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OK, if you're going to a gunfight, bring Clint Eastwood! The problem with most business litigators is that they almost never litigate - this puts these guys at a big disadvantage at the settlement negotiation table. We engaged Bill right after he was coming off of a big win in what I call the "lawyers behaving badly" space. He took a very close look at our case - I was told he only takes cases with real merit and after working with him, I really believe it! We walked into the arbitration proceeding to hear the usual "we won't budge on any front" arguments. Bill went into the back room and came out steaming after talking to the plaintiff's attorney. He told me the gloves were off.  

We got a very good settlement with a big law firm that was suing us to collect what we felt were unreasonable legal fees. We paid Bill a discounted hourly rate and a contingency fee. Was the fee a healthy percentage of the saving to us? Sure it was. Did Bill spend a thousand hours on our case? No. In fact he spent very little time on our case. So why did we pay him so much? We were paying for his reputation as a skilled and frequent litigator unafraid to go to trial in a heartbeat. We shopped around - you can't say that about many litigators in the City. We got our case cleared fast and paid the plaintiffs a fraction of what they were seeking to collect. In my opinion, Bill is a righteous guy who will get the job done if he likes your case. I strongly recommend him.

Client Alert #2: Mediation Traps

We are big believers in mediation.  But as a result of a fairly recent California Supreme Court case, mediation has become a potentially terrible trap for clients. 

 

IF YOU ARE GOING INTO A MEDIATION WITH THE OTHER SIDE, YOU MUST BE AWARE OF THIS ISSUE, BECAUSE YOUR LAWYER WON’T TELL YOU ABOUT IT.

 

(Read more about this alert and our other alerts here…)

Legal Malpractice From a Medical Malpractice Case

Not what you would normally think of for a legal malpractice case arising out of a medical malpractice case.  We represented a well regarded physician  who was represented by a lawyer in a medical malpractice case.  The medical malpractice case was settled with doctor's patient, but lawyer was grossly negligent in post-settlement procedures resulting in an unusual disciplinary action by the California Medical Board against doctor (who had no involvement with the lawyer’s action and didn’t even know about it). The lawyer’s conduct caused an unfavorable comment to be made against the doctor's record on the Medical Board’s website.

(Read more about this featured case here…)