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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Every assertion of client ownership weakens a firm

Posted in Commentary

“It’s my client.”  “I get the billings.” Even the magnanimous say, “I”ll share the billings.”  In court, you often hear lawyers refer to “my client.” Each own of these assertions of ownership weakens everyone involved. Most lawyers believe it strengthens them, especially in any intramural fighting over control and billing.  It doesn’t.  Everyone knows. Saying… Continue Reading

Litigators: What’s your story?

Posted in Commentary, General, Uncategorized

Trial lawyers see a case as a story.  They are constantly thinking about the story and why the jury should care about it. Litigators see a case as a series of motions and briefs, depositions and documents. The stuff litigators see as the point of a case is just a road to the end.

Law Firm Signal and Noise: The Art of Saying Nothing

Posted in Client Service, Commentary, General

I was reading this interesting Fast Company article about what the 2016 Presidential candidates talk about when speaking of income inequality.  This statement was interesting: Does all of this talk about inequality render the term meaningless? Especially at a time when wealthy donors have unprecedented sway on elections, the idea that government must work to… Continue Reading

Why ValoremNext?

Posted in Commentary, General

A lot of people have asked why we chose this name for our prevention platform. I wanted to answer those many inquiries. My new partner Jeff Carr, the iconic former General Counsel of FMC Technologies, sometime ago defined the four stages in the evolution of law. The first stage is what Jeff refers to has… Continue Reading

The 4 stages of change.

Posted in Commentary, Hourly Rates and Alternatives

Richard Susskind wonderfully described the 4 stages of change: Stage 1:  “What you’re saying is worthless nonsense.” Stage 2:  “What you’re saying is an interesting but perverted point of view.” Stage 3:  “What you’re saying is true but quite unimportant.” Stage 4:  “I have always said so.” There is truth in what Richard says, and… Continue Reading

Valorem Law Group’s Press Release regarding Jeff Carr

Posted in General, People, Places and Blawgs, Prevention

September 8, 2015                                                                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Iconic General Counsel Jeffrey Carr to Join Valorem Law Group Chicago, IL – Jeffrey W. Carr, former General Counsel of Fortune Top 500 FMC Technologies, Inc. has joined the Valorem Law Group to lead ValoremNext, a platform designed to diminish the need for legal services by preventing problems before… Continue Reading