Professionalism


Personal Best

Tips for the Well-Dressed (Male) Lawyer

By | Aug.22.17 | 3 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 »


Ask the Experts at 2Civility.org

The Right Way to Start a Law Blog?

By | Jul.11.17 | 1 Comment

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 by …Continue reading »


Getting a Grip, Part 1

Loss of Control: Lawyers’ Greatest Fear

By | May.29.17 | 2 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 »


Ask the Experts at 2Civility.org

How to Respond to Negative Online Attorney Reviews

By | Apr.25.17 | 1 Comment

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 had a perfect ranking going on a popular attorney …Continue reading »


Get to the Point!

You Can’t Practice Law Without Math

By | Apr.12.17 | No Comments

One of my mediations included negotiation of a medical provider’s lien. The lien was $10,000; the offer to settle it was $3,700. I gently pointed out that the offer was less than half the amount …Continue reading »


2016 REAL RATE REPORT

Best Way to Maximize Your Law Firm’s Profits

By | Mar.30.17 | 2 Comments

Analysis of a new report on $19.6 billion of approved legal department invoices reveals that to maximize firm profits, partners should focus on developing and retaining senior associates and providing clients with services in multiple …Continue reading »


Getting Clients

Have You Got What Clients Want?

By | Nov.14.16 | No Comments

You can read all the books and listen to all the podcasts about legal marketing … apply expert advice to your social media and blogging routine … study up on how to build your personal network, …Continue reading »


Play to Win

Walking in Your Client’s Shoes

By | Aug.17.16 | No Comments

I heard a lawyer tell a joke once that went something like this: “If you’re having trouble with a client, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, you will have a one-mile head start …Continue reading »


The Friday Five

How to Avoid Lawyer Social Media Facepalms

By | May.13.16 | No Comments

Big social media faux pas are not uncommon these days. From politicians to airlines to big brands, no one seems immune to a misguided post that goes viral and is ultimately shared with the world. Lawyers, generally …Continue reading »