From the category archives:

Small law firm/solo practice issues

TweetThe Southern District of New York recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by the well-known law firm Jacoby & Meyers (memorable, at the very least, for its ubiquitous t.v. ads) in which the firm challenged New York Rule of Professional Conduct 5.4.  That rule prohibits non-lawyers from investing in law firms.  The firm claimed that the […]

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TweetJurors’ use, or I should say misuse, of social media such as Twitter and Facebook during trials is leading to the overturning of court rulings, convictions and mistrials.  These improper juror postings on social media websites is yet another weapon in attorneys’ arsenals for creating grounds for an appeal. Criminal defense lawyers, among others, comb through Facebook and Twitter entries for […]

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TweetCyberattacks on Law Firms-Background In what has become an all too familiar refrain, a major New York law firm was recently informed by the FBI that all of the firm’s client files had been discovered on a server in a foreign country. Those files were then sent from that foreign server to China. For those […]

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TweetFACTS In the recent case, Zalewski v. Shelroc Homes, LLC 1:11-CV-1159 (N.D.N.Y. 3/6/12), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York grappled with the issue whether to disqualify plaintiffs’ attorney, Lee Palmateer, because he had once been interviewed by defendants with a view to representing them in the identical or substantially similar action. The court […]

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TweetA recent survey by ALM Legal Intelligence entitled “Fans, Followers and Connections: Social Media ROI for Law Firms” has disclosed that law firms are finally reaping dividends from their use of social media. Over 40% of the American law firms surveyed reported that participating in social networks and blogging led to new clients or business leads. About 180 law firm partners, marketers and administrators […]

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TweetIn a recent New York case involving an award of attorneys’ fees, the court called into question the hours worked by an inexperienced associate and the rate charged for those hours. The court subsequently severely reduced the firm’s request for attorneys’ fees. Facts The case, Francis v. Atlantic Infiniti, Index No. 19953/06 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., […]

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TweetI’m a child of the 1980s. I grew up with Atari, ALF, Mr. T and The Smurfs. Then there was the music. Amidst the launch of MTV, the 80s produced some memorable (or is it hard to forget?) music. My favorite song from this decade is a-ha’s “Take on Me.” No doubt, you know the […]

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TweetWhether you’re celebrating Passover or getting ready for Easter, I hope you had a fantastic week. We here at martindale.com Connected had a lawcastic week ourselves. Yes, I said lawcastic. How could I not considering the great multimedia content we posted to our community this week, namely the two latest editions of our martindale.com Connected […]

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TweetSometimes it’s nice to receive some good advice for free. Whether it’s heartfelt counseling from a trusted friend or a kind word from a stranger, wisdom can come from everywhere. This week, Connected members have had more than their fair share.   “Giving to get” Shelley Dunstone, Principal at an Adelaide-based legal consultancy, shared her […]

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TweetI recently told you martindale.com Connected boasts nearly 13,000 blogs. Well, here’s another number for you to mull over. As I write this post, our community also features nearly 900 groups. Some of my favorites include the Thought Leadership for Lawyers Group, the Corporate Lawyer Network Group, the Intellectual Property Group, and the Emerging Issues […]

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