Posts Tagged ‘lawyer’

Do Lawyers Own Their Briefs (Tighty Whities Excluded)?

Clients spend a great deal of money in the prosecution and defense of their claims. In doing so, lawyers prepare briefs outlining their client’s legal positions. Who owns the brief? Under copyright law, absent an assignment of the work, the lawyer owns it.   (Yes, the client can use it). Yet, for years online legal research […]


The Travails of a Law Firm Associate?

A former first year law associate filed a fourteen count complaint against his former firm seeking $77 million.  Some thoughts.  In the law suit, the associate claims that: “[The firm] had told [him] it eschews artificial hierarchical structure, then refused [him] an assignment because it would be ‘unfair to the other associates.’ It told [him] […]


Who’s Your Lawyer?

How institutions select lawyers is not a secret; relationships and reputations play a big role. An interesting article in the March 2010 issue of Claims magazine by Domenick DiCicco offers another truism:


Lawyer Advertising Just Got Sexy

From the “Adult Gigs” Section of Craigslist: “Loop law firm looking to hire am [sic] energetic woman for their open secretary/legal assistant position. Duties will include general secretarial work, some paralegal work and


Litigator vs. Trial Lawyer

I find it distressing that recent statistics point to an ever decreasing number of civil jury trials in Virginia. In 1999, there were 2,042 jury trials. In 2009, only 570. That’s a decline of 72%. On the one hand, that means that a lot of cases are being resolved. A good thing, right? That can […]