What to Tell the Client When You’re Withdrawing as Counsel

There are many grounds for both mandatory and permissive withdrawal under the California Rules of Professional Conduct. When it’s time to withdraw from representation in a civil case, the attorney should send the client a letter like one of these. Continue reading

It’s Bonus Time! Here’s What Employers Need to Know

employee bonusThe end of the year equals bonus time for some employees. When it comes to bonuses, employers have a lot of discretion and few legal requirements, but there are some things to consider. Continue reading

12 Tips for Writing an Effective Appellate Brief

An appellate brief is a way to convey the facts, legal questions, law that you want the court to apply, and how you want it applied. It’s also an exercise in persuasion, and should be written for readers who have only a short time to read it. Continue reading

How to Control an Expert Witness

As with all witnesses, you must be able to control an expert witness during cross-examination. But many experts with experience in testifying treat cross-examiners like presidential candidates deal with the press: they ignore the question asked and answer the question they prefer. Here’s how to keep experts under your control. Continue reading

Alert Your Client to These Depo Issues

When preparing your client for his or her deposition, devote particular attention to explaining the following objectionable areas of inquiry and substantive law on those areas. Continue reading

Do Patients Have the Right to Refuse Treatment?

Short answer, yes. Competent adults have the right to refuse medical treatment. But that doesn’t mean that the state can’t get involved. Continue reading

The Do’s and Don’ts of Building Your Case with Social Media Info

The following is a guest blog post by Renee Galente Stackhouse. Renee is the founder and trial lawyer at Stackhouse, APC, where she focuses on plaintiff’s personal injury and military defense in San Diego. She is the immediate past President of California Women Lawyers, President of the CWL Foundation, Chair of the CLA SSF Section, and sits on the Board of the San Diego County Bar Association.

You would be surprised how easy it is to find public information on the Internet. Or maybe you wouldn’t, given the many stories of jobs lost and cases jeopardized by social media posts. Using Google and social media searches on parties and witnesses can be very helpful to your case, but make sure you don’t overstep. Continue reading

What Not to Do When Terminating an Employee

Employers can substantially minimize the risk of wrongful termination litigation by ensuring that employees are treated fairly in the termination process. Here are the mistakes most often made by employers in the termination process and what to do instead. Continue reading

4 Reasons to Keep Contract Drafts

Generally, counsel prepares several drafts of a contract or agreement before the parties sign the final version. There are several reasons to retain those drafts.  Continue reading

What to Do a Month Before Trial

You’re 30 days from your trial date. Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve gotten this close, or maybe it’s your first time. Don’t worry—here’s a handy chart setting out what you need to do. Continue reading