Mike Vraa

Mike Vraa

Mike runs a tenant hotline that takes over 15,000 calls per year. His first novel, Celebrity Bounty, is available now at michaelvraa.com.

CLE Presentation Tips: Mastering Time

Every public speaker—especially attorneys presenting CLEs—needs to know how to manage their time. Here are three tips to help you do just that.

Lawyers Who Became Famous (But Not for Their Legal Work)

Sometimes lawyers get really famous, but they stop practicing law (or never even start) to do it.

Mailbag: President’s Day Questions Answered!

You've got pressing Presidents' Day questions. We've got answers.

How and Why to Hire a Law Student

Hiring a law student can be a valuable experience for both the firm and your student. Here are some tips to make sure the process goes smoothly.

10 More of the Funniest Lawyer-Movie Scenes of All Time

Here are ten legal-ish movie scenes that will (hopefully) make you laugh (and think) and maybe even convince you to seek out some movies you haven’t seen before.

“I Don’t Want a Free Lawyer, I Want a Real Lawyer”

Sometimes, people are a bit concerned that a free attorney isn't a "real" attorney. Here are some ways to combat that perception.

How to Represent a Diverse Clientele

Lawyers have to adjust their client relations to an increasingly diverse clientele. Here’s what you need to start doing to get it right.

How to Help Your Client Win on Daytime Court TV Shows

You might have a client who really wants to get on one of those terrible court television shows. If you can't stop them, here's how you might be able to help them.

How To Hire Your First Associate Attorney

You’ve made all the calculations and want to go ahead with hiring your first associate attorney. What do you do next? When you hire any employee, you have to consider a whole new range of issues.

How to Fire an Associate Attorney

Hopefully, you’ll never need to fire an associate attorney you hired. But once you decide that it’s time to fire your associate, here are some keys to minimizing potential problems.

Ace Your Initial Client Meetings

Your time is valuable and, like many lawyers, you may charge nothing for an initial meeting. Make sure you ask the right questions and get the right information before taking on your next client.

How To Make Money in Small Claims Court

For many lawyers, representing clients in small claims court is not financially feasible. Your time is simply too valuable. But advising small claims litigants can be a good way to both increase your monthly income and start developing some courtroom skills if you are just starting out solo.

How to Talk to a Reporter

Being featured in a publication can further establish your expertise. Other than giving a CLE (or winning an important case), talking to reporters is one of the easiest ways to increase your market visibility.