Professionalism


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 | 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 »


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 | 1 Comment

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 »


Cloud Computing

HIPAA-Compliant File Sharing for Lawyers

By | Nov.25.14 | No Comments

Cloud-based file-sharing services like Dropbox, Box and Google Drive may help streamline the way we store and share sensitive documents, but they require an additional layer of security to ensure that confidential files stay safe. Recently, I …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 »


On Balance

You’re Not Hired! Rules of Non-Engagement (Letters)

By | Oct.20.14 | No Comments

When you speak to potential clients, your goal is to hear them say, “You’re hired!” — or words to that effect. Then out goes the engagement letter, in comes the retainer and off to work …Continue reading »