Randall Ryder

Randall Ryder

Randall sues debt collectors that harass consumers, assists consumers with student loan issues, and defends consumers in debt collection lawsuits. He is also an attorney instructor at the University of Minnesota Law School.

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Yes, Your Personality Matters to Clients

Clients want to hire an attorney that will help them solve their problem. But they also want to work with a person, not a robot. Showing your personality will go a long way towards creating a more meaningful attorney-client relationship.

How to Keep Your Solo Practice Sustainable and Lean

Make sure you can keep your solo practice running until it succeeds by keeping costs down and overhead low.

Suddenly Solo

The Bad Clients You Don’t Take Will Be the Best Money You Never Made

Never try and convince yourself that any client is a good client. It’s not that simple.

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Spending Wisely vs. Being Cheap

It is easy to decide that the only way your firm will be profitable is for you to scrimp and save every penny. However, sometimes you have to spend money (wisely) to make money.

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New Attorney? Don’t Get Intimidated by Opposing Counsel

New attorneys can often be easily intimidated. Here are some tips on how young attorneys can effectively deal with bullying from opposing counsel.

The Art of Negotiation

The Art of Negotiation: Closing the Deal

Sometimes settlements can fall apart even after you have come to a basic agreement on terms. Here are some ways to make sure that does not happen.

Law School Exams

Law School Finals: Taking Your First Exams

How law students can prepare for their first finals in law school.

The Art of Negotiation

The Art of Negotiation: Get Inside Your Opponent’s Head

The more you learn about opposing counsel, the more effective a negotiator you will be. Here are some tips on how to accomplish that.

Don’t Refer Bad Cases or Clients

Good lawyers want to help other lawyers by sending them good cases and good clients. Before you try and dump a problem client on another attorney, be sure to think about the long-term implications.

The Art of Negotiation

The Art of Negotiation: Client Goals and Settlement Authority

Successful negotiation starts with a clear understanding of client goals and a lawyer's settlement authority.