The talks to settle the war in Vietnam were stalled for five months while the participants negotiated the shape of the table at which talks would occur. Five months!! I wonder how many mothers lost their sons during that five month period. On the list of things are beyond idiotic, this example must certainly be… Continue Reading
The wheels in my brain are still slowly moving, so here’s more of what’s on my mind. I hate it when lawyers or firms “publish” “articles” that refer to “reports” without identifying them or linking to them. These “articles” are then referenced in places like LinkedIn, and those stories are picked up by JD Supra… Continue Reading
I have the great privilege of presenting with Nancy Jessen, Managing Director of Huron Consulting, in a webinar on November 10, 2014. The program is Disrupt Law: Keys to Employ ‘Disruptive’ Legal Service Strategies that Lock In Clients, and Increase Partner Profits, and the topics to be covered include: How some firms are using… Continue Reading
Random thoughts from over the past weekend. People like recently-fired PGA President Ted Bishop, who was fired for referring to professional golfer Ian Poulter as “a little girl, “make me long for a return to the days of Mark Twain (“I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved… Continue Reading
Several readers offered very nice comments on my original Some Things I Think I Think post, so I’ve decided to continue thinking. Well, at least sharing things I think I think. A recent Wall Street Journal article Lawyers, Judges Modify the View That Adverbs Are Mostly Bad, reminded me of how much I hate pronouns… Continue Reading
Do you remember Andy Rooney? He used to do commentary on 6o Minutes. Big, bushy eyebrows. But the thing I will always remember is when he would ask “Did you ever wonder….?” and then go into some offbeat topic. My question is when did people stop thinking? When you are walking in a busy airport,… Continue Reading
Before I get to the topic at hand, allow me a brief rant. Can anyone explain how the phrase “any and all documents” (typically used in Rule 34 request for documents) covers any document not covered by a a request for “all documents” or “any document”? This is as bad as “true and correct copies.” … Continue Reading
The New York Law Journal reports that the number of lawyers in the top 100 firms in New York City has declined yet again. The number of attorneys employed full time by the largest private law offices in New York continues to decline, a trend that began with the 2008 financial crisis, according to data… Continue Reading
I recently became involved in a case where all the depositions had already been taken. The opposing lawyers were partners in a very large, very well-known law firm. And my predecessors on the case came from a firm with a recognizable name. The case was pending in Federal Court, so the depositions were all… Continue Reading
Everybody wants the next great thing. Even us. So we are a music store, who became an airline, who became a soft drink company, who became over 200 different businesses all over the planet united by one simple common thought: We want to do what’s never been done before. We want to create stuff that’s… Continue Reading
Those familiar with my writings know that I am a huge fan of Jordan Furlong. His thinking is illuminating and his writing is extraordinary. Jordan, who is both a partner with Edge International and a consultant with Stem Legal, has teamed with Stem Legal’s Founder Steve Matthews to produce Content Marketing and Publishing Strategies for… Continue Reading
At the chime of the midnight bell on April 1st, Valorem now has on office in Silicon Valley. We are so pleased to announce that David Bohrer has merged his Confluence Law Partners practice into Valorem. Dave’s addition gives us a powerful patent litigation presence on the West Coast as well as a disciple of… Continue Reading
Scott Curran, the Deputy General Counsel of The Clinton Foundation (yes, that Clinton Foundation), was this year’s first guest speaker at Valorem’s “Lunch With a Cool Person.” The mug presented to Scott confirms he is, in fact, a “Cool Person.” Scott was incredibly gracious with his time and his insights and ideas, and my… Continue Reading
When I was a young lawyer, one of my first disputes was with a partner who asked me to proofread his brief. Presented by the phrase “true and correct copy”, I dutifully struck the words “true and correct”. We fought over that edit–I lost. But I have never been willing to sign my name to… Continue Reading
I woke this morning wondering whether I would experience the best of America in my lifetime. Certainly, the way we are as a country now is not our best. I thought about how we have divided ourselves into red and blue states, harkening back to a time when the states were union or confederate. … Continue Reading
This post can be found on the ABA Journal (online) New Normal column that I write with Paul Lippe and others.
Coming February 7, Uncommon Service was featured today in the Daily Stat. Here is the write up on the book from the HBR store: Most companies treat service as a low-priority business operation, keeping it out of the spotlight until a customer complains. Then service gets to make a brief appearance – for as long… Continue Reading
My partners and I are pleased to announce that patent litigator Marty Lefevour has joined our number (formal bio here). Marty has a wealth of experience, both as an inside lawyer and as a partner at Katten Muchin. The subject matter of the litigation has been quite diverse, including software and internet-based technologies, financial exchange… Continue Reading
From the world of sports: A dispute over contract language that affects seven fired Jacksonville Jaguars assistant coaches for over $3 million may have been one of the factors that led to the dismissal of Paul Vance, the team’s senior vice president of football operations and general counsel, according to league sources. A source said… Continue Reading
In five words or less, courtesy of Tom Peters. A sample: 4 most important words: “What do you think?” (Dave Wheeler @ tompeters.com: “Most important 4 words in organization”) 4 most important words: “How can I help?” (Boss as CHRO/Chief Hurdle Removal Officer) 2 most important words: “Thank you!” (Appreciation/Recognition) 2 most important words: “All… Continue Reading
My latest post on the ABA Journal’s online New Normal column, Making a commitment to change and opening up ‘Endless Possibilities’ is now available. My thanks to ESPN’s John Kincade and Seth Godin for the inspiration.
I received the following from a friend in California, who shares my appreciation of good writing. These are "glorious insults" from an era before we relied so heavily on four letter words: • A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease." • "That depends,… Continue Reading
Cycle much? Cycle time is one of the most significant drivers of cost. Do you track it? Do you create incentives for your outside firms to lower it? Value Tips of the Day are reprinted here from the Valorem App, available for iPad and iPhone users through the App store.
We received a most unusual email about our App that I just had to share. Here is the body: I saw your cool app and thought I’d send you this note. That pretty much sums it up. I was browsing for a Chicago cubs app and came across the app. As a first year law… Continue Reading