Three Commonly Violated Ethics Rules

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on June 4, 2014. Since state bar disciplinary authorities do not always issue statistics on ethics violations, I am hesitant to proclaim this a list of the most-common reasons lawyers find themselves in ethical trouble. However, the following rules are certainly among the most commonly[…]

Law Firm Breakups and Operating Agreements with Jonathan Hawkins [LGE 077]

Lawyer for lawyers and their firms, Jonathan Hawkins, joins Megan in this episode to talk about the business side of law firms.  Partnerships and other firms should have operating agreements in place, because without them, the inevitable breakup is ugly and messy.  This is a great companion episode to Episode 75 on succession planning with[…]

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[…]

Small Firm Roadmap from Lawyerist with Stephanie Everett [LGE076]

Lawyerist is a community of forward-thinking lawyers, and its leadership team has written a book to help lawyers build their own small law firm of the future.  In this episode, Megan sits down with co-author Stephanie Everett to talk about the book, why it was written, why change is coming to the legal profession, and[…]

Succession Planning for Law Firms with Dylan Hyatt [LGE 075]

Estate planning lawyer Dylan Hyatt joins Megan on this episode to talk about how to protect a solo lawyer’s biggest professional asset – their firm.  Highlights include: What happens when a lawyer is suddenly incapacitated with no succession plan in place Why we need a succession plan, and it’s not only for sudden incapacity or[…]

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[…]