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[…]

Frequently Asked Questions: Defending a Lawyer from an Ethics Complaint

Defending a lawyer from an ethics complaint is similar to many other areas of law because the exact defenses that should be asserted depend primarily on the facts surrounding the allegation or allegations. With that being said, there are some questions we receive on a regular basis about the process that may be answered at[…]

What Happens When the State Bar of California Places a Lawyer on Probation?

The State Bar of California has several options when administering discipline in ethics investigations where the lawyer is found to be running afoul of the ethics rules. Some of the disciplinary actions the State of Bar of California may take are private or public reprimand, sanctions, suspension, and disbarment. Additionally, the California Bar also has[…]

How to Manage a Small Law Firm: To-do Lists, Intimidation, & Productivity

Starting a small law firm is an exciting opportunity. It’s something that you have the opportunity to build from the ground up. Dreaming of how you’d establish and run a small law firm is one thing. Actually getting in there and doing it can be incredibly overwhelming. There are certainly a lot of components that[…]

Fee Agreements for a Small Law Firm: What Lawyers Need to Know

Stepping out and starting a small law firm is both exhilarating and terrifying. Regardless of whether you’re leaving BigLaw or you’ve decided to take the leap and open your own practice as soon as you pass the bar, you must understand more than the law. You must also understand the basics involved in running a[…]

California Bar Discipline: Which Factors Matter the Most?

California bar discipline depends on multiple factors. Those factors do more than lead the bar to make a decision regarding the complaint filed against you. You can use them to decide if you should represent yourself, get limited-scope representation, or full-scope representation. In this post, we’re going to explore some of the most important factors[…]

Office Management for Lawyers: The Basics

Law school educated you on the law, how to analyze the law, how to argue your point, and how to think like a lawyer. Sure, there were some classes, lectures, or guest speakers who spoke about running a law office. Yet, not everyone comes out of law school with the idea of hanging out their[…]

Fulfilling Your Ethical Obligations When Leaving a Law Firm

The decision to leave a law firm happens for many reasons. Regardless, lawyers must fulfill ethical obligations when leaving a law firm. In this post, we’re going to examine six ethical obligations often present when a lawyer makes the decision to move on. Ethical Obligations May Be Created by the Employment Agreement If you’re a[…]

Honoring Women in Legal Tech for Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re excited to see the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center honor some extraordinary women involved in the legal tech industry. The ABA’s Women of Legal Tech was started in 2015 by Heidi Alexander, a Law Technology Today contributor and practice management advisor. Building upon the initial list,[…]

Lawyers, Here’s How to Recover from Bar Discipline

Bar discipline is a serious matter. It’s a stressful time. If you don’t know how to recover from bar discipline, the likelihood that you’ll go through the process again in the future is higher. So, how can a lawyer recover from bar discipline and protect themselves from going through the process in the future? Address[…]