Ethics


Tempted by a Personal Injury Case?

By | Sep.11.14 | 2 Comments

I’m always cautioning lawyers about the hazards of dabbling, reminding them that there really is no such thing as a "simple" will or contract. It's not that I want them to avoid[...]

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Back to Basics

When Can You Pay a Referral Fee?

By | Sep.02.14 | 1 Comment

In most practice areas, a lawyer’s marketing efforts should focus on generating a strong referral pipeline — from both non-lawyers and lawyers alike. If those efforts are succe[...]

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On Balance

Attorney Misconduct — Time to Tattle?

By | Aug.19.14 | No Comments

Reporting another lawyer’s misconduct can bring on a mix of emotions. If the other lawyer is your adversary and you’ve been battling in the gutter, a bar complaint may be exac[...]

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On Balance

Credit Cards: Worth It to Work It Out

By | Jun.18.14 | 3 Comments

Law firms are businesses, whether you’re a solo working from a home office or a large firm with a midtown office. The point of a business is to make money, which means that when [...]

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To Err Is Human — To Admit It, Divine

By | May.14.14 | No Comments

It was my worst nightmare as a young lawyer. I had spent hours and hours cite checking a brief, only to have a more senior colleague say, “Shari, these citations are all wrong[...]

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A Letter of Closure for All the Right Reasons

By | May.13.14 | 2 Comments

Using a letter of closure at the end of client engagements varies greatly from firm to firm — and at times among lawyers within the same firm. Among those who don't use them, the[...]

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