Thursday, November 29, 2018

Using a Compelling Story to Present Your Case

As lawyers we are trained to present the facts of a case in a logical way that addresses the elements of a cause of action.  When presenting a case to people who are not lawyers, such as jurors, it is far more effective to present a case in a way that tells a compelling story.  An illustration of a compelling case story is contained in my recent article in the National Jurist's SmartLawyer digital magazine, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Tips for Taking Effective Depositions

Depositions are usually taken to obtain relevant factual information from a witness.  If taken effectively, the deposition of an adverse witness can also limit the impact of the witness and even provide testimony helpful to your case.  Tips for taking effective depositions 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, 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.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Some Tips for Representing Clients Well

Highly effective lawyers represent their clients well.  They take the time to understand each client's goals and look for a creative solution for the client's legal problem.  They manage client expectations realistically and explain the legal fees and costs the client will be expected to pay.  They keep their clients informed.  These points are discussed more fully in my recent blog post on the Lawyer & Statesman website, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Some Tips for Negotiating Effectively

Lawyers often negotiate on behalf of their clients.  For a lawyer to be effective as a negotiator, it is important to set aside the adversarial mindset and to prepare thoroughly.  Look beyond the legal issues and understand what your client wants to achieve.  These points are discussed more fully in my recent article, "Preparing for Negotiation," in the Bar Association of San Francisco Bulletin which can be accessed online by clicking on this link.

When getting ready to negotiate, mental preparation is key.  Additional tips that will help you be effective in a negotiation session are discussed in my blog post on NWSidebar, an online publication of the Washington State Bar Association, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Building Trust in Professional Relationships

A solid professional relationship is based on a foundation of mutual trust.  The personal qualities and behaviors that are necessary to build trust in a professional relationship are discussed in my recent blog post on the Lawyer & Statesman website, which can be accessed by clicking on this link

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

3 Keys to Effective Advocacy

Lawyers often act as advocates on behalf of their clients.  To be effective, it is important for a lawyer to focus on the client's goals, prepare thoroughly, and be a credible advocate.  These points are discussed more fully in my blog post on the Lawyer & Statesman website, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.