Why I (Mostly) Abandoned Flat Fee Billing
Flat fee billing is great for some situations and terrible in others. If flat fee billing is leading you to overworking yourself and undervaluing your skills, it may be time to consider a switch.
How Much Trial Technology Is Too Much Trial Technology?
A court in Delaware recently disallowed all trial technology costs claimed by the prevailing party's attorney, saying that there was no evidence the tech helped the jury make its decision. This is probably the wrong way to think about trial technology.
Podcast #76: Setting Flat Fees at a New Firm, with Jamie Whitney
For this week's podcast, Sam talks with Jamie Whitney, an attorney who recently went out on her own after several years at a large firm. They talk about the process of setting flat fees when you have just started your firm.
Successful Decision-Makers Are Slow and Uncertain
Though we often tend to assume that successful businesspeople are able to make speedy and bold decisions, the opposite may be true: people that take a longer time to make decisions and are less confident about those decisions can experience greater business success.
Why Hyperbole Will Destroy Your Case and Understatement Will Save It
Lawyers often give in to the temptation of overstatement and bombast, but attorneys can often strengthen their case with understatement instead.
Your Smartphone Could Improve Your Public Speaking
Attorneys spend a great deal of time speaking in public. Two new smartphone apps aim to improve your public speaking skills and increase your precision and confidence.
5 Questions to Ask Before Taking a Deposition
Before you file your next deposition notice, ask yourself if the deposition is really necessary. If the answer is no and you take the deposition anyway, you are wasting time, driving up litigation costs, and perhaps even damaging your case.
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.
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.
Write Better Legal Documents with an Editing Checklist
Your first draft is never perfect. Better your writing and arguments with an editorial checklist.
How To Dissolve a Law Partnership
But plans don't always work out, and what was once a promising law firm can find itself headed toward dissolution. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in the position of having to dissolve your law firm.
How Scare Quotes Are Saving Legal Writing
If lawyers stop disarming themselves by using legalese, maybe they won't need scare quotes. Until then, we'll have to put up with them. A baby step in the right direction is much better than nothing.