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...
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
With deregulation of the market
looming here in the UK, opinion varies wildly over what the likely impact will
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
"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
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...
"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
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...
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...
"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...
"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...
"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...
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...
"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.”...
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...
"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...
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...