Litigation & Arbitration

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Does anyone know where to find a doctor to peer review records? The partner just dropped this on me and I’m out of my reach

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What is the one thing you would change about discovery rules if you could? In CA I’d implement mandatory disclosure of all damages by Plaintiff at the time of filing.

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I have a client in Barbados who needs a Family Law Specialist in New York, can you give me any recommendations?

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Zoom bench trial on Monday. How many of y’all still start with “May it please the Court.” Given that law has evolved, if you do, why?

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A partner asked me today to defend an expert dep tomorrow morning in a case I haven’t been working on. I’ve only taken a handful of depositions (never of an expert) and this will be my first time def… more

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What trial and pretrial books would most benefit a first year associate (and beyond)?

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Should you specialize early and aggressively? As a general litigator (2nd year), I worry that I am not specializing. All advice for building a book of business, whether in big law or a small firm, sug… more

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Firm i am interviewing with is a midsize firm. I have 3 years of complex lit experience, they do simple property law. They need me for pre-lit only. No interviewers were able to discuss compensation, … more

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Does anyone look at the uppermost echelon of their firm and have a hard time seeing someone whose career/lifestyle they want to emulate? The best litigators at my firm have terrible work life balance

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On a zoom hearing now where the presenting counsel decided not to put his presentation into full-screen. Result is that the browser clearly has a bookmark bar with “Sue a Judge”, “How to Sue a Judge”,… more

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5 yr ID litigation associate at 35ish attorney firm that operates like a high functioning alcoholic due to its disorganization at every level and high turnover. Positives include reasonable billables … more

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Why do we not fight the insurance industry’s justification of “fundamental research” for cutting bills... I’m going to start adding “as required by lawyer ethics guidelines to ensure we do not commi… more

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What is the best way to market myself to generate new work? I’m a relatively new partner at a litigation boutique in a mid- to small- market. Went to a top-tier law school and did well. Clerked first … more

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Have any of you successfully petitioned to change venue based on inability to have a fair trial? I have a civil case where the county DA is suing my client, and I can’t picture a fair trial happening.

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I’ve been having difficulty setting boundaries on work and I realize it’s spilling over into my personal life, like when friends ask for free legal advice. Any tips?

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From surveying this app for the last few months, I am genuinely curious... why on earth does anyone work in insurance defense? It seems like horrible billing requirements and not the greatest pay. wha… more

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I recently had a bad experience with a judge who very clearly preferred the other side for personal reasons. Later learned this judge has a reputation for preferring that side. Does anyone know if th… more

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Is it possible to be a litigator who doesn’t love fighting with people?

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Litigation associates: Why don't you communicate? Why don't you manage expectations? Why are you being held back by your insecurities? Why do I have to ask these questions?

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Hello everyone! I am working as a first party property attorney on a defense side in Florida. I was admitted to law in May 2019 so it’s been little over a year. I am making 90K, and I am thinking of s… more

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Maryland practicioner here practicing primarily in business litigation but also some family law. Looking for insight on referral services / whether people in these practice areas find them worthwhile

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Is litigation an art or a science? art: subjects of study primarily concerned with the processes and products of human creativity and social life, such as languages, literature, and history science:… more

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Has anyone here studied Cicero? Could you share his insights that you have found valuable for litigators?

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Law clerk still figuring out legal research. My firm uses Lexis and I did some jury verdict research. A partner later asked that I limit this to sustained verdicts but I can’t figure out the best way … more

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@litigation partners - what is a way that attorneys can nail their first interview?

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What are some of the more important rulings/orders (superior court, appellate, SSC) over the past 3-5 years in CA civil courts or federal courts?

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Why does everyone try to introduce themselves first on courtcall? During physical appearances- prosecutor/plaintiff/petitioner always goes first. Half of courtcall hearings are spent sorting through… more

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What is your understanding of the norms around whose names end up on a brief/complaint/motion papers etc.? I’m a midlevel at an AmLaw 20 firm and have twice been the principal drafter of something onl… more

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Anyone else think that court deadlines are the reason for a lot of stress? A 14 day deadline means basically 7 days to get something drafted and to a client. Wonder if courts should consider this and … more

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I’ve been extremely busy. Because of this, I have less patience for the constant follow up required for me to get things out the door (I’m talking about weeks of unanswered e-mails and phone calls). I… more

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What is a typical day like for FCRA defense?

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New attorney here. I find it difficult to focus on tasks w volumes of medical terms. I hate this part of my job, but understand it’s necessary for litigation. Will it get better or stay away from PI?

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Assume for this question that a) you, like me, mainly litigate in federal court, and b) cost and CLE requirements are no impediment: Why not waive into every state bar where state bar membership is re… more

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What fields of litigation do you feel are hurting the most during these times and thriving the most during these times?

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