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3 Tips for Collaborating With Co-Counsel You Don't Like

Will Rogers, the cowboy philosopher, reportedly said that he never met a man he didn't like.

Apparently that was a misquote. In the annals of social history, however, it doesn't really matter.

What matters is that we need to get along with people -- especially our co-counsel. Yes, that means the ones we don't like, too. Here are three tips that can help:

The holidays are a great time of year to do some fun legal marketing. Yes, usually the words fun and legal marketing in the same sentence will cause some sort of breach in the space-time continuum. However, the exception to that is when your legal marketing takes the form of a party.

Even if you don't want to think of your office holiday party as marketing, if you have invited clients, potential clients, and/or colleagues from other firms, it's marketing. So if you're planning on having a holiday party, below you'll find some tips to make sure you make and get the most out it.

For both new and experience lawyers, the question of whether it's worth it to relocate for a job can be challenging.

While the decision may be simpler for new or younger attorneys that haven't laid down roots in a community, or those that don't have partners or children, the decision to relocate takes courage and entails quite a bit of risk. This is particularly true if partners, children, or more are involved. And that's not to mention the licensing hurdles you'll encounter practicing across state lines.

As a lawyer, it's important to really remember one thing: you're a lawyer and your conduct while lawyering and while not lawyering matters because it reflects upon the profession as a whole.

To that end, lawyers really can't threaten violence or much else besides legal action (pending exceptions), and doing so can often be more than just an ethics violation. It could very well be criminal. One lawyer learned this lesson the hard way when his emotions clearly seem to have got the best of him while he was a party in his child custody case.

Why You Should Never Argue Outside the Courtroom

Lessons in the law come from all kinds of places.

Often, it is in the courtroom where litigators demonstrate their skills. It is beyond Trial Advocacy 101; it is the real deal.

Sometimes the lessons occur outside the courtroom, and occasionally in the hallway. Here's one lesson seasoned litigators should know: never argue in the courthouse halls.

Are you planning on starting your own practice in the new year? If so, you might be looking to outfit your office during the holidays when prices on some good-enough-for-legal-work consumer-grade tech might be at an all-time low price.

Below, you can read about some of the best tech essentials to be picking up before you open your new law office's doors.

3 Biggest-Ever Hyperbole To-Dos in Law Firm Marketing

If you know anything about Star Wars, the Lord of the Rings, or Lawyer Marketing, cosmic truths come in threes.

Three Star Wars trilogies, three rings to rule them all, and three more rules about hyperbole in law firm marketing. In our last installment, we looked at the don'ts.

In this episode, we see the biggest-ever hyperbole to-dos in law firm marketing. It's about balancing your lawyer skills in the marketplace universe.

3 Biggest-Ever Hyperbole Don'ts in Law Firm Marketing

People probably expect lawyers to exaggerate; it's what we do.

Like when an attorney says a client chained to a chair in court is "not guilty," who really believes that? It's not a lie, but everybody knows the real story.

Outside the courtroom, it's a different story. Lawyers have to check the hyperbole at the door. Here are the three, biggest hyperbolic don'ts in lawyer marketing:

Avoiding Mental Health Care Can Increase Chances of Malpractice

If you've never been in a dentist's chair and watched the smoke float away from the drill grinding your tooth, you don't know what it means to have a root canal.

It's one of the reasons people avoid going to the dentist; they're afraid of the dreaded diagnosis that a tooth is rotten to the core. It has to come out or worse.

It's also a lot like the reason people don't get counseling for mental issues; they're afraid of the consequences. But in the practice of law, ignoring the problem can only make it get worse.

In the world of online fundraising, otherwise basically known as crowdfunding, the opportunities are seemingly endless. In fact, lawyers and clients have successful crowdfunded litigation.

However, due to the relative newness of the crowdfunding sensation, those in the legal profession embracing it, have sort of been operating in murky ethical waters ... that is, until now. A recent ethics opinion issued by the District of Columbia's legal ethics committee explains that lawyers can in fact represent clients who pay via crowdfunding, but, as the ABA Journal reported, there are a few important caveats.