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Frank D'Amore

Five Essential Components to Becoming a Winning Lawyer

By Frank Michael D'Amore |

I had asked the leader of a major law firm what separated the highest achievers in his firm from their peers. The memories of that discussion with my coaching mentor came flooding back, as the managing partner reeled off a list of traits that mirrored, in many respects, the qualities that my coach had espoused.

Law Firm Thefts

By Harvey Kleinman |

I was surprised to learn from bank officers and insurance claim agents that theft (a.k.a., embezzlement) at law firms (and other entities) was a fairly common happenstance.

Teamwork works together to build a gear system

Changing the Outside Firm Business Model

By William C. Cobb |

Most law firms are almost 60 years behind their clients!

Seven Career Paths for Lawyers in the New Norm

By Chere Estrin |

Here are some ways attorneys are making their skills work for them in "the new norm" law firms.

Practice Management Takes Hold in Small and Mid-Size Firms

By Joel A. Rose |

Lawyer management needs to review all of the factors contributing to profitability and to address the following questions.

The Most Important Interview Question for a Young Lawyer

By Joseph R. Williams |

The lion's share of young candidates will go home and wait with bated breath to find out if they landed the job, without realizing they forgot to ask the correct questions to ascertain the answer to the most important internal question.

Navigating Legal Issues in the Twittersphere

By Jesse M. Brody and Suemyra A. Shah |

The legal risk associated with each tweet is not always properly weighed before a promotional social media campaign is launched.

Tame the Marketing Beast Before it Devours You

By Sharon Berman |

Universal Studios is home to a ride where the 3-D effects make the rider believe a wild dinosaur or monster robot is about to devour him.

Improve Your Counsel/Client Chemistry

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Chemistry isn’t just for dating.

Paving a Road to Success With Early Assignments

By Dimple C. Patel |

So, you recently graduated law school and secured gainful employment. Well done. Now it's time to prove yourself.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, McKenna Long & Aldridge partners and Suzanne Badawi, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton partner

Three Essential Steps After a Legal Blunder

By Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi |

The normal instinct is to simply move forward and try to fix it. If the problem can't be fixed, many lawyers choose to either ignore it hoping it just goes away.

Wearable Tech: the Next Copyright Battleground

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

As wearable technology becomes more fashionable, don’t go sporting your Google Glass at the local multiplex, and take off that smartwatch while you’re at it.

To Be a GC Later, Start Planning Now

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

What does your in-house future hold? If it’s the thrill of being a general counsel you’re after, there are some steps and decisions to be made that will help you get there.

Law School Admissions Officers Guardedly Optimistic

By Amanda Bronstad |

Nearly half of law school admissions officers expect applications to increase next year, according to a survey released Tuesday.

Four Tips for Building a Silicon Valley Practice

By Michelle O. Stewart |

The first few years of practice for any lawyer can be daunting. This can seem even more overwhelming in the ever-changing business and technology landscape of Silicon Valley.

Julie Q. Brush

Will Working for a Lackluster Company Kill My Career?

By Julie Q. Brush |

When assessing a job opportunity, there are two important areas of inquiry and examination to help candidates determine the viability of a new position.

GCs Should Pay Attention to Commercial Contract Managers

By Prashant Dubey |

The people who think contract managers are no fun are likely the same people who still perceive contract managers as the folks who strong-arm you for a purchase order number before allowing you to engage a vendor.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, McKenna Long & Aldridge partners and Suzanne Badawi, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton partner

Four Steps to Take When You're Sued

By Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi |

Over the course of a career, these risks mount.

Office Halloween Parties: Be Afraid of Liability

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Trick or treat or employment law litigation? When celebrating Halloween in the workplace, there are some employment frights to look out for.

Legal Blogging as Relationship Building

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Kevin O’Keefe questions whether general counsel understand the intersection between social media, blogging and relationship building.

Luke Bierman.

Elon School of Law Placing Practical Training ‘On Steroids’

By Amanda Bronstad |

“We really took a very good program—and a program that did put students into real world experiences in a variety of ways—but we ramped it up.”

Viewpoint: Want to Learn to Think Like a Lawyer? It's 'Elementary'!

By Rachel Van Cleave |

Maria Konnikova's book, "Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes," effectively captures what it means to think like a lawyer in a way that is both meaningful and relevant to the transformations occurring in legal education and in the practice of law.

Reports Show Playing Team Sports Benefits Women's Careers

By Frank Michael D'Amore |

The benefits associated with playing sports have been extolled in this column over the years.

When They Leave You in a Lurch

By Nicholas A. Sarokhanian and Victor D. Vital |

You walk into the office Monday morning, and the first thing you hear is that on Friday, Jones left the company and joined the competition.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, McKenna Long & Aldridge partners, and Suzanne Badawi, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton special counsel

Avoid Legal Malpractice Headaches by Closing Old Files

By Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi |

As the end of the year approaches, now is a great time for attorneys and law practices to do one of the most important tasks for effective legal malpractice prevention—close files that need to be closed.