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Don’t Dodge—Defuse: Use Your Opening Statement to Handle Problem Areas

Almost every case has problems—sometimes they are analogous to bombs waiting to drop on your case. The key is whether you show them to the jury and simultaneously defuse them, or whether the opposition drops them with glee....more

Insurance Recovery Law - May 2015 #2

Recent Lawsuit Underscores Critical Lessons for Purchasers of Cyber Insurance - Why it matters: Columbia Casualty Company v. Cottage Health Systems was filed on May 7, 2015, in the Central District of California. Cottage...more

Memo to In-House Counsel: Minimizing Communications Babel, Part I

If it did not depict so much dysfunction, the incessant mud-slinging between in-house counsel and law firm lawyers about abysmal communication would be almost laughable. Instead it reveals a continuing and unresolved...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (May 15, 2015)

5 Lessons Learned From Watching Law-Themed Television Shows: While most “real life” lawyers feel these shows are not an accurate representation of the law, there are a few things viewers can learn (other than being...more

Pipeline to Success - Part 7: The People

To ensure success, first the pipeline technology must be supported at the highest leadership levels in the law firm. Next, there have to be knowledgeable, well-trained people dedicated to inputting the data. Information has...more

Effort to Hide Facebook Evidence by Deactivating Account Ends Badly for Louisiana Man

As social media has become ubiquitous, courts are wrestling with more discovery disputes involving social media accounts. In a recent case, Crowe v. Marquette Transportation Co. Gulf-Inland, LLC, the plaintiff...more

Henry Bushkin, Johnny Carson's Lawyer & Business Manager, Talks About Life with the King of Late Night [Video]

Today, my special guest is Henry Bushkin, who was Johnny Carson’s lawyer, business manager, advisor, confidante and author of the book Johnny Carson. I sat down with Henry in his apartment on the Upper East Side to talk about...more

LLCs Not Subject To Texas Attorney Fee Statute ... For Now

In a matter of first impression, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas recently held that Section 38.001 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code — the statutory provision allowing a...more

8 Things You Can Do to Take Your Law Career to the Next Level

When you first pass the bar, you deal with basic issues such as how to draft legal documents, please your supervising attorney, and properly bill clients. Initially, these issues are enough of a struggle, but a few years into...more

Lawpreneur Lifestyle: The Freedom & Rewards of Discomfort

Has it ever occurred to you that the quality of our living is directly proportional to our willingness to be in discomfort? I don’t mean our quality of life, which is all about comfort. I mean the depth and breadth of the act...more

Pipeline to Success - Part 6: The Problem

Over the years, we have all heard way too many stories of CRM systems failing to meet expectations. What we don’t typically hear is that the reason why these systems didn’t meet expectations was often that the expectations...more

5 Reasons to Work with a Business Development Coach

Everyone benefits from coaching. It’s rare to find any high achiever who doesn’t look to a coach for candor, reassurance and advice. Professional athletes, entertainers, CEOs and others at the top of their game often employ...more

Do You Have What It Takes to Go Solo?

Not every attorney is suited to solo practice. But if you are, it can be a very fulfilling and profitable way to practice law. Do you have the personal attributes needed to open your own practice?...more

Lawyer Nathan Sawaya Talks with @HsuUntied About His Life as a Lego Brick Artist [Video]

Today, my special guest is Nathan Sawaya who is a Lego Brick Artist. What started as a side hobby after working as a lawyer has now blossomed into a full time profession with millions of bricks. Even though Nathan has...more

From Drones to Cybersecurity Guidelines to Livestreaming ... Popular Reads on JD Supra This Week

ICYMI a look at back at this week's most popular reads on JD Supra....more

Lawyers Ask: How Do I Make More Money? (Part 1)

It seems like such a simple, even harmless question. The answer is both obvious and elusive. How do I make more money?...more

Top 20 Hot Topics People Are Following on JD Supra Right Now

A quick look at the top 20 most followed topics on JD Supra over the last thirty days. Can you guess what's the hottest topic right now?...more

April 2015: Appellate Practice Update

Inconsistent Access to Federal Appellate Arguments. Public access to appellate proceedings has been a hot topic recently, with many in the news media and the general public clamoring for the U.S. Supreme Court to allow video...more

Build Fierce Loyalty with your “Frequent Flyers”

Before I traveled extensively for work, I ignored the pre-flight intercom banter of promotions for those flying as part of the airline’s frequent flyer program. ...more

Pipeline to Success - Part 5: The Products

Recently, some CRM developers have begun building pipeline tools to meet the changing needs of law firms. A few years ago, Microsoft began offering a version of its Dynamics CRM through industry vertical resellers who...more

Compensation, Billable Hours Limiting Law Firms’ Success

Legal Intelligencer reporters Gina Passarella and Hank Grezlak have authored a series of articles on the changing law firm business model and how law firms must adapt to compete. The first article in the series, “Law Firm...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (May 1, 2015)

From Around the Web - Was Law School Worth It? Ten brilliant JDs were asked to share the subjective value of their law degrees. (Attorney at Work)...more

What is CART?

Perhaps you’ve heard of CART captioning but you don’t really understand what it is. You are not alone. I once had a prospective client call me, wondering how much room the CART took up! That brought a smile to my face,...more

Trends in Litigation Support Outsourcing

The rising costs of legal services, continuing growth of Big Data, and budget pressures have popularized legal process outsourcing over the last two decades. This can take the form of outsourcing back office functions such as...more

Popular Reads on JD Supra: Cybersecurity, H-1B Visas, Social Media in Hiring, and More

To H-1B or not to H-1B, that was the big question this past month on JD Supra, but certainly not the only question on the minds of our readers. ...more

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