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Realistic Expectations in Litigation

In Litigation, Realistic Expectations are Crucial As a litigator, every client I meet asks me at some point during the case whether he or she is going to “win.” While reasonable, this question is difficult to answer, particularly when a client appears to have the facts or the law substantially on his side. If a Read More

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Mediation

When I recommend mediation to my clients, they often react with surprise, assuming the process will be nothing more than an expensive waste of time.  They believe that the inability of the parties to settle a case on their own with the assistance of competent counsel means that dedicating any time and resources to a Read More

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Can Patience with Your Clients Cost You Money?

For many business owners, a willingness to work with clients regarding any outstanding invoices comes naturally.  But some clients, either because of financial hardship or because they are not happy with some aspect of the work or services performed, or the cost associated with it, take advantage of complacent business owners—sometimes to the point of Read More

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Part Three: Steps an Employer Can Take When a Former Employee Violates a Non-Compete

This is Part Three of my 4-part blog series on covenants not to compete.  If you have not read the first 2 parts, please click on the link at the bottom of this page to redirect you to Part One and Two.  To summarize, in Part One, I addressed the “Who, What, When, Where and Read More

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Part Two: Tips on Drafting an Enforceable Non-Compete Agreement

This is Part Two of my 4-part blog series on covenants not to compete.  If you have not read Part One yet, please click on the link at the bottom of this page and you will be redirected to Part One.  To summarize, in Part One, we addressed the “Who, What, When, Where and Why” Read More

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Part One: Who, What, When, Where & Why of Non-Compete Agreements

Non-competition agreements and their enforceability are the subject of many blogs and legal articles floating the web.  I typically stray from over-blogged topics such as this, however, each time I am confronted with an issue involving a covenant not to compete, I find that the information on the web tends to be overly general and Read More

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Employers: Do Not Let an Employee’s Smart Phone Outsmart You

Today, with advances in technology, an employee can virtually work from anywhere, the ability to work remotely is becoming common place in our society. Typically, employers will provide an employee with a smart phone or laptop in order to conduct business-related activities. In nearly all corporate-level jobs, an employee is provided access to the Internet. Read More

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It’s Not Me, It’s You: Business Divorces in Partnerships, Closely Held Corporations, and Limited Liability Companies

There are many ways that business partnerships are like a marriage. Both create legally binding obligations on those who enter into them. And just like a marriage, a business partnership requires commitment, trust, and hard work; each person involved must do their part in order for the venture succeed. Despite the colloquialism “it’s just business” Read More

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Extroversion vs. Introversion: Learning How to Adapt to a Client’s Personality

As a business, The Strong Firm understands the value of knowing and utilizing personality types within the firm to promote synergy amongst the staff in order to meet client objectives and deadlines.  Recently, the firm brought in a personality assessment specialist to administer the Myer Briggs personality assessment test on all employees.  Not only was Read More

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One on the Bench or Twelve in the Box: Strategic Considerations in Requesting a Jury

Modern litigation is a game of inches. It is increasingly rare that cases are won or lost based with a single piece of evidence, or the ruling on one motion. Instead, the parties spend months, or even years, engaging in a series of small skirmishes over jurisdiction, venue, choice of law, discovery, and procedure, seeking Read More

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