Ethics


Law Practice Management

Managing Risk: What If Your Assumptions Are Wrong?

By | Feb.19.15 | No Comments

Everyone makes assumptions. You might be surprised, though, at how many malpractice claims result merely from a lawyer working under a false assumption. Take the attorney who allows her workload to grow beyond a reasonable level — she …Continue reading »


On Balance

Keeping Better Notes

By | Jan.26.15 | No Comments

Yellow legal pads, containing what at least to a casual observer might seem unintelligible scribbles, abound in most lawyers’ offices. Of course, good legal business practice dictates that we take copious and clear notes to …Continue reading »


Create a Shared Vision for Your Law Firm

By | Nov.19.14 | No Comments

Businesses of all shapes and sizes set aside time at year’s end to review their mission statement, strategic plan and operational plan. Unfortunately, few solo and small law firms see the value in using these particular business-planning …Continue reading »


On Balance

Small Matters: I Never Said I Would Do That

By | Nov.13.14 | No Comments

In some high-volume practices, a typical engagement can be very small. Some solo lawyers make a practice out of hundreds of single-hour consultations. For lawyers in these consultation-heavy practices, it should be routine to have …Continue reading »


New Guidance for Lawyers on the Ethics of Social Media Use

By | Oct.23.14 | No Comments

Do you need advice about the ethics issues involved in social networking? Chances are your questions will be answered by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s recent Formal Opinion 2014-300. The 18-page opinion addresses issues that are …Continue reading »


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 taking on matters that …Continue reading »


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 successful, you’ll probably need some guidance on referral …Continue reading »


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 exactly what you wish on this …Continue reading »


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 a …Continue reading »


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. What could you …Continue reading »