Oftentimes, attorneys are so focused on minimum billables and hourly billing that they forget that their clients can’t pay them if their clients don’t do well. There’s a big difference between responding to a client’s phone call for help, and actively helping a client protect and grow their business. Providing value to a client means much more than simply putting out a fire which grew so hot that it started to burn.
The law firm, Debeboise & Plimpton LLP, who filed a lawsuit last year against an ex-client for $6 Million in unpaid legal fees received an answer this week with counterclaims seeking $55 million in damages.
I am currently at the INTA conference in Seattle at and education track on deposition tactics in trademark cases. I had to share this hilarious video discussed by the panel. What do you do when the deponent won’t give you a straight answer?
Here is a bullet list of panel recommendations, pretty standard stuff:
Always use video on key depositions
Know your court rules.
Don’t allow opposing counsel to coach witnesses with objections.
Adjourn depositions if you think that the other attorney is poisoning the deposition so much that you will not get truthful testimony
Have another lawyer review any motion for sanctions. You may be too close to the matter to see it objectively
One of our favorite clients is M22Online.com, whose trademarks related to "M-22" we protect. For those of you who don't know, M-22 is a road which goes around the entire Leelanau County Peninsula. Our clients turned it into a brand which is described as follows:
M-22 is not just a road; it is a way of life.
Founded by kiteboarders in search of epic wind and waves, M-22 was created to express a common passion for Northern Michigan. However, M-22 shares this passion beyond Michigan’s borders. It is marked by the simplicity and appreciation for natural wonders such as bays, beaches and bonfires, dunes and vineyards,cottages, friends and family everywhere.
M-22 Challenge is a multi-discipline event based in beautiful Leelanau
County in Northern Michigan. The event is designed to challenge
athletes against the natural terrain and environmental elements of the