In my 15 years of practicing law, I get lied to a lot: the opposing party, opposing counsel, potential witnesses and sometimes my very own client. I’ve come up with a few techniques to find out if someone is being 100 percent truthful. TONE – BE EMPATHETIC The tone you create is important. When you are trying to spot a liar, you’re not the only one doing the evaluating. They are judging you too. They are gauging whether they are being successful as a liar. A lot of TV lawyers come in guns a blazing showing how tough they are […]
So Ms. Kim Kardashian West wants to follow her father’s footsteps and become lawyer. She announced that she plans to take the California Bar Exam in 2020. California has long had a reputation for having one of the most difficult bar exams in the country. But wait, when did she go to law school? Surprising to most people, there are four (4) states that allow aspiring lawyers to take the bar exam without going to law school. Those states are: California Virginia Vermont Washington The California Bar posted on their Facebook page in response to Ms. Kardashian West’s announcement, “CA […]
After a 6 day trial, the jury returned a verdict FOUR TIMES the amount offered to our car accident client at mediation. Our client was rear ended by a driver when the driver took his eye off the road to look at his phone. Our Client refused to settle and after 4 years of intense litigation his case was heard by a jury in the Orange County Circuit Court. Our presentation of evidence and arguments resulted in the verdict in favor of our client. When a reasonable settlement offer is not made, we are prepared to proceed to trial and […]
We have gone paperless! Like most high volume law firms, we used an enormous amount of paper. In addition to filling up office space, we had a whole room dedicated to just storage of years worth of discovery, pleadings and other legal documents. We are pleased that at the beginning of this year, all client files are now digitally stored to help reduce our firm’s carbon footprint. The technology and manpower we invested in going paperless are well worth it to help the environment.
It’s the age of the Internet. Parents no longer need to mail their kids’ school picture to the grandparents … just post it on Facebook. Gaming enthusiasts no longer need to gather at one place to play against each other … there are online games like Fortnite. Need to express yourself? Take your pick … Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Snapchat, etc. … and the list goes on and on. What exciting times. In the current climate of online convenience, it is easy to forget that the online activities you are performing, in the privacy of your home, are permanent and discoverable. […]
If you have suffered hurricane damage and have or will be making an insurance claim, there are a couple things you need to be careful of or you may lose money or even suffer a claim denial. Some of these things are, in no particular order: Proof of Loss: Many insurance policies require that you submit a “Proof of Loss” within a certain time frame. If you do not, the claim can be denied. A Proof of Loss is a notarized document in which the insured is stating the ownership and damage to the home. This is a very […]
In the United States, automobile manufacturers will have the “ultimate responsibility” for the costs of replacing the recalled and potentially fatal Takata Corporation airbags. That’s what the nation’s top auto safety regulator announced early in November. Mark Rosekind, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), also told reporters in Detroit that not enough is being done to find more than 300,000 older vehicles, mostly Hondas, with Takata airbags that pose a risk of explosion. In response to Rosekind’s statements, Honda said that it continues to seek ways to reach the owners of older Hondas and persuade them […]
Risperidone is an antipsychotic medication sold under the trade name Risperdal. The drug treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability in people with autism. Risperdal may also cause gynecomastia, the abnormal development of large mammary glands in males. In July, the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical corporation was ordered by a jury to pay $70 million to a male Tennessee teenager who charged that Risperdal caused him to grow enlarged breasts. The jury finding was Johnson & Johnson’s biggest defeat in a long string of cases concerning Risperdal. In arriving at its verdict, the jurors found that Johnson & Johnson failed to […]