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.
I have written here before that the key to managing legal costs is determining what you need, then making sure you align that with what you get. Do that right, and the rest is easy. Just a matter of clear communication about what it costs.
I was reminded of this recently over lunch with a young entrepreneur.... May 21st, 2015 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More
Just like people, businesses run into bullies in a variety of contexts, including various situations. By bully, we don’t mean the key customer on which your business may be quite dependent, or a true high liability risk situation, but rather situations where your antagonist seemingly is demanding more... January 14th, 2015 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More
I often write about how to be a smart legal consumer, and an important part of that is finding a lawyer you can trust. I don’t mean “trust” in the sense of being dishonest with you or your money, because I think it is a very short list of lawyers you cannot trust in that sense.
Rather, I mean trust... October 16th, 2014 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More
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.
An important related topic often misunderstood by businesspeople is the attorney-client privilege. What is it?... July 17th, 2014 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More
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
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
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
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.
I am not saying... December 19th, 2013 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More
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