41. Dealing with Attorneys

"A good lawyer knows the law. A great lawyer knows the judge."

Read our Newsletters and Q & A’s:

i. Choosing an Attorney

  1. NL 1: Fired Compliance Officer Strikes Back – Is Awarded $51 Million for Doing So
  2. NL 2: Ten Very Goofy Things Employment Lawyers Tell Clients
  3. NL 3: “Lawyer on Contingency Fee?” – Who “Swallows” the Expenses?
  4. QA 1: “I’m a Union Member – Can I use a private Attorney to help me with a Problem?”
  5. QA 2: “In what country should I start my lawsuit?”
  6. QA 3: “Work in New Jersey; employer in Massachusetts. Which state’s lawyers can help me?”
  7. QA 4: “How do I find an attorney to determine the right jurisdiction for a claim?”
  8. QA 5: “How do I pick a good employment attorney to represent me?”

ii. Using an Attorney's Help

  1. NL 1: The Bill O’Reilly Debacle – Its Most Important Negotiating Lesson for Employees
  2. NL 2: What to Do if a Former Employer Has Defamed You
  3. NL 3: Your Legal Fees in Employment Matters: Here’s How to Get Your Employer to Pay Them
  4. NL 4: “Is My Employment Discrimination Case Strong? – Here’s How to Tell”
  5. NL 5: “Non-Solicitation Agreements – From A to Z”
  6. NL 6: “Whereas” Clauses – The “Introduction” Clauses – Don’t be Hoodwinked
  7. QA 1: “How do I collect bonus and severance due from my bankrupt employer?”
  8. QA 2: “I was served with a Grand Jury subpoena about my job; what do I do?”
  9. QA 3: “If I think my termination might have been related to my age, should I consult with an attorney?”
  10. QA 4: “My husband was fired – falsely – for theft. Should he consult an attorney?”
  11. QA 5: “To Negotiate my Employment Contract, Should I Hire an Attorney to Help Me?”
  12. QA 6: “What’s better – asking for more severance without an attorney, or with one?”
  13. QA 7: “If I retained an attorney to represent me in negotiation, but not in litigation, would that include mediation?”
  14. QA 8: “Do I have a right to have an independent person accompany me to a performance review meeting?”
  15. QA 9: “If my employer pays my attorney fees, am I taxed on the amount they pay?”
  16. QA 10: “Should I bring someone with me to a meeting about a Performance Improvement Plan (‘PIP’)?”

iii. Problems with Attorneys

  1. NL 1: “How can I get an extension to file a lawsuit on my own?”
  2. NL 2: Can You Share Company Secrets With Your Lawyer?
  3. NL 3: You and Employer Sharing Attorney? Uh-Oh
  4. QA 1: “Attorney I hired for a flat rate fee won’t finish until I pay more; what do I do?”
  5. QA 2: “Can an attorney refuse to finish my case because it is more difficult then he thought?”
  6. QA 3: “How can I get an extension to file a lawsuit on my own?”
  7. QA 4: “How to File a Federal Lawsuit without an Attorney”
  8. QA 5: “If a firm was representing me in my case against my employer and was also doing work for my employer, is that a ‘conflict of interest’?”
  9. QA 6: “Is it a conflict of interest for my attorney, during my case, to go to work for the other side’s law firm?”
  10. QA 7: “Seven Good Reasons ‘PIP-Pushback’ should not be by an Attorney”
  11. QA 8: “What can I do if I feel my lawyer overcharged me?”
  12. QA 9: “Who pays the cost of a lawsuit – attorney or client?”
  13. QA 10: “Will using an attorney to negotiate make things worse?”
  14. QA 11: “Did my attorney charge me an unfair fee?”
  15. QA 12: “Should I replace my employment attorney?”
  16. QA 13: Angry, Hostile Attorney for Boss – Any Recourse?
  17. QA 14: Human Resources . . . Employee Relations . . . What’s the Difference?

iv. "Legal-Sounding" Words

  1. WD 1: Clawback – Key Words & Phrases
  2. WD 2: Fiduciary – Key Words & Phrases
  3. WD 3: Recoupable – Key Words & Phrases

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your later years will not be a winter,
but rather a harvest.”

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