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    • Against The Wind: Rock Music Inspired Thoughts On What I Wish I’d Known As A Young Lawyer

      Against The Wind: Rock Music Inspired Thoughts On What I Wish I’d Known As A Young Lawyer

      As we start the new year, it makes sense to reflect on the past, think about the present, and direct ourselves into the future. In “Against The Wind,” Bob Seger looked back at his past longingly, sad about his present […]

    • I Should Have Known Better

      I Should Have Known Better

      “I Should Have Known Better” isn’t the Beatles’ most popular song – it was the “B Side” to their single “A Hard Day’s Night.” And although it certainly wasn’t the idea behind the song (it’s a love song, after all), […]

    • Six Key Ingredients Of A Successful Small Firm

      Six Key Ingredients Of A Successful Small Firm

      When did Peter Gabriel become a trusted advisor to small law firms? Well, he may not have realized it, but when he sang, “Don’t give up, ’cause you have friends, don’t give up, you’re not the only one,” he was […]

    • Twitter For Lawyers, Part 1: Goal-Setting and Timing

      Twitter For Lawyers, Part 1: Goal-Setting and Timing

      Twitter is the ultimate in worlds colliding for attorneys. Our job is to keep things confidential, maintain the attorney-client privilege, and make sure we don’t accidentally disclose something that shouldn’t be disclosed. But Twitter is all about constant, persistent sharing […]

    • Lessons From A Hospitalization: What A Hospital Work Environment Can Teach Law Firms

      Lessons From A Hospitalization: What A Hospital Work Environment Can Teach Law Firms

      I wouldn’t recommend it as a hobby, but a lot can be learned from spending some inpatient time in a hospital. First, the impact of how you are treated. A compassionate nurse, who seems to actually care not only about […]

    • Side Guards on Trucks Save Lives in Urban Areas

      Side Guards on Trucks Save Lives in Urban Areas

      Trucks are 4% of road users, but account for 11% of bicycle fatalities nationally, and even higher percentages in cities – for example, in NYC, trucks accounted for 32% of bicycle fatalities.  In the Boston area, there have been a shocking […]

    • RESCUE ATTEMPTS FROM REGULATORY CAPTURE

      RESCUE ATTEMPTS FROM REGULATORY CAPTURE

      Tort liability and safety regulation are paired sentries standing guard over public safety. Despite expansions and contractions in the U.S. Supreme Court’s view of preemption over the past two hundred years, state tort law has traditionally served as a form of […]

    • Justice v. Prudence

      Justice v. Prudence

      Litigation can often be emotional, and rightfully so. Any event that leads to a lawsuit usually ranges from the unfortunate to the outright tragic. It can impact families and businesses and lives for many years, if not forever. Trial lawyers […]

    • When Settlements Can Incorporate an Apology and Education

      When Settlements Can Incorporate an Apology and Education

      Aaron Lazare, M.D., noted author of On Apology and the former dean of University of Massachusetts Medical School, has written and spoken extensively about the components of a meaningful apology.  In one article he summarized it as follows: There are […]

    • The Scourge of Confidentiality

      The Scourge of Confidentiality

      Justice is a public affair. A pillar of the American judicial system, both civil and criminal, is that our courts are public institutions whose doors, at least in theory, are open to all for the airing and resolution of grievances. […]