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The importance of simplicity in legal communications

My wife, Lita, and I recently returned from a safari adventure. The route was Seattle to Dubai, Dubai to Cape Town, Cape Town to Johannesburg, Johannesburg to Botswana, and Botswana to the Safari Camp Mombo. Thirty hours of flying time.

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Hidden dangers that could lead to malpractice

There are a number of all-too-well-known malpractice and grievance traps at a law firm: conflicts of interest, missed deadlines, lack of competency, confidentiality/fiduciary breaches, clerical errors, failure to document adequately and poor client relations. But other, hidden dangers could be ...

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The power of plus

For a long time now, the ampersand has served as the go-to symbol for linking a law firm’s name partners, but that time-honored standby is being usurped by what some say is a hipper icon.

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We’ve learned lessons from the recession, right?

Before 2008, the world of the law was a wonderful place. Many large and even mid-sized law firms went their own merry ways, happily assuming that high associate salaries and partner draws, rising rates and the occasional leveraged merger with ...

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Trucking firm to pay $5M for fatal crash

A Dallas-based trucking company has agreed to pay $5 million to the widow and four children of Leroy Corbin, who was killed when a tractor trailer plowed into his car on an interstate outside Hagerstown, Md., early last year.

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Tips for staying ethical online

Lawyers must abide by ethical rules in all areas of their practice — including how they market themselves online. Here are a few tips lawyers should keep in mind:

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Bringing ‘mind-mapping’ into the courtroom

Toss the term “mind-mapping” into conversation and you’ll likely draw sideways glances. It sounds like something that would happen aboard alien spacecraft, and, in raw form, it looks like the doodles of a bored college student. But Columbia, S.C.-based consumer ...

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Overwhelmed? You won’t be if you take charge

“I’m so overwhelmed that I just don’t have time to take care of myself.” Those were the first and last words of a very short conversation I had recently with an obviously harried lawyer. Do you feel the same way? ...

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