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How To Leave A Law Firm

Last week a lawyer contacted me and posed the following question: If I opened my own practice in January what are my obligations to my clients? Can I take the files with me automatically? I’m pretty close to opening my own ...

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A Nasty But Effective Negotiation Strategy

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Being an effective negotiator is an incredibly important aspect of being a lawyer. Whether it be a contract ...

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If You Own A Roomba…Can You Own A MurderBot?

In the aftermath of the tragedy of the Dallas shootings this week, one particular detail has caught they eye of many observers. The Dallas Police Department (DPD) killed the shooter with a robot. “We saw no other option but to use ...

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How To Build A Life of Excellence (Part 3)

At the beginning of this series I introduced five core questions that can steer you towards high performance and self-management: What Are My Strengths? How Do I Work? What Are My Values? Where Do I Belong? What Can I Contribute? Learning your answers to these question ...

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How To Manage Your Online Reputation

So I’ve been giving some thought lately to “reputation management” in light of reputation dudebro trying to blackmail me. It was an ineffective and comical attempt, but still, it happened. I’m in a bit of a unique situation when something ...

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#LegalTech Startups – Stop Lying

This morning I received a press release, which is nothing worthy of comment in and of itself. I get lots of press releases. usually from some PR company that wants to promote a lawyer’s recent: book, case, appearance in the ...

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Technical Competence Is Required, Not Exuberance

A number of items for your attention, that will provide background reading for what follows. 1) An ongoing theme in my Above The Law column the past month or so has been the over-the-top enthusiasm among technical startups looking to ...

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Do You Feed Your Résumé Or Your Eulogy?

I’m not a huge fan of David Brooks, but on occasion his columns provoke thought or provide insight. His recent column for the New York Times, The Moral Bucket List, contained a passage that resonated with me: It occurred to me ...

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