Retainer Games

Chris McDonough Esq.
Foley Griffin LLP

Retainer Games by Chris McDonough

As a regular part of my practice, I draft retainers for law firms. I usually ask the client what they want to achieve with the retainer and begin drafting from there. Required information includes fee basis, tasks included, tasks excluded and the necessary clauses (no guarantee, arbitration notice, statement of client rights, right to terminate, etc.).  

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Set Ethical Limits on Public Speaking as a Marketing Tool

Ethical Limits on Public Speaking as a Marketing Tool by Chris McDonough

Chris McDonough Esq.
Special Counsel to Foley Griffin LLP

Recently I received an inquiry from an attorney who was scheduled to appear on a radio talk show to discuss matters within his practice area. He asked me if it was permissible to “provide legal information to some callers,” as contemplated by the producers of the show. Specifically, callers facing foreclosure would be able to ask him questions about their legal situation.  

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The Interactive Website Dilemma

The Interactive Website Dilemma by Chris McDonoughMost lawyers have websites. Most lawyers create those websites to solicit business for their firms. In my opinion, not having a website is a grave mistake for almost every lawyer. Even when clients are referred to you, I would bet that nine out of ten check your website before calling. If you are not on the web, you might as well be invisible.

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Avoiding the Adversarial/Difficult Client [1]

Avoiding the Adversarial/Difficult Client by Chris McDonough & Omid Zareh

By: Chris McDonough & Omid Zareh 

Recently, we gave a lecture regarding dealing with the adversarial client. At the conclusion of the lecture, a number of participants came up to share some rather amusing client experiences. Difficulties with clients seemed to be a common theme. However, while these instances seemed funny in retrospect, at the time they were sources of much aggravation, costing quite a bit of the lawyer’s time—which as we all know is precious.[2] Equally costly is the energy and emotion required to deal with these clients. 

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