Posted on July 2, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
One of the most important factors to consider when taking a case is whether the cost of litigating is likely to outweigh the gain. Even if the potential clients are willing to pay your fee, you may better serve them by saying “No.” Continue reading
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Posted on June 23, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Seasoned litigators know how important it can be to have a good relationship with courtroom staff. Bringing holiday treats or morning coffee can certainly bolster that relationship, but is it ok to do?
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Posted on June 11, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
As a matter of professional responsibility, California attorneys must avoid conflicts of interest with current and former clients. Beyond these ethical obligations, there are also practical reasons to avoid a new client who is or may be adverse to a current or former client. Continue reading
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Posted on May 5, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Making objections is a key skill for every trial attorney. The more you try cases, the more rote they become. But if you’re relatively new to the courtroom, or it’s been a while since you’ve been there, here’s a system for memorizing possible objections and having them at the tip of your tongue at trial. Continue reading
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Posted on April 28, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.