Category Archives: Practice Area Corner


Are You Applying the Right Strategy to Settle Your Case?

Whether you are an experienced or more junior lawyer, are you applying the right techniques for settling your client’s case? First and foremost, make sure you have a professional rapport…


Is the Representation Over? Can I Accept A New Client Adverse to a Former Client?

By Dianne Jackson McLean Goldfarb & Lipman   A new client requests your services. You run your conflict check and discover that the requested matter is against a former client….


Five Timeless Tips to Make Every Minute Count

By Regina Maciula Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean   “Organizing is what you do before you do something, so when you do it, it’s not all messed up.” – Christopher…

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Brangelina, Interrupted

By Ariel Sosna and Sarah Van Voorhis, Van Voorhis & Sosna The demise of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s marriage has captured headlines everywhere. Jolie and Pitt (collectively known as…


Estate Planning Corner: Last Chance for Valuation Discount Planning and More

By John O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group …………….. Valuation Discount Planning The U.S. Treasury Department has proposed regulations that will make it more difficult for families to engage in valuation discount…


Mediator’s Proposals — Not So Fast!

Matthew J. Geyer … When parties and their counsel get antsy early on in a mediation, they often want to cut to the chase. “Can’t you just make a mediator’s…


LinkedIn Endorsements: Potential Legal Ethics Problem?

By Michael Starkey, French Lyon Tang   If you are an active LinkedIn user, there’s a good chance that you have received an endorsement by someone without personal knowledge of…


Skyline College’s Paralegal Clinic: Inspiring Agents for Change

Jesse W. Raskin, J.D.   Access to justice for all is a serious issue. The American Bar Association acknowledges that the legal profession fails to adequately address the “major gap…


No Limits? Master P Has Children Petition Court

Ariel Sosna and Sarah Van, Voorhis Van Voorhis & Sosna   American rapper/actor/reality star/ entrepreneur Master P is finding there is “No Limit” to how long or how expensive his…


What Hat Am I Wearing? Practical and Ethical Issues for Attorneys Practicing Dual Occupations

Laura Drossman, Drossman Law   Complying with the California Rules of Professional Conduct can be challenging enough for an attorney, but issues can become even more complicated if you are…