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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...

    New Attorney's Guide to the Steps in a Lawsuit

    A listing of the basic steps and procedures. 1. Filing a Complaint or Petition Any complaint or petition for relief in a court must be filed within the statutory time limit ( Statute of Limitations ). These statutes vary from state to state...

    5 Don'ts and 3 Do's of Public Speaking

    In my view the value that attorneys bring to their clients is to connect complex rules and laws to the client's situation and goals . This needs to be done in such a way that the client is partnering with the attorney to evaluate their own situation...

    Limiting Professional Liability

    Worried about getting sued for legal malpractice? You probably think your professional liability insurance will be sufficient to cover any claims. What if it isn’t? Can you prospectively limit your liability to a client by including such a limitation...

    Engagement Letters and Fee Agreements in Illinois Following Dowling v. Chicago Options Assocs., Inc.

    A 2007 Illinois Supreme Court decision, Dowling v. Chicago Options Assoc., Inc. , 875 N.E.2d 1012 (Ill. 2007), noted that any written fee arrangement or retainer agreement, regardless of the type of retainer contemplated, should clearly define the kind...

    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Issues in Real Estate Transactions

    Of all of the new realities in representing clients in real estate transactions, undoubtedly the least friendly is the new reality of the vastly increasing number of claims against attorneys based upon conflicts and violations of ethics or rules of professional...

    E-mail Etiquette Tips for Corresponding with Clients and Opposing Counsels

    In today's world of technology, many of us have fallen into the habit of e-mailing with our clients and opposing counsels. While the swift speed of cyberspace certainly has its advantages, it also has an array of problems that follow it. This article...

    Ethical Considerations in Obtaining New Clients

    Before accepting a client in a matter, the attorney must consider two major things. First and foremost is whether the attorney has a conflict of interest in representing the client, whether that conflict be real or potential. The second consideration...

    Developing a Relationship with Your Mentor

    What’s the secret to success for the new lawyer? Many publications and web sites tell you to locate a mentor, but your mentoring experience will only be successful if you give serious consideration to your role as the mentee and your relationship...

    Insurance 101 ─ Insights for Young Lawyers - Assessing Coverage Issues under Additional Insured Endorsements

    In his article appearing in the November/December 2009 issue of Coverage , “ Insurance 101 ─ Insights for Young Lawyers : Assessing Coverage Issues under Additional Insured Endorsements,” Seth Friedman observes that while additional insured...

    Drafting Pleadings in Crayon

    This morning, a tweet from OnTheDocket clued me in to a gem of an opinion that I'd never had the pleasure of reading previously. Bradshaw v. Unity Marine Corp. , 147 F. Supp. 2d 668 (S.D. Tex. 2001), involved a claim for personal injuries filed by...

    Engagement Letters

    When an attorney agrees to represent a client, it is in everyone’s best interests to get the fee agreement in writing. The agreement should cover the precise matter for which the attorney or firm is being retained, the fees to be charged, expenses...

    Understanding the Importance of Marketing and Client Development

    As lawyers in your early years of practice, you have, undoubtedly, already learned about the importance of marketing your and your firm’s practice and developing your and your firm’s base of clients. However, as young attorneys, you probably...

    How to Learn what Law School Didn’t Teach You

    The further associates advance in their legal careers, the more they typically see what their legal education lacked. Law school does not teach lawyers how to effectively interact with clients; law school does not teach lawyers how to efficiently manage...

    PA Supreme Court Disciplinary Board's Top Disciplinary Cases for 2008

    In its latest edition of its Attorney E-Newsletter, the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, www.padb.us , announced its picks for the Top Five Disciplinary Cases of 2008. The Board chose its finalists based on the novelty of issues...

    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...

    New Client Development: It’s All About Who You Know

    When you first start at a new firm, all you want to think about is learning the job and getting the work done. But, sooner or later, you know that you will be expected to start bringing in new clients. You were never taught this skill in law school, except...

    Prototype for Law Firm Innovation

    Back in 2000, when Axiom Law Founder Mark Harris decided that big law's hourly billings were excessive, he may have been the only lawyer who cared. The party for big law had been going on for some time now, each year bringing higher fees that clients...

    Coffee Break Webinar Series

    Coffee Break Webinar Series Supercharge your legal research by attending LexisNexis® Coffee Break Webinars. They're fast, effective and best of all-they're on the house! Choose from a menu of quick 20-minute sessions and discover powerful...

    LexisNexis Communities: Legal Blogs, Podcasts & More

    Over three years ago, LexisNexis launched its first Web 2.0 Community, the LexisNexis Insurance Law Center . More than a blog, the law center was designed as an interactive online community devoted to insurance law available on the open web for attorneys...

    Becoming a Trial Lawyer

    I learned very early in my career - while I was in law school clerking for Bill Wheatley at Jaqua & Wheatley - one of the best and critical qualities of a civil litigator is being a confident and skilled trial lawyer. It is not only that a confident...

    Ethical Implications of Outsourcing Legal Work

    In the November issue of ABA Journal Magazine, associate ethics counsel for the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Eileen Libby reported that the ABA Standing Com­mittee on Ethics and Pro­fessional Con­duct has concluded that U.S....

    The Instrumental Lawyer and the Limits of the Law

    We have seen that the agency relationship between client and lawyer requires the 4 C fiduciary duties to assure that a lawyer acts subject to the client's control. At the same time, every agency relationship is subject to one limitation: neither the...

    Failure to Monitor Dockets or Receive Court Emails Can Prove Costly

    Two recent judicial decisions illustrate how today’s technology is creating new expectations of attorneys. The first opinion addressed an attorney’s failure to timely file a Notice of Appeal of a court’s order. Six weeks after the...

    Keeping a Calendar

    Judges demand respect. Part of that is a demand that attorneys show up when they are supposed to, ready to proceed. Missed deadlines and missed appointments can result in adverse rulings against a client, sanctions against the attorney, and possible disciplinary...