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If you're looking for a new date night restaurant, you probably check out online reviews. If you're considering buying a new couch, you'd be smart to find out what other couch buyers have to say about it first.

When it comes to finding lawyers, clients are increasingly turning to online reviews to discover and evaluate attorneys. And being reviewed online is becoming increasingly important. According to a new survey by FindLaw's Lawyer Marketing, two-thirds of consumers would be more likely to hire a lawyer with online reviews.

Forget Siblings Day, Bat Appreciation Day, and even Arbor Day. Tomorrow, Tuesday the 12th, we celebrate April's best holiday: Be Kind to Lawyers Day. So stop complaining about your boss, your colleagues, or your spouses' divorce attorney -- for a day, at least.

If you're looking for a way to express your attorney appreciation, we've got you covered. Here are five great gifts for the attorneys in your life.

If you've got a question about managing your practice, if you're looking to explore a new area of law, or if you're just curious about the latest legal developments, well, you're in luck. There are literally thousands of resources available. (Look, you're reading one!) But with all the blogs, websites, and online resources available, it's still sometimes nice to have a real, solid book to line your shelves.

Here are some practice guides that could make a helpful addition to your legal library, all from our friends over at Thomson Reuters' Aspatore. (Disclosure: Aspatore is one of FindLaw's sister companies.)

Here's the startup dream: find an untapped need, (say, cheaper travel lodgings or easier cars on demand,) put together a new product to meet that need, "disrupt the paradigm," and get rich in the process. But, as the rise of Uber, Airbnb, and Spotify show, that fast growth can soon run headfirst into a legal brick wall, causing major problems down the line.

Despite these legal troubles, many startup founders think they can worry about the law way down the line. Here's why they're wrong, and how you can help save startups from themselves.

When we talk about heavily regulated industries, we are usually talking about things like toxic waste management, health care providers, or public utilities. But there's one highly regulated trade that often goes unrecognized: the beer, wine, and spirits industry. The mess of regulations, and regulatory bodies, that make up the industries is, well ... enough to make you drink.

But thankfully, the beer, wine, and spirit industry's regulatory system isn't completely unnavigable. If you can tell the difference between a Loire valley Cabernet Franc and Beaujolais, you can probably figure these out as well. Here are some tips.

Police Misconduct Databases Find Use in the Courtroom

When an incident between citizens and the police takes place, oftentimes the reliability of witness testimony can hinge on the believability of witness testimony or a question of character. And persons of some ethnic and social demographics have often felt that the police have enjoyed an unfair presumption of credibility. This has been a point of frustration both for lawyers and their clients.

But lately there has been a growing social movement to push back, manifested in the form of police (mis)conduct databases. In light of increased public focus on police behavior, police conduct data-banks are sure to see an increased use by defense attorneys seeking to discredit police-witnesses based a cop's past bad behavior. But what are the social costs?

Lawyers are writers by trade, but we're not always good writers. At times, legal writing can be so convoluted that it serves more to obfuscate than illuminate. First, we're not against complex, even difficult writing. Complicated thoughts can require complicated sentences. But even the smartest of us can come off looking incomprehensible when we make our writing too complicated.

If you want to write better, try writing more simply. Here are three tips to help you out.

Tell your clients they don't need to be afraid of employment agreements. A well-crafted, finely-drafted employment agreement can allow employers to recruit top talent, safeguard their business interests, and protect against unexpected litigation, whether they're for executives or the rank and file.

The key, however, is in the drafting. Here are some tips and best practices for putting together the best employment agreements for your clients.

Jared's diet helped turn him into a child molester. That's the novel theory his lawyers developed last week on the eve of his sentencing. Jared Fogle, the former Subway sandwich chain spokesman and famous weight loss champion, was sentenced last week to over 15 years in prison for having sex with minors. But his lawyers argued that he should be shown leniency because he developed a sex addiction only after overcoming his food addiction.

It sounds suspiciously like the Twinkie defense to us.

When it comes to law and technology, if you throw a rock, you'll hit someone claiming that legal tech is about to revolutionize practice. But it's not just Big Data and virtual paralegals that are changing how things are done.

Even in DUI defense, new technology is amplifying attorney resources and reshaping the balance of power in discovery, especially when it comes to video footage and audio recordings.