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Students in law school learn how to perform case law research. But searching through cases is only half of the work involved in identifying the legal bases for a persuasive argument. It takes skill to appreciate why one particular

One of the smartest lawyers I know is Dutch, and so I associate the Netherlands with good lawyers. And, as a New Yorker, when I think of my city’s history of commerce, I think of the Dutch settlers who founded

Image credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving#/media/File:Our_(Almost_Traditional)_Thanksgiving_Dinner.jpgPart of my work involves reading court decisions to keep abreast of how judges decide the types of cases I handle. Below, I share some thoughts on recent decisions.Court Refuses to Permit Defendant Pay Settlement in CoinsParties in

One of the more dramatic parts of a trial is the opening statement. Lawyers for each side give a speech to the judge or jury, explaining what the case is about and why they think they will win. But opening

Before the invention of Microsoft PowerPoint, people used slides and poster boards to present information and emphasize a point. And in trials, lawyers often use images to present important points, evidence, arguments, or context. While they may look simple,

I spent some of my honeymoon in a Tokyo courtroom. Thankfully not as a defendant, I was there to watch how the justice system works in one of the biggest and most vibrant cities in the world. I saw a

Image credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Removal_of_Kevin_McCarthy#/media/File:United_States_House_of_Representatives,_October_3,_2023.jpgPart of my work involves reading court decisions to keep abreast of how judges decide the types of cases I handle. Below, I share some thoughts on recent decisions.Court Refuses to Dismiss Nuisance Claim Where Defendant Repeatedly Did

For various reasons, clients get into disputes with their attorneys. Sometimes clients believe the lawyer charged too much money. And sometimes clients believe the lawyer gave them bad advice or mishandled their responsibilities. Because of the potential for these disputes,