September 2015

“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

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.

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

valoremnext - with swoosh in xA 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

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

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

In the beginning, we solved problems but did so inefficiently and unpredictably. That was Old Law. Most clients don’t like Old Law because they are under budget and performance pressure.

Then we learned to be efficient and predict the cost of solving a problem. This was New Law. Most clients embraced New Law because it