Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Changing Jobs: Deciding Where You Want to Land

You may have decided it is time to leave your current job and find somewhere else to practice law.  Steps you can take in your search for a new job that will help you improve your professional satisfaction are discussed in my recent blog post in the National Jurist's SmartLawyer digital magazine, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Knowing When to Leave Your Firm

Lawyers need to take personal responsibility for managing their professional careers.  Some guidelines for knowing when it may be time to leave your current firm are 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 12, 2019

How to Deal With Difficult Colleagues

We all encounter difficult people from time to time.  Dealing with a difficult person is particularly challenging when the person is a colleague with whom you need to have an ongoing relationship.  Effective ways for dealing with a difficult colleague 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, August 19, 2019

Protecting Your Reputation

In the practice of law your reputation will precede you.  People will make assumptions about your credibility and about your skill as a lawyer based on your reputation and the reputation of the people with whom you associate.  Some tips for protecting your reputation are discussed in my recent blog post in the National Jurist's SmartLawyer digital magazine, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

How to Set Boundaries Around Your Time

While the practice of law can be rewarding and personally fulfilling, it can also be very stressful.  Since chronic stress can lead to burnout and serious health problems, it is important for lawyers to take meaningful and regular breaks from the intensity of the practice.  Some tools for setting boundaries around your time 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, June 18, 2019

How Soon Can You Mediate a Dispute?

Mediation can take place as soon as all the parties are ready to explore the possibility of resolving their dispute.  Creative approaches to mediation that can help resolve disputes before the parties become heavily invested in the litigation process 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, June 3, 2019

Make the Most of Mediation

As a facilitated negotiation, mediation can provide a meaningful alternative to the adversarial litigation process.  A skilled mediator will help the parties and their lawyers engage in a conversation that addresses the broader interests of the parties beyond the narrow confines of their respective legal positions.  Tips that will help lawyers make the most of mediation as a process for resolving disputes 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, May 6, 2019

How to Negotiate with Bullies

Some lawyers act like bullies when they negotiate.  They seem to think they can achieve a better result for their client by intimidating the opposing party or opposing counsel.  Tips for negotiating with bullies are discussed in my recent blog post in the National Jurist's SmartLawyer digital magazine, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

How to Approach Settlement Negotiations

Several million civil lawsuits are filed in the United States each year, and more than ninety percent of them are resolved by settlement.  The way lawyers approach settlement negotiations will determine how effective they are in helping most of their clients resolve disputes.  Tips for approaching settlement negotiations 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, February 26, 2019

Working with Expert Witnesses

Experts can be indispensable as witnesses at trial.  They can express opinions within the scope of their expertise and can help the trier of fact understand complicated issues that might be involved in the case.  Tips for selecting your experts, and for challenging adverse experts, 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, February 5, 2019

Preparing Witnesses for Testimony

Lawyers depend on the testimony of witnesses to present their case on behalf of a client.  Witnesses should be thoroughly prepared for their testimony, whether they are giving a deposition or testifying at trial.  Tips for preparing witnesses 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, January 15, 2019

How to Reduce Stress in the Legal Profession

Practicing law can be stressful.  Lawyers are under constant pressure to meet deadlines and client demands, and law practice environments can be highly competitive.  It is easy to understand how lawyers can feel stressed.

While occasional feelings of stress are normal, chronic stress causes chemical imbalances in the body and weakens the immune system, making a person more susceptible to serious medical conditions such as heart disease and cancer.  Clinical depression, which occurs among lawyers at a rate significantly higher than the rate for the general population, has also been attributed to chronic stress.

Six steps lawyers can take to avoid experiencing chronic stress 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.