Julie Brook

Julie Brook

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Avoid Apple’s Legal Headaches Over Final Paychecks

In the recently certified class action against Apple for wage and hour law violations, one of the plaintiffs’ allegations is that employees who quit or were dismissed weren’t given final paychecks in a timely manner as...more

7/29/2014 - Apple Class Action Class Certification Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Wage and Hour

Should You Take on a Client Who’s Forming a Nonprofit?

You get a call from a potential client who wants to set up a new nonprofit organization. Here are some questions to ask before you commit to the task. The first thing to do when asked to set up a nonprofit is to gather...more

7/28/2014 - Business Formation Non-Profits Young Lawyers

Get Technical in Your Next Personal Injury Case

Feeling out of your element by the technical aspects of your personal injury case? Get a technical experts on your team! Here’s how technical experts can help in common personal injury cases, such as slip and fall, car...more

7/21/2014 - Bodily Injury Car Accident

Thinking Ahead: Pre-Birth Custody and Visitation

When parents aren’t living together as a child’s birth approaches, the family may benefit from having pre-birth orders spelling out what will happen at the hospital and beyond....more

7/15/2014 - Birth Certificates Child Custody Child Visitation

Should You Go on the Offense Against a Wrongful Termination Plaintiff?

When sued by a former employee for wrongful termination, many employers feel that the best defense is a strong offense and want to attack back with a cross-complaint. But is this a good game plan? ...more

7/15/2014 - Cross-Complaints Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Litigation Strategies Termination

Direct Examination Crisis Control

Sometimes, despite careful preparation by counsel and the witnesses, direct examination unravels. But if you’ve reviewed these crisis control techniques, you’ll be ready when a problem presents itself during your direct....more

7/10/2014 - Direct Examination Evidence Litigation Strategies

Does Litigating Make Economic Sense?

One of the most important factors to consider when taking a case is whether the cost of litigating is likely to outweigh the gain. Even if the potential clients are willing to pay your fee, you may better serve them by saying...more

7/3/2014 - Attorney's Fees Case Management Confidentiality Damages Liability Litigation Fees & Costs

When Settlement Pits Client Against Attorney

Settling a case that involves potential court-awarded attorney fees raises a big issue—a conflict of interest between plaintiffs’ counsel and their clients. But it’s definitely possible for plaintiffs’ attorneys to deal with...more

6/30/2014 - Attorney's Fees Conflicts of Interest Settlement

One More Thing to Worry About with Teen Drivers

The new teen drivers are out in force for the summer season, giving their parents a lot to be anxious about. Among the countless fears parents have every time their teen takes the wheel should be their own liability....more

6/26/2014 - Auto Insurance Car Accident Driver's Licenses Liability

Mmmm…Donuts! But Can You Bring Them to the Courtroom Staff or Jury?

Seasoned litigators know how important it can be to have a good relationship with courtroom staff. Bringing holiday treats or morning coffee can certainly bolster that relationship, but is it ok to do? Trying to...more

6/23/2014 - Judicial Gifts Rules of Professional Conduct Young Lawyers

Are Two (or More) Experts Better Than One?

Should you hire multiple experts on the same topic? There are some very good reasons to use this strategy. If the case justifies the expense, retaining multiple consultants in the same field has a variety of advantages....more

6/20/2014 - Expert Testimony Expert Witness Young Lawyers

What Form Should Your Law Practice Take?

When starting your own law practice in California, one of your first decisions is what business form to use—should your practice be a sole proprietorship, a partnership, or a corporation? Don’t underestimate the importance of...more

6/18/2014 - Limited Liability Partnerships Professional Corporation Sole Proprietorship Young Lawyers

Calming a Client Before Cross

For many people—especially avid courtroom drama watchers—the anticipation of being cross-examined is terrifying. If your client is one of these people, try these calming techniques....more

6/16/2014 - Cross Examination Hostile Witness Re-Direct Examination Young Lawyers

Getting What You Need Under FOIA

As an attorney, you have a duty to do an adequate investigation before asserting any claim, but your investigation can’t intrude on others’ privacy rights. Getting public record information is one way to get what you need...more

6/13/2014 - FOIA Privacy Laws Public Records Young Lawyers

Tricky Business: Representing Clients with Adverse Interests

As a matter of professional responsibility, California attorneys must avoid conflicts of interest with current and former clients. Beyond these ethical obligations, there are also practical reasons to avoid a new client who...more

6/11/2014 - Conflicts of Interest Conflicts Waiver Rules of Professional Conduct Withdrawal Young Lawyers

What to Do If Your Client Dies

You’re litigating a case and your client dies. What do you do? What are your ethical obligations? One of the first questions you have to ask yourself when you client dies is, “who is my client now?” The answer is...more

6/9/2014 - Attorney-Client Privilege Legal Ethics Personal Representatives Protective Orders Rules of Professional Conduct

Do’s and Don’ts of Juror Contact

Not surprisingly, California’s legal ethics rules have a lot to say about how attorneys relate to jurors. Here are 5 do’s and don’ts when it comes to attorney-juror interaction....more

6/6/2014 - Juror Jury Selection Legal Ethics Rules of Professional Conduct Young Lawyers

Conducting a Fair Workplace Investigation

Every employment attorney at some point will be asked either to conduct or assist with a workplace investigation. Attorneys taking on this role will need to act as a neutral fact finder and refrain from zealous advocacy, a...more

6/4/2014 - Credibility Evidence Eyewitness Testimony Reasonableness Factors Testimony Witness Workplace Investigations

Motion to Compel = Motion of Last Resort

The other side is not giving you adequate discovery responses. In frustration, you may want to file a motion to compel. But stay calm and consider carefully whether doing so really makes sense and if there are better...more

6/2/2014 - Discovery Motion to Compel Sanctions Young Lawyers

Drafting a Summary Judgment Order

Yay! Your client prevailed on a summary judgment motion! But now you have to draft the proposed order. Do you know what to do? Here’s some help....more

5/28/2014 - Continuing Legal Education Summary Judgment Young Lawyers

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