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Absurd Things About 401(k) Plans That Are Actually True

by Ary Rosenbaum on

We drive on parkways and park on driveways. Cigarettes are sold in gas stations even though smoking is prohibited there. Fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing. Phonetic isn’t spelled the way it sounds. When it comes...more

Doctrine, Doctrine … Give Me the News

by Butler Snow LLP on

There are approximately 500 legal doctrines referenced in Black’s Law Dictionary. And there are more where those came from. Legal doctrines – many of which originated before the United States was in existence – routinely...more

Is Your Culture Putting Your Firm At Risk?

by LawVision Group LLC on

While I acknowledge the vital role that culture plays with respect to defining each law firm’s working environment, creating expected behaviors, and establishing a “glue” among the lawyers, I am increasingly seeing law firms...more

Tips for Drafting Executive Employment Agreements -Tip #2 – Severance Conditions

by Bryan Cave on

This article continues with another tip for drafting executive employment agreements and the importance of consulting counsel. For every well drafted executive employment agreement in the business world, there seem to be...more

The Important First Step in Law Firm Client Succession

by Hayse LLC on

Succession planning of client relationships at law firms requires a thoughtful examination of a law firm’s past, present and future. Managing the transition of a senior lawyer’s practice to younger counterparts is not easy....more

5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Submitting A Litigation AFA

by WilmerHale on

In this third article in our series about alternative fee arrangement proposals, we discuss five questions that outside lawyers should be able to answer for themselves before submitting an AFA proposal for a litigation matter...more

Where She Has Practiced Her Entire Career

A recent e-bar announced the installation of Caryn Coppedge McNeill, the new president of the North Carolina Bar Association, and the election of the president-elect, Jacqueline D. Grant. A demanding, virtually full-time job...more

Law Firms and the Billable Hour – The Debate Continues: eDiscovery Trends

by CloudNine on

Over four years ago, I asked the question of whether it’s time to ditch the per hour model for document review. Back then, I referenced an overbilling situation discussed in an article by a law firm that was recently in the...more

LinkedIn and Microsoft Announce New Windows 10 App

by Nancy Myrland on

LinkedIn is on a bit of a roll. Last week, it announced the reintroduction of video to the platform. I say reintroduced because their video effort last year was less than stellar. Today came the first noticeable result of...more

Why Lawyers and Firms Should Actively Manage Their Online Presence

by Jackson Walker on

The need for due diligence research is high for both law firms and their clients. Now more than ever, firms are researching attorney candidates before they are hired. Likewise, clients looking to hire an attorney or firm are...more

If Your Clients Aren’t Texting, You May Be Doing Something Wrong

by Wicker Park Group on

We always tell our law firm clients that communication is the key to the best client relationships. And communication takes many forms: the written word, the business-practical and commercial advice, the tone you set when...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Summer 2017

This edition focuses on rulings issued between February 15, 2017, and May 15, 2017. It begins with an article on the federal judiciary beginning to take notice of issues surrounding third-party litigation funding and testing...more

The Appearance of Impropriety

by Ary Rosenbaum on

For some reason, the unincorporated village I live in has its own Sanitation District where a lot of unethical things have gone on in the past where a father and son once ruled with an iron fist. One man challenged the status...more

Law School Toolbox Podcast Episode 106: Go to Office Hours and Make it Worth Your Time

by Law School Toolbox on

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today, we're talking about going to law professors' office hours and getting something out of it. Lots of law students say they're going to go to office hours regularly, but few...more

The Challenge of Releasing Legal Holds and Disposing of ESI

by Exterro, Inc. on

On paper, releasing a legal hold seems fairly straightforward. A matter reaches a resolution, preservation obligations are lifted, the legal team informs custodians and data stewards that they are no longer required to retain...more

Stuff in a 401(k) Plan That Doesn’t Look Right

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I always say that if things don’t look right even if they are, it will give people the impression that something is wrong. It’s similar to the expression of: “when there’s smoke, there’s fire.” A plan sponsor can’t afford to...more

Know whether it’s in you

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I worked 9 years as an ERISA attorney working for third party administration (TPA) firms and that was an excellent start to my career because I really learned the nuts and bolts of plan administration. There are books about...more

Is it time to refresh your social media training?

by Adrian Dayton on

Rainmakers know the impact that social media training can make. Last night, I had dinner with a good friend of mine, a partner at a prestigious law firm. This partner has brought in millions of dollars of business through...more

Indian E-Visas – Application Overview

by Planet Depos, LLC on

In a recent blog, we discussed some of the most challenging countries to take international depositions – one of which was the exotic nation of India. Besides requiring prior permission from the Indian Central Authority, all...more

The Makings of an Exceptional Law Firm Leader

by Hayse LLC on

A few weeks ago I shared some thoughts on the pivotal role leaders play in a post titled, “The Role of Leadership in Law Firm Success or Failure.” In today’s post, in an effort specifically designed to help identify the...more

5 Questions To Ask Firm Before Accepting A Litigation AFA

by WilmerHale on

In-house attorneys routinely receive, review and compare alternative fee arrangement proposals and nearly all law firms regularly submit them, but the parties often do not follow a disciplined approach in developing a...more

How to Make Your Writing Indispensable to Clients - Content Quick Tip

by JD Supra Perspectives on

In a sea of news and information pulling clients in every direction, what makes you the go-to source for thought leadership? Watch this 60 second clip to hear of one approach that will engage your readers and keep them coming...more

What Lawyers Can Learn From Waiters - Lessons in Exceptional Client Service

by JD Supra Perspectives on

Lessons for lawyers in exceptional client service, from your friendly wait staff....more

Advisors Advantage - July 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Creating Content That Will "Click". It will help you in the long run. In the old days, newspaper and television advertising were the way that you could get your message across to potential clients and sources for...more

A Real Live Mythical Creature Speaks About Alternative Fees

by Valorem Law Group LLC on

Utah Business recently published Industry Outlook: Legal, which featured a question about alternative fees. It appears that Utah is an hourly billing utopia, immune to much of the turmoil firms face in the rest of the...more

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