Alternative Fees for Litigators and Their Clients

Author: Patrick J. Lamb
Publisher: Amer Bar Assn
ISBN: 9781627223324
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The use of non-hourly fee arrangements by lawyers and the demand for those arrangements by clients is increasing. How are you and your law firm addressing this threat to the billable hour? Are you prepared for the systemic changes needed when value is not measured in six minute increments? Alternative Fees for Litigators and Their Clients addresses how attorneys can implement and evaluate alternative fee arrangements in litigation matters. Written by a trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience, this essential guide offers lessons, insights, and practical tips that the author has learned during his firm s long-term experiment with alternative fee arrangements."

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Author: Mark V.B. Partidge
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN:
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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has become a critical competency for intellectual property (IP) practice. Litigators and corporate counsel are compelled by the realities of federal court litigation to master the skills, strategies and tactics of ADR. The escalating cost of IP litigation leads clients to demand alternative solutions. Industry surveys disclose that the average cost to pursue an IP case through trial will exceed $5,000,000 (five million). Despite that high cost, the likelihood that counsel has relevant trial experience has dramatically declined as less that 1.5% of civil actions are resolved by trial. Thus it is no surprise that corporate clients favor some form of ADR as an alternative to federal litigation. As a result, successful litigators must master ADR or be left behind as clients turn to attorneys with the experience and knowledge to use ADR to achieve the clients' goals. This book provides litigators, corporate counsel and in-house attorneys with the information and knowledge necessary to understand the options available for using ADR to resolve IP disputes, to create an effective strategy for using ADR, to achieve better results at a lower cost, and to control the ADR process as an effective advocate. The title serves as a handbook to explain the nature and use of ADR for IP disputes, including an assessment of the rising need for the use of ADR, the benefits available through the use of ADR, the tactics and tools available as an alternative to civil litigation, cases studies where ADR has been used to achieve improved results, and advice and tips for advocacy in ADR, with special emphasis on mediation skills. Relevant statutes and case law are included within a larger narrative built on stories and cases studies. Part One of the book deals with strategic considerations involved in ADR. It explores why ADR is important today for the resolution of IP disputes. It then covers the key benefits of ADR and dispels the typical reasons given to avoid the use of ADR. Part Two of the book covers the nuts and bolts of ADR. It describes the various types of ADR available to counsel for IP disputes. This section also explains the various providers of ADR services, the means to lead a problem into ADR (contractual provisions, court mandate, corporate and industry policy) and the legal basis for the use and enforcement of ADR results. Part Three shows the application of ADR methods to various disputes through the use of case studies. This section shows how ADR allows for creative solutions that cannot be obtained in the all or nothing environment of a court decision. Part Four closes the book with tips and advice on advocacy in ADR, especially mediation which involves a distinctive skill set that is often misunderstood and poorly utilized by litigators.

Alternative Perspectives on Lawyers and Legal Ethics

Author: Reid Mortensen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136937412
Format: PDF
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The book features important contributions taking contemporary and non-mainstream perspectives on legal ethics and the legal profession. The volume provides insights into legal culture and ethics in a range of countries and makes connections between countries providing valuable insights into developments in the profession at the local and global level.

Lawyers at Work

Author: Herbert M. Kritzer
Publisher: Quid Pro Books
ISBN: 1610272978
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This collection of articles and essays by Herbert Kritzer draws on his extensive research related to lawyers and legal practice conducted over the last 35 years. That research has applied existing theoretical frameworks and developed innovative ways of thinking about how to understand what it is that lawyers do. The chapters reflect the wide range of both qualitative and quantitative research methods he has employed, and draw on his work on the Civil Litigation Research Project, a massive study funded by the U.S. Department of Justice under the Carter administration, and continues through subsequent studies of lawyer-client relationships in Canada, contingency fee legal practice, and insurance defense practice. This book is for scholars and practitioners interested in understanding the work of lawyers in day-to-day litigation-like settings—and those concerned about what the future might hold for the structure of the legal profession and the nature of legal practice. “Lawyers at Work is a masterful collection, by one of the leading and award winning empirical researchers on legal institutions and the legal profession today, on the ‘black box’ of law practice. Spanning decades of research, Professor Kritzer presents data and findings on how lawyers bill, develop relationships with clients and opponents, manage scientific expertise, negotiate, and conduct their everyday work in a wide variety of case types. He explores and exposes the differences in both theories and data about the legal profession from virtually every major study there is on what lawyers actually do. If anyone wants to know about the real practices of lawyers in the past and present, and with important projections about the future, this is a must read. We can speculate about what lawyers really do, but Kritzer has the actual ‘facts.’” — Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science, University of California, Irvine, and A.B. Chettle Professor of Law, Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure, Georgetown University Law Center “Through wide-ranging field research over 35 years Kritzer has done more than anyone to document the craft of lawyers at work. This extraordinary compilation finds the whole in a professional lifetime of research, cementing Kritzer’s reputation as pioneer and master of empirical legal research.” — Tom Baker, William Maul Measey Professor of Law and Health Sciences, University of Pennsylvania Law School “Bert Kritzer has long been recognized as one of the most astute scholarly commentators on the U.S. legal profession. This collection of papers allows readers to see his body of work as a whole, and to appreciate the unique combination of quantitative and qualitative skills on which it rests. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to cut through the myths that pervade debates about policy and practice in civil justice.” — Robert Dingwall, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Author: Nancy F. Atlas
Publisher: American Bar Association
ISBN: 9781570738128
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book examines various ADR practices, giving you the information you need to evaluate each technique and successfully apply them. Includes numerous checklists, practice tips and sample agreements.

Taming the Lawyers

Author: Kenneth Menendez
Publisher: Silver Lake Publishing
ISBN: 1563431750
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Consumers need to know how to manage their lawyers and keep legal costs to a minimum. This book explains how a lawsuit begins, progresses and ends. The new edition includes updated case studies.

The Justice Broker

Author: Herbert M. Kritzer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195345162
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In law, as elsewhere, the ordinary is overshadowed in the popular and academic literature by the dramatic and sensational. While the role and behavior of lawyers in the operation of our criminal justice system has been closely scrutinized, comparatively little research has been devoted to the manner in which lawyers litigate the day-to-day civil (non-criminal) cases that comprise the vast bulk of the workload in state and federal courts. Originally commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice, this is the first comprehensive national study of the U.S. civil justice system. Kritzer analyzes 1600 cases involving 1400 attorneys in five federal judicial districts. Examining the background, experiences, day-to-day activities, and outlook of civil lawyers, Kritzer finds that the work of lawyers combines the roles of the professional and the broker in many aeas of ordinary litigation. Arguing that lawyers' behavior must be understood in part as a form of brokerage between the client and the legal system, he suggests that the roles of professionals and brokers be considered as complements rather than alternatives in the justice system, and concludes by recommending that lawyers' monopoly on advocacy in civil litigation be restricted. An engaging, lucidly written study, The Justice Broker will be of special interest to practicing lawyers and legal scholars.