Thinking Of Stiffing A Referring Attorney? Think Again.

Thinking Of Stiffing A Referring Attorney? Think Again.

You think it doesn’t happen? It does, unfortunately, and usually to more inexperienced attorneys. This is a seldom discussed subject because lawyers don’t really like to talk about this very important part of their business, referrals. And they certainly don’t like to talk about referral fees because somehow it seems “dirty.” But it isn’t. Referral rules … Read more

How Waiting Tables Made Me A Better Lawyer

How Waiting Tables Made Me A Better Lawyer

Gary J. Ross I’ve heard you either worked in restaurants, retail, or you were born rich. I worked in restaurants. For years, even after college. And waiting tables after college was completely different than waiting tables during college. In college, there were other priorities and often the only bill I was responsible for was my … Read more

The Addicted Lawyer: The Alcoholic Law Student

The Addicted Lawyer: The Alcoholic Law Student

Brian Cuban I am often asked if the stress of being a lawyer “caused” me to become an “addicted lawyer.” Here is my answer. Fall, 1983. I’m officially a first-year law student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. I am shy and self-conscious. I bring with me the baggage of a drinking problem, … Read more

Be A Pragmatic Attorney

Be A Pragmatic Attorney

(Image via Getty) I recently accompanied my spouse to one of her physician’s appointments at a physician’s office located in one of the hospitals for which I serve as in-house counsel. As we walked to the counter, she was handed a clipboard with the obligatory dozen or so forms which needed to be reviewed, signed, … Read more

The Hardest Part Of Becoming A SAHM After Being A Lawyer

The Hardest Part Of Becoming A SAHM After Being A Lawyer

Ed. note: This is the latest installment in a series of posts on motherhood in the legal profession, in partnership with our friends at MothersEsquire. Welcome Lindsay Kennedy to our pages. Yesterday, after getting my kids on the buses for kindergarten and preschool, I went to a Korean tea house for my once-a-month self-care outdoor yoga … Read more

Reflections Of The Recovering Criminal Defense Attorney

Reflections Of The Recovering Criminal Defense Attorney

Ed. note: This is the latest installment in a series of posts on motherhood in the legal profession, in partnership with our friends at MothersEsquire. Welcome Sam Sliney back to our pages. Click here if you’d like to donate to MothersEsquire. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” I look back … Read more

How To Take A Maternity Leave As A Solo Attorney 

How To Take A Maternity Leave As A Solo Attorney 

The Ibekwe Family (Photo by Mel Cole) At the end of year two as a solo attorney, I was building consistency in my practice. Just when I started seeing positive results and more clients, I found out I was pregnant with my fourth child! I was in a heightened state of anxiety, especially as I … Read more