Curmudgeon's Perspective

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

By | Jul.18.18 | No Comments

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” – Edmund Burke It’s been a while since I’ve posted in this column. But the release of the new Jurassic World …Continue reading »

On Balance

Sweeping Change Is Needed to the Model Rules (and It Is Not Scary)

By | May.10.18 | No Comments

It is time for a major revamp of how we govern our profession from an ethics perspective. Although that sounds dramatic — and possibly terrifying — there is absolutely nothing scary about this idea. Remember 1983? The …Continue reading »

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Does Email Tracking Violate the Rules of Professional Conduct?

By | Apr.17.18 | No Comments

QUESTION: I have finally embraced email as my primary communication tool with clients as well as most of my opposing counsel and even the court. As I tend to serve the new generation of clients …Continue reading »

The Friday Five

Try a Little Tenderness

By | Dec.22.17 | No Comments

Seven years ago this month, Attorney at Work was born — unfurling the prospect of hundreds and hundreds of daily posts on law practice management issues of every variety. It was early days and the …Continue reading »

The Reality of 2017

Law Firm’s Guide to a Low-Risk Holiday Party

By | Nov.28.17 | No Comments

I know, I know — another cautionary tale about law firm holiday parties. We all know the drill: Have fun, but not too much. Keep in mind the party — whether it includes staff, spouses …Continue reading »

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Can Lawyers and Judges Be Social Media Friends?

By | Oct.24.17 | No Comments

QUESTION: I’ve been practicing in my medium-size legal community for going on 20 years. During that time, I’ve watched technology advance my private practice by leaps and bounds, including client development via social media outlets. …Continue reading »

Personal Best

Tips for the Well-Dressed (Male) Lawyer

By | Aug.22.17 | 2 Comments

Every new parent knows there are far more clothing options for baby girls than for baby boys. While selections have improved in the past decade or so, it can still be a struggle to find …Continue reading »

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The Right Way to Start a Law Blog?

By | Jul.11.17 | No Comments

In this new feature, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism will be answering questions about ethical quandaries and issues in the business of practicing law. QUESTION: I’ve been bringing our law firm into the 21st century …Continue reading »

Getting a Grip, Part 1

Loss of Control: Lawyers’ Greatest Fear

By | May.29.17 | No Comments

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

Attorney Discipline Matters: A Fool for a Client?

By | May.08.17 | No Comments

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 …Continue reading »