Recovering Attorney Fees for Defending Frivolous ClaimsBy Monte L. Mann and John Haarlow Jr.September 2012Article, Page 474There are two routes to attorney fees for defending frivolous claims - a motion for Rule 137 sanctions and, rarely, a malicious prosecution claim. Here's a look at both.
Beyond the Billable HourBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2012Article, Page 80More clients - and lawyers for that matter - are looking for value-based alternatives to the billable hour. The good news? They can be a win-win for attorney and client.
The Five Biggest Business Mistakes Lawyers MakeBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2011Article, Page 444Too many lawyers - especially new ones - undervalue their services. It's a short-sighted approach that can lead to big trouble, this lawyer argues.
Federal courts have jurisdiction over legal malpractice claims in patent infringement casesJanuary 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 16On November 10, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County finding, in a legal malpractice suit, that the contingent fee arrangement between the parties was not void, and that jurisdiction over the malpractice claim rested exclusively with the federal courts.
Coming January 1: New Rules of Professional ConductBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2009Lawpulse, Page 386Among other things, the new rules clarify that flat fees do not constitute frowned-upon "advance payment retainers," which is good news for most lawyers.
1099s for deadbeat clients?By Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2009Lawpulse, Page 10 A law-office management expert puts forth the option of sending a nonpaying client a 1099 for the value of your services. Is it really OK to do so?
From Here to Retainer FeesBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2007Article, Page 636Learn how to craft retainer agreements to define and clarify the scope of your engagement, why it’s important to collect fees up front, and more.
Initial consultations - satisfaction or your money back?By Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2007Lawpulse, Page 398Should lawyers provide free consultations to prospective clients? Discounts to new clients? Refunds of a consult fee to clients who ask for one? ISBA lawyers offer their opinions.
Validity of advance payment retainers for attorneys upheldJuly 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 348On May 3, 2007, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirming the Circuit Court of Cook County's judgment ordering DLA Piper to turn over funds from an advance payment retainer paid by defendant Michael Davis.