Useful Career Tips for Law Firm Associates

Associates working in a law firm may often times feel like they are serving two masters: their law firm and their obligations under the Rules of Professional Conduct. Associates have a unique roll; they sometimes bear the weight of completing different legal services under the supervision and direction of the law firm’s partners or other senior attorneys. They don’t yet have any clients of their own, but they are honing…

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What to Know Before Investing in a Client

Attorneys that have been representing corporate entities for long periods of time can sometimes become like family. Attorneys typically offer their expertise in the form of legal advice and guidance to their corporate clients, and this may help the clients meet their business and economic goals. As time passes, attorneys may start celebrating the nonlegal success of their clients. It’s becoming more common for attorneys to financially invest in their…

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How to Save Money on Professional Liability Insurance

Almost every law firm and practice consider legal malpractice insurance essential, but not all of them actually check whether they are getting the best prices from their insurers. The most important document that insurers use to calculate a legal malpractice insurance premium is the application. They usually ask various questions, most of which focus on four important things: the firm’s size, their practice areas, geographical reach, and their claims experience….

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Quick Tips for How to Talk to the Media During Litigation

One of the best features of our legal system is that the courts are open to the public. Case materials become public record so that society as a whole can stay informed of developments that have an impact on their daily lives. A result of this is that high-profile litigation may reach the front pages of newspapers and in some cases create a whole media firestorm. Even though the public…

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Don’t Cross the Line During Depositions

Many experienced litigators will be able to tell you at least one story of a deposition that went poorly. Usually it starts out with an opposing attorney who is seeking retribution for something or just wants to prove to their client that they are zealous. The problem with that is that although depositions take place in informal settings, the rules of decorum and professionalism still apply. Courts will usually sanction…

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Quick Guide to Maintaining Confidentiality Online

It’s well understood that one of the most important duties a lawyer has towards their clients is maintaining their confidentiality. As per the ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.6, “[a] lawyer shall not reveal information relating to the representation of a client unless the client gives informed consent, the disclosure is impliedly authorized in order to carry out the representation or the disclosure is permitted [by specific exceptions identified…

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Obligations to Your Clients and Their Insurers: A Balancing Act

It’s not that uncommon for business litigation to involve insurance companies. There are situations where an insurance policy may provide coverage or a defense for litigation, meaning that the insurance company may pay the legal fees incurred by the policyholder’s defense counsel. Clients may sometimes be allowed to choose their own counsel, but other times the insurance company will choose an attorney for them and they will contribute to the…

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Legal Opinions and Potential Ethical Issues

Picture this: a client asks their attorney to provide them with their legal opinion on the matter. It’s something that seems pretty straightforward and common, but depending on the circumstances, there may be unexpected ethical issues that could arise even in connection with an apparently simple legal opinion. When an attorney is asked to evaluate a matter, knowing that their evaluation will then be shared with third-parties, it represents a…

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