Monday, October 1, 2018

Develop a Litigation Strategy

Whether you as a lawyer are representing the plaintiff or a defendant in a civil lawsuit, a clearly defined litigation strategy should be developed at the outset to guide the preparation and presentation of your case.  The importance of a litigation strategy is discussed in my recent blog post in the National Jurist's SmartLawyer digital magazine, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Factors to Consider Before Recommending Litigation

Data reported by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts and by the National Center for State Courts suggest that roughly 9.5 million civil lawsuits are filed in the United States each year.  That number does not include family law cases, bankruptcy matters, or cases filed in courts of limited jurisdiction.  Are that many lawsuits really necessary?  Before recommending that a client file suit, it is important to be aware that most clients have an intense dislike for litigation.  Carefully consider whether filing a lawsuit is the best course of action for achieving the client's objectives.  Other factors to consider are discussed in my recent blog post in the National Jurist's SmartLawyer digital magazine, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Radio Interview on August 22

On Wednesday August 22 I was interviewed by Doug Llewelyn on CUTV News Radio.  The program covered my coaching business, The Coach for Lawyers, LLC, and my books about the practice of law and the legal profession.  You can listen to a recording of the interview by clicking on this link.  

Monday, July 23, 2018

Choosing Where to Practice Law

Whether you are a recent law school graduate or an experienced lawyer thinking about changing jobs, making a careful and thoughtful choice about where to practice law is the key to having a successful and fulfilling legal career.  Some issues to consider when making the choice are discussed in my recent blog post in the National Jurist's SmartLawyer digital magazine, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

How Lawyers Can Maintain Their Personal Well-Being

The practice of law can be stressful.  Lawyers who make a conscious effort to maintain their personal well-being will be more likely to enjoy a satisfying and fulfilling professional career.  Some ways lawyers can take care of themselves are discussed in my recent blog post in the National Jurist's SmartLawyer digital magazine, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Monday, April 23, 2018

How Lawyers Can Avoid Ethical Pitfalls

Lawyers often face ethical challenges.  They may be under pressure to maximize legal fees billed to clients.  They may be tempted to bend the rules in order to prevail in a lawsuit.  Some clients may expect their lawyer to do whatever is necessary to achieve the client's goals, even if that means engaging in unethical behavior.  Ways to effectively handle ethical challenges such as these are discussed in my recent blog post on the Lawyer & Statesman website, "How to Handle Ethical Challenges," which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Be Wary of Ethical Pitfalls

Most lawyers take the rules of professional responsibility seriously and try to comply with them.  Some ethical rules are fairly obvious, such as the rules requiring lawyers to safeguard confidential client information and to properly handle client funds.  Other ethical rules can be overlooked by lawyers who are so caught up in what they are doing that they lose sight of their ethical obligations.  Three common ethical pitfalls are discussed in my recent blog post on the Lawyer & Statesman website, "Ethical Pitfalls Every Lawyer Should Watch Out For," which can be accessed by clicking on this link.