Professional Practice Updates

Read need-to-know updates, commentary, and analysis on Professional Practice issues written by leading professionals.
News & Analysis as of

Size Up Your Adversary

When it comes to litigating a case, your client’s objectives are only half the story. If you want to gain an advantage, you’ll also need to successfully assess your adversary’s goals, capabilities, and willingness to fight. ...more

Lawyers in the Problem-Spotting Business

During the 2015 Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference, keynote speaker Daniel Pink discussed many themes related to the role sales plays in the lawyer-client relationship. For decades, lawyers have pushed back...more

Who's in the House? Recent Moves by General Counsel, Legal Officers, and Corporate Leaders

A look at recent moves and promotions for general counsel, in-house lawyers, and other corporate leaders in the field....more

Pipeline to Success - Part 3: The Pipeline

This is where real pipeline software can help to take a law firm’s business development to the next level. A true sales pipeline allows opportunities to be entered and linked to related people and companies. Pipelines also...more

6 Things to Know About Interrogatory Responses

So, you’ve been hit with interrogatories. Before you start working on responses, review these 6 points. 1. You have a duty to respond. A party who has been served with interrogatories under CCP §§2030.010–2030.410 has...more

From Timeouts To Tantrums – What Two Rounds Of The Terrible Twos Taught Me As A Trial Lawyer

Reflecting on skills learned through parenting children through the “Terrible Twos,” I realized the skills I have acquired in dealing with a difficult two-year old often come in handy when dealing with troublesome opposing...more

Litigating In New York: The Choice Between State and Federal Court

I am often asked by clients who have decided to file a legal action whether they should file in state or federal court. The question invariably brings to mind an old law school professor who once lectured us: "When you...more

Entire In-House Legal Department Disqualified Following Lateral Hire - A Closer Look at Dynamic 3D Geosolutions, LLC v....

This court opinion demonstrates that in-house legal departments can and will be treated the same as traditional law firms when it comes to imputation of conflicts and the resulting potential for...more

April 17, 2015 NC Legislative Update

Legislators are back in Raleigh after a week off and it doesn’t look like anything has changed after the extra time they were given to reflect on the session. Just as we’ve seen before: - There’s a new bill that would...more

What Professionals Can Learn from National Championship Coaches' Post-Game Comments

As a proud Carolina graduate, it is somewhat painful to see Duke’s success in another national championship and even more so as I write a post praising Mike Krzyzewski. However, in our daily quest for professionalism,...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (April 17, 2015)

From Around the Web - Deceptive Statistics 101, Courtesy of a Law Professor and the New York Times: The New York Times published an column by a Berkeley law professor at Berkeley who said the drop law school applications...more

Gartner Predicts the Future of Big Data’s Impact on Legal

In February, the White House appointed DJ Patil as the first “chief data scientist” in U.S. history in order to address the challenges of Big Data, who will be tasked with trying to use that data to create efficiencies,...more

How to Successfully Integrate Lateral Partners

There are two ways lateral partner recruiting can grow the revenues of a law firm. The first is through the acquisition of additional client relationships brought to the firm by the lateral partner. The second is the added...more

How Can I Develop a Neutral Approach When Entering Into A Deal?  [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk attorney Michelle C. Lombino discusses what mindful lawyering is and how one can develop a neutral approach when entering into a deal. For more information visit www.jaburgwilk.com....more

Statistical Evidence Of Happier Lawyers

We’ve seen some comments on various media streams lately that imply (or directly state) that… Being a lawyer requires a resignation to working too hard for too little money. Being “happy” isn’t part of the deal. Like,...more

Pipeline to Success - Part 2: The Spreadsheet vs The Pipeline

At its most basic, a pipeline is simply a way to track and report on business development efforts. Initially, when law firms began tracking business development opportunities, the original tool of choice was Excel. Even at...more

Meet Your Clients’ Core Values

Early in my tenure as in-house counsel, I learned that our company possessed eight key decision criteria reflecting our company’s core values. We used those criteria as we began consolidating our outside legal work to fewer...more

Using Fiduciary Accountings as a Client Management Tool

When representing a fiduciary such as a conservator or personal representative, you’re often dealing with a lay person who may be feeling overwhelmed by unfamiliar responsibilities. One way to bring the situation under...more

Another Example of Using Big Data to Improve Odds of Winning in Court

Back in February, I wrote a post on The The Early Days of Legal Analytics. It discussed some of the innovations at Lex Machina, a legal start-up that uses Big Data to value contested patents and develop a litigation strategy...more

Who's in the House? Recent Moves by General Counsel, Legal Officers, and Corporate Leaders

A look at recent moves and promotions for general counsel, in-house lawyers, and other corporate leaders in the field....more

Lessons from Law Firm Management: The Multigenerational Workforce

Today one of the more complicated challenges facing law firms is the ability to bridge cultural divides and expectations within a multigenerational workforce. Law firms are often comprised of a wide swath of generations, from...more

The Roundup:Last Week’s Recommended Reading (April 10, 2015)

From Around the Web - Navigating the Thin Lines Between Wasting Time, Being Too Busy, and Achieving True Productivity: In a world that bombards us with so many things that need to be done, how do we find the pace...more

Shane Glynn, Product Counsel at Google, Talks Base Jumping with @HsuUntied [Video]

Today, my guest is Shane Glynn, Product Counsel at Google, who is a base jumper. After learning how to parachute out of an airplane, he tried base jumping off a bridge and instantly became hooked. But despite the thrill of...more

Splitting Fees? Get Client Consent ASAP

Common scenario: You do some work for a client and then pass off the client to another attorney, agreeing to split the attorney fees. Later you want to get your share of the fees. The Rules of Professional Conduct require...more

JD Advantage Jobs: A Closer Look, Part I

“JD advantage” (“JDA”) jobs are those “for which bar passage is not required but for which a JD degree provides a distinct advantage.” Perhaps most important, they are treated equivalently to “bar passage required” (BPR) jobs...more

5,889 Results
|
View per page
Page: of 236

Follow Professional Practice Updates on:

All the intelligence you need, in one easy email:

Great! Your first step to building an email digest of JD Supra authors and topics. Log in with LinkedIn so we can start sending your digest...

Sign up for your custom alerts now, using LinkedIn ›

* With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name.
×