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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.

Sleep Apnea No Excuse for Lawyer Misconduct

Here’s a risk management tip: if you’ve been accused of doing little to nothing on your client’s case and lying to them about it, the fact that you have sleep apnea will probably not get you off the hook. Especially if at the same time you were billing your client and aggressively pursuing pa… Read More

Top Tips from ABA TECHSHOW 2019

If you missed the ABA TECHSHOW 2019 and its always-popular 60 Tips in 60 Minutes presentation, you’re in luck. A greatest-hits compilation has been posted on the NC Bar Association’s blog. “Some of the tips can be whimsical or esoteric,” writes Catherine Sanders Reach, director of… Read More

Federal Prosecutor Disbarred for Online Commentary

A federal prosecutor in Louisiana was disbarred for posting scathing commentary online – including more than a hundred anonymous posts about cases his office was prosecuting. In December 2018, the Louisiana Supreme Court said the assistant U.S. Attorney had violated ethics rules prohibiting conduct preju… Read More

Lawyer Suspended for Chest Bump

Here’s some free risk management advice: think twice before giving another lawyer a chest bump – especially if the recipient is a criminal prosecutor. Just ask the defense lawyer in Louisiana who was suspended for a year after chest bumping a District Attorney in a judge’s chambers. In a Jan… Read More

Millennial Lawyers Would Swap Pay for Free Time

Millennial lawyers say the traditional law practice model is broken beyond repair – but even so, many say making partner at their present firm is their number one goal. And three-quarters of them would happily take less pay in exchange for more time off. Those are some of the findings from a survey of y… Read More

Digital Ad Revenue Surpasses Other Media

For the first time ever, digital advertising – led by Facebook and Google – has eclipsed not only print advertising but also TV and radio as well. Advertisers in the US will spend $129 billion on digital media in 2019, according to estimates from eMarketer. That’s 16 percent more than the $10… Read More

How the Color of Your Office Affects Your Profits

Take a look around your office: what you see today will likely appear much different tomorrow. That’s because law firms – how they look, feel and function – are undergoing a massive makeover. The longstanding office-based model is no longer the only option. Firms are experimenting with open … Read More

A Magic Sentence Can Bring You 20 Percent More Clients

A simple sentence of less than 10 words could attract close to 20 percent more clients to your practice. No, the magic words are not: “Hire me and all your legal dreams will come true.” The message is simpler – and more honest – than that. To-wit: “I can really put myself in your… Read More

Take the Lawyers in Transition Self-Test

Congratulations! You’ve reached the end of our Lawyers in Transition series. We hope along the way you picked up some pointers, insights, and nuggets to inspire you on the next step of your journey. We leave you with a final self-test. Below are all 20 of the Lawyers in Transition blog posts. Go through… Read More

12 Tips for Getting More Referrals

There is a cheap and easy way to boost referrals to your law practice. Just ask for more business. Of course this sounds obvious. Self-evident. Yet many lawyers – possibly including you – don’t do it. Many lawyers want to grow their practice and get more out of their law lives. They are terr… Read More

7 Tips for Choosing Law Firm Swag

To market your law firm in a new and creative way, consider giving out earbuds, backpacks or sugar cookies with your logo on it. Ditch the tired old refrigerator magnets, desk calendars and keychains. “Some law firms are strategic with swag while others seem to put their logo on everything,” write… Read More

“Tender” Handshake with Judge Prompts Removal Request

Here’s a little risk management tip: when you’re in court, be careful not to appear too chummy with the judge. It might provoke the other side to try to get the judge tossed from the case. That’s the story in Miami, where a plaintiff has petitioned the Florida appeals court to remove the pre… Read More