What’s Luck Got to Do With It?
Upon reading Josh’s post yesterday reflecting on the first 18 months of the firm, I took a few seconds to think about where my firm’s been since my partner and I joined forces, about 18 months ago ourselves. And after some quiet contemplation, I recognize that it’s not just a Horatio Alger ”pull yourself up by […]
Electronic Medical Records: A Primer
I’ve litigated personal injury cases for nearly 25 years and I’ve read literally millions of pages of medical records. The advent of electronic medical records (EMRs, also known as EHRs for Electronic Health Records) was touted as the answer to many litigators complaints: Handwritten records were often incomplete, confusing and illegible. And while a printout […]
Young Attorneys: Have Faith in Your Case
Experienced attorneys frequently resort to intimidation when dealing with a young attorney. If you are a young attorney, have faith in your case---and don't let opposing counsel dictate their view of the case and your client.
Dealing with Rule 11 Threats and Motions
"I have had a number of threats for Rule 11, but only one firm had the balls to actually file one, and the judge ordered them to pay my fees for having to respond."
Judge: “Never send me something unless someone less dumb than you has read it first.”
10 legal writing tips from federal judge Richard Kopf. Among them: "Burn anything that Bryan Garner has written."
Legal Writing Wars: Seeking Precision
In the quest to make their writing precisely clear, lawyers use a number of methods. Few of them make their writing easy to read. And sometimes lawyers intentionally write to make things unclear.
Trial Guides for iPad: Review
Trial Guides is a simple ebook reader for trial related ebooks. Trial Guides is also a publishing company that publishes (surprise) books on trial practice and trial techniques. They have an excellent selection of popular titles for trial lawyers. The app itself is a no frills, basic e-reader. I suspect the entire reason to have […]
Origins of the Legal Writing Wars: Constructing Sentences
Most lawyers have enough ability to write readable prose, but their style choices doom them to failure. Many of those choices have historical roots.
Origins of the Legal Writing Wars, Part Three
Here's the true story of why lawyers became obsessed with the written word.
How to Build Your Law Practice Like a Kid
The basic principles of running a law practice are the same common-sense business principles kids use in neighborhood businesses.
Negotiation Myths vs. Reality
Old-school maxims about how to negotiate are often incorrect. Social science is showing us how to get better results.
3 Mistakes New Attorneys Make During Presentations
I love public speaking. But, like writing, I firmly believe that public speaking can be improved throughout one’s career. As a newer attorney, here are the areas that I continue to work on.
Good Facts > Good Law
Every case, and every set of facts is different. Whether you are interacting with opposing counsel or the court, good facts should be front and center.
Origins of the Legal Writing Wars, Part Two
This week, we continue our search for the roots of why legal writing is such a godawful mess. Unsurprisingly, it's partly the fault of the French.
Someone Will Hate You. Congratulations — Now Deal with It
People will hate you as a lawyer. You need to deal with it and keep your reputation intact.