Tag Archives: Clients

BigLaw Firm’s Simple $1.5 Billion Mistake

How does a simple mistake by a law firm end up costing $1.5 billion?  According to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, it happens when the law firm inadvertently includes an unrelated security interest for a $1.5 billion loan … Continue reading

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Commission on the Future of Legal Services

In August 2014, the American Bar Association Board of Governors created the Commission on the Future of Legal Services.  According to a February 2015 ABA article titled, Lots of ideas, but no single theme at Commission on the Future of … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Requirement For Law Students Can Benefit Everyone

New York has done it, and now California is considering it too.  According to a March 14, 2015 Los Angeles Times article, titled State bar considers requiring all law students to do free legal work, the State Bar of California is considering … Continue reading

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Pulling Back The Curtain On BigLaw – And Many Smaller Firms Too

We’ve all seen or heard about the high-end law firms, the ones with the well-appointed offices and the high billable hour fees.  Large or small, some of these firms are harboring a secret – one that can affect how they treat … Continue reading

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Attorney Tip #9 – Brief Writing

In an ABA Journal article titled “Dirty Dozen: 12 Ways to Write a Really Bad Brief,” Jim McElhaney writes about the “ordinary sins [of bad brief writing] that even good lawyers commit everyday.”  According to Mr. McElhaney, they include: Make it … Continue reading

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Justice Is Not Always Just – Traffic Court Edition

Imagine you are riding a motorcycle through twisty mountain roads, traveling well within the speed limit, and when you brake to prepare for a sharp turn, you hit a patch of gravel, your bike slides like it’s on marbles and … Continue reading

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If All Lawyers Spent Time As Clients . . . Maybe The System Would Be Better

We stumbled on an article about a doctor’s eye-opening experience spending time as a patient, and it got us thinking: what if all lawyers spent time as clients?  Perhaps the best way to see how the system affects those who … Continue reading

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Legal Reform Needs More Than Law Firm Innovation

In 2009, a virtual law firm named Clearspire emerged onto the legal scene with the plan to provide clients an alternative to BigLaw.  Clearspire touted high-end attorneys at lower hourly rates by eliminating physical law offices and partner profits, and … Continue reading

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Can Judges Reduce Litigation Costs?

It’s a familiar scenario – a lawsuit on the evening of trial suddenly settles after years of litigation and seemingly innumerable dollars spent preparing the case.  Most clients wonder whether anything could have been done along the way to settle the case earlier … Continue reading

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Should Clients Start Acting Like Consumers?

On this blog, we often refer to clients as legal consumers.  Clients who are paying for services provided by attorneys are consumers of legal services.  Hence the term “legal consumers.”  Inherent in that terminology is the concept that the legal industry is … Continue reading

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