law firm

Dec 1, 2010

The ‘new normal’ v. the billable hour

A “new normal” continues to take root at law firms, according to a survey showing increases in the use of alternative fee arrangements. Almost three in 10 in-house lawyers said they used more alternative billing arrangements in 2010, and 53 percent said they used strictly flat-fee billing on a case or project, up from 48 […]

Nov 28, 2010

Baltimore County consumer law firm wins national award

Patience is a necessity for the consumer class-action lawyer. Cases lasting years are the norm, and discovery can involve a warehouse full of documents. Then there are the defendants, who can be the biggest names in industry. Towson lawyer Martin E. Wolf quotes his senior partner, Kieron F. Quinn, to describe the job — always […]

Nov 21, 2010

Towson law firm encourages pro bono work

Erika Alsid Short has volunteered hundreds of hours in the last six years on a death penalty case that has wound its way through the state and federal courts. So when she interviewed three years ago at newly formed Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall LLC in Towson, one of her main questions was whether she […]

Nov 16, 2010

Pro bono made easy for solos, small firms

The Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service placed more than 3,000 clients with pro bono lawyers last year, making it one of the largest law firms in the state. But even with a track record like that, MVLS wants more lawyers to step up — especially those practicing in small firms and in rural areas. “The question […]

Sep 6, 2010

Law firm fined $20K for discovery abuse

A federal judge in Baltimore has fined an employment law firm and its military-engineer client $20,000 for working outside the discovery process to obtain sensitive documents in litigation against the engineer’s former employer and asserting privilege with regard to related e-mails in bad faith. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz came down on The Employment […]

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