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Missouri Appellate Law - 2013 Update

I was asked recently to make a presentation on Missouri appellate practice as part of a CLE program. The program is sponsored by the Solo and Small Firm Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. To prepare...more

Civility? Really?

Civility, across the broad arch of a career, is a successful and lucrative business model. I believe it will enhance your professional career, better serve your clients, make you more profitable, and keep you sane. ...more

Todd Janson v. LegalZoom.com, Inc.

Federal Court Rules that LegalZoom Self-Help Service is Unauthorized Practice of Law

A federal district court, applying Missouri law, ruled in a summary judgment motion, that LegalZoom.com's self-help legal document preparation service is unauthorized practice of law. The service goes beyond self-help because...more

Okay, We Swallowed the Kool-Aid and We Are Using Alternative fee Arrangements, But Do We Still Need to Keep Track of Time?

As alternative fee arrangements continue to snowball and gain real popularity, as law firms get their arms around the subject, they are getting down to a fundamental series of basics. One question that has come up, rather...more

The New York Times asks "Is Law School a Losing Game?" Law School Graduates Who Entered the Game Want to Know if They "Can Sue...

For at least two years there has been a raging debate concerning legal education in America. The New York Times, in a feature piece published January 9, 2011 poured an enormous amount of accelerant on the subject. The debate...more

Litigating in the Enlightened Age of Mediation in Ontario, Canada: Drafting Persuasive Pleadings

In the enlightened age of mediation, more than of 90% of all lawsuits eventually settle. Good counsel must now see the pleadings in a different light. The Statement of Claim or Complaint is a very useful marketing tool. If...more

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