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Law Firms

TweetThe billable hour model has been criticized for years, both inside and outside of the legal community. Now it has many clients of big law firms questioning whether they have been overcharged. The latest controversy arose from a fee dispute between DLA Piper and a former bankruptcy client. When DLA Piper sued to collect $675,000 […]

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TweetI hesitated before writing this post for fear of unnecessarily adding to the echo chamber that has resulted from Noam Scheiber’s unflattering portrait of Mayer Brown in The New Republic. But I decided to go ahead because of the value of sharing the candid and telling reactions that I have heard from leaders of many […]

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TweetRomantic relationships in the workplace can often wreak havoc. However, one law firm’s fraternization program is now the basis for an employment lawsuit. Kimberly A. Elkjer is suing her Texas law firm over its policy of prohibiting male and female employees from being “alone together,” both in and out of the office. Elkjer further claims […]

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TweetThanks to innovations in technology, many attorneys no longer need a physical office in order to practice law. Given the high cost of office space in some areas, it even makes good business sense. However, several states still require attorneys to hang a shingle outside of the digital world. For states that still follow the […]

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TweetShould lawyers be able to flex their creative muscles when naming their law firms, or should attorneys be forced to follow the standard Law Offices of Partner A & Partner B model? The Model Rules of Professional Conduct allow the use of trade names by law firms. The only requirement is that the name does […]

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TweetIt sounds like a simple question but it actually isn’t. When law firms fail, trustees are tasked with recouping money for creditors and one source of assets is the unfinished legal work of former partners which they then take with them to their new firms. A new federal court ruling out of New York challenges […]

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TweetRecently Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Arthur Schack recused himself from a retrial of a case for appearances’ sake after engaging in some highly questionable conduct-at least according to defense counsel.  Miller v. Lewis, 11358/09 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., Kings Co.)  Although Justice Schack claims that he was not biased against attorney John McDonough, according to McDonough, Judge […]

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TweetApproximately two months ago the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York approved an amended settlement in a long-standing securities class action suit named In re IMAX Securities Litigation, No. 06 Civ. 6128 (S.D.N.Y. 8/1/12). However, it reserved decision on the requested attorneys’ fees and expenses pending further briefing on the issues […]

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TweetYes-you read that right-law firms have started competing for client business by submitting bids in an auction the clients conduct for legal fees.  This is yet another consequence of the challenging economy which is forcing companies to tighten their belts and forcing law firms to agree to accept lower fees because of an overall loss of […]

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TweetIn a case entitled Wo Yee Hing et al. v. Howard Stern, New York State Appellate Division, First Department, Index No. 115517/07 (7/31/12), the First Department recently determined in a 4-1 ruling that a real estate attorney might have acted negligently, but he cannot be sued for legal malpractice because his clients could not prove that his […]

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