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The International Man Of Mystery?

Are you the law's international man of mystery? The answer to the prayers of corporate counsel in global companies? Can you leap jurisdictions with a single bound? Effortlessly unravel the tangle of law, culture and procedure? Wrap your arms around a wriggling mass of seemingly conflicting regulations...

So you’re an equity partner – big deal!

Last week I was given a business card by a lawyer I was talking to. On the card, underneath their name, was written "Equity Partner" in a fairly bold, not-to-be-missed font. Tony showed the proof of his "Legal Jedi Master" card to the managing partner more in hope than expectation...

A shiny new law firm

With deregulation of the market looming here in the UK, opinion varies wildly over what the likely impact will be. Some speak of decimation of the high street, and the end of the traditional law firm as we know it. Others are more conservative and see a simple acceleration of the move...

The five skills of highly effective in-house lawyers

I spent some time this week with a group of in-house lawyers facilitating a discussion around the skills and capabilities that corporate counsel need to be a success, particularly if they are just making the transition from private practice. The group itself was very diverse, ranging from a...

The Tao Of Law Firm Strategy

Differentiation is getting harder for law firms. We all know that. Clients constantly state that they want their lawyers to have deeper knowledge of their business and environment. As the market changes, more and more firms are re-examining their business model and questioning how they are...

Law Firm Management Ideas | The Benevolent Dictator

Listening to a law firm administrator explain how he handles internally sensitive issues at his law firm over a business dinner one evening, I remarked, "You're a benevolent dictator! Sounds like it's working for you! Management by consensus may be an easier path, but it is a sure path...

Why sorry is the hardest word

I had a very interesting conversation with a colleague yesterday around a workshop he was facilitating for a fairly sizeable group of lawyers. As part of the discussion he asked the question "how many of you have ever been the subject of a client complaint". Our subsequent discussion...

The Joy Of Secs (secondments)

I've been hanging out with a lot of in-house counsel recently, and one thing's clear. They love their secondees. Really love them. Whether it's a GC who is relying on a specialist skill set that he or she can't quite find the budget to recruit, a mid-level corporate counsel...

Immigration officer forwards racially charged email to Muslim-American lawyer

"Shahid Haque-Hausrath sat down at his computer on the morning of Sept. 28 and, as he does at the start of most work days, began reading his email. In his inbox that morning was an email from the state's top U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement official...

Hasta la vista baby – the termination of the legal profession

Later this week I'm running a session for a group of leading technology lawyers which will explore the future of the profession. Why I think this will be particularly interesting topic for this group is that I believe technology will be the single biggest driver of change for the legal sector...

ICE Officer In Montana Relieved Of Duties

"A top Immigrations and Customs Enforcement official who sent an Islamophobic email to a Helena immigration attorney has been relieved of his supervisory duties, according to lawyers involved in the case. Earlier this month, Bruce Norum, the supervisory detention and deportation officer...

Excuse me, I think your pricing is broken

I was pleased to read the post on 3 geeks about value billing as this is definitely a topic that needs exploring further, not least because I'm astonished by the number of law firm partners who continually tell me that it's for clients to find a pricing model that works for the firm's...

How does the "last mile" relate to lawyers' website biographies?

The "last mile" is a supply chain management term (and a single released by hard rock/glam band, Cinderella, in 1989, and also a play and movie from the 1930s) that refers to a product's last mile before it gets to market and on store shelves. Apparently, it's the hardest and most...

Cyrus Mehta: Can An Undocumented Lawyer Practice Immigration Law?

"All eyes are focused on whether the California Supreme Court will grant an undocumented lawyer a law license in the case of Sergio Garcia . If an undocumented lawyer like Garcia is granted a license, what would happen if he chooses to practice immigration law? In the past, undocumented lawyers...

Indiana Lawyer Suspended for ‘Illegal Alien’ Comment

"An Indiana lawyer has been suspended for 30 days for a comment about the immigration status of his divorce client’s spouse in a letter sent to opposing counsel and the judge in the case. The lawyer, Joseph B. Barker, wrote the letter in 2009 to protest his client’s lack of access to...

Sergio Garcia Sworn In As California Lawyer

"He’s living in California illegally, but now he can legally practice law. California has allowed an undocumented immigrant into the state bar. His swearing-in ceremony was today, following a legal debate decades in the making. The steps of the California capitol served as the stage for Sergio...

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Siblings Who Hate Each Other and Insurance Coverage

Tapas: Small Dishes of Insurance Coverage News & Notes In Peerless Indem. Ins. Co. v. Moshe & Stimson LLP, 2014 Ind. App. LEXIS 642 (Ind. Ct. App. Dec. 30, 2014), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the court held that no coverage was owed to a law partner, under a...

Colorado Attorney Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Ripping Off Immigrant Clients

"Boulder immigration attorney Emily Cohen — who was convicted last year of scamming immigrant families out of tens of thousands of dollars — was sentenced Friday to six years in prison and 10 years of probation for what a Boulder judge called an act of “unspeakable betrayal.”...

Indigent Corporations Are People Too! New Jersey Court Holds That Indigent Corporations Are Entitled To Appointed Counsel, Just Not Public Defenders

By Peter J. Gallagher ( @pjsgallagher ) Anyone who has watched Law & Order or any other police procedural probably knows the Miranda warnings by heart, including the part about the perpetrators having the right to an attorney and the right to have an attorney appointed to represent them if...

Lawyer Sentenced in Visa Scheme

"Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that RICHARD KASSEL, an immigration lawyer who conspired to obtain immigration visas for his clients based on fraudulent advanced-degree diplomas and transcripts, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court...

New York Court Holds Fraudulent Act Exclusion Applicable in LPL Policy

In its recent decision in Lewis & Stanzione v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co ., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78259 (N.D.N.Y. June 17, 2015), [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York...

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