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May 2008

Burning Bridges, Finding New Ones

May 10, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

In this earlier post, I criticized a Paul Hastings associates for outing the her firm for the circumstances surrounding her firing.  I agreed that the firm acted boorishly, but I didn’t believe that was anything new – and felt that the associate may have burned bridges and harmed her chances for future opportunities. And now, […]

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Sign Up for My Upcoming Webinar, From Biglaw to Yourlaw

May 6, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

On June 3, 2008, I’ll be giving a webinar for JD Bliss entitled www.aFrom Biglaw to Yourlaw: The Secrets of Starting and Growing a Successful Solo Law Practice.  Like my book, the webinar contains plenty of general advice that’s useful to lawyers starting a practice at any stage of their career.  But it will focus […]

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How One Paul Hastings Associate Burned 1200 Bridges With One Email

May 6, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Update (5/10/08) – I have changed my position on this and updated it here. Update (5/7/08) – a commenter points out that the associate did not send the memo to Above the Law, but instead, that it was circulated by another attorney.  This makes the story more unfortunate, because the associate may not have wanted […]

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Saying Nay to the Biggest Naysayer of All: You

May 5, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ve written previously about the importance of  saying nay to the naysayers – you know, those folks, some jealous, some just well-intentioned – who tell you that you won’t succeed in starting a law firm.  Pesky as these external naysayers may be, the truth is, they’re only part of what’s holding you back.  In many […]

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If It Sounds Suspicious, It Is Probably Unethical

May 3, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Imagine having your bar licenses suspended for two years over a measly $175.  Sadly, that’s what happened to this unfortunate Ohio attorney (Respondent) who accepted referrals from United Financial Systems Corporation (UFS), a national wealth management company.  As described in this grievance decision by the Supreme Court of Ohio, UFS representatives used non-lawyers to meet […]

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