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Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. Over the course of his 35-year career he was a solo practitioner, corporate lawyer, legal editor, Legal Aid staff attorney and insurance risk manager. Today he helps lawyers and firms put more mojo in their practice through marketing, work-life balance and reclaiming passion for what they do. He is available for consultations, retreats and presentations.

There's a Book for that!

Did you know Lawyers Mutual has a lending library where you can check out books on everything from establishing a virtual law practice to creating bills clients love to pay? At this library, you can learn about cloud computing, internet branding and the best ipad apps. You can even learn how to be a Twitter ex… Read More

Finding The Credenza of Your Dreams

One reason I became a lawyer was to have an excuse to get a credenza. The obsession began when I was young. The Cat in the Hat lost his moss-covered, three-handled family credenza – and though I wasn’t exactly sure what that was, I knew I wanted one. Later, credenzas popped up in stories by Dickens… Read More

Employers Ditching Open Work Spaces for Traditional Offices

Good news for those of you who hate the idea of shared, open work spaces. The pendulum seems to be swinging back to quaint, old-fashioned ideas like walls, doors and personal privacy. About 70 percent of U.S. offices have no or low partitions, according to this source. The advantages are obvious. Open p… Read More

22 Fun Facts About the NCAA Tournament

It’s time for March Madness, which means all law work will be shelved this month in favor of bracketology. To help get you in the mood, here are 22 interesting and offbeat facts about the NCAA Tournament The first NCAA tournament game was played on March 17, 1939 before 1,000 fans in Evanston, Illinoi… Read More

1977 Was a Big Year for Lawyers Mutual – and the World

Lawyers Mutual celebrates its 40th birthday this year. A successful 40-year run is an impressive feat for any business. But in a market as crazy and volatile as the insurance industry, it is almost miraculous. The year Lawyers Mutual was born – 1977 – was remarkable in other ways as well. That wa… Read More

Leadership Article Explodes on LinkedIn

Everyone is talking about leadership these days. So it was not surprising that one LinkedIn user decided to tackle the topic on a recent post. What was surprising was the response it got, with thousands of likes and shares, and close to 600 comments and counting. His thesis: everyone has the potential to be a… Read More

Try a Bit of BIFF To Reduce Work Stress

Next time you find yourself dealing with an argumentative attorney or an irate client, try giving them a shot of BIFF. The BIFF Response Method – brief, informative, friendly and firm – is the brainchild of an attorney who has spent his career working with difficult people. Bill Eddy is a Californ… Read More

12 Good Reasons To Leave Your Firm

New lawyers get plenty of advice on how to land a job at a firm. But sometimes it is just as important to know when to leave after getting there. You might leave for health reasons or to be closer to family. You might do so because you’ve outgrown the position and want to stretch your wings. Or you migh… Read More

Full Disclosure Required in Malpractice Application

When you’re filling out your application for professional liability insurance, err on the side of disclosing too much rather than too little. This is especially true for questions asking about ethics problems or potential claims. If you don’t make a full and complete disclosure, you run the risk o… Read More

Don’t Disclose Confidential Info When Trying To Collect a Fee

Here’s some free risk management advice: if you’re trying to collect unpaid fees, don’t be overly helpful and give the sheriff confidential information about your client. You might find yourself being hauled before the State Bar on ethics charges. “[A] lawyer may not disclose financial… Read More

ABA Recommends More CLE on Substance Abuse

The American Bar Association has recommended that all attorneys receive continuing education on drug, alcohol and mental health issues. The ABA House of Delegates approved an amendment to its Model Rules on Continuing Legal Education – used as guidelines by state bars – to require one hour of subst… Read More

6 Ways to Raise your EQ

You might think Emotional Intelligence is something you either have or you don’t. But the latest research suggests it’s something you can develop – even if you weren’t born with it. The potential EQ payoff is tremendous, especially in professions like the law that depend so heavily on … Read More