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Lately I’ve been spending a substantial amount of time working with law firm leaders on evaluating and redesigning — yes, substantially rewriting — partner compensation plans. As with many other categories of the law firm...more
In television courtroom drama style, all over the legal news this past week we’ve seen updates from the trial in Marchuk v. Faruqi & Faruqi (Case No. 1:13-cv-01669, S.D.N.Y), a case brought by a junior female associate...more
Shaunda Patterson-Strachan is a shareholder and co-chairwoman of the financial services and insurance litigation practice group at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Washington, D.C. She represents life insurance companies in...more
As you may have seen, the jury in Marchuk v. Faruqi came back yesterday with a verdict for plaintiff Alexandra Marchuk, but it will not allow her to retire, nor will it even pay off her law school student loans....more
In an opinion issued yesterday, the Nevada Supreme Court considered whether a Nevada client had made the requisite prima facie showing of personal jurisdiction over its erstwhile Texas-based law firm. Fulbright & Jaworski...more
Yesterday, Mr. Monteverde testified more about the blood-stained carpet, saying he had not noticed the stains until Ms. Marchuk told him the following Monday that she had been injured during their sexual encounter in the wee...more
January 27 at the Marchuk v. Faruqi sexual harassment trial: Judge Alvin Hellerstein has denied Alexandra Marchuk’s request for an adverse inference instruction based on Faruqi’s destruction of the alleged blood-stained...more
PARENTAL ADVISORY: This is testimony in a sexual harassment case, so it’s necessarily NSFW (Not Suitable For Work. Unless you’re an employment lawyer or HR professional, in which case it’s AIADW (All In A Day’s Work).)...more
The Marchuk v. Faruqi & Faruqi trial (daily updates here) is far from over, but that case, as well as one involving CRST Van Expedited in California, provide some valuable opportunities for us to learn from other employers’...more
In any workplace, conflicts are inevitable. Whether it’s a dispute over communication styles, dress code, feedback, work ethic, respect, loyalty, pay, or more, there’s no way everyone is going to get along all the time. In a...more
Many attorneys, especially those in small offices, limit their timekeeping efforts to cases billed on an hourly basis. This can be a big mistake! Here’s why....more
Creating and sustaining a profitable midsize law firm is challenging, especially in 2015. With many firms shrinking, becoming unstable or simply dissolving, both clients and employees are pursuing stability. While there are...more
I hope that everyone is following the Marchuk v. Faruqi & Faruqi sexual harassment trial that is taking place as we speak in Manhattan. If you haven’t been, then now is the time to start!...more
Jan. 14, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Bruce MacEwen, president at Adam Smith, Esq., talks with Lee Pacchia about the concept of 'cultural due diligence' in law firm mergers and acquisitions. According to Bruce, clients don't care...more
A successful integration process of a lateral partner into a law firm is most typically measured by how many clients and how much work the lateral brings over to the new firm. But assessments should be more broadly...more
A few weeks ago, I participated in a law firm practice group retreat. In preparation for the meeting, I spoke to the practice group leader about his goals for the group’s time together and specifically my program on client...more
The list of reasons to avoid client interviews goes on and on. Obviously, none of these statements are actually reasons to not do client feedback interviews. They are excuses....more
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I remember meeting with Lisa, a young partner in my old law firm, She wanted career planning advice from me. I...more
Your Highest Priority is also Your Greatest Challenge
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Last Thursday, December 4, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reached a settlement agreement with Premier Consulting Group LLC and the Law Office of Michael Lupoloverrequiring the defendants to pay a fine...more
The talks to settle the war in Vietnam were stalled for five months while the participants negotiated the shape of the table at which talks would occur. Five months!! I wonder how many mothers lost their sons during that five...more
Ronald Reagan once famously said the nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” His quote tapped into our natural fear of both the government and unsolicited offers...more
Will your law firm be a saleable asset, or just ride off into the sunset with you one day?
For lawyers who figure it out, selling their law practice is a great retirement strategy....more
It is that season again, just as it is every year. Everywhere around us, miracles will be occurring. All we have to do is open our eyes to see.
You probably think this has something to do with Christmas. Nope. I’m...more
Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali in San Francisco said last week that he will allow a direct appeal to the Ninth Circuit from one of his rulings in the bankruptcy of Howrey LLP, skipping an intermediate appeal to the U.S....more
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