Strategist - The FindLaw Law Firm Business Blog

Recently in Law Firm Rainmaking Category

Lawyer Gets Creative With Settlement in NFL Cheerleaders Case

Sara Blackwell is a lawyer who truly knows the value of a case.

She has offered to settle her case against the National Football League for $1 on behalf of former NFL cheerleaders. But that's not where the money is in her case.

Blackwell's offer requires the NFL to have a "good faith" meeting to address gender discrimination. It has the potential to solve a long-time issue between cheerleaders and players.

A recent decision of the Wyoming Supreme Court upheld a law firm's billing practice of using 15 minute increments. The court held that barring evidence of abusive practices, so long as the billing increment is reasonable and not excessive, it's all good.

However, before those attorneys that bill to the tenth of the hour consider a change, it may be worth noting that doing so may actually require more work when it comes to time-keeping. As the Wisconsin high court explained, their holding was supported by evidence from the law firm that they often didn't bill for short tasks. Also, the firm did group multiple short tasks into the same increment, rather than billing short tasks as separate billing increments.

Plaintiff's Attorneys On Board Fatal Uber Crash Case

The lawyers at Bellah Perez are getting a head start in their case against Uber for a fatal accident involving a self-driving car.

Their client, the daughter of Elaine Herzberg, wasted no time in retaining the Arizona firm. In the first-ever case, her mother was killed by an Uber car two weeks ago.

The attorneys will have plenty to work with as the media has jumped all over it, publishing videos, statements and other potential evidence in the case. It's not often that discovery is delivered with the morning paper.

Tips to Make a Coworking Space Work for a Solo Lawyer

'Coworking space' is not new anymore, and so we have learned how to use it.

It wasn't even new when people started using the term; it used to be "office sharing." It meant sharing expenses by working with other people in close quarters.

With the ascension of tech companies, however, coworking space evolved to become entrepreneurial space. As it turned out, coworking is also perfect for the modern solo practitioner.

How Not to Get 'Ghosted' by Clients

If you get ghosted by a client, there's not much to say.

Literally, it means the client is not talking to you anymore. No call-back. Nothing. Like a ghost.

There's not a lot you can do about it, either; that's why getting ghosted hurts. But here are some things you can do to make sure it doesn't keep happening.

How to Take Your Niche Law Practice to the Next Level

For the wordsmith in all of us, here's the difference between a "niche" and a "specialty" law practice:

Specialty: concentrate on and become an expert in a particular subject or skill. Niche: a comfortable or suitable position in life or employment.

With those definitions in mind, we're going to focus on taking your niche practice to the next level.

If you've been considering getting into environmental law, you may be wondering whether or not it's a worthwhile pursuit for your practice. And whether your firm has the passion or maybe already has the clients, may be the determining factors.

For example, for business attorneys that primarily serve manufacturing and real estate clients, environmental law can really be a boon for business, and is often a necessary part of representing some types of businesses. Apart from defending litigation, there can often be environmental compliance work, and other environmental legal risks associated with certain processes or transactions. For non-transactional attorneys, environmental law takes on more civil rights-ish aspect.

Judge Not Thrilled With 53 Law Firms on One Case

'What is this, some kind of convention for plaintiffs' lawyers?'

That's what Judge Lucy Koh could have been thinking when two law firms brought 49 more firms into a data breach case. Then she told the attorneys what she was really thinking, and it wasn't funny.

"What made you think I wanted 53 firms churning on this case?" Koh asked the attorneys in federal court in San Jose.

James Woods Saved From Defamation Claim by a Question Mark

Harvey Weinstein is a misogynist, isn't he? Bruno Mars is a Milli Vanilli poser?

And a statement isn't defamatory if it's a question, right? That is in fact the case in a defamation lawsuit against actor James Woods.

Woods, who threw himself into the controversy during the last presidential campaign, beat the lawsuit by the slim margin of a question mark. A judge said it's a matter of context.

Is 2018 Your Year to Go Solo?

In the Chinese Zodiac, 2018 is the year of the dog. So what better time to go solo?

Seriously, if you have been thinking about the solo route, why wait for some cosmic event? It's about going for it.

If you need more reasons, here are some thoughts from solo attorneys who did it their way. By the way, there are a lot of these lawyer stories because 62 percent of the lawyers in America work as solo practitioners or in small firms.