Posted on June 12, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
In the past, most California superior courts routinely held trial-setting, pretrial, arbitration status, and status conferences. Delay reduction rules put a stop to this practice, consolidating all of these into a comprehensive conference that occurs in the first 180 days after the complaint is filed. Cal Rules of Ct 3.721. And woe to any attorney who comes to the conference unprepared! Take some of the stress out of preparing for your next case management conference by using these four steps. Continue reading
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Posted on June 5, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Want to avoid traffic, parking, and court security checkpoints? Appear at a hearing by telephone! Continue reading
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Posted on June 1, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Thinking of filing a summary judgment motion in your case? Take the time to follow these five steps in assessing whether this is the right move to make. Continue reading
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Posted on May 15, 2015 by CEB
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
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Posted on May 8, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Not 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
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Posted on April 27, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
An an attorney and an officer of the court, you sometimes have competing duties: to represent your clients zealously and to maintain respect for the court. When it comes to a disagreeable court ruling, you’ll need to make your strongest argument while remaining respectful to the judge. The key is to argue without arguing. Continue reading
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Posted on April 10, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
One of the key components of the opening phase of a negotiation is articulating your client’s intentions, needs, and hopes regarding a settlement. You can strongly assert your client’s point of view in a way that also fosters an atmosphere conducive to settlement. Continue reading
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