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Initial Interview with a Potential Client

The purpose of the client interview is to obtain as much information in respect to the situation presented by the client. A second purpose is to sell the attorney’s services. In order to convince the client to retain the attorney, it is necessary to gather as much information as possible about...

Negotiations and Settlements

Whether an attorney is involved in a sale or a trial, negotiation is a vital part of the attorney’s duties. Before an attorney can negotiate a deal or a settlement for the client, it is important that he know the value of the client’s case and the risk of not settling or making the deal....

Top Tips-Jury Section, Law Division

. Know the facts of your case. It may seem simplistic, but jury trials are won on the facts. The importance of knowing the facts of the case cannot be overstated. . Know the law regarding expert witnesses. You should know what qualifies a person to be considered an expert. People v. Miller , 173 Ill...

Young Lawyers Journal: Pretrial Procedure in State and Federal Court: 90 Days before Trial: Part 2

This article is the second installment of a two-part primer on state and federal pretrial procedure during the 90 days before trial. In the 90-day period preceding trial, review what you have learned and evaluate what it means for your client's position. Also, confront new procedural requirements...

Young Lawyers Journal: Pretrial Procedure in State and Federal Court: 90 Days before Trial: Part 1

Getting ready for trial can be a challenging experience, as you obsessively recheck the completeness of your evidence, and prepare to tell your client's story to the jury. The thoroughness of your efforts directly affects the likelihood of your success, and avoiding unpleasant surprises is a top...

Free Legal Form Sites

Following is a selection of sites that offer forms for free. - Forms.gov - Bankruptcy Forms - Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) Forms - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Forms - Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Complaint Form - Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Forms - Patent and Trademark...

How Am I Doing?

Aspiring associates need and deserve performance feedback. Most firms have formal evaluation processes, but formal review or cryptic writing from a partner on the margins of a memo may not be as helpful as you’d like. Even less fulfilling are redlined documents and brusque admonitions to “do...

You Have 17 Seconds—or Less—to Impress a Client. But You Can Do It…

You’re meeting with the client for the first time. But the truth is, you really don’t have 30 minutes or an hour to make an impression. Psychologists, writers, and seminar leaders caution that strangers (and that includes clients) form an opinion of a person they are meeting for the first...

Client Development for Law Firm Associates

Think and act like a natural rainmaker!! Insights and tips about developing a client base from the start. HB Ligitation Services hosted a professional development teleconference featuring Gabriel Miller, General Counsel for Sokolove Law, LLC; Richard R. Capozza, Hiscock & Barclay LLP; and Paris...