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April 2011 - Increasing the Bottom Line Edition

April 2011 – Increasing the Bottom Line Edition

Highlights from the “Money” issue of the Contra Costa Lawyer include articles on thriving in ‘interesting’ times (M. Sue Talia), maximizing profits (Andy Ross), starting your own business (Steve Gizzi), how technology can improve your bottom line (David Pearson), starting lawyer-client relationships (D. J. Hartsough), and elements of a successful website (Jessica Gore)

How Multitasking Burns Money and Ruins your Brain

How Multitasking Burns Money and Ruins your Brain

As a busy family law attorney, I can tell you that many things consume my time. Here are my top ten time-burning, schedule busting activities:

10. Reading 12 emails from the same client anguishing …

Thriving in “Interesting” Times

Thriving in “Interesting” Times

There is an ancient Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.” I think most would agree that things have gotten a lot more interesting for us in recent years. Many of our clients are …

Maximizing Profits: Practical Tips Concerning Your Written Fee Agreement and Interactions with the Client

Maximizing Profits: Practical Tips Concerning Your Written Fee Agreement and Interactions with the Client

The purpose of this article is to recommend practical tips concerning the decision to represent a client and after that decision is made, to recommend important provisions for your fee agreement.  These provisions can help …

Anyone for Hanging out a Shingle?

Anyone for Hanging out a Shingle?

The job market for attorneys is so challenging right now that the majority of recent articles in the ABA Journal have focused on law firm layoffs and unemployed law school graduates suing their law schools …

How Technology Can Improve Your Bottom Line

How Technology Can Improve Your Bottom Line

By now, there are hopefully few, if any, practitioners without at least a computer and printer in their office. The advent of office technology has been a blessing and a curse. Time cycles for preparing …

Starting Lawyer-Client Relationships

Starting Lawyer-Client Relationships

Nowhere is the phrase “Start with the end in mind” more profound than when entering into a lawyer-client relationship.  This critical first phase has more to do with planning than the proper application of statutes …

What makes a website successful?

What makes a website successful?

It’s all about first impressions…

It’s a given: in today’s Internet-driven culture, people turn to the web first to research their legal issues. When looking for an attorney, you can expect that most users will typically …

Social Networking and Legal Ethics: How Do They Coexist?

Earn one hour of Legal Ethics MCLE credit by reading the article below and answering the questions of the Self-Study MCLE test. Send your answers, along with a check …

Interview with Eric Samuels of David M. Sternberg & Associates

Eric I. Samuels is an associate with David M. Sternberg and Associates in Walnut Creek, CA. With more than 25 years of experience, the law firm specializes in Real Estate, Probate, Bankruptcy, and Business Litigation. …

The Ethics Corner: When and How to Withdraw

Dear Ethics Corner:

I have a client I will call Servco.  Servco has been my client for five years.  They have always been a client who pays promptly and I have never had to battle them …

The Top 10 Ways the Court Can Save You Time and Money

Although these are very challenging times, the Court continues to look for ways we can streamline procedures or enhance our ability to process documents and payments for everyone’s benefit. Below are the top 10 ways …

Keeping it

In the world of tax, it is about keeping it, not making it.  We share our revenues with Uncle Sam (and Uncle Jerry).   Last December, Congress and the President made history with the Tax Relief, …

Five Ways Attorneys Can Increase Their Billable Time – While Actually Working Less

Attorneys know that effective time management is the key to maximizing personal productivity and firm profits.

The numbers tell the story and it all boils down to time management. If you bill for your time directly …

What are the warning signs that tell you when it’s time to get out of a case?

  • When the client wants to pay the retainer over time. Remember that old saying “The most money I ever made on a case is the one I didn’t take” – Matthew Guichard; Guichard, Teng & …

How to Make Your Law Practice More Satisfying – Lawyers in the Library

Even when we love law practice, it can become stale after 20 or 30 years.  For younger lawyers, volunteer opportunities develop associations with more experienced practitioners.  New approaches, ideas and relationships offer pleasure.  This is …

Toxic Client Syndrome

*This article, previously published in the March/ April 2008 issue of FORUM magazine, Consumer Attorneys of California, was provided to the Contra Costa Lawyer by Fishkin & Slatter LLP. Thank you!


Getting Out Alive

This article, previously published in the October/ November 1992 issue of San Francisco Attorney, the official publication of the Bar Association of San Francisco, was provided to the Contra Costa Lawyer …

Multitasking and Task Switching

From the website of the Brain, Cognition, and Action Laboratory, interesting insights into multi-tasking and task-switching – recommended by our Guest Editor:

Multitasking and Task Switching

Thinking About the Unthinkable: How to Guard Against Fraud and Embezzlement in Your Firm

From the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Magazine, our Guest Editor suggests the following article for further reading:

Thinking About the Unthinkable: How to Guard Against Fraud and Embezzlement in Your Firm