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CLE: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Intellectual Property Cases

Posted on January 8, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Alternative dispute resolution methods—such as arbitration and mediation—can be very useful in resolving intellectual property disputes by giving parties the flexibility to choose a decision-maker with a technical background, tailor the scope of disclosure to the nature of the case, and have experts communicate with one another. Join the ISBA on Feb. 5 for an online seminar that offers an introductory look at the alternative dispute resolution methods that are available in intellectual property cases. Attorneys working in the intellectual property arena with basic practice experience who attend this program will better understand: the advantages and disadvantages of arbitration; the different approaches to mediation; how alternative dispute resolution methods are currently being used in intellectual property cases; the different programs available outside the courtroom; what to expect during an alternative dispute resolution case from filing through resolution; and how to prepare for this type of case.

Lawyer Referral Service Makes More than 500 Referrals in December

Posted on January 7, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois State Bar Association’s Lawyer Finder Service provides referrals to local lawyers Mondays through Fridays. The Service makes referrals in a number of areas of law. For the month of December 2018 there were more than 500 referrals given.

Here are the results for December 2018:

Taming the Guessing Game: Child Support and Variable Income

Posted on January 7, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Finding an agreed-upon methodology to calculate child support can become litigious when a supporting spouse’s income is variable. But basing support calculations on gross income and percentages of income is a good start. In his January 2019 Illinois Bar Journal article, “Taming the Guessing Game: Child Support and Variable Income,” Bryan D. Sullivan explores the benefits of using predetermined percentages of gross income for additional child-support orders under the income shares model and provides practical advice for legal practitioners when drafting such orders. Sullivan’s article also includes links to extensive tables that show how various child-support calculations discussed in his article play out.

Practice HQ Resource: A Guide to Marketing Your Law Firm on Facebook

Posted on January 7, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Social media is a valuable tool that can drive traffic to a firm’s website.

For solos and small firms, the goal of social media—and Facebook in particular—is lead generation and business development. To do this, attorneys need to build targeted relationships, create and share valuable content, and consistently add value.

Best Practice Tips: Law Firm Non-Equity Partner Subjective Compensation Factors

Posted on January 3, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Asked and Answered 

By John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC

Q. Our firm is a 17-attorney commercial litigation firm in Atlanta, Georgia. I am a member of our firm’s management committee that decides raises and bonuses for non-equity partners and associates. Currently our non-equity partners are paid a salary and a discretionary bonus. We would like to stay with this approach; however, we have had complaints that our system is totally arbitrary. We would like to be able to provide more transparency— a general list of the items that we consider when making our decisions on salary and bonuses. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

CLE: Valuation and Succession Planning for Intellectual Property—Live Webcast

Posted on January 3, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Whether it’s a copyright, patent, or trademark, intellectual property is an important component to a business’s overall value. Learn how to define and understand these types of assets, as well as how to compute a valuation for them, with this intermediate-level online seminar on Feb. 7. A discussion on how to set up the transfer of these assets during a succession plan is also included.

Property Tax Appeal Board Withdraws Proposed Rule to Prohibit Lawyer-Legislators from Practice Before the Board

Posted on January 2, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Property Tax Appeal Board has withdrawn a proposed rule that would have prohibited lawyer-legislators from practicing before the board.

At its Nov. 13, 2018 meeting, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules voted to object to the rulemaking and prohibit its filing with the Secretary of State. The committee's reasoning is that since the Property Tax Appeal Board has no statutory authority to take the action embodied in this rulemaking, such rulemaking represents a threat to the public interest.

Quick Takes for Your Practice: Three Easy and Low-Cost Steps Every Attorney Should Take to Protect Their Client Data

Posted on January 2, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Ruth Schneider, an attorney with RCJ Law, LLC, discusses three low-cost steps attorneys should take to protect client data. Tips include using long, unique passwords for accounts, utilizing two-factor authentication, and sending important documents securely.

Quick Takes on Illinois Supreme Court Opinions Issued Friday, December 28

Posted on January 2, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court handed down four opinions on Friday, Dec. 28. In Sienna Court Condominium Ass'n v. Champion Aluminum Corp., the court addressed the question of whether a purchaser of a newly constructed home could assert a claim for breach of an implied warranty of habitability against a subcontractor that had no contractual relationship with the purchaser. In Stanphill v. Ortberg, the court reviewed a jury verdict hinging on the foreseeability of a depressed person’s suicide. The court considered whether five monetary charges were fines or fees in People v. Clark and determined there was no probable cause to execute a search warrant in People v. Manzo.

Practice HQ Resource: Improving Communications Through Technology and Policy

Posted on January 2, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

What better way to start the New Year than by evaluating the way you communicate with clients?

A recent American Bar Association study reported that 17 percent of all malpractice claims are the result of a poor attorney-client relationship, and nearly 75 percent of all grievances filed against lawyers are the result of poor communication.