Professionalism


The Accidental Client

Mixing Cocktails with Legal Advice: Don’t

By | Apr.19.16 | 2 Comments

I can appreciate a well-crafted cocktail. But when I am in a situation where such beverages are being served, I never get involved in a conversation about someone’s legal problems. And I strongly encourage you …Continue reading »


Your Image

Snap a Winning Headshot, Part 2: It’s a Physical and Mental Game

By | Apr.14.16 | 1 Comment

In Part One of “Snap a Winning Headshot,” we talked about planning for your photo session — choosing what to wear, and how to look your best for the camera. But a great shot requires a …Continue reading »


PROFESSIONALISM

Like? Yikes!

By | Mar.01.16 | 1 Comment

Those of us who love language and value the ability to be well-spoken have every reason to feel, like, depressed. I fear we have lost the battle with mass culture regarding articulate speech. Witness the ubiquity (a wonderful word …Continue reading »


Getting a Grip, Part 2

Loss of Control? Four Solutions for Your Legal Business

By | Jan.14.16 | No Comments

A law practice in chaos is nearly every lawyer’s biggest fear. (As if you need to be told, right?) In the first post in his three-part series “Getting a Grip,” Dustin Cole explained how a …Continue reading »


On Balance

What Exactly Is “The File”?

By | Jan.12.16 | 1 Comment

It is drilled into us during ethics classes, studying for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, and in continuing legal education courses: When a client requests it, you must hand over “the file.” But have you ever stopped …Continue reading »


Getting a Grip, Part 1

Loss of Control: Lawyers’ Greatest Fear

By | Jan.06.16 | 1 Comment

When lawyers are surveyed about what keeps them awake at night, their top issue is almost always a feeling that their offices or cases are out of control. It’s not just a fear. In my …Continue reading »


On Balance

Recovery After Bar Discipline

By | Jul.13.15 | 2 Comments

Any lawyer who has been through the bar discipline process will tell you it was one of the most stressful, horrific experiences of their career. It truly is the low point. So you would think, having …Continue reading »


On Balance

When the Privilege Waiver Is Unclear

By | Jun.11.15 | 2 Comments

In the attorney discipline business, privilege waiver is a central issue. When a client files a state bar complaint against his attorney, privilege is waived, subject to nuances. (Of course, isn’t everything in law subject …Continue reading »


Give Your Client a Hand

Caring for Clients: When a Lawyer Isn’t Enough

By | Jun.02.15 | No Comments

Clients bring issues to you every day that aren’t, strictly speaking, legal issues. Maybe your business client needs a new accountant because the last one got her sued. Or your litigation client is so distraught …Continue reading »


Online Marketing

A Look into 2015 Ethics for Social Media

By | Mar.17.15 | No Comments

Like most lawyers, you probably would rather be cleaning your desk and reorganizing all your files instead of thinking about how you should be using social media. There is a significant reluctance from lawyers on …Continue reading »