Miles Cooper – Emison Hullverson LLP

1005 Sansome Street, Suite 330
San Francisco, CA 94111, United States

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No More Bike Or Pedestrian Cases? Where Do I Sign Up?

Vision Zero and the idea that we can do a better job for everyone on our streets by reducing fatalities and injuries - There’s a video short that made the internet rounds titled “I’m on a M-Fing bike.” It is a…more
| Personal Injury

ONE DAY, ONE TRIAL: Expedited jury trials – an underutilized tool

The lawyer sat there doing the math. Expert costs, jury fees, and a court reporter for a three or four day trial would eat up most of any recovery. But the settlement offer just wasn’t fair for the client. If only there was a…more
| Civil Procedure

Naming rights: Finding and naming the proper entities in a premises case

The lawyer looked at the satellite view. The client had circled where the injury occurred – in the midst of a plaza. The injury? Straightforward. Who owned the plaza? A little more complicated. The pondered how to find the…more
| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury

Deserve’s Got Nothing To Do With It: Helping clients understand that what they need is not the same as what their cases are worth

The lawyer sat with his unhappy client at mediation. The defense’s final offer: generous in light of trial’s risks. But the client was not pleased. “After costs and your attorney’s fees, and that medical lien thing you were…more
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TREAT THEM RIGHT: The joys and pitfalls of treating doctors

Something came up for opposing counsel at the last minute. He didn’t show. That left us – the court reporter, videographer, and me – sitting in the conference room with the treating doctor deponent. The one who had been too…more
| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury

Order out of chaos

The strategy and skills behind witness order and scheduling at trial - The defense was putting on its case. The lawyer, a trial veteran, was good. But not great with time estimates. Adding to the pressure: a trial judge…more
| Civil Procedure

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: How to effect a successful practice transition

At some point, you’ll realize it is time. Time for a change in your practice. The reasons can be varied – bigger firm, smaller firm, crossing the v, perhaps even leaving the law entirely. People change jobs several times during…more
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All in the family

“Can you help me with a quick legal question?” The voice on the phone asked, “Are you Miles Cooper the lawyer?” (Yep, I am.) “Not Miles Cooper the financial advisor?” (That would be my father.) The caller was a social…more
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Land Wars in Asia: Battles – The Most Classic of Blunders

You have the products-liability case of a lifetime. The Complaint’s been filed. The Answer is in. Discovery time. You sit down and craft a discovery plan. Fine-tuned. Perfection. You sent it out and receive – blanket objections…more
| Civil Procedure, Law Practice Products & Services

The Code War: The international classification of diseases and why you should care about a big change on the horizon

Coming soon to a courtroom near you: “Mr. Expert, can you tell us what upcoding is and whether you found it in Dr. Smith’s billing for treating the plaintiff?” the defense lawyer asked her medical coding…more
| Personal Injury

A death in the family: Caring for your clients – the blessings and the burdens

Recently, I lost three former clients. They passed in separate ways, unrelated to their cases. One, stabbed in an alley, lay moaning for hours before he died. The neighbors ignored him, thinking he was a homeless drunk. Another…more
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The Ministry of Culture: keep current with pop culture to keep current with your jury

Growing up, my parents limited me to one hour of television a day. On PBS. This had unintended consequences. To this day, if a television is on in a room, I cannot pay attention to anything else. I have a penchant for Sesame…more
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The map is not the territory: why visiting the accident scene is so important

A little girl rode her bike along a bike path. The path approached a two-lane vehicle bridge and ran alongside it, like a sidewalk. Her family rode behind her. Her younger brother, new to his two-wheeler, bumped her bike. The…more
| Personal Injury

Make them an offer they can refuse (in bad faith)

In the dead zone between Christmas and New Year’s, a formal policy-limit settlement demand expired. Later that year, the verdict came in, two and a half times over the insurance policy limit. The lawyer had not granted an…more
| Civil Procedure

It’s all relative: What is case management software all about?

Intro - The receptionist buzzed. “A Mr. D____ is calling about a referral.” I ran my mental rolodex. Like many people, I’m terrible with names. But I remember details. Once things click, I remember you went to UCLA, you…more
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