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 »

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 | 1 Comment

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 »

Nothing But the Ruth!

Fight the Lawyer Stereotype

By | Jan.14.15 | 3 Comments

Talk of New Year’s resolutions has inspired me to think about lawyer stereotypes and what we should be doing to combat them. If the legal industry had a resolution, I hope it would be to work on …Continue reading »

Curmudgeon's Perspective

God and Taxes: Controlling the Conversation

By | Jan.06.15 | 1 Comment

It may surprise some to know that I hold some very strong opinions. One of the burdens of having strong opinions is knowing when to share and when not to. Really, is it conceivable that …Continue reading »

Nothing But the Ruth!

Bar Member? Be Your Own Advocate

By | Dec.17.14 | 2 Comments

Forgive me, but I’m going to jump on my soapbox today. I’m a licensed attorney in Arizona and we have a mandatory bar, so all of us have to pay to play. In 2014, I paid …Continue reading »

Happy Thanksgiving

Lawyers, Give Thanks: You Have It Better Than You Think!

By | Nov.26.14 | 1 Comment

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to take a step back and reflect on what we have to be thankful for. For busy lawyers, taking the time to do this doesn’t come naturally. So I’m going …Continue reading »