April 2008

From today’s Chicago Tribune Business Section:  Seven partners have left  Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell (catchy name, eh?) to create a new firm representing insurance companies in litigation.  The reason?  Pressure to increase hourly rates in this practice area by as much as 50%.

Locke Lord etc., etc. and so forth was formed by the

Trust me, for a moment at least, that all of the following points eventually will come together.

Every time I have the opportunity, I ask in-house counsel about whether their lawyers conduct formal or informal satisfaction meetings.  Almost invariably, the answer is no.  I always follow up by asking whether the client would find such

My partners and I have been touched–and surprised–by the many kind emails we’ve received from so many about our new website.  The substantial majority have been encouraging.  Many have offered constructive input, and we already have made many changes to the Valorem Law Group website based on input we’ve received.  It continues to be

Valorem’s website is now live.  I really haven’t had to put together a website before–it is a lot harder than I imagined.  Anyway, we are trying to be clear about our message and communicate a bit more personality than the ordinary law firm website.  I’m too close to the thing to know if we achieved

     I am thrilled to announce that Nicole Nehama Auerbach will be joining Valorem as a member as of April 14.  Nicole is currently a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman in Chicago.  Nicole concentrates her practice on all facets of complex commercial litigation, focusing on the strategic development of complex cases in order to posture

    You have to love the headline writers at the New York Times and the fun they have with Fed-speak.  Fed-speak is the language the Fed Chairman must use since he can’t utter the R-word.  So Bernanke says today, "It now appears likely that real gross domestic product, or G.D.P., will not grow much, if