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Lawyers can expect to hear a lot about tort reform in the upcoming months. With a Republican president-elect, a Republican-controlled Congress, and a Trump-selected future Supreme Court justice, tort reform advocates are facing one of their most favorable political climates in some time.

So, how likely is tort reform in the near future and what could it mean for attorneys like you?

You work late nights for your clients, take their calls on the weekend, lose your hair over their divorces and labor disputes and contract negotiations. You fight hard, obtain favorable outcomes, and even reduce their bills every once in a while.

Certainly, you have a client-centered practice, right? Maybe not. Here's why.

Essential Soft Skills Lawyers Need to Succeed

Let's face it: law practice is a business. Sure, we may aspire to help the homeless, free the tempest-tossed, and breathe life into the standard of liberty and justice for all. But if lawyers can't bring in business, then they will be out of business.

Staying in business really comes down to finding clients and keeping them happy. This requires all the standard skills needed to thrive in the practice of law. But it also requires so-called "soft skills."

Here are a few soft skills to develop in your business that you may not have learned in law school.

If your firm's revenue growth has been stagnant or even declined, you're not alone. Law firms experienced a sizable drop in revenue per partner last year, according to National Law Journal's annual 'Survey of Law Firm Economics.'

On average, revenue per partner dropped 4.7 percent in 2015, the biggest decline ever identified by the survey. What could be behind the dip?

Whether it's making sure we get through all our necessary tasks, prioritize important projects, or simply stop wasting time on Facebook, pretty much every legal professional could improve their time management skills. And you can.

If you want to improve your time management skills, approach it like you would go about getting into better shape. (No, we don't mean signing up for a gym membership you never use.) Make a few small changes and start building "healthy habits" in order to improve your overall effectiveness and productivity. Here are five places to start.

Think everyone else is billing more hours than you? You're probably wrong, according to a new report by Clio, the case and practice management software company. Clio's "2016 Legal Trend Report" provides an overview of the legal industry, based on data from its users. It's the sort of analysis that's common for BigLaw firms, but it's one of the first times we've seen it done for solo, small, and medium-sized practices.

The report full of plenty of insights, but perhaps the most notable is this: lawyers don't work as many billable hours as they typically report, they don't charge for all the billable hours they work, and they get paid for even fewer of them.

Talk about a costly mistake: Mark Halpern, a Pennsylvania lawyer, has been found liable for $1.75 million in punitive damages for filing an allegedly meritless lawsuit in a dispute over a family trust. Halpern's client was hit with $300,000 in punitive damages.

The dispute that led to the nearly $2 million award against Halpern started about ten years ago, according to the Legal Intelligencer's Max Mitchell. In 2006, Lynne Boghossian had a dispute with her aunt, Hilda Kilijian, which lead Kilijian to split their joint stocks and set up an irrevocable trust with Lesley Brown as a co-trustee. Lesley Brown is Boghossian's sister and the ex-wife of John Brown Jr., a former Cozen O'Connor lawyer.

It's that time of the year again: the time to see how your salary measures up against everyone else's and how you might do in the year ahead. Robert Half Legal, the legal staffing agency, has released its 2017 Salary Guide, a survey of legal professional salaries across a wide range of careers, practice areas, and years of experience.

So far, 2017 is looking like a decent year to be a lawyer, as most attorneys can expect a fair increase over last year's salary, particularly attorneys with four or more years of experience. Here are the highlights.

Education, skills, experience: these are the bedrock of a good potential hire. But you don’t want to stop there. Finding the best candidate when your firm is hiring means searching for someone who has more than just the basics, someone with the qualities that will make for a stellar hire.

Enter the “six Q’s.” A recent Washington Post article detailed the six characteristics, or “quotients” the best job seekers have — everything from IQ to IMQ, or the ability to adapt successfully to new situations. So here are the Q’s to choose when adding to your law firm crews.

Two years ago, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority discovered that one of its arbitrators was not what he claimed. James Frank had claimed to be a lawyer and member of several state bars. That, however, was not true. But the deception didn't come to light until after Frank had overseen nearly 40 securities arbitration cases over a period of 15 years, involving major brokers and billions of dollars -- all the while maintaining that he was an attorney.

Now those who lost before Frank are seeking to have their arbitration decisions vacated. That puts the winners in the tough spot of defending an arbitration chaired by a fake lawyer, as Citigroup Global Markets discovered this week.