Practical Advice for Taking Better Notes

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on November 2, 2015. A file of complete and thorough notes are gold when you have to detail your work for an ethics or malpractice claim, to work through a billing dispute, to transfer a file to another lawyer, to prepare a declaration in support[…]

Earned Fees & Unearned Fees: Handling a Mixed Check

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on September 30, 2014. Handling client funds correctly is critical to the success of your law practice, not only for business reasons but for ethical ones. It is essential to properly handle a check which contains a mix of fund types.   Related: Billing to[…]

Astroturfing to Technethics, the New Vocabulary of Ethics

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on September 25, 2013. Ethics blogs and journalists spend a lot of time writing about new technology and how it impacts the world of legal ethics. All this writing spawned a new vocabulary. It can get very wordy to describe something without a name, particularly[…]

Using Social Media During Jury Trials

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on September 2, 2014. Most of us only know enough about jury selection to figure out how to get bounced from a potential jury. Lawyers who work in jury selection, though, know its ins and outs and have a new tool to consider: social media.[…]

Government Spying on Privileged Communications

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on June 12, 2013. With the revealed intel that the U.S. government collected phone and internet usage information from millions of Americans for years, what steps must attorneys take to safeguard the attorney-client privilege?   News reports broke the story that the government exercised authority[…]

Ntrepid Timestream Interactive Timeline Software Review

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on July 23, 2014. One hurdle for small practices is acquiring technology that assists in complex matters without breaking the bank.   Ntrepid Timestream is a budding resource for organizing factual material electronically at an affordable price ($995 for a single-user one year[…]

The Profession Must Actually Help Addicted Lawyers

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on December 6, 2016. John Grisham’s Wally Figg in the book The Litigators; Dustin Hoffman’s Danny Snyder in the movie Sleepers; Benicio Del Toro’s Dr. Gonzo in the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Sean Penn’s Dave Kleinfeld in the movie Carlito’s[…]

Minimize the Risk of an Ethics Complaint

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on March 5, 2013. Some ethics complaints stem from the substantive practice of law — failing to research and argue well, failing to notify the court of an authority against your client, or other issues. Many ethics complaints, however, are at heart administrative[…]

The Attorney Client Relationship in California: Calling It Quits

We’ve talked before about the importance of maintaining a good attorney client relationship as well as when you, as a California lawyer, should attempt to repair a damaged relationship. Yet, there’s still an important concept related to the attorney client relationship in California: calling it quits. Can you just decide to stop representing your client?[…]

Billing to Avoid Ethics Complaints

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on April 30, 2013. When it comes to ethics complaints, nothing stirs the pot with a disgruntled client like a bill they believe is too high — and if they’re already unhappy, they are bound to think your bill is unreasonable. The trouble[…]