When you’re starting out in law practice and feeling desperate for paying clients, you may be tempted to negotiate with your clients over your rates for legal services. Don’t do it! Negotiating your rates is not a good idea, but there are ways to accommodate a client and thereby create a win-win situation. Continue reading
Trial attorneys sometimes get excusal remorse, i.e., they excuse a witness and then want to recall that witness back to the stand. Anticipate this reaction and take proaction. Continue reading
Just in case employers have forgotten how critical it is to avoid and properly handle harassment claims, the recent $1.5 million settlement against JPMorgan should serve as a reminder. Advise all employers to take action and have a plan to protect employees and minimize harassment claims. Continue reading
The following is a guest blog by Alan M. Goldberg of the Law Office of Alan Goldberg. Alan’s practice includes Appeals, Civil Trials, and Family Law. You can follow Alan on Twitter @AlanMGoldberg.
We learn in law school that illegal contracts aren’t enforceable. But that’s not precisely true. Some illegal contracts may be enforced, depending on the “realities of the situation.” Continue reading
If properly prepared, your testifying client will be relaxed, confident, natural—and a master of pertinent facts. But no one can behave naturally on the stand while trying to keep in mind 50 different facts. When you’re preparing your client to testify, your job is to narrow the case to a few important facts and then fix them in your client’s mind. Continue reading
If you represent businesses, you know how important it is to protect their trade secrets. A crucial part of that effort is developing and implementing a trade secret protection plan. Specific company needs may vary, and plans have to be crafted with those needs in mind, but some elements should be included in any trade secret protection plan. Continue reading
Many attorneys mistakenly believe that answers to interrogatories and requests for admission are automatically in evidence after they’re lodged with the court. Not so! First, you’ve got to formally introduce them into evidence.
There’s a new breed of squatter—White Hat Squatters, if you will—who are saving depressed neighborhoods from the blight of abandoned properties and gaining ownership though adverse possession. Continue reading
Many litigators are grateful to believe they’ve left tax law behind in law school. But that belief can cost your client. Continue reading
In a recent Florida case, the plaintiff lost $80,000 of settlement proceeds he had received on his employment discrimination claim after his daughter spilled the beans on Facebook. Breaching the confidentiality clause in a settlement agreement—and getting caught at it—is frighteningly easy in the age of social media. Continue reading