July 3, 2013

A Meaningful Independence Day

Seven years ago, I took a summer trip to Gettysburg and spent hours walking through the battleground and cemetery.  It was a profound experience connecting with the people and events that took place exactly 150 years ago today.  July 1-3, 1863 changed history in a way that shaped our nation and the world, and put us on a course that has shaped our own lives in a way that is significantly... Read More


February 18, 2013

Presidents’ Day

I just finished reading Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.  Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize author, does an extraordinary job of bringing Jefferson to life, his genius, idealism, practicality, enormous personal struggles and major shortcomings. Whatever one’s opinion of Jefferson, surely, without him, the United States as we know it today would not exist.   The same can... Read More


July 10, 2012

Managing Emotions 1: Why Emotions Matter In Legal Matters (Emotional Intelligence 101 for clients)

In my post Finding the Right Lawyer, I spoke about the need to find a lawyer who has the legal skills needed for your specific problem.  For example, if you have an immigration issue, don’t go to a real estate lawyer.  In this post, I am adding to the “find the right lawyer” mix, a rarely discussed yet critical skill that most lawyers lack and yet most clients desperately... Read More


June 25, 2012

Client Empowerment 3: Advice you need from your lawyer

In my last blog post, “Finding the Right Lawyer,” we focussed on making sure you get to a lawyer with the right skill set for your legal matter. In this post, we will focus on making sure you get the right advice. Recently, John, a client, came to visit me. He wants to invest $5,000 in a start-up business and asked me for the cost and process to form a corporation and document... Read More


April 30, 2012

Client Empowerment 2: Trademark Scams — Client Beware

Here is a warning for anyone who files a trademark.  As a business and trademark lawyer, I have filed hundreds of trademark applications for my clients in the USA and abroad.  Although I am set up as the point person for all communications, the applicant’s address must be listed in the application and the application is a public record. Taking advantage of this public information... Read More


April 17, 2012

Client Empowerment 1: When should you ‘play lawyer’?

I always try to focus my client on figuring out how to best utilize my legal services in the most efficient and cost effective way possible.  In the attorney-client relationship, inefficiencies happen in 2 ways.  In one scenario, the client does too much on their own and ends up putting themselves in legal peril because of their lack of legal knowledge and support.  For example,... Read More


September 21, 2009

why it’s a great time to be a village lawyer

As we were driving from one weekend activity to the next in our small New York suburb, my middle child looked up from her cell phone and, in an iPod-induced-too-loud-voice, said, “I love this town. It’s pretty, friendly and makes me feel safe.” I think she gave voice to what many of us feel and experience in our personal and professional lives. When people engage lawyers... Read More


April 20, 2009

one lawyer. 1000 true fans

If you’re a regular reader here, you know that I devote a good bit of this space to nurturing the conversation on the lawyer-client connection. I take a bit of an unconventional approach by tapping into similar dialogues going on in other industries and disciplines – like design, health care, business management, marketing, music and non-profit development. Really, anywhere... Read More



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