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It’s Time For 401(k) Plan Sponsors To Get A Grip

As an ERISA attorney with a national retirement plan practice, I often feel like a flight attendant giving the safety discussion on a commercial airplane. When I talk about retirement plans and fiduciary liability, I think...more

David Horrigan of kCura: eDiscovery Trends

This is the second of the 2017 Legaltech New York (LTNY) Thought Leader Interview series. eDiscovery Daily interviewed several thought leaders at LTNY (aka Legalweek) this year to get their observations regarding trends at...more

The IP Legal Minute - Quarter #1 2017: Examiner Legal Training

The USPTO recently released materials for training patent Examiners on how to rebut legal arguments during prosecution. Titled “Responding to Legal Arguments (RLA),” these materials train patent Examiners about (i) the basics...more

Finding the Right Attorney

An attorney is an attorney, right? Wrong. Like many attorneys, since graduating from law school, I have been asked a number of legal questions spanning various areas of the law. These questions have come from a variety of...more

How to Draft a Proposed Form of Judgment Under the New Rules

If you are in state court, remember that new rule changes took effect on January 1, 2017. The new version of Rule 54 includes several changes that will be important when drafting proposed forms of judgment. Please see...more

PR in the Age of Alternative Facts

Pitching stories for our legal clients in the days following January 20th, one fact is abundantly clear: like everything else since the inauguration of the new US president, public relations has changed dramatically. The...more

Brad Jenkins of CloudNine: eDiscovery Trends

This is the first of the 2017 LegalTech New York (LTNY) Thought Leader Interview series. eDiscovery Daily interviewed several thought leaders at LTNY (aka LegalWeek) this year to get their observations regarding trends at...more

Jean Hammond, PD Proofreader

In keeping with the celebration of NCRA’s Court Reporting & Captioning Week, it seemed only fitting that we shine a light on an integral behind-the-scenes component of transcript preparation — proofreading. Jean Hammond is a...more

[Event] Prosperoware: 2nd Annual Praxis, The Umbria Conference - March 7-9, Orlando, FL

Prosperoware, a leading enterprise software company delivering innovative technology transforming the business of legal and professional services will be hosting 2nd Annual Praxis, The Umbria Conference, will be held at the...more

Business Development Not-to-Do #1: Pursue Individual Companies

One in a series of business development tips for lawyers, steering away from unproductive efforts and focusing on action items that actually make a difference....more

Client Satisfaction is Dead…

Client satisfaction is dead – or you may be, if that is your primary focus as an organization. This seemingly radical statement is but one conclusion you might draw from reading Value As a Service, a fabulous new book by Rob...more

Make Sure You Have A Complete Transcript For Appeal

The appealing party has the burden of providing the appellate court with the record to support his/her argument on appeal. Sometimes you will need the entire transcript to support your argument – for example, if you want to...more

Is Cooperation Between Parties the Key to E-Discovery Success? (Yerich & Klingsporn)

Perspective One: David Yerich, Esq. Director of E-Discovery, UnitedHealth Group - Cooperation is critical for life. It is how individuals overcome personal limits and underpins all human achievements. It is the bedrock...more

Q&A with Joshua Gans, author of “The Disruption Dilemma”

Your recent book “The Disruption Dilemma” examines how disruption can destroy even the best managed corporations. The case studies in your book – the mobile phone industry disrupted by Apple, Blockbuster’s store-based video...more

Law School Toolbox Podcast Episode #84 Using Rules Effectively in Legal Writing (with Guest Jason Jones) [Audio]

Welcome back! Today, we’re talking with Law School Toolbox tutor (and former law professor) Jason Jones about a very important aspect of law school exam success – using legal rules. Some of you might be thinking, “Duh, of...more

Top 10 Rules to Marketing a Law Firm Merger or an Existing “Branch” office (Part II).

Last week we detailed five marketing and reputation challenges faced by smaller or newer “satellite” offices of prominent law firms. (BTW, accounting and all other professional-services firms confront these same...more

Things Lawyers Do - An In-House Client's Perspective...

A call to a law firms for better client service by Matt Fawcett, senior VP, general counsel for multinational data storage and management company NetApp....more

“We’ve got Stephanie” – A Southwest Airlines Lesson in Client Service for Law Firms

A lesson in why it matters to treat your clients and your clients’ problems as your own....more

Data Quality Do’s & Don’ts – Part 2: The Missing Pieces of Your CRM Success Puzzle

The holidays are long over and the scramble to send out holiday mailings seems like ancient history. But don’t close the book yet! ...more

The Four Questions of Client Loyalty

At the end of a client feedback interview last week, the senior in-house counsel I was speaking with summed up the relationship by saying, “At the end of the day, they get all my work because they make me look...more

Make Sure Your Summary Judgment Pleadings Are Appeal Ready

Because summary judgment rulings are reviewed under a de novo standard, they are one of the most common types of orders overturned on appeal. Here are some suggestions for stacking the deck in your favor. Please see...more

A Personal Reminder About the Value of Experience

On Saturday, I was sitting in my home office and I heard an episodic beeping sound that sounded like a smoke detector with a battery that needed replacing. I checked all the smoke detectors and none were chirping, so I...more

Court Reporter Mentoring – Back to the Future

In February of 2016, in conjunction with NCRA’s Court Reporting & Captioning Week, Planet Depos announced the launch of Planet Institute, a program developed to bridge the gap between student and career....more

Alright, so I need a lawyer. Who should I hire?

You've realized that braving a government investigation without a lawyer is a bad idea.  So, you need to find a lawyer and you need to find one fast.  But how?  Chances are, you've never hired a lawyer before and it's tough...more

Top 10 Rules to Marketing a Merger or “Branch” office (Part I).

You’re smart, handsome, and athletic—you’re in demand and have received many solid offers. Which one will you accept? Most likely you’ll end up at the “best” fraternity?the one that seems to have the best people, the best...more

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