Category Archives: Practice Area Corner

Jolie Seeks to Break the Rules of Fight Club: Making Private Agreements Public

By Ariel Sosna and Sarah Van Voorhis Van Voorhis & Sosna The “Brangelina” divorce is making headlines again on the heels of Angelina Jolie filing the parties’ temporary custody stipulation…

ADR Neutral with Labor Relations Expertise Joins BASF Mediation Services Panel

The newest addition to BASF’s Mediation panel, Susan Joan Davidson, has 40 years’ experience as a successful, respected ADR neutral. After earning an LLM in labor relations with an emphasis…

Risk Management Tip: Break Up With Your Clients

By Jennifer Becker, Long & Levit Constant business development pressure can lead to behavior at odds with prudent risk management. Many attorneys are reluctant to cut the cord on existing…

Lessons from the Launch: What I Learned from Starting a Law Firm

Mark Conrad, Conrad & Metlitzky Last April, I took a professional leap of faith and launched a new civil litigation boutique. In a few short months, it has already proved…

Estate Planning Corner: Designate Retirement Account Beneficiaries to Protect Your Legacy

By John O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group No one wants to pay more taxes than they owe, but your estate can wind up shelling out extra if you don’t clearly designate…

Administering Special Needs Trusts

By James O’Brien Law Office of James O’Brien Many families seek to protect the resources of a loved one with special needs through the creation of a Special Needs Trust…

Taking the Easy Road Could Get Your Expert Disqualified

By Kendra L. Basner, Hinshaw & Culbertson   To save time and money, experts are often provided mediation briefs to be used as predicates for their testimony. Such briefs are…

Tax Attorney Assists Low-Income Clients With Complex Issues

The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) would like to thank Volunteer of the Month, Henry Cheng of DLA Piper. Cheng represents clients in tax controversy matters through JDC’s Low Income…

How to Protect Your Beneficiaries from Their Creditors

By John O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group When creating trusts, estate planning lawyers use tricks of the trade such as “spendthrift” and “shutdown” clauses to protect trust money from claims of…

What’s the Difference Between Domestic and International ADR?

By Urs Martin Laeuchli, Mediator/Arbitrator How does international Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) differ from domestic ADR? While domestic ADR provides an alternative to a court disposition, often times in international…