The contract attorney market is hot and getting hotter. As Above the Law blog notes, “Biglaw firms have been able to keep traditional associate hiring down thanks to an explosion in the use of contract attorneys.” But before jumping into a contract on either side, understand the pros and cons and take steps to make it a successful experience. Continue reading
Most experienced trial lawyers subpoena all witnesses, even friendly witnesses they intend to call at trial. Not doing so is just too risky. Continue reading
Many men who donate sperm have no intention of being a father to any potential child and particularly no intention to pay child support for that child. But intentions aren’t enough; compliance with the state’s parentage law is. Continue reading
The following is a guest blog post by Scott J. Corwin, founding attorney of the Los Angeles Motor Vehicle Accident Law Firm. For over 20 years, Mr. Corwin has represented more than 2,500 injured victims and has been named a Southern California SuperLawyer for eight years in a row.
These days it seems that everyone is using social media, connecting people in ways never thought possible even ten years ago. In personal injury cases, social media can cause serious damage—we’ve all heard horror stories of people receiving minor settlements after a compromising photo or post was seen on Facebook. As attorneys, we must inform our clients of these potential dangers and help them make informed decisions on the use of social media to protect the integrity of their cases. Continue reading
There are many reasons why a client decides that one attorney is out and another is in. It can be personal, professional, or even irrational. Whatever the reason, if your client wants to make a swap, make sure you meet all of the requirements for an effective substitution of counsel in California. Continue reading
Do you know when you can, should, or can’t get a jury trial? What about how to go about demanding one? Here’s a run-down of the basics on jury trial demands in California. Continue reading
Good news, bad news. The Tax Court has approved a gift tax avoidance scheme, but there’s a catch. Continue reading
It’s easy to fall into the trap of not nailing things down in deposition as well as you thought you did. Check out one expert’s advice for getting the deposition testimony you’ll need for your summary judgment motion. Continue reading
The following is a guest blog post by Lynn Hollenbeck. Lynn is a litigation attorney with Bunting Drayton & Alward in San Francisco, with expertise in premises defense, insurance defense, asbestos defense, and construction defect.
For defense counsel, plaintiff’s medical records often contain unexpected sources of information beyond examination findings, diagnoses, and prognoses. You may not find the dispositive document that disproves causation, but the records can bolster other issues in the case. Continue reading
The California State Bar’s MCLE compliance deadline is coming up—this time for last names beginning with N-Z. State Bar prosecutors have and will pursue discipline against attorneys who don’t comply, so make sure you don’t get caught short on MCLE hours. Continue reading