At airports across the country, thousands of lawyers have mobilized to represent immigrants who may, or have been detained as a result of Trump’s Executive Order  (January 27, 2017) . For those not closely following the details, the EO indefinitely bars Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days and…

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Everyone is familiar with layaway plans. Most common in the context of retail (think Toys R Us  or Walmart, to name just a few), layaway plans give customers the option of depositing a fraction of the cost of the item they want to buy, and paying the balance over time. Meanwhile, the seller sets the…

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Although I’ve probably employed thirty people over the lifetime of my practice — as contractors, part-time associates, law clerks, or of-counsel, I never used a payroll service until a year ago.  Up until very recently, payroll services were costly, complicated or both – and I didn’t want the added expense. And although lack of a payroll…

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Just as desperate times deserve desperate measures, overly broad advance waivers of conflicts  deserve overly broad relief in the form of disgorgment of legal fees, held the California Court of Appeals (Second District) earlier this year Sheppard, Mullin v. JM Manufacturing, 244 Cal. App. 4th 590 (January 2016). The dispute arose after Sheppard Mullin agreed…

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Though some solos are perfectly happy to operate as an army of one, others look forward to the day when their workload and revenues justify hiring that first associate. But even when that day that a solo can afford an associate’s salary is tantalizingly close, once they sit down and do the numbers — tacking…

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This Thanksgiving, for the first time in years, I am thankful to be a small firm lawyer.  On the cusp of a new administration where civil liberties may be eviscerated and private property rights may fall victim to private infrastructure development , as a lawyer, I have the skills to fight the erosion of these…

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In a far off land of legal make-believe where lines of clients wait eagerly. Where solo attorneys can choose their faves and happy clients give them all the raves. Where cases won tally up to the sky and notoriety is at an all time high. Our solo attorney’s expertise is unrivaled in her chosen niche…

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