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Are Law Firms Liable for Serving Booze to Intoxicated Employees?

Where does a law firm cross the line when it provides alcohol to its employees?

In a case against the Gladstone Law Group, it wasn't when the firm escorted a paralegal out of the building for being drunk. And according to a Florida appeals court, it wasn't when she stepped in front of a train on her way home.

It's a story without a happy ending and a reminder that alcohol and law practice really don't mix. Somewhere along the line, law firms have to draw a line.

Sessions Can't Get Joint to Roll on Pot Enforcement

If nothing else, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is persistent.

Even after President Trump started calling him "Mr. Magoo" a year ago, Sessions soldiered on. By the time all the other Trump attorneys quit, Sessions may be the last lawyer standing.

But now he's banging his head against another wall: prosecuting marijuana crimes. He has vowed to lead the charge on the pot industry, but nobody seems to be following him.

How to Motivate Associates to Give You Their Best Work

The Beatles were not known as motivational speakers, but they did say all you need is love.

And that works in law firms, in one form or another. It comes down to praising people more than condemning them.

It's also the key to unlocking a lawyer's best work. That's because people do their best when they love what they do.

Should Rural Lawyers Rethink Their Billing Strategies?

If you didn't know, they do things differently in Small Town, U.S.A.

Not that every rural community has only one sheriff or three billboards. But you probably won't find a lawyer in places like Zzyxx, California.

That could be a good thing if you want a territory all to yourself. It just means you'll have to practice law a little differently, including how you charge for legal services.

Law Firms Fight Over Clawback Fees, With a Poetic Twist

Lawyer v. Lawyer.

Nothing makes for more interesting and relevant case-reading for attorneys. It should have been a required subject in law school.

In Selendy v. Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, it sounds a little like David v. Goliath. But there is an unlikely cast of characters in this story, and you're not going to believe who they are.

Tips for Starting a Law Firm With Friends

It's not exactly the American Dream, but starting a law firm with friends could be close to it.

It's almost like a family business, but without having to go home together. That's a plus in itself -- for some people.

In any case, choosing your partners will be the most important decision you make in the enterprise. Here are a few thoughts if you choose friends:

How Not to Collect Your Attorney's Fees

In the law business, there are ways to collect attorney's fees and ways not to collect them.

In hourly cases, collecting fees in advance is usually the best. Collecting them along the way is good, too.

But trying to collect them after a case is over may not be so good. And then there's this -- the worst way to do it.

Why Are Women Lawyers Thriving in Health Care Law?

If a "perfect storm" means a confluence of conditions ending in disaster, what would be the opposite?

The darkness before light? A cloud with a silver lining? Whatever it is, there has been a change in the weather for women in the law, at least in one practice area.

Women may be better represented in health care law than any other practice area. According to some practitioners, it happened because of perfect conditions.

Tips to Avoid Time Drains on Your Billable Hours

Ever see that object lesson with the jar getting filled with rocks and sand?

If you put the sand in first, you might not have room for the rocks. But if you put the rocks in first, the sand fills in the gaps.

It works for lawyers too, especially when it comes to managing interruptions in your busy day. The lesson is to do the big things first and the little ones later because your livelihood may depend on it.

Does Your Law Firm Measure Client Satisfaction?

"Client satisfaction" may not be the mantra of your law practice.

"Retainer agreement" is probably more the catchphrase. After all, the bottom line for any business is to stay in business.

But before you can count the money, you have to count on clients. So yeah, your law firm should measure client satisfaction. Here are some ideas about how to get your mantra on: