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    Cars, Death Penalty, Depositions, Drinking, Guns / Firearms, Kids, Murder, Non-Sequiturs, Paralegals, Police, Sex, Television, Violence

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.24.12

    * Will consultation with victims’ families determine whether James Holmes deserves the death penalty? You could probably consult with a wall to make that determination and get the same result. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Just like that, with incredible ninja-like speed, someone has already filed a negligence suit against the Aurora Century 16 Theater where the shootings took place. [Gawker]

    * And no, sorry to disappoint you, but notwithstanding his self-admitted teeny peeny, we don’t think that James Holmes decided to go on a shooting spree because he got rejected by a few women on Adult Friend Finder. [Jezebel]

    * While we’re talking about gun violence, Mike Bloomberg has got a great idea: all police officers should go on strike until legislators push through stricter gun laws. How is a nanny state supposed to work properly when all the governesses are off duty? [Gothamist]

    * Knowledge is power in the hands of a client, especially when the knowledge you’ve given them is just another tool to piss off opposing counsel during a deposition. [Popehat]

    * Personal responsibility fail: allowing your 13-year-old to drive you home because you’re wasted. Fathering fail: believing that was a good idea in the first place. [Legal Juice]

    * A fake TV show starring a wheelchair-bound paraplegic paralegal? You know you’d watch this. [The Onion]

    2 Comments / / Jul 24, 2012 at 6:30 PM
  • Brian-Tannebaum

    Small Law Firms

    The Practice: ‘Money’s Not A Problem,’ And Other Reasons To Hang Up The Phone

    A lesson from Brian Tannebaum for those who’ve been in small law firms for less than five years on how to selectively choose clients.

    43 Comments / / Jul 16, 2012 at 3:11 PM
  • Brian-Tannebaum

    Small Law Firms

    The Practice: Following Up On Referrals (Non-Beggar Edition)

    Small-firm columnist Brian Tannebaum rarely follow up on potential clients anymore. Here are a few reasons why…

    24 Comments / / Jun 18, 2012 at 2:46 PM
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    Small Law Firms

    The Practice: Creating Time

    Small firm attorneys have plenty of time, they just don’t use it well. They let their practices control them, instead of trying to control their practices.

    42 Comments / / Jun 11, 2012 at 2:22 PM
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    Small Law Firms

    The Practice: Do Your Referral Sources Get It?

    If you’re getting the wrong referrals, it’s your fault.

    8 Comments / / May 29, 2012 at 2:46 PM
  • Brian-Tannebaum

    Small Law Firms

    The Practice: The Mid-Representation Conversation

    Here is a “best practice” for lawyers committed to client service. Are you following it?

    12 Comments / / May 21, 2012 at 3:20 PM
  • Brian-Tannebaum

    Small Law Firms

    The Practice: It’s Not Always About the Clients

    What’s Brian Tannebaum’s strategy for dealing with clients that you realize aren’t a good fit, and that are abusive with you, your time, and your staff (even if your staff is just you)?

    22 Comments / / Apr 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM
  • Small Law Firms

    The Practice: Fewer Clients

    In prior years, Brian Tannebaum attempted to mentally keep track of who called him and who hired him, but he wound up forgetting a lot of the details. This year, he made some changes. On a monthly basis, he’s reviewing prospective clients who called, as well as who referred them, who took their calls, their case types, and whether he was retained. The percentage of calls-to-retained used to be “most.” Most potential clients that came to his office retained me. He made it easy. He’d bring them in, spend some free time, smile a lot, negotiate the fee, and get the case. Now that percentage has gone down, way down.…

    19 Comments / / Feb 6, 2012 at 3:10 PM
  • Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Small Law Firms

    From Biglaw to Boutique: Which is Better for Clients?

    A general counsel recently asked Tom Wallerstein, “Why should my company risk hiring a lesser-known, small firm?” Tom told him that it shouldn’t. Tom doesn’t think any company should unnecessarily “risk” its business without good reason. Tom will be the first to admit that there are some matters that simply demand big firm attention. But Tom also told the GC that there were many matters that he thought his smaller firm could handle just as well as could a big firm….

    49 Comments / / Feb 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM
  • Small Law Firms

    The Practice: Do You or Your Client Understand the Scope of Representation? (Part II)

    So the matter/case (whatever you call it) is over. You’ve resolved the contract dispute, formed the corporate entity, ended the marriage, had the criminal case dismissed, resolved whatever the client’s issue was for which you were retained.
    You’ve taken Brian Tannebaum’s advice and narrowly defined the scope of representation in your written, signed retainer agreement. Now what?

    22 Comments / / Jan 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM
  • Money, Practice Pointers, Real Estate, Small Law Firms

    The Practice: How Much Money Can You Make at a Small Law Firm?

    Brian Tannebaum knows when you call him, when you come to his office to discuss the “possibility of leaving,” that it’s the only thing on your mind. Sure, you want your name on the door, more freedom, more client contact. But you just have one real question. One real fear. One real concern. One thing you need to convince your better half of before you make “the jump.” Can I make the same Biglaw money at a small firm? Here’s the answer….

    55 Comments / / Jan 16, 2012 at 5:18 PM
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    Billable Hours, Boutique Law Firms, Money, Small Law Firms

    From Biglaw to Boutique: Working for Free

    When Tom Wallerstein started his firm, several mentors gave him the same advice: Don’t work for free. It’s easy to see the problem with working for free. Giving away what you’re trying to sell isn’t exactly in the business plan. Unfortunately, this sage advice can only really be learned the hard way, through experience. Even if your gut tells you that taking on that client is a bad idea, this can be surprisingly tempting to a new firm or solo practice….

    37 Comments / / Jan 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM
  • Bad Ideas, Crime, Pro Se Litigants, Trials, Violence

    It’s Like Having Hannibal Lecter as a Client

    It’s been a week of violence here at Above the Law. Between the murder-suicide guy and the judge who beat his disabled daughter, there’s been too much disturbing sadness. Here at Above the Law, we prefer violence that is maybe, just a little, funny. For those who appreciate the lighter side of crime, we’ve got […]

    48 Comments / / Nov 2, 2011 at 5:57 PM