Why Won’t Law Firms Innovate?

Most law firms still use an “opportunity cost” model to charge by the hour, regardless of outcome and how much is at stake. The reason law firms don’t change the way they are doing business is this simple – law firms won’t change because clients don’t make them. Law firms are waiting for clients to insist on change before they make a move. This is a dangerous waiting game. It’s the chicken and egg problem. Clients suspect that their timeRead More

Proportionality in Dispute Resolution: Breathing Through Your Legal Downward Dog

Some of us were not meant to be yogis. Downward Dog is more accurately Face-plant Dog for some people. Balance, right? Who knew it could be so difficult? Lately though, there’s been a great deal of chatter about finding balance. In fact, achieving balance appears to have surpassed many previously elevated goals such as making as much money as possible, maintaining triathlete level fitness standards, or even raising a first-chair-violin-and-home-run-hitting valedictorian. The renaissance of balance, of proportionality, means that weRead More

Client Centric Lawyers

What does it mean to be a client centric lawyer? Lawyers get a bad rap sometimes and are seen as money grubbing slime-balls who bleed their clients for every dime they have. Now, that may be true in the movies but it hasn’t been true in my experience as an attorney. Most lawyers I know and have come across have been very client centric and are concerned about what is best for their client. (Whether the client listens to theirRead More

Strengthen Client Relationships with Just Resolve

One question we often get at Just Resolve is about the role of attorneys in the Just Resolve process. In short, Just Resolve delivers an alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) service that does not require lawyer participation. However, Just Resolve is useful for client centric lawyers (those who care more about their client’s best interests than short term legal fees) even if their services are not required. This article will explain several ways Just Resolve’s method can be used to furtherRead More

Who Decides?

The ultimate decision maker can be one of the most important factors in resolving your dispute. Is your dispute being decided by a judge or a jury? Or an arbitrator or panel of arbitrators? Or is a mediator helping you come to an agreement? Or a proactive arbiter? Let’s take a look at the roles of each in more detail. Judges Judges are either appointed (at the Federal level) or elected (at the State level, with an outright election orRead More

“You Can’t Sue Me, We’ve Agreed to Resolve It!”

A common question we at Just Resolve have been asked is what a party can do if there is a written mutual agreement to use our “resolve” method, but then one party reneges by going to court instead. Due to Just Resolve’s similarities to other forms of dispute resolution such as mediation and Dispute Review Boards (DRBs), a party should be able to compel the other party to abide by the agreement and submit to Just Resolve’s process. Just ResolveRead More

When Do Lawyers have a Duty to Step Aside?

Recently, Anon Moose, LLC. and NOYB, Inc.* had a $23,000 contract dispute that early negotiations failed to settle. In an effort to bring about an amicable solution for both parties, Anon’s attorney suggested involving a mutually agreeable neutral, for a set fee, to initially mediate the dispute and, if necessary, resolve the conflict via binding decision. The attorney argued that no advocate-driven process – not court, arbitration or even mediation – could deliver any semblance of real economic justice toRead More