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.

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“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.

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Webinar 101: Keeping an Audience That Doesn’t Want to Pay Attention

Delivering a webinar—where you have no live audience to give you feedback—is very different from conducting a CLE. Here are some tips to make sure your webinar isn't boring.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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6 Ridiculous Ways to Make Your Next CLE Speech Memorable

Let’s face facts: CLEs are boring. In this article, I will introduce you to tools from sports, entertainment, and politics to make your next speech more exciting.

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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.

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How To Give a Killer CLE Presentation

Preparing for a CLE and delivering one are two different beasts. Give a killer presentation with our list of best practices.

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How To Prepare for a CLE Presentation

If you've been to more than one or two CLEs, you know that very few lawyers are great at public speaking.

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12 Terrible CLE Audience Members (and How to Handle Them)

CLEs sometimes play host to strange audiences, especially as “reporting deadlines” loom. You may have lawyers in attendance who aren’t all that interested in what you have to say. Here's how to deal with the worst of them.

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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.