Posted on February 27, 2017 by CEB
The following is a guest blog post by Richard M. Wilner, a founding shareholder and chair of the Employment-based Immigration Practice Group of Wilner & O’Reilly in Orange County. Together with his partner Kelly S. O’Reilly—a former immigration officer—he helps lead a team of 14 lawyers dedicated exclusively to the practice of immigration law.
The great Winston Churchill said “We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.” Consequently, I believe there is no group more deserving of my time, at no charge, than the men and women who serve in the United States military. Whether representing military clients or otherwise, here are some things I’ve learned from years of doing pro bono legal work. Continue reading
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Posted on February 24, 2017 by Julie Brook, Esq.
A global law firm recently embarrassed itself by not doing a simple conflicts check. As Joe Patrice in his blog post for Above the Law explains, Dentons’ attorneys shot off a letter demanding a retraction from CNN for a story on possible ethics issues with Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price, before a “simple conflict check” revealed that Dentons also represents CNN. You can do better than that. Create a conflicts check system and use it. Continue reading
Filed under: Legal Ethics, Practice of Law, Starting a Law Practice | Tagged: conflict check system, conflict of interest, conflicts check, Dentons, law practice management | 1 Comment »
Posted on February 22, 2017 by Khanh Tran
As a graduation present, your client purchases her son a home. Although the plan was for the son to live there alone, the client and her son take title as joint tenants. Years later, your client remarries and asks you to convey her interest in the house to her new husband’s children on her death. What do you do? Whatever instrument you choose, be sure to sever the joint tenancy! Continue reading
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Posted on February 17, 2017 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Heading to trial? Start your planning by preparing a trial outline. Here are the key things to include and a sample outline to give you an idea how it looks. Continue reading
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Posted on February 15, 2017 by CEB
The following is a guest blog post by Allison B. Margolin, a partner at Margolin and Lawrence in Los Angeles. Ms. Margolin practices criminal defense and civil litigation in both state and federal court.
California’s new law legalizing recreational marijuana has attracted people from all walks of life to the industry. In turn, this will bring new clients to attorneys. But before you represent clients in marijuana-related businesses, consider these tips. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Criminal Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments, Practice of Law | Tagged: attorney-client relationship, business licensing, cannabis, legalization, marijuana, regulation | 3 Comments »
Posted on February 10, 2017 by Julie Brook, Esq.
When you’re negotiating settlement of an employment action, you have much more to consider than just “how much money.” There are many nonmonetary remedies that can—either alone or combined with money—bring the parties to agreement. And how money is paid out can also be a good bargaining chip. Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Settlement Negotiation | Tagged: employees, employers, employment actions, employment discrimination, employment litigation, negotiation, non-monetary settlement terms, settlement, wrongful termination | 1 Comment »
Posted on February 8, 2017 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Your objective is to determine how and when to present each witness, exhibit, and other item of evidence most persuasively during trial. The key to meeting this objective is breaking it down into these four steps. Continue reading
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