Tips for Avoiding Risks as Replacement Counsel

When things don’t go as planned in a lawsuit, clients may choose to hire replacement counsel. Unfortunately for the new lawyer stepping in, they may be walking into a pretty tense and difficult situation. As opposed to the beginning of a representation, replacement counsel may find that there is little to no grace period for them to evaluate the case and come up with an appropriate strategy. By the time…

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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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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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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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Identifying and Dealing with Conflicts

Attorneys are generally aware that conflicts are serious business. There are plenty of cautionary tales in the media, as many recent high-profile legal malpractice cases seem to have their roots in unresolved conflicts issues. However, by understanding the types of conflicts and how to resolve them, attorneys can minimize the risk of finding themselves in a conflict and unnecessarily losing work every time there is a suggestion of conflict. The…

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