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Our Staff Makes Us Look Good – Don’t Negate Their Efforts By Neglecting Them

04/21/2014
by Kevin J. Palmersheim

Wednesday, April 23rd is Administrative Professionals Day. One day is not adequate to recognize the contributions of support staff. If I polled my office, I suspect first choice for a proper acknowledgment would be an all-expense-paid trip to a tropical resort. Second choice would be to send me on the trip so they could have some peace and quiet in the office. Yet, this Wednesday certainly acts ... More >>


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Reinvent Yourself To Find “Something More”

03/12/2014
by Kevin J. Palmersheim

Yesterday, I posted comments about the State Bar’s lawyer assistance program (WisLAP) for members. However, there are other work/life stresses that do not fall into categories covered by WisLAP, but which can lead to burnout or job dissatisfaction. It is important to address these issues before they lead to more serious concerns. A friend of mine, lamenting the life routine we seem to fall into,... More >>


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A Trip Down Mentoring Lane

02/26/2014
by Kevin J. Palmersheim

One of the more startling realizations for Wisconsin and Marquette law students upon graduation and prompt admission to the bar is that they suddenly become lawyers. These bright young minds are transformed from a disheveled group of law students with no real grasp of how to practice law to full-fledged attorneys -- properly attired but still with no idea of how to practice law. Moreover, because... More >>


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Communicating With The Court: Being Yourself

02/20/2014
by Kevin J. Palmersheim

"To me, a lawyer is basically the person that knows the rules of the country. We're all throwing the dice, playing the game, moving our pieces around the board, but if there is a problem the lawyer is the only person who has read the inside of the top of the box." -- Jerry Seinfeld  My Subjective Rules To Live By WhenCommunicating With The Court (in order of priority) 1. Court staff, including... More >>


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Adopt a Proactive State Bar Business Plan – Don’t Fall Asleep While Counting Black Sheep

02/10/2014
by Kevin J. Palmersheim

Some people make a habit of reacting after the fact to changing legal and financial conditions, then wondering how in the world they are going to pay the bills. You will no doubt recognize the most likely culprits, such as the state and federal government, or that black sheep in your family who conveniently dodges your calls and emails after he promised to re-pay the short-term loan you gave him ... More >>


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Communicating What Lawyers Do

02/03/2014
by Kevin J. Palmersheim

When people ask me what work I do, I tell them I’m a lawyer. Sometimes I may specify that I practice business law and litigation, but I generally expect that the questioner will have a basic understanding of what it is that I do. In fact, the most common response by an inquirer is a either a lawyer joke or a quip about that person’s negative brush with the legal system. Many lawyers are offended... More >>


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Lessons From Lincoln, Washington and King

01/23/2014
by Kevin J. Palmersheim

From mid-January through February, the calendar includes some important, but often overlooked, dates. No, I am not referring to Valentines Day or the annual Presidents’ Day Furniture sale (although if you happen to forget your significant other on Valentines Day, it may be wise to pick up a comfortable couch at the furniture sale for you to sleep on). Starting with the Martin Luther King, Jr. ... More >>


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Research and Utilize a Variety of Resources to Help You Gain Business Knowledge

12/02/2013
by Firm

We’ve all heard the stories of some successful entrepreneur who started a multi-million dollar company with little more than some garage space and $100 in their pocket. But those are the rarities, a handful out of the millions of people who jump into the entrepreneurial pool. That business model simply won’t work for the vast majority. And the hard work required can never be underestimated. In a... More >>


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Easy Access to Information Results in Increase in Business Scams

03/14/2013
by Firm

How many times have you asked yourself “what did we do before email and the internet?” Businesses today rely on the World Wide Web for fast, cost-effective and reliable transmission of information. The information superhighway not only spawned legitimate business enterprises, but also brought us closer to the wide world of web scammers. Unfortunately, the con artists are getting more and more ... More >>


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Copyright Damages and the Art of Trolling

11/01/2012
by Cathleen A. Dettmann

Perhaps this has happened to someone you know or, even worse, to the errant teenager in your household: You get an innocent looking piece of mail from your cable provider. You almost throw it directly into your recycling bin, but decide to open instead. What you find inside is alarming - a notice that your cable provider has received a subpoena relative to your IP address and is being asked to ... More >>


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