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Author Archives: Nora Lockwood Tooher

Evaluating your small firm’s marketing results (access required)

Solo and small-firm lawyers frequently hear how important marketing is to their success. But they often do not spend enough time evaluating the outcome of their marketing efforts. To save time and money on fruitless efforts, experts recommend spending an ...

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Databases aid expert witness research (access required)

Companies are competing for litigators’ dollars with new products aimed at helping them find the lowdown on expert witnesses. Last year, LexisNexis acquired IDEX, a database of more than 1 million records on more than 200,000 legal experts. And in ...

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Trial strategy: Grief expert aids wrongful death cases (access required)

In more than 40 years as a personal injury attorney, Robert T. Hall has represented many grief-stricken clients struggling to cope with the sudden, traumatic loss of loved ones in wrongful death cases. Complex grief can manifest itself in a ...

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The well-written retainer letter (access required)

A well-crafted retainer letter is crucial for attorneys in all practice areas and in all types of firms, from solo to in-house, says Carolyn Elefant. A solo attorney in Washington, D.C., and author of the legal blog “My Shingle” at ...

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Marketing: Replace ‘no comment’ with pithy quotes (access required)

Some law firms hire consultants for all or part of their media relations. But lawyers can generate a lot of favorable publicity on their own, just by following a few basic media relations rules, according to Larry Bodine, a legal ...

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Your cheatin’ heart … (access required)

By Nora Lockwood Tooher A suspicious husband hired a private detective in Maryland to plant a device on his wife’s car so he could track her when she went to meet her lover. The wife had a feeling her husband ...

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Ban camera phones in the workplace? (access required)

Concerned about workplace confidentiality and privacy, some employment lawyers have been urging clients to restrict employees’ use of personal cellphone cameras. “It seems that almost all cellphones now come with cameras,” said Alan Thayer, an employment lawyer in Oregon. “These ...

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Accessibility, decor are key in elder-law offices (access required)

It took elder-law attorney Stuart Zimring four months to find what he calls the “Goldilocks chairs” for his conference room. The chairs – not too high, not too low, not too soft, with sturdy arm rests – are “just right” ...

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Seniors may be better off with a contract instead of marriage (access required)

Elder law attorney Stephen J. Silverberg has a standard piece of advice for older clients considering marriage: “Don’t do it.” While Silverberg, who practices on Long Island, N.Y., says the line is his “standard joke” about late-in-life marriage, it’s also ...

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