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I’ve been asked by a Big Law firm to provide an expert declaration in support of their motion to dismiss. They need to show that there’s an appropriate alternative forum for the dispute to be settled … more

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Does anyone use DRAGON SPEECH RECOGNITION to draft documents? If (a) it’s easy to use, (b) you can speak for an unlimited amount of time without the program missing words or cutting off, (c) it typ… more

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Has anyone ever worked under an attorney who is just an A**hole to all opposing counsel? Is it awkward for you? How do you get around them clearly being unreasonable/rude/difficult while still being a… more

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Has anyone else experienced major difficulties in their legal writing when moving from plaintiff counsel to a position at defense counsel and making an argument to defeat strict liability and punitive… more

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Client has bill of sale stating she bought something (a horse), but she never got it’s official registration papers transferred and they are now lost by previous owner with whom we cannot get in touch… more

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I have a case I have enough evidence on to go to summery judgement on off the gate. Procedurally what's the best way to go a out this? D's are unrepresented and extremely difficult about settl… more

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To my more experienced NY insurance defense lawyers. I had a random question I wanted to see if anyone knew the answer to. How do these smaller insurance defense firms exist? I see a lot of small defe… more

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At what point do you begin to feel numb (if ever) when you’re done trial and prepping for another trial in a span of 3 months, while mains full caseload of other active litigation cases? Should I be w… more

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I am a personal injury attorney making 79k with ability to keep 40% of anything I settle, bonuses for originating work for the firm. I am 1.5 years into practicing as a Plaintiffs PI attorney - I have… more

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Polsinelli vs Barnes and Thornburg. I heard the culture is very much the same. Is that true?

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Clyde and co. US offices … anyone know anything? Cool place to work or nah?

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Does anyone have an editable copy of the Florida non resident petition for summary adjudication? Trying to settle a Disney timeshare for my sister in law who died and my wife is administering the esta… more

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When citing ECFs in fed court do you use brackets, parenthesis, or nothing?

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Trying to get ahead of my caseload feels like trying to climb a hill made of loosely-packed pebbles. No matter how much I scrabble, I’m sliding closer and closer to the bottom. How do you get caught… more

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Quick. Tell me about your most infuriating, “Are you f*cking kidding me, your Honor?” rulings. I’m steaming mad over the results of a hearing this morning.

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Tips for organizing an email to client in which we discuss categories of documents produced, privileged items, work product items, and problematic documents? It’s a huge net

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Not sure how to gauge this: first year lit attorney and have not been meeting hours due to general lack of work (I ask for it, people just say to hang tight until something comes up). The work I do ge… more

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Is there a cap on how much $$$ you can make at an insurance defense firm? An insurance coverage firm? How much can I expect to make 5-7 years down the road?

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Any litigators who prefer litigating over clerking, or the other way around? I’m senior at a major appellant-side litigation firm. My boss has told me that there is a clerkship opening with a federal… more

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Can anyone speak to how a US trained lawyer would go about working abroad in international arbitration in places like London or Singapore? I’m a big law associate in DC with about 2 years of experien… more

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My briefs always sound better in my head than they do written down. Half the time that carefully crafted sentence in my mind doesn’t make it past the lag time of my typing speed. If I could stick litt… more

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Newbie question! Are you allowed to amend/add jury instructions after the start of trial?

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This seems to be a pattern over the last few years. Opposing Counsel is easy to work with, then the case appears headed for trial (roughly 70 days out) and all of a sudden the civility and easy nature… more

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Frustrated with work as we all are. Single mom insurance defense litigation for mid sized NYC based firm. Base salary is 136k nominal bonuses. Struggling to meet work demands (deadlines, billable hour… more

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Y’all with Outlook - Calibri size 11 or 12?

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How can I see who appointed a certain ALJ?

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The worst part about the slower days is seeing the stuff in the future that’s going to become an avalanche of heavier days 😬

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Anyone heard of Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson & Haluck? Thoughts?

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I’m curious to hear people’s thoughts on moving up (particularly within biglaw) with the goal of being a star litigator. I’m very interested in becoming the person whose added value is my litigation s… more

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Just lateralled as a mid level to a biglaw arbitration practice - the team is busy but 2 weeks in most of my work is nonbillable BD related work like helping the partner with RFPs and upcoming webinar… more

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Anyone heard of Downey brand or Jeffer Mangels? Thoughts?

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You guys….how much e-discovery is it normal to handle as a young associate? Part of the issue is that my fir… more

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I will be out of the office for three weeks over the next 2 month. It’s going to be one week at a time not the entire three weeks at once. I feel weird about including so many dates in my Notice of Un… more

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I have been given clearance to write an aggressive motion, given opposing counsels’ childish actions. Anybody have any good one liners/adjectives/etc when you like to get cheeky?

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I have an upcoming interview at a mass tort/toxic tort focused law firm, but I previously practiced general civil litigation (mostly business and employment law). Does anyone have experience in toxic … more

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I am an associate at an AM200 firm and was (IMO) very clear prior to accepting this role that I value work-life balance and wanted to try to keep work at night on the weekends to a minimal, but since … more

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Is it just my firm? I work at a boutique labor law/insurance defense firm. The partners expect me to cut my hour to their expectations, and then they cut even more. The real amount of time I put in e… more

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Question about firm overhead/purchasing-- I asked my office manager for a box of tissues (I have a cold, but I'm still working/billing). She told me I need to purchase my own tissues. Given how mu… more

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How real is the “third/third/third” rule (where 1/3 of income in a firm is allegedly dedicated to overhead, 1/3 to salary, and 1/3 to profit) in determining salaries? Assuming I don’t bring in busines… more

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Am I overworked or “lazy”? I do insurance defense and I feel like I can’t keep up with my cases. Does it get easier? Is it like this everywhere?? What are your caseloads like?

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