Category Archives: Practice Area Corner

The Digital Milieu: A Lawyer’s Duty of Competence and Protection

By John Mounier, Elder Protection Attorneys Mickey Haller sat in the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car on his way to the office of his murdered criminal defense attorney…

Section Member Spotlight: Ana Fatima Costa

By Rhonda Andrew, Keker Van Nest & Peters Author. Speaker. Mother. Coach. These are just a few of the words used to describe Ana Fatima Costa, marketing coordinator for BASF’s…

Online Personas Cause Custody Repercussions

By Ariel Sosna and Sarah Van Voorhis, Van Voorhis & Sosna The founder of a right-wing website and a YouTube prankster normally wouldn’t have much in common. However, Alex Jones…

Attracting the Right Clients Through Effective Branding

By Sally Morin, Sally Morin Law Of particular importance to solo and small firm attorneys is the idea of effective branding. If you are just starting out, or you feel…

San Francisco Superior Court Launches Pilot Judicial Settlement Program to Settle Larger, High-Exposure Cases

The San Francisco Superior Court is offering litigants a new Judicial Settlement Conference (JSC) program aimed at cases with an estimated 20 or more trial days, Presiding Judge Teri L….

Risk Management Tip: Retainer Agreements Manage Client Expectations

By Jennifer A. Becker Long & Levit In the competition to land a case it is tempting to overstate the value of a claim, or understate the cost of litigation,…

Client Service Strategies for Paralegals

By Javier Morelos Hersh FamilyLaw Practice When working directly with clients, it is important to develop and maintain client service strategies to ensure their satisfaction with your firm. Achieving client…

The Reality is You Can’t Always Get What You Want

By Ariel Sosna and Sarah Van Voorhis Van Voorhis & Sosna Fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta know that lawyer/mortician Phaedra Parks, whose show tagline is “you can’t always…

The Ethics of Facebook Friending

By Carl W. Chamberlin   Facebook can be a gold mine of information about litigants and witnesses. A personal injury plaintiff alleging debilitating leg injuries may post photos of her…

Five Tips for Running Your Solo or Small Firm

By Mary Catherine Wiederhold, Law Offices of Mary Catherine Wiederhold I’ve had my own small firm for about 15 years. I’ve learned the hard way about what works and what…