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.

Law School Finals: Taking Your First Exams

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

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: Client Goals and Settlement Authority

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

(Not) Working on Vacation

How to work during a vacation without completely ruining it.

Should You Go Solo or Form a Partnership?

There are a lot of considerations that go into whether you should be a solo attorney or form a partnership with another lawyer. Here are some key things to keep in mind.

Don’t Let Intimidation Drive Your Litigation Strategy

If someone could burn down your house, would they really knock on your door and blow smoke in your face?

How To Handle Tire Kickers

One of the biggest challenges for all attorneys is balancing their current caseload against making sure new cases are coming through the door. Not every potential client, however, is created equal. Beware of the dreaded tire kicker—also known as a time vampire.

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.

How to Tell a Client You Screwed Up

Moving forward, learn from your mistake. The best thing about making a mistake is that you should (hopefully) never make the same mistake again.

Don’t Let Another Attorney Backseat Drive Your Case

Blind reliance is bad; listening to your peers is good. When another attorney tells you that your pants are on fire, heed the warning, but don't take off your pants.

How to Get Your First Client

Getting your first client is not easy. But with the right mental approach, and some hustle, you'll have a full caseload before you know it.

4 Things to Consider Before Taking a Case

Not all clients are created equal, and the same concept is true for cases. This is true whether you are starting a new firm, or you are a veteran attorney trying to enhance your bottom line.

How to Deliver Bad News to Clients

There is never a good time and it is never easy to deliver bad news to clients. Unless you have a 100% success rate, at some point you will be the bearer of bad news. Here are some tips for making a bumpy ride just a bit smoother.