I was on the phone with an insurance adjuster when she said to me, you’re not going to believe the case evaluation this lawyer down in [another part of the state] gave me. Now, I have a policy of not speaking badly of my competition, so it appeared that I was about to be entering […]
In early March 2018, I flew from Birmingham to Minneapolis, where I rented a vehicle from a certain rental company that shares a name with a historic Texas landmark. Then I drove to Wisconsin. The next day I drove back to Minneapolis and returned my rental car. I took the tram to the terminal where […]
Law firms should base their case budgeting processes on real numbers that better enable clients to manage litigation costs and set reserves. Undoubtedly, litigation budgets can change during the course of litigation, but attorneys need to notify their clients as soon as practicable of expected upticks in case expenses and necessary budget increases. Too often, […]
A few days ago, a fellow insurance defense lawyer said to me, “I wish I were as bold and confident as [a certain personal injury lawyer]. He’s so quick to say, ‘Fine, let’s just try it and see what happens.’ Maybe I’ve been beaten down by too many bad verdicts.” The lawyer who said this […]
A few weeks ago, this website got hacked. Some malicious person [note: much editing had to be done here to choose a non-offensive term, on account of the terrible headache – and expense – that resulted from this episode] dropped some malware into the site and caused all the search result traffic to redirect to […]
I’m a litigator, and I like thinking of myself as such. I participate in written discovery, review and assess thousands of pages of documents, take and defend depositions, and try cases. I’ve learned that every aspect of a case should be conducted in furtherance of preparing the matter for trial. Interrogatory responses, site inspections, party […]
One of my favorite things about the regional CLM conferences that I’ve been attending for several years now is the dialogue with insurance carriers. The Claims/Litigation Management sessions are chock full of insurers telling panel counsel what is important to them and how we can make their lives easier. There is no other forum in […]
Over the last couple of years I’ve used LinkedIn a lot to connect with people in the greater insurance and defense litigation business. Sometimes it’s been an effective tool, and other times, it’s been like sending invites and messages out into the great void. I’m going to share with you one of the ineffective methods […]
Our toddler is almost three now. We’d been discussing potty training for a while. So finally we settled on a week where we had four consecutive days that could be devoted to the endeavor – my wife would be home for the first two days (clearly she drew the short straw), and I would manage […]
You can read my article “Aligning Your Tactics with Your Client’s Objectives” on Attorney at Work. The article discusses the importance of communicating and collaborating with clients to make sure your tactics and strategies align with their goals and objectives. This includes both goals that are directly related to the case and those that may extend beyond […]
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