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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.

Judge Calls Fee Request “Attempted Robbery”

Here’s a free risk management tip: it’s never a good sign when a judge calls your fee request an “attempted bank robbery.” Just ask this lawyer in Pennsylvania, who was blasted from the federal bench for submitting a whopping fee petition after a small recovery in a civil rights suit. … Read More

Why It Pays to Be Nice to Siri

Have you ever caught yourself screaming in frustration because Siri keeps confusing Guardian Ad Litem with Guardians of the Galaxy? If so, you might want to pause a moment to consider what this says about you. More than 35 million Americans are using voice-activated apps like Apple’s Siri, MicrosoftR… Read More

10 Tips For Clients Who Are Their Own Worst Enemy

Sometimes one of the biggest challenges of legal representation is keeping clients from sabotaging their own cases. They do it in creative ways. They fail to appear for a hearing. They get themselves arrested on a new charge. They blab unnecessarily in deposition. They violate the terms of a restraining order.… Read More

A Five Minute Walk Might Save Your Life

The headline says “New Research Shows Our Workplace Is Killing Us,” but the culprit – too much sitting for long periods of time – is all too familiar. And lawyers and legal professionals, who spend much of their day at their desks, are at the highest risk. The average adult worker in t… Read More

Multiple Mistakes, Multiple Malpractice Claims?

If a client sues a lawyer for a series of mistakes in a single case, is it one claim under the lawyer’s malpractice policy or multiple claims? That question was recently addressed by the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that under the terms of the policy under review, the single lawsuit co… Read More

Lawyer Rates Top $1,000 Per Hour

At this very moment, somewhere in our great land, a lawyer is billing a client $1,000 or more per hour. And the number who are doing so is growing, according to this report. Topping the list of the country’s most expensive lawyers is Kirkland & Ellis partner Kirk Radke. The private equity and corpor… Read More

Workers Start Burning Out at Age 35

It seems age 35 is the tipping point when people start hating their jobs. That’s according to a recent human resources survey, which found that one in six British workers over 35 are unhappy at work – more than double the misery rate of their younger colleagues. Not only that, but a third of older… Read More

Cyber Protection Now Available For NC Solos and Small Firms

Think cyber-insurance is something only big firms need – and can afford? Think again. “We’ve got insurance solutions every lawyer can afford,” says Adam Pierce of Lawyers Insurance Agency. “Premiums have come down dramatically. We’ve got policies for as low as $400 per year… Read More

Are You Committing Legal Technology Malpractice?

If you are stubbornly clinging to your fax machine or duct-taped edition of Word 2006, you might want to keep a close eye on your law license. You could be in danger of losing it. And while you’re at it, make sure your Lawyers Mutual premium has been paid, because you might be sued for technology malpra… Read More

15 Follow-up Emails That Are Sure to Annoy

If you’ve ever gotten an email with the subject line “Friendly Reminder,” you know the message that follows will be anything but. It will most likely be a passive-aggressive poke in the ribs to encourage you to get off your lazy posterior and actually do what you were previously asked to do. … Read More

What Elvis and Lawyers Mutual Have in Common

In 1977, attorneys in North Carolina began lining up to purchase professional liability policies from a brand-new company called Lawyers Mutual. That same year, we said farewell to Elvis Presley, who died on August 16. In the 40 years since, Lawyers Mutual has become the leading malpractice insurance provider… Read More

10 Ways to Make your Law Blog Stand Out

Are you getting any bang from your law blog? If not, maybe you should write less about your practice and more about your pet parakeet or favorite restaurant. That’s one gold nugget mined from a national survey of law bloggers. The ABA Journal polled thousands of lawyers for its State of the Legal Blogo… Read More

The Average American Writes 38 Paper Checks Annually

In this age of PayPal, bitcoin and online banking, many Americans still prefer to pay their bills with old-fashioned paper checks. Then again, you probably already know that from your law practice. When it comes to check writing, the US is an outlier. Most other countries have largely converted to electronic … Read More