Section Newsletter Articles on Retainers
Lawyer shopping as a sword: It’s time to stop this abuse
Bench and Bar
, October 2014
What should a lawyer and judge do when confronted with a litigant who has interviewed many attorneys in a field, and now attempts to disqualify all those he does not retain from representing his opponent?
Resolutions for 2008
Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on
, April 2008
Although 2008 is already underway, it is not too late to implement some resolutions for improvement of your law practice.
Supreme Court analyzes retainer agreements
Bench and Bar
, February 2008
The Supreme Court of Illinois has examined and clarified two kinds of retainer payments to lawyers.Dowling v. Chicago Options Associates, Inc., 226 Ill.2d 277, 875 N.E.2d 1012 (2007).
Retainers in dissolution of marriage actions
, July 2007
The recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling in Dowling v. Chicago Options Associates, Inc., et al., clarifies that attorneys have a third option when considering the type of written retainer agreement to enter into with a client.
Attorney’s retaining lien, circa 1889
Civil Practice and Procedure
, March 2006
Contrary to the popular misconception of many attorneys and judges, including this writer, Illinois has, since 1889, recognized and enforced the right of an attorney to retain his physical file until the client has paid for his services.