Incoming! 5 Ways to Prepare for Discovery Requests

Your discovery plan shouldn’t be all about what you’re requesting from the other side—it should also anticipate and prepare for the discovery you expect to receive.  Continue reading

7 Suggestions for Your Next Voir Dire

Maybe you’ve been doing voir dire the same way for years, or maybe it’s your first time. Either way, check out these ideas for your next voir dire. Continue reading

Don’t Let Clients Push You Too Far

Yes, you have a duty to represent your client zealously. But don’t let your zeal for your client’s case trump your duty to prosecute only meritorious cases. It won’t fly to say, “My client made me do it.” Your duty to the judicial process transcends any client’s agenda. Check out a recent smackdown from a California appellate court. Continue reading

4 Defenses to Employee Defamation Claims

ThinkstockPhotos-469838082The Recorder reports an uptick in defamation claims by fired employees. These claims are often in the form of plaintiffs saying that their bosses gave others false reasons for their firing. These types of claims strike fear in the hearts of employers, but employers do have some powerful defenses to call upon. Continue reading

When Someone Else Is Paying Your Fees

money_89682134When, in a noncontingent matter, a third party is paying all or some of the attorney fees for your client, do you know how to deal with the issues that can arise? Short answer: Address them upfront in your fee agreement. Here are sample provisions to get you started. Continue reading

Perpetual Motion for the Rule Against Perpetuities

The court giveth, and the court taketh away. Continue reading

Can a Tenant Be Evicted for Using Medical Marijuana?

ThinkstockPhotos-466465686We don’t yet have an officially reported case in California on whether a landlord has the right to get a court order declaring a lease terminated and evicting the tenant based solely on the tenant’s use of medical marijuana. And this complex question is made more unclear by the ongoing conflict between state and federal laws. Continue reading

5 Ground Rules to Explain to Your New Client

The initial interview with a prospective client is the time to explain the ground rules of the attorney-client relationship. Here are five rules to make sure you cover. Continue reading

Ten Things Every New Lawyer Should Know (Part 2)

ThinkstockPhotos-78291349The following is a guest blog post by Anabella Q. Bonfa, a litigator with Wellman & Warren LLP, and Diane Rifkin, attorney recruiter and CEO at Rifkin Consulting.

Continuing from the most recent CEBblog™ post, here are five more things new lawyers need to know. Continue reading

Ten Things Every New Lawyer Should Know (Part 1)

ThinkstockPhotos-78291349The following is a guest blog post by Anabella Q. Bonfa, a litigator with Wellman & Warren LLP, and Diane Rifkin, attorney recruiter and CEO at Rifkin Consulting.

When law firm partners meet to discuss business, the subject often turns to common mistakes made by new attorneys. Here are ten typical mistakes to avoid when you’re trying to get your legal career off to a great start. Continue reading