Articles By: Bill Nolan

Bill Nolan has practiced law in Columbus since 1989. In 2009, he opened the Columbus office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, a large full-service law firm that seeks to take a more entrepreneurial and cost-effective approach both to client service and its own business. Barnes & Thornburg lawyers will be providing this column on a monthly basis in 2013.

What You Should Know About the Attorney-Client Privilege

What You Should Know About the Attorney-Client Privilege
We have written here and here about how your email communications can come back to haunt you, and here about how you can often save legal fees by calling your attorney sooner. Bill Nolan An important related topic often misunderstood by businesspeople is the attorney-client privilege. What is it?...
July 17th, 2014 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

Purchasing Services: Things to Look for In Your Contract

Purchasing Services:  Things to Look for In Your Contract
I was reviewing a contract for a client recently that reminded me of several items I have addressed in these columns – when to call your lawyer, what to look for in a contract, the importance of not blindly signing form contracts, and how to choose the right team to address your insurance needs. It...
June 19th, 2014 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

What Should Legal Services Cost? A 3-Step Approach

What Should Legal Services Cost? A 3-Step Approach
In the last 10 years, there has been an enormous amount of dialogue on the cost of legal services. What does it all mean, and how do you sort through it all so that your company can spend the greatest proportion of your resources on your mission rather than legal services? First, there are a lot of absolutes...
April 17th, 2014 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

Clients, Be All That You Can Be (For You)

Clients, Be All That You Can Be (For You)
I have written about what businesses should expect from your lawyers, and also about how you should expect your lawyer to go about representing you. But what should clients do? I do not mean that from the sense that clients owe certain things to their service providers. The client is the customer and...
January 16th, 2014 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

And the “Winner” Is… Terminating Ill Employees Too Quickly

And the “Winner” Is… Terminating Ill Employees Too Quickly
To my knowledge there is no award for this, but I hereby nominate the rush to terminate an employees for absences for health reasons as the most avoidable action that employers take that gets them into legal hot water. Or, if you prefer, consider this a year-end list … of one. Bill Nolan I am not saying...
December 19th, 2013 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

2013 Employer To Do List: It’s Not Too Late!

2013 Employer To Do List: It’s Not Too Late!
About 11 months ago I suggested four low-cost, proactive steps employers should take to minimize employee-related liability. This is a good time to review how you have done with the 2013 list. The good news is that even if you have done nothing at all with respect to these measures, it is still prudent...
November 21st, 2013 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

Use the Triage Method for Legal Discussions

Use the Triage Method for Legal Discussions
“Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.” – Samuel Johnson Most business decisions entail risk. Businesspeople are understandably frustrated when lawyers exhaustively identify every possible risk, but do not seem to help the client decide whether...
September 19th, 2013 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

Re-Re-Revisiting the Dangers of Electronic Communications

Re-Re-Revisiting the Dangers of Electronic Communications
You already know this – people use electronic communications in ways that are not always in their best interests. People say what they really think in electronic communications more than they do face-to-face, or in a more deliberately prepared old-fashioned, written document. Both in terms of effective...
July 18th, 2013 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More