Public Relations

When You Go To Heaven, Will Your Digital Assets go to Hell??

By at 17 April, 2012, 10:36 am

As a lawyer, I always urged my clients to get their estate planning documents (wills, powers of attorney, trusts) in order and to update them on a regular basis. With the increased use of online banking, bill payment, email, etc. what will happen to these digital assets on your death? Will your significant other, agent, executor or trustee be able to access these assets and fulfill their due diligence requirements to the estate? Or will they face their own version of Hell because these assets were overlooked? Luckily, someone has thought about this and have shared their answer to this issue.


What does an Iconic Atlanta Rib Shack and a Successful Law Practice have in common?

By at 21 February, 2011, 8:00 pm

During a recent trip to Atlanta, I was taken to one of it’s iconic restaurants: Fat Matt’s Rib Shack . In addition to serving up barbecue and comfort style side dishes, Fat Matt’s also has live blues music playing every month…By now you’re probably asking yourself what does a successful barbecue restaurant and a successful law practice have in common? Keep reading after the break and you’ll find out.


Full of Sound and Fury, but Signifying Nothing: Why Comparing Federal Judges to Simon Cowell isn’t a Good Idea

By at 7 December, 2010, 12:43 pm

Interesting piece from the ABA Journal By Debra Cassens Weiss 7th Circuit Says Plaintiffs Lawyer ‘May Wish to Moderate His Fury’ in which the 7th Circuit chastises Illinois class action attorney Clinton A. Krislov for making statements in his motion for rehearing such as this one: “Indeed, the panel’s role as the self assured Simon Cowell of the circuits demeans not just us, but the court as well.” Obviously, this wasn’t the right tactic to take in his attempt to obtain a rehearing as the Court reacted to what it feels is, a certain lack of civility shall we say, from Attorney Krislov: Unknown Object


Do Lawyers Need A “Stupid” Stamp: Think Before You Post Online To Avoid Ethical Pitfalls

By at 12 May, 2010, 11:56 am

The lawyers covered are from across the country and the online vehicles of their self destruction vary from blogs to Facebook to commenting on online news stories. And it’s not just lawyers: Judges are getting caught as well. One of the examples involves, I’m sorry to say, an Assistant Public Defender from my home county of Winnebago, Illinois, who was posting about her clients and their cases in very free and open language. Or how about Chicago immigration lawyer Samir “Sam” Chowhan who advertised for an assistant on Carigslist that also included having sex with him as part of the job duties.


Do you really need a firm “tagline”?

By at 10 May, 2010, 8:00 am

Tweet Interesting post over at The Great Jakes Blog  on the necessity and usefulness of taglines in building a law firm's brand in marketing efforts. For those of you not familiar with the term, a tagline (in this instance) refers to a short statement or motto that defines a firms mission (and should do so […]