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Case Results on Your Website? The Line Between Creating Unjustified Expectations and Good Marketing

Under the Rules of Professional Conduct, a law firm’s website is considered a form of advertisement and is regulated by the State Bar.  Most attorneys…more

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Social Media Ethics: Part 2

At its last quarterly meeting, the State Bar Ethics Committee decided that competent representation includes advice about a client’s social media postings to the extent they are relevant…more

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Social Media Ethics: Part I

Although it began as a tragic personal injury case where a concrete truck crossed the center line and tipped over the car of a newly…more

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The Ethics of Ghost Blogging and Astroturfing

In today’s marketplace, having a strong social media presence is essential. For example, in addition to a firm website and blog, our firm has a…more

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What Now? – Handling the Uncertainty of Personal Injury Lien Disbursements

My colleague Brooke Ottesen and I recently presented a CLE on trust account disbursement at Elon University School of Law.  The participants asked many wonderful…more

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Clarity is Key

As lawyers, we like to think we excel in communicating our thoughts, ideas and arguments to others.  Yet sometimes, we forget that it is important…more

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Avoiding a State Bar Grievance: Client Fee Disputes

Fee disputes, including a lawyer’s attempt to collect a fee, are a common source of client complaints to the State Bar. To help avoid a…more

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Are You a Good Boss?

One of the fundamental principles in running a successful law practice is being a good leader.  Have you ever asked yourself, “Am I a good…more

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A Difficult Lesson to Learn

I would venture to say that most attorneys have had a scenario somewhat like this: Your family member, friend, or former colleague asks you to…more

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Avoiding a State Bar Grievance: Managing Client Expectations in PI Cases

Every year, the State Bar receives thousands of complaints about lawyers and opens approximately 1500 grievance files a year.  A personal injury practice can be…more

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