to the Next Level

The following is a guest blog post by Anabella Q. Bonfa. Ms. Bonfa is a litigator with Wellman & Warren LLP and has built a reputation for handling business and partnership disputes, theft of trade secrets, and unfair competition. She lectures extensively on trade secrets, networking, and using social media to develop business.

When you first pass the bar, you deal with basic issues such as how to draft legal documents, please your supervising attorney, and properly bill clients. Initially, these issues are enough of a struggle, but a few years into your law practice, you’re ready to take your legal career to the next level. Continue reading

Employers: 9 Provisions You Need in a Whistleblower Policy

ThinkstockPhotos-497691905A potential whistleblower need only run a quick Internet search to find many attorneys ready to take his or her case. Knowing this, employers need to be proactive: Any employer handbook or policy and procedures manual should include provisions aimed at educating all workers about the rights and obligations of whistleblowers. Continue reading

12 Must-Do Tasks Before Cross-Examination

Few attorneys have the time or budget to do detailed preparation for cross-examination of every witness. And even if the budget makes it possible, time spent on other aspects of trial preparation will force counsel to take shortcuts. When time is short, these 12 tasks are the bare minimum necessary for cross-examination preparation. Continue reading

Do You Have What It Takes to Go Solo?

ThinkstockPhotos-135544881Not every attorney is suited to solo practice. But if you are, it can be a very fulfilling and profitable way to practice law. Do you have the personal attributes needed to open your own practice? Continue reading

Checklist for Summary Judgment Reply Brief

ThinkstockPhotos-459334539You moved for summary judgment, received the opposition papers, and now it’s your turn to reply. The reply brief gives you a chance to respond to arguments raised by the opposition. Who knows? The opposition may have misconstrued legal authority, relied on inadmissible evidence, emphasized immaterial facts, or failed to follow the correct procedure. Before you start on your reply, review this checklist. Continue reading

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