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Archive for November 2007

MyShingle Named in ABA’s Blawg 100

MyShingle has been named as one of the ABA Journal’s Top 100 Blawgs. I’ve placed my badge of honor in the sidebar to the left. My blog is included the in the category of Lawyer’s Toolkit, whatever that means, and if you’re so inclined, you can click on this link to vote for my blog.…

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What With Biglaw Layoffs and Rate Hikes, 2008 Will Be A Banner Year for Solos

Two factors are conspiring to make 2008 a break out year for starting a law firm. Factor 1: rapidly weakening credit and financial markets are causing law firms like McKee Nelson to offer voluntary severance packages to associates and leading other firms Thacher Profitt to give notice of impending layoffs. Factor 2: rapidly increasing hourly…

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What Does A Sample Invoice Look Like?

I realize that these days, alternative billing is all the rage – and I too am a proponent of alternatives to the billable hour. Still, there are times when you have to resort to the billable hour, either at the insistence of a client, or under some of the guidelines for submitting a fee petition…

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The Rich Choose Solo and Small Firm Lawyers

Worth Magazine just published a list of the top hundred lawyers who serve some of the nation’s wealthiest individuals, with net worths ranging from $2 million to $200 million. (H/T ABA Journal News). The wealth of these lawyers’ clients ranges from In particular, the editors sought out “lawyers with great tact, discretion and stellar interpersonal…

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Blogging for the Long Haul

My buddy Kevin O’Keefe is raising a toast to America’s blogging lawyers and their “dedication to learn, exchange information, and market themselves in an upbeat and professional way.” But there’s another part of Kevin’s post that caught my eye – the line where he adds that “Blogging lawyers, age 35, are going to be blogging…

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Using Law Students to Power Your Blog: Win-Win for Everyone

When it comes to ghostwriting law blogs, the majority view within the blawgosphere is “don’t.” (For the precedent on this, see these selected opinions at Death and Taxes; f/k/a; Georgia Bankruptcy Blog; Home Office Lawyer and Simple Justice). At the same time, we all recognize that content makes a blog valuable to readers. So what…

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