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Holiday parties: A cautionary tale (access required)

Holiday parties are annual events at most companies. They come in all shapes and sizes – from small lunches to full-blown catered events at the local country club. Whether your company’s holiday party is large or small, a landmark case ...

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A primer on holiday office parties (access required)

t’s 11 p.m. and everybody’s favorite receptionist – bourbon in hand – is perched on the grand piano, sporting a red-tasseled lampshade and belting her 37th chorus of “Jingle Bells.” It’s a scene less common than it once was. The ...

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HOW TO ? furnish your office (access required)

Choosing office furniture can be a daunting task. It’s a considerable expense, and your choices will affect employees’ daily lives for many years to come. And chances are, like many others charged with this responsibility, you’re not exactly an expert ...

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Survey to look at how, why in-house counsel hire law firms (access required)

In the not-so-distant past, corporations and their outside counsel often enjoyed long-term, enduring relationships built on personal contacts and marked by mutual loyalty. But times have certainly changed. In today’s hyper-competitive legal world, corporations rely far less on personal contacts ...

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Navigating the appellate process presents challenges (access required)

I recently had the opportunity to address the Fredericksburg Area Bar Association at its monthly meeting, to discuss appellate practice. After the presentation, the floor was opened for questions. Here are some of the things your colleagues in Fredericksburg wanted ...

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CGL insurance: The subcontractor coverage exclusion (access required)

Contractors — Think your insurance will protect you from your subcontractors’ mistakes? Think again. For decades, general contractors and trade contractors who subcontracted work could rely on their Commercial General Liability (CGL) Policy to protect them from project damage caused ...

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Schemes that promise to raise law firms' Web site ranking (access required)

“Your SITE could be the FIRST in GOOGLE!” proclaimed the subject line of a recent spam I received. Great. Never mind that I don’t have a Web site. This particular e-mail came from “Cindy M.” at Always Visible, a company ...

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P.I. lawyers share ideas for marketing success (access required)

WILLIAMSBURG—John C. Shea and Douglas A. Barry are in personal injury firms that spend a lot of money on advertising, especially television advertising. They endorse all forms of marketing, but they believe most in getting clients the old-fashioned way—through referrals. ...

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HOW TO ? choose a public relations firm (access required)

Before you shop for a public relations agency, ask yourself why you need one in the first place. Do you want the agency’s help with a one-time project or for long-term strategic planning? Are you looking to generate name awareness, ...

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Salary survey provides good news for new lawyers (access required)

A buck thirty-five. Newly minted lawyers at a number of big firms in Northern Virginia can make $135,000 a year. Since 2001, $125,000 was the top figure for the commonwealth’s best-paying market, but this fall, many firms almost in lockstep ...

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