The Last Believer: Why I Like Lance Armstrong

So this has nothing to do with Montgomery County, the practice of law, nor the use of Apple products. OK, maybe a little bit of due process. But I am THE guy, the last believer, the lone sole in the wilderness who seems to think that Lance Armstrong is getting railroaded. Judging by everything that has been said and written about Lance and the assertion (no longer seemingly an allegation) that he cheated along the Read More

What’s Mine is Mine;What’s Ours is Mine, Too!

One of the most difficult issues to understand in a divorce action is the concept of marital property. Lawyers spend entire seminars, read full treatises, and examine statutes for hours on end to try and understand the nuances of this concept. So it is not surprising that most non-lawyers struggle with the same problem. Most people seem to think that each gets half of all the "stuff". It's not that Read More

Motorcycles, Accidents, and New Maryland Law

Reading the other day about the youngest brother of Baltimore Raven's wide receiver Torrey Smith who was killed riding a motorcycle and it made me confront my own desires to get a bike. A little one, mind you, maybe no more than a fancy scooter. I think they look good and certainly would be economic to drive. But the potential for grave damage in an accident persuades me each time to forget about it. That and the Read More

Control Your Outcome – What the NFL Referee Lockout Teaches Family Law Clients

The settlement of the NFL referee lockout generated a sigh of relief throughout the country yesterday as the league and the referee's union announced an agreement that put an end to the lockout. The workplace dispute resulted in three weeks of disarray, erroneous results, and a real economic impact the the league and it's followers. The sad part is that the deal that was agreed to was available before the start of Read More

Rapper Lil Wayne Not Quite the Performer He Thinks He is in Depositions

My son Clark sent me this link this morning and I could only shake my head. Unfortunately, some people think they can misbehave in depositions and court and that it won't come back to hurt them. Keep in mind that rapper Lil Wayne was the one suing Quincy Jones over a documentary that the latter made about him. So he is trying to win his case rather than playing defense and trying not to lose the case. So it behooves Read More

Virtually There!

As a devoted Apple geek, one of the things I wanted to do with my law practice was to make the greatest use of technology in order to leverage my resources and hopefully become and remain profitable. To a large extent I have been able to do just that. But a couple of things lately have caused me to ramp up my efforts to be even more technologically resourceful. Paperless, A MacSparky Field Guide by David Sparks Read More

Skin in the Game

Should a personal injury attorney require his clients to pay up front for out-of-pocket expenses incurred on behalf of their case? To be honest, I never really gave this question much thought. When I opened my solo practice I just did what my old firm did. I paid the out of pocket expense out of my pocket; and, hopefully, recouped them at the end of the case when it settled or a favorable judgment was entered. A Read More

What’s In Your Legal App Folder?

As this is supposed to be a blog that addresses the use of Apple products in a law firm, I thought we would do the standard end of the year app review. While I have not yet incorporated the use of these products in the courtroom, I do use them all of the time while in the office, on the road, and at home. There are some real Mac studs out there using all kinds of Apple hardware and related software products in really Read More

Virtually in the Courtroom

The recent Lululemon murder trial provided an opportunity to literally monitor the trial in great detail, in near real-time, from anywhere literally in the world. I followed the courtroom action via Twitter by saving the hashtag search term #lululemon. A hashtag is a way to filter the billions of tweets (Twitter messages) down to the item of interest. In this case, the reporters and courtroom observers who were live Read More

Murder, Martial Arts, and Macs!

Seems like a couple of themes are coming together to prompt me to get back to posting. Sadly, it is the tale of a gruesome murder here in Montgomery County - the trial for which is about to wrap up. Brittany Norwood stands accused of first-degree murder in the killing of Jayna Murray inside the Lululemon Athletic store in Bethesda earlier this year. Courtroom observers are reporting on Twitter today that the Read More