In the old West, there were a lot of cattle milling about. In order to tell one animal from another, each owner had a unique brand.More recently, Mad Men and their successors expanded the concept of brands to the consumer marketplace, to distinguish one product from another. We all recognize Volvo (safety), Nike (Just do it) and Frontier Airlines (A whole different animal).Today, the concept of branding has been further expanded to the professional services industry. With so many lawyers and law firms milling about, a brand is a valuable way to distinguish one lawyer and one law firm from another.What is a law firm brand? It is the firm’s reputation, its promise to the marketplace. This is who we are. This is what we do. This is who we do it for. This is what makes us different from every other lawyer or law firm that claims to do the same thing.By chance or on purpose, each law firm has a brand. If no one knows who you are … [Read more...] about New brand world: How law firms brand and re-brand
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Until recently, very few lawyers and corporate counsel had even heard of the social media site LinkedIn. In fact, it surprises many to learn that LinkedIn was launched ten years ago. How quickly things have changed!Ninety-five percent of ABA members indicate that they have posted their profiles on LinkedIn. Seventy percent of corporate counsel indicate that they use LinkedIn regularly as a tool to find and vet outside counsel. These statistics come from a 2012 ABA survey.LinkedIn is now one of the world’s most popular websites. If you would like to be found by potential clients, your LinkedIn profile has become even more important than your website biography. If you are looking for networking opportunities, your LinkedIn presence and activity have become just as important as your face-to-face networking.LinkedIn launched in May 2003. “From the very start, LinkedIn differentiated itself as a site for business, business development and … [Read more...] about LinkedIn (or Left Out) for Lawyers
On August 18, 2010 the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit addressed the issue of corporate affiliate conflicts of interest. This is an issue that frequently challenges lawyers considering whether they can represent a client who is adverse to a corporate affiliate of another client that they or their firms represent. In a unanimous opinion written by Senior Circuit Judge Ralph Winter, the Second Circuit has provided a useful analysis of the issue. The opinion affirmed GSI Commerce Solutions, Inc. v. BabyCenter, L.L.C., 644 F. Supp. 2d 333 (S.D.N.Y. 2009) (Rakoff, J.), in which a 500 person firm, Blank Rome, LLP, headquartered in Philadelphia, was disqualified from the representation of a client (GSI Commerce Solutions, Inc.) adverse to a wholly owned subsidiary (BabyCenter, L.L.C.) of another client (Johnson & Johnson) represented by the firm.Significantly, each of the three circuit judges on the panel (Winter, Raggi and Livingston), and the district judge … [Read more...] about Corporate Affiliate Conflicts of Interest – GSI Commerce Solutions v. BabyCenter, L.L.C.
The wife and alleged victim of a Texas lawyer accused of arranging, with his mistress, to target his spouse multiple times in a murder-for-hire scheme continued to stand by her man today as he was arraigned on two counts of solicitation for capital murder.Yvonne Stern and personal injury lawyer Jeffrey Stern, 53, are seen holding hands as they walk to court today in Houston in footage linked to a KHOU article about the case.And after he pleaded not guilty, in footage linked to a KTRK report, she smiles and nods as her husband’s lawyer, Paul Nugent, tells reporters she doesn’t wish to comment. However, he adds, “her actions speak for themselves.”Jeffrey Stern is accused of paying for three alleged hitmen. His mistress, Michelle Gaiser, worked as an office manager at a law firm other than Stern’s, reports an earlier Houston Chronicle article. She faces one count of solicitation of capital murder for allegedly helping Stern to arrange multiple shootings aimed … [Read more...] about Wife & Alleged Victim of Lawyer Accused in Contract Hit Case Holds His Hand En Route to Court
Depending on whom you ask, Malik Jarno is either: A mentally challenged, orphaned teenager born in Guinea, with an IQ of about 60, who arrived in the United States bearing false identification papers and a plane ticket obtained by a friend in France who grew tired of caring for him; or he is a 20-something man, possibly born in the Congo, who tried to sneak into the States using papers he knew and understood were fake.The first version comes from a team of lawyers from three of the country’s largest and most formidable firms, who have been representing Jarno pro bono for the past several years. They say his parents were killed because they opposed the government in Guinea. Jarno fled with an aunt and two cousins to France, where the aunt left Jarno in the care of a family friend when she and her children moved to Belgium, the lawyers say. The friend cared for the rambunctious teen for several months, then bought Jarno a stolen passport … [Read more...] about Children Without a Country