Archive for December 2012

Need a good resolution for 2013? Be a good Mom or Dad and stop hurting your kid

Need a good resolution for 2013?  Be a good Mom or Dad and stop hurting your kid
              The most common call I get from people who are looking for an attorney referral goes one of two ways: “The mother of my child doesn’t let me see him.  In fact I haven’t seen my kid for six months. She doesn’t like my new girlfriend.  How can... Read more »

12 “Best” lawyer ads out there

Attorneys get a bad rep for their cheesy or slimy advertising.  I think this happens because most lawyers get zero training on marketing and don’t have anyone to tell them that their ad is an embarrassment.  In no particular order, here are 12 lawyer ads that I just love. Presumably she’s a criminal lawyer.  I’ll... Read more »

Where is the outrage when Chicago kids are the victims of gun violence?

As the father of a first grader and as a human being in general, I was shocked, saddened, angry, disgusted and went through probably every emotion that you also went through after the unthinkable shootings in Newtown.  No matter how you feel about gun control, we can all find common ground that these murders were... Read more »
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The role model for any business CEO

The role model for any business CEO
So I normally only write about legal stuff, but I have been thinking about how many law firms have such a great product, but also terrible customer service and business sense that they aren’t doing well.  In other words, if you hire them you’ll be happy with the end result, but getting to that point... Read more »

Holiday Legal Guide

Holiday Legal Guide
                Amidst the joy and cheer of the holiday season come some opportunities for misfortune and drama. I’m not trying to be a Scrooge. I’m just being realistic. The increased amount of family time, the iffy weather and all that eggnog can cause legal issues to pop up... Read more »

Parties and underage drinking: Who’s responsible when someone gets hurt?

Parties and underage drinking: Who’s responsible when someone gets hurt?
When your college student is home for the holiday break, there are some things you should know about underage drinking, house parties and what happens when a kid gets hurt or causes harm to someone else after drinking at your house or a friend’s. First of all, there are criminal penalties for the property owner... Read more »
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Don’t like Alfonso Soriano? Then don’t hire him as your lawyer

Don’t like Alfonso Soriano?  Then don’t hire him as your lawyer
Fair or not, Alfonso Soriano is the cause of much angst among Cubs fans.  He was given an eight year, nine figure contract when he signed with the Cubs and for the most part has sucked since then.  He drops routine pop-ups, doesn’t hustle, swings at terrible pitches and isn’t exactly a clutch player.  He... Read more »

Alleged hazing by soccer team leads to lawsuits

Alleged hazing by soccer team leads to lawsuits
          The parents of an Illinois high school student have sued their son’s school after members of his soccer team allegedly hazed him. The allegations are pretty serious, including physical and sexual abuse. The legal question is whether the school can be held responsible, and it likely comes down to whether... Read more »
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