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Small law firm/solo practice issues

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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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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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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TweetIf you are an out-of-work attorney or a lawyer looking for a change-better brush up on your foreign language skills. They might come in handy in landing your next legal job. International business disputes are on the rise and as a result law firms are hiring attorneys with foreign language skills to handle the increase […]

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TweetDewey & LeBoeuf’s seemingly rapid free fall has caught the attention of business analysts and bankers as much as the legal community.  As a result, the legal industry today is undergoing the same scrutiny as the financial services industry did in 2008. While criminal allegations, lush multi-year contract guarantees and big debt dominate the Dewey […]

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TweetA suspended Long Island attorney is challenging what he claims is the New York Appellate Division, Second Department’s draconian enforcement of disciplinary rules governing attorney escrow accounts.  Attorney Peter Galasso of Garden City, Long Island was suspended by the Second Department for what the court termed was his failure to appropriately oversee his firm’s bank […]

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TweetSmall law firms are continuing to look favorably on merging or being acquired by larger firms in 2012.  The number of small firm mergers and acquisitions increased by approximately fifty percent in 2011 compared to 2010 according to a survey conducted by consulting firm Altman Weil.  In fact, there have been approximately fifteen mergers and […]

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TweetThe Second Circuit recently concluded that parts of a New York rule requiring attorneys who claim to specialize in a certain field make certain disclosure statements are unconstitutional, violating the First Amendment. Michael Hayes, a Buffalo-based personal injury attorney, had claimed that Rule 7.4 of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct did not contain […]

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