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Preparing for your Deposition

In civil litigation, the depositions of the litigants are extremely important. Depositions may be used effectively to obtain or avoid summary judgment, as well as to impeach testimony provided at trial. Preparing for your deposition is vital. Most experienced...

Working with Colleagues

Representing businesses and professionals necessarily entails working with other attorneys from time to time. For instance, when I represent a corporation in a lawsuit in Pennsylvania, I may interact with its in-house counsel, or its general counsel in the state where...

Confidentiality Agreements

Most people I speak to about the possibility of bringing an employment litigation matter are convinced of two things before we speak. First, that they would prefer to settle their case than to try it. Second, that their employer will also want to settle the case...

Settling Business Disputes

The settlement of a business litigation is nothing more than a business deal. Some business deals close; and some do not. The same is true with possible business litigation settlements. Some will be consummated and some will not. Those that do not will obtain a result...

Company Property

Well run companies create and disseminate written policies pertaining to the use of company property and the return of company property at the end of one’s employment. Courts will ordinarily enforce written policies to the letter. But for companies without written...

Insuring Your Business

Virtually every business I come into contact with has liability insurance. Liability insurance protects the company against claims for injuries to third parties, such as customers who are injured in an accident on the premises. But there is also insurance coverage for...

Picking Clients

The longer I do this, the more I realize that picking the right clients makes a tremendous difference to my practice. They don't call it an attorney-client relationship for nothing. I thinks it is wise to remember that hiring an attorney creates a relationship. When I...

Olympic Thought

If you’re like me, you’ve been watching the Tokyo Olympics for the last week or so. But unlike me, you probably haven’t stopped to think how being a trial lawyer is like being an Olympian. The truth is there aren’t that many similarities - but there are a few that...

COVID-19 in Practice

As more courts reopen for trials and my litigation practice returns to normal, I have noticed that virtually every case I’m working on has some aspect of COVID-19 attached to it. For sure, the pandemic has affected business and employment relationships, and the...

Strategic Planning

Business litigation invariably involves a combination of both legal and business issues. Your attorney is the expert on the legal issues, but you are the expert when it comes to your business. Thus, accomplishing your goals will require collaboration. If your lawyer...