21 Pieces of Advice for Every (New) Lawyer

When I started in practice back in 1982, I regularly received tips and advice from more experienced attorneys. Sometimes I asked, but very often it was unsolicited. I was generally receptive to this, though often skeptical about whether they really knew how things were now. After all, some of these attorneys had been practicing for […]

Are You Getting Good Cases for YOU?

I would not say that getting business is easy. It takes some work. It takes some thought and effort. Anyone could take my list of 27 things to do, add a few that are particular to you or your locality, and be buried in work. I’ve had lawyer/skeptics dispute this, telling me they just wish […]

How To Handle Pro-Se Adversaries

In the per-diem world I regularly encounter pro-se adversaries (people representing themselves). In New York City Civil Court (jurisdiction up to $25,000), people often appear pro-se. Many of these are debt collection cases, but I have been involved in all kinds of civil litigation where one side (the other side from my side) was pro-se. […]

Pearls (and perils) of Per-diem

It might be a stretch to call per-diem court appearances “zen-like” or “other-worldly.” That being said, I have some philosophical observations about making multiple court appearances on behalf of other attorneys: Treat your per-diem appearances as if you were appearing on your own case. If that means you care more about the case than the […]

Per-diem Basics: Bad is Good

Bad is good. That’s the philosophy behind the “per diem” part of my law practice. One might call it a “niche” practice.  I don’t feel so lofty about it, so I call it what it is, “Queens Court Appearances.” It works because of a basic business truth:  Success can be as simple as finding and […]