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While any attorney that's really thought out their fee agreement knows, filing an appeal costs extra and requires a new agreement.

However, sometimes after a loss, you may need to file the notice of appeal while the client sorts out new counsel. And after some losses, like when a judge refuses to approve an administrative filing due to the judge's own religious beliefs and pens a detailed opinion supporting their decision, you may actually want to file the appeal yourself.

Below, you can find a few examples of when you absolutely need to file an appeal, or at very least, a notice of one.

Jury trials can often feel like you're right back in high school trying to win a popularity contest based on proving your nemesis wrong before a group of your peers. And while you might think you benefit by looking cooler, sharper, richer, or simply "better" than your adversary, in the eyes of a jury, your panache, or bling, may be your downfall.

Simply put, yes, jurors care about your attire, but not in the way you might think. Generally, since juries are usually comprised of people from all walks of life, your now-vintage $10K Apple Watch might not impress anyone but tech-folk, while on the other hand, or wrist, a Rolex might send the wrong signals. In short, if your usual attire or accessories reflect your riches, you might consider toning it down for the jury. The jury members aren't your peers, they're your client's peers.

Picture this: You're walking up to the courthouse for day one of a highly publicized case, and as you get close, you see protesters surrounding the courthouse steps. But as you get even closer, you see that the protesters are on your side. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, a topless protester jumps the barricade and rushes the defendant. Law enforcement tackle and arrest the extreme topless supporter. What do you do?

Although this example may sound fantastic, it actually just happened in the Cosby criminal retrial, and it was an actress and former guest star on the Cosby show that made the mad dash. The ordeal caused quite a commotion, but fortunately, it didn't make any material impact.

Below, you can find three tips to help prevent demonstrations in your favor from hurting your case.

Pleading in the alternative has long been an accepted practice for both plaintiffs and defendants. Although courts may be quick to knock out causes of action for being duplicative, many practitioners don't hesitate to plead almost every viable alternative theory, or request for relief.

For attorneys on the fence on whether or not pleading in the alternative is a good idea, below, you'll find a short list of pros and cons to help you weigh your decision.

What to Do If You Can't Depose Your Opponent

With few exceptions, everybody is subject to being deposed.

Even the President of the United States is not above lawful discovery, as President Trump may learn. If not, then President Nixon is an example.

But when an elusive deponent avoids subpoena, or resigns from office as the case may be, what to do? A few presidential pointers may help.

For trial attorneys and litigators, losing your cool in the courtroom is highly inadvisable. As we learned from Tom Cruise in 1992, as well as countless other media representations, both real and fictional, demanding the truth from a witness at the top of your lungs can both make the case and result in a contempt order.

Unfortunately, in real life, contempt orders aren't handed down by a lovable, well known, fictional judge played by J.A. Preston, better known as Judge Julius Alexander Randolph, or Judge Rodney Hepburn, or Judge Banion, or Judge Hooten, or Judge William J. Murphy, or Judge Earl Doucette, or Judge Saunder MacMillan. What's worse is that contempt orders can often be accompanied by a lawyer's second or fourth worse fear: monetary sanctions. Just ask the Chicago lawyer who was just held in contempt for losing his cool in court (and throughout the pleading and discovery stages) and ordered to pay a $50K sanction.

When a government entity settles a lawsuit, it's rather uncommon for it to not actually have the present ability to pay for the settlement. Interestingly though, that is exactly the predicament one New Jersey city has recently stumbled into.

The city of West Wildwood is coping with the aftermath of a settlement it couldn't really afford. On the other hand, the town probably couldn't afford not to settle. Fortunately, the plaintiff in the matter, a former and current employee, was agreeable to a payment plan to help the matter resolve at the rather agreeable amount of about $1.75 million. While generally frowned upon, agreeing to a payment plan is one way a party without enough liquid assets can settle a case.

Believe it or not, your font choice, or lack thereof, can tell a reader something about your writing. For example, Times New Roman has become regarded as the font of least resistance and can tell readers that the writer is simply apathetic.

However, unless a court requires a particular font, and you're not using Comic Sans or any overly embellished fonts, your legal documents, including court pleadings, can benefit from putting some thought into your font choice. For many lawyers, putting any time into thinking about font choice seems wasteful, but there are plenty of good reasons why lawyers should think about their font choice. Here are a few reasons to consider:

Implicit bias is not so easy to grasp, but the findings make it painfully clear: Everyone is biased, one way or another. Unfortunately, the solution is also not so easy as it requires individuals to recognize their own biases. To help, some courts, like the ones in Seattle, actually show jurors videos explaining the concept.

And now, a recent appeal challenging a Seattle jury's (pre-video showing days) decision based upon the jury's implicit bias is making headlines for the novel theory. Essentially, the petitioners, employees of a Seattle Public Utility, are seeking a retrial due to the court's denial of the plaintiffs' expert on implicit bias and for not specifically reminding the jury to rule without considering their own implicit bias. Notably, the jury decision was reached before showing the implicit bias video was standard practice.

Picture this: you get on a roller coaster ride. They strap you in. The ride starts. Mid-ride, a sharp knife comes out and cuts your nose off. At the end of the ride, as you're returning, still strapped in and bleeding, there's a clear disclaimer warning you that riding the ride means you assume the liability of having your nose chopped off.

Now ask yourself where your email disclaimer is located? It seems that most attorneys and firms have resolved to append a lengthy, sometimes emphatic, legal disclaimer at the end of every email. And while the disclaimer, regardless of what it states, may be of limited (or no) benefit, the logic of a disclaimer as a footnote simply fails. But if you have an email disclaimer, here are some tips: