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Only in DC: Ethics Rule Permits Non-lawyers to Own Law Firms [Video]

Mar. 19, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Mike McDevitt, CEO for Tandem Legal Group, is not a lawyer, but thanks to an obscure rule in Washington, D.C.'s code of ethics for lawyers he is able to have an ownership interest in the law...more

What Happens In Ecuador Does Not Stay In Ecuador

In last week’s decision in Chevron v. Donziger, the court enjoined the enforcement of a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corp. for environmental pollution, alleged to have been caused by its predecessor,...more

Accountant And Attorney Liability Newsbrief - Winter 2014

In This Issue: - Offshore Disclosure Programs—A Trap for CPAs? - Superior Court Imposes Sanctions for Withholding Documents in Discovery - Expert Witness Faces Personal Liability for Professional Malpractice - U.S....more

Accountant And Attorney Liability Newsbrief - Fall 2013

In This issue: - First Circuit Rejects Scapegoating and Diversionary Tactics by Plaintiff’s Counsel - Doing Wellness Right - Federal Judge Rules Law Firm Not Liable Under Chapter 93A - In Massachusetts, Employers...more

Why Should an Investor or Business Conduct an Asset Search

If used properly and if conducted by a reputable asset search company, asset searches can be used as a valuable pre-investment tool for an investor, partnership, joint venture or other business entity before entering into a...more

Consultant: Legal Ethics Rulemaking Outpaced By Technology  [Video]

Sept. 26 (Bloomberg Law) -- Adrian Dayton, law firm consultant and columnist for National Law Journal, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about three recent legal ethics opinions on lawyers and law firms using LinkedIn....more

Feathers start to fly over upcoming book about why lawyers suck

Today has been an interesting day for the “Why Lawyers Suck and What You Can Do About It” book project. First thing this morning I got a phone call from someone passionately supportive of this project and everything it...more

Bar President: 3Ls Should Get Paid for Internships  [Video]

June 28 (Bloomberg Law) -- John Thies, outgoing president for the Illinois State Bar Association, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about his organization's report on the impact of law school debt on the delivery of...more

The Trust Being a Multi-Party Relationship, Whom Legal Counsel Represents Can Get Complicated

The trust being a multi-party relationship, it is not always that easy to discern at any given time whom legal counsel is representing, or should be representing, in matters relating to the trust’s creation and...more

Law Firm with Inaccurate Billing Records Receives Nothing for Its Efforts

Woodland Hills Attorney Barry P. Goldberg warns his colleagues to have believable and accurate time records or risk receiving no compensation whatsoever from a reviewing court. Since the California Court of Appeal did not...more

Supreme Court Holds a Gunn to Exclusive Federal Court Jurisdiction Over Patent Malpractice Claims

In Gunn v. Minton, the Supreme Court held that federal courts do not have exclusive jurisdiction over patent malpractice claims. Under 28 USC § 1338(a), federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over cases “arising under any...more

Clear as mud? Understanding your ethical duties as a “dirt” lawyer

1. Do you “reply to all” on emails? Should you? With the ease of email communications, thought needs to be given before you respond to an email and hit “reply to all.” With traditional correspondence by mail to opposing...more

Law Prof: I May File Law School Ethics Charges [Video]

Feb. 22 (Bloomberg Law) -- Ben Trachtenberg, an associate professor at University of Missouri School of Law who has written about law schools misrepresenting incoming student GPAs, LSAT scores and graduate employment data,...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Fee Agreement Puts Law Firm In Trustee's Sights [Video]

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Law firm Kaye Scholer LLP and financial advisor Capstone Advisory Group LLC are in the sights of a U.S. Trustee aiming to claw back $12 million for an undisclosed agreement to share fees awarded in...more

Malignant Leadership

A lack of effective oversight can allow even a well-intentioned managing partner to go bad....more

Consumer Law Revolution: The Lawyer's Guide to Working with Online Marketing Tools (Branded Networks)

This ebook will serve as a practical how-to manual with best practices for lawyers wishing to collaborate with branded networks to market their law practice, deliver legal services to clients online, and for lawyer brand...more

Dealing with Outside Counsel’s Conflict of Interest, Part II – The Relationship’s Over, Let’s Litigate

Alice’s outside law firm had ignored her letter alerting it to a serious conflict of interest. In fact, when the firm’s “risk management” partner called, all he seemed to want was to keep her company’s legal work. Alice’s...more

The Clock is Ticking! October is the Time to Report Unclaimed Funds

Are you holding unclaimed or abandoned client funds? October is the month to remit and report - learn how by reading this article....more

Want to hire a cheap lawyer, watch out! (Part 2)

If you are in decision making process of which attorney or law firm to hire, this post informs you of an important point that will help you make that decision. So before you engage that all important counsel, you should read...more

Social Media for Lawyers or How I Built a National Law Practice using Social Media

Five year ago, I joined a prestigious (I thought at the time) Long Island law firm with the idea that I could start a National practice devoted to ERISA and single employer retirement plans. Unfortunately the idea was to...more

IRS 6050W: Implications for Attorneys and Others Who Accept Credit Cards

This is a good analysis of the implications of IRS 6050W for attorneys and others who accept credit card payments; kudos to Lawpay.com for the analysis!...more

What to Consider When Facing a Legal Malpractice Claim

As attorneys, we tend to focus on how to avoid being sued by a client in the first place. After all, the lawyer’s role is to protect the client’s interests and to take the actions necessary to secure this objective. No lawyer...more

Resources for New Bankruptcy Practitioners

Important resources for lawyers who are new to the practice of bankruptcy....more

Mock Trial Arbitrations and Mediations: A New Approach To Case Resolution

In many cases, the stumbling block to settlement is the parties’ polar opposite views of what the likely jury verdict will be. Impasse is typically reached in these situations when the parties dig their heels in, often...more

Mock Trials and Focus Groups: How Are They Conducted?

The goal of the trial lawyer in using a mock trial or focus group in his or her case is to obtain objective information from a group of individuals demographically similar to the real jurors. Consequently, the mock trial or...more

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