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Legal Malpractice Insurance As the Missing Piece In the Supply Chain for Innovation for Solo and Small Law Firms

May 10, 2018

Remember the bot that sues Equifax for data breaches  that made headlines last fall? Although celebrated by most of the #altlaw crowd, surprisingly, the bot wasn’t as well received by many of the solo and small firm lawyers on one of my listserves. Many of these lawyers expressed concerns about the ethical implications of the…

A Lawyer Calls for Civility

December 12, 2004

Many of us lawyers grouse about the lack of civility in the legal profession; this article, Maryland Lawyer Makes A Case for Civility reports on Rockville, Maryland attorney Steven Seltzer who’s actually trying to do…

Solos and Pro Bono

December 12, 2004

This article, Solo and Small Firm Attorneys Lack Time for Pro Bono, NYLJ (12/13/04) reports on some of the obstacles that solo and small firms face in meeting the recommended 20 hours/year of pro bono. …

Can An Hourly Rate Ever Be Excessive?

December 12, 2004

We’ve had much discussion here over whether an hourly rate can be too low. But can an hourly rate ever be excessive?  Consider the new increases in biglaw billing rates reported in Law Firm Billing…

Wanted: Spanish Speaking Lawyers. Will Train.

December 8, 2004

Here’s an interesting idea:  The Iowa Bar Association Wants Lawyers to Speak Spanish AP (December 8, 2004).   The bar would have the state’s lawyers take Spanish lessons  to help the state’s fast-growing Hispanic population.   …

Making Ends Meet When Starting A Firm

December 8, 2004

This article, Money Matters, from Small Firm Business (12/6/04) offers new shinglers advice on money matters, from how to make ends meet when starting out to funding retirement.  The article is really too brief to…

What A Client’s Going To Do

December 6, 2004

Of all of the articles written on how to best deal with clients, I find ones such as this, Learn to Love Your Lawyer , Mark Obbie, Inc.com (December 2004) most valuable.  Why’s that?  Because…

More on Lawyer Rates

December 6, 2004

Reader attorney Frank Kautz passed on to me this link to the “Laffey Matrix,” which lists the court approved hourly rates for fee shifting case in the District of Columbia.   The rates start at $105/hr…

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