William Rohn

William Rohn

Varnum LLP

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Of Courtroom Capers, Sanctions, and Squeezed Babies…

A lawyer friend Brian occasionally mentions the idea of "innocently" placing a colorful bag on his table during an opposing lawyer's final argument. I don't think he's ever done it, but the goal is to distract the jury while...more

2/25/2015 - Litigation Strategies

Marriages Come and Go, But Divorce is Often Forever

Last Christmas Eve, I got a voicemail from my son Shamus asking if I knew of "a divorce lawyer named Mr. Barnhart." Shamus called from New Orleans where he lives. Since he's not married, his divorce lawyer voicemail...more

1/21/2015 - Divorce

Tempting the Legal Finger of Fate: No Winners Here

Back in 2006, John Swartz and his wife Judy were driving through the Village of St. Johnsville, in New York, on the way to visit Judy's son. While sitting in the passenger's seat, John noticed a police car, whose occupant,...more

10/29/2014 - Civil Rights Act Law Enforcement

Take Me Out to the Ball Game (And Let’s Be Careful)

An owner of an arena or stadium owes a duty to each patron to operate the premises with reasonable care. In the context of sporting events, this duty is defined as a "limited duty." Spectators are thought to assume ordinary...more

8/11/2014

A Football Team, by Any Other Name…: USPTO Decision Illustrates that Law is More than Hard & Fast Rules

At Meadowlawn Elementary in the 1960s, my West Michigan friends and I would boast about things that made us "better" than each other. It was the golden age of Superman comics and, while I didn't have super strength or x-ray...more

7/2/2014 - Blackhorse v Pro-Football Disparagement Football Laches Native American Issues NFL Redskins Registration Trademark Act Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks

Understanding Litigation Can Make the Process More Controllable

As a trial lawyer, I read essays on litigation. The best title that I ever saw on a column was, "Litigation in America - As Welcome as Sickness or Death." The author opined on why litigants hate lawsuits. His list of...more

6/18/2014 - Trials

Why Even A ‘Bad Guy’ Won’t Have to Pay Your Attorneys’ Fees

I've been a trial lawyer for 32 years. And if I had a dollar for every time I heard a litigant vow to collect actual attorneys' fees from an adversary -- because the bad guy's claim was "frivolous" -- then I'd have a pocket...more

6/16/2014 - Attorney's Fees Bad Faith Corporate Counsel Frivolous Lawsuits

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