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
Most law offices that handle a significant volume of any particular type of case use client intake forms or questionnaires. These forms can aid in office efficiency, but are they really a good idea to use? Continue reading
When litigation is over and you’ve completed the representation, here’s what you need to tell your client. Continue reading
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Have you ever delegated work to a contract or associate attorney and been disappointed with the result? It may be that you need to improve your delegating skills. Here are some tips to help you get the results you want. Continue reading
The following is a guest blog post by Laura Boysen-Aragon, a former practicing attorney and now a legal recruiter at Solutus Legal Search, LLC. This blog entry is the first of a two-part series. Please submit your questions as a comment below or by email to blogQ&A@ceb.ucla.edu and Ms. Boysen-Aragon will respond in her next installment.
Whether you’ve been practicing law for 2 or 20 years, you may reach a point when you want to make a major change in your practice area. Maybe you’ve realized the type of client or the type of work isn’t the right fit, or perhaps the market has changed and you want to try something new. Whatever the reason, if you’re unhappy in your current practice, you can make a change. Continue reading
One of the first and most important purchases for an attorney opening a new practice is insurance coverage. Here’s a look at what you’ll need. Continue reading
The following is a guest blog post by Anabella Q. Bonfa. Ms. Bonfa is a litigator with Wellman & Warren LLP and has built a reputation for handling business and partnership disputes, theft of trade secrets, and unfair competition. She lectures extensively on trade secrets, networking, and using social media to develop business.
In every lawyer’s career there comes a time when they have to start networking and bringing in clients. This usually involves attending functions, meeting new people, and eventually the dreaded “networking lunch.” The lunch is usually dreaded because new lawyers erroneously think it’s only about selling their law firm and they don’t want to be a salesperson. But that’s really not what it’s about: Here’s a plan for getting through networking lunches in a way that’s easy, rewarding, and, most importantly, involves minimal “sales.” Continue reading