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The lowdown on lawyer salaries

Income inequality has been a theme during this political season and a recent study of lawyer salaries shows some significant income disparities among lawyers, based on their areas of practice. Big-firm lawyers and select high-achievers in all practice categories may ...

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Let us pray (access required)

Lawyers grow so accustomed to their terms of art that they sometimes forget how those phrases sound to the man on the street. When U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. told an unrepresented plaintiff that he needed to add ...

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Drop and give me (exactly) 30, agent (access required)

Do you remember the Presidential Physical Fitness Tests, where elementary school students were paraded before their gym class peers for public humiliation based on how many pullups they could (or, more often, couldn’t) do? Luckily, those ended in 2012, but ...

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Are you threatening me?! (access required)

There’s an old adage that goes something like, “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Apparently, Virginia’s William White is fresh out of honey, so the only thing he caught with his sour collection tactics was a ...

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You can argue, but can you sue? (access required)

A “right to argue” may not be enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, but it surely is dear to the hearts of Americans, as a new court case illustrates. Unfortunately, a lender’s notice to a borrower that she had a “right ...

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That’s some chutzpah, court says (access required)

Lawyers enter into stipulations during litigation to same time for the courts and themselves. A stipulation may be less than clear, however, or at least less advantageous than it first appeared. An employer appealing a workers’ comp award to a ...

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Frivolous accusations of frivolity

A recent encounter with opposing counsel in a very terse and contentious case got me thinking about the (over)use of the word “frivolous.” Speaking over the phone, the lawyer I’m referring to took the time to try to school me ...

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