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In-N-Out Burger caught wind through the social media grapevine that a local San Francisco brewery had created a beer and beer can design that gave homage to the regional fast food chain.

However, rather than accept the homage and be pleased that their brand was about to get some free, organic marketing from a beloved brewery, it fired off a cease and desist letter, complete with beer puns. Below you can see just how bad/good the burger lawyers did.

Believe it. The more friends you have, and the stronger those friendships are, the better you'll be at marketing yourself as a lawyer.

If you want to excel in your career down the road, make more friends now and actually spend time doing fun things with them. Consider it part of the job or an additional form of CLE. But be genuine, be yourself, and find people you truly enjoy being around. There's no need to talk business, solicit, or hand out business cards. If you're really friends with someone, they should know what you do and how to contact you when someone they know needs your services.

Channeling Your Inner Cousin Vinny for Trial and Law Practice

If you haven't heard of attorney Vinny Gambini, you haven't lived long enough.

He is the best trial lawyer Hollywood never made, played by Joe Pesci with a lot of help from legal assistant Marisa Tomei. That is just one critic's opinion, but everybody can agree that My Cousin Vinny was hilarious.

Not only that, he beat a murder rap for his nephew. Just saying, a little humor can go a long way in the courtroom and in the practice of law.

Spouse Cheated? There's an $8.8M Cause of Action for That

Alienation of affection is a holdover from another era, before chivalry and duels died.

How old is it? Like Alexander Hamilton v. Aaron Burr old, but that was "an affair of honor."

Alienation of affection is the other kind of affair. Like when you want to shoot somebody in the groin, but instead you get to sue their pants off.

With the number of new, and experienced, lawyers that strike out solely, the optimism it takes to get a practice going often overshadows the real pragmatic question that every lawyer should be asking themselves: Is your firm a dead-end job?

After all, when you start a solo practice, the fact that you are your own boss, and THE boss, means there is no upward mobility. But, usually when first starting out, that's the least of your concerns. As a practice can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to really ramp up to full speed, knowing whether your practice is leading you to a dead-end, or down a path of glory, isn't the easiest thing to see.

For many lawyers, turning 50 was just another day to bill as many hours as humanly possible. For others, it was probably like looking at 40, but worse.

For a good number of others, it's something they don't look forward to, but are hopeful they get to see.

And then there was the lawyer and PTA mom, who after turning 50 (and after having her kids grow up, and after getting divorced from a 20+ year marriage), decided to buy a motorcycle and travel the world.

It probably won't come as a surprise to hear that yet another study ranked lawyers highest among professionals when it comes to loneliness.

While there is plenty of advice out there to help lawyers avoid the dreaded curse of loneliness, it's not all good. However, below you'll find some pragmatic tips, courtesy of Above the Law, to avoid feeling isolated, even if you are a solo practitioner.

Is the Definition of Retirement Changing?

If you didn't know it already, this is not your father's retirement.

A generation ago "retirement" meant trading the nine-to-five for bingo numbers. Today, nobody plays bingo anymore.

At least not lawyers. As we hit the "retirement" age, we re-purpose our lives. Here are the real-life numbers:

6 Worst Ways to Start an Opening Statement

Where to begin?

It's a question that precedes every opening statement or argument. The answer, if a lawyer turns it into an effective introduction, can be gold.

Unfortunately, half the attorneys who go into court come out losers. With apologies for those who fail, here's a look at the worst ways to get started.

While dogs in the office is less a thing for legal practitioners than it is for, say, tech bros, every lawyer probably knows some lawyer that brings their dog (or dogs) to the office regularly.

Dog owners and dog fans know that breed matters less than a dog's individual personality and temperament. And though your dog's breed might tell clients, colleagues and even opposing counsel, something about you; your dog, and how it acts, can also signal just what type of lawyer you are. And while that might be beyond speculative, below you can read three very good reasons why every law practice should have a dog.