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How to Hire a Clock-Watching Attorney

By | February 15th, 2011|Categories: Finding & Hiring an Employment Lawyer|Tags: , |

Over at The Beasley Firm, Max Kennerly's Litigation & Trial Blog cautions lawyers to be efficient with their time.  Why, you may ask, should you care how a lawyer spends his or her time?  Because when you need legal services, you care that your attorney has the incentive to work efficiently, and as important, knows [...]

Using Your Employer’s E-mail: There’s Legal, and Then There’s Smart

By | January 18th, 2011|Categories: Finding & Hiring an Employment Lawyer|Tags: , , |

Many companies now have policies that govern the use of electronic business systems, such as e-mail, for the personal business of employees.  Some prohibit personal use entirely, but many allow for some amount of personal use as a convenience to their employees. So what do some employees do?  When they consider suing their employer for [...]

Ghostwriting by Lawyers Still OK — Sort Of

By | January 29th, 2008|Categories: Finding & Hiring an Employment Lawyer|

A while back we posted on the ruling of a NJ federal magistrate judge who criticized an attorney for drafting documents for a pro se litigant that were submitted to the court under the litigant's signature.  The magistrate found that this "ghostwriting" might violate ethical rules that require a lawyer to act with candor towards [...]

Hiring a Business Lawyer

By | July 12th, 2007|Categories: Finding & Hiring an Employment Lawyer|

The fallout from the mega-firms' increase of annual compensation for first year associates to as much as $160,000 (!) continues to raise the eyebrows of corporate in-house counsel.  Rather than continue to pay high prices for inexperienced lawyers, corporations are taking steps to keep their legal costs in line.  Some examples: Keeping more work in-house. Demanding flat [...]

The Big Get Bigger

By | May 6th, 2007|Categories: Finding & Hiring an Employment Lawyer|

A few weeks ago we posted on the trend towards large corporate law firms expanding in size as a business strategy.  From Law.com comes evidence that the same thing is happening with management side employment law boutique firms.  Regionally-oriented firms are bulking up to compete on a national basis with Littler Mendelson, which seems to be the horse [...]

Service Is Key for Clients When Hiring Law Firms

By | April 15th, 2007|Categories: Finding & Hiring an Employment Lawyer|

A few days ago I was talking to an adversary in an employment litigation.  She's a partner with a large (700 lawyer) and very capable firm with offices in many states.   I had read stories about her firm making more acquisitions of smaller practices and asked when her firm's expansion would stop.  You could almost hear the shrug through the telephone.  The [...]

Legal Counsel: Does Ghostwriting by Lawyers Violate Ethical Rules?

By | March 22nd, 2007|Categories: Finding & Hiring an Employment Lawyer|

This morning Law.com reports on an interesting decision by a federal Magistrate Judge in New Jersey in an ERISA case.  Here's the article.  In brief, the court ruled that a lawyer who was helping a pro se litigant behind the scenes --- by "ghostwriting" documents that were submitted to the court --- may have violated ethical [...]

Employment Lawyers: Some of the Best May Not Be the Best Known

By | October 14th, 2006|Categories: Finding & Hiring an Employment Lawyer|

A recent Law.com article took an interesting look at the question of who are California's best management side employment lawyers. Ask anyone who's the best trial lawyer or the best IP litigator in California, and you'll probably hear the names of well-known, $700-per-hour senior rainmakers at California's largest law firms. But there are a great [...]

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