Author: San Diego County Bar Association

The Referral Rules: A Few Guidelines for Professionally Handling Referrals

By James Crosby

Referrals are the lifeblood of law practices – they are the “coin of the realm” for most attorneys. There are attorneys with large loyal clients providing cases year after year. But, for most attorneys, it’s not 20 cases from one client, it’s 20 cases from 20 different referral sources. Yet, despite the significance of referrals as a source of business, attorneys often mishandle referrals and torch referral sources. So, as a public service to the “referral-source-torchers” out there, I offer “The Referral Rules!” Read More

Social Media Marketing For the Solo and Small Firm

By Renée Galente

Why social media?

Go to your audience: Worldwide, in hard numbers, Facebook has 1.55 billion active users. Twitter has 320 million active users.1 LinkedIn reported 414 million members in the fourth quarter of 2015.2
An August 2015 article highlights that 72% of online American adults use Facebook. 70% of Facebook users log in daily, 43% log in several times a day. 25% of online American adult Internet users use LinkedIn. 46% of online adults who have graduated from college are LinkedIn users. 23% of all Internet users are on Twitter. 38% of those who use Twitter use the site daily.3 Read More

You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me (AKA Litigation Hold Considerations)

By Bill Kammer

No area of discovery requires such immediate attention as the necessity of preserving relevant data and documents. And no area results in more sanctions than a failure to do so and to institute and monitor reasonable legal holds. The significant risk of sanctions for both clients and counsel should get our attention because reasonable, proportionate processes can probably avoid the sanction minefields. Read More

How Freelance Attorneys Can Help Your Practice Grow

By Meghan Dohoney

For those practicing as solo attorneys or at small firms, it can be difficult to manage the demands of running a law practice without a safety net of associates around to pick up the slack when things get busy or if an emergency comes up. Hiring freelance attorneys for discrete legal projects (writing a motion to dismiss, drafting discovery responses, preparing a complaint, etc.) is one way of managing the strains of a busy practice, without having to hire a full-time employee. Freelance attorneys are a tool — or a possible career option — with which attorneys may not be familiar. Read More

Ethical Issues When Your Client Threatens to Harm Themselves

By Michael Crowley

Most criminal defense attorneys, along with attorneys in other areas of practice, have encountered the situation where a client says something to the effect of, “I would rather die” than face some other outcome. Such a statement may trigger certain obligations by counsel under California’s legal ethics rules, which vary from much of the rest of the country. Read More

The Onslaught of News Regarding Accusations of Sexual Harassment Also Highlight Core Attorney Ethical Duties to Their Clients

By Andrew Servais

Attorney David Boies, founding partner of Boies Schiller Flexner, is well known for high-profile litigation including representing Al Gore in the 2000 recount litigation that culminated in the Supreme Court decision that handed the presidency to George W. Bush and later teaming with Theodore B. Olson, his adversary in Bush v. Gore, to successively challenge California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Read More