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On Balance

On Balance Legal Ethics

How Tribes Can Power Your Law Practice

The idea of a “tribe” is powerful. Who would not feel connected in a group of people tied together by common values, traditions or goals? Tribes have two distinct yet equally important roles to play in your law practice — particularly if you are ...

Megan Zavieh - June 5, 2017
On Balance Legal Ethics

Attorney Discipline Matters: A Fool for a Client?

We’ve all heard the adage that a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client. When it comes to attorney discipline matters, there are certainly times when this is true. However, there are also many times when a lawyer is perfectly ...

Megan Zavieh - May 8, 2017
On Balance Legal Ethics

Creative Goal Setting for Improving Your Solo Practice

It seems that every solo lawyer I meet has a list of things they would like to be doing better in their practice. Sometimes the motivating factor is business growth, sometimes it’s efficiency. At the heart of many “to do” items, though, is ...

Megan Zavieh - April 10, 2017
On Balance Legal Ethics

Spring Cleaning, Solo Style

Every new year, there's always lots of talk about how to start the year off right. For solo and small firm lawyers, that can mean many things. One of my attorney-clients told me her mentor taught her to begin the new year by revisiting her ...

Megan Zavieh - March 7, 2017
On Balance Legal Ethics

Crushing the Intimidation Factor in Your To-Do Items

If you find yourself intimidated by something you want to do in your practice, I suggest tackling something that intimidates you that isn't work related. Prove to yourself that thing isn't nearly as scary as it seems, and take that lesson back ...

Megan Zavieh - February 7, 2017
On Balance Legal Ethics

Differentiating Yourself from Less Ethical Competitors

More than once recently, I have consulted with a client and heard stories of their contact with other lawyers who work in my field. Sometimes their stories confirm that I am giving similar advice, but sometimes I am appalled at what I hear about ...

Megan Zavieh - January 12, 2017
On Balance

Creative Thinking About Your Practice Can Reduce Ethics Risk

Lately, thinking creatively about the practice of law has been a theme running through my professional life. While we are a relatively stodgy profession, many avenues for legal innovation exist. From applying new technology to a traditional ...

Megan Zavieh - November 8, 2016
On Balance

Ethics Case for Attorney Retreats

Our own Merrilyn Aston Tarlton recently wrote here about five ways solos can find time for law firm retreats. And on that score, recently I became involved in a ...

Megan Zavieh - October 5, 2016
On Balance

Ethics of Lead Generation Services

Attorney advertising has morphed from Yellow Pages ads to web platforms — and referral services have evolved as well. Once the province of nonprofit bar associations and entirely permitted under the ABA Model Rules, what we used to call simply ...

Megan Zavieh - August 10, 2016
On Balance

Finding Passion to Find Balance

Recently, on a particularly spectacular day at work, two victories came my clients’ way. I couldn’t help reflecting on the emotions coursing through me — it was as if the events of the day belonged to me, to my life, when in fact they belonged ...

Megan Zavieh - May 23, 2016