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Historically Important Watches at Christie’s

Not that I shop at Christie's fabulous auctions all the time. but this news certainly drew my attention: "The season commences with a selection of rare watches, including two historically important pieces from Patek Philippe, each appearing for the first time on the market. [snip] "Also of historical importance is the Patek Philippe reference 2499 from the Estate of H. Lee Turner, an exceptionally rare example of Patek Philippe’s perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch (image right, estimate: $250,000-300,000). This wristwatch has an extremely uncommon feature: a transitional dial with applied Arabic numerals. "The rarity of this wristwatch’s dial and the elegant... Read more →

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Briggs & Morgan's Paralegal Profiles

This Minneapolis firm, Briggs & Morgan, showcases its paralegals with photo profiles. See, for example: Business & securities paralegal Julie R. Hanson, business litigation & labor/employment paralegal Jeanette T. Larson, business litigation & mortgage banking paralegal Craig S. Hennen, & public finance paralegal Linda Obidowski. The firm also describes paralegals as part of the legal team: "The depth and breadth of our firm's experience helps us avoid overstaffing cases. Briggs and Morgan has a team of fourteen lawyers and five paralegals who concentrate on serving corporate clients, including many of the largest real estate finance companies in the United States." Read more →

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Davis Polk acknowledges legal assistant work

In a press release announcing Davis Polk's efforts in an offering, the firrm pointed to the work of legal assistants as well: "Davis Polk & Wardwell advised Citigroup Global Markets Inc. as sole bookrunner and representative of the underwriters on the offering by American International Group, Inc. (AIG) of 15.4 million common shares of IPC Holdings, Ltd. for $415.7 million. [snip] "The Davis Polk team included partner Ethan T. James and associates Jeffrey Pohlman, David M. Cook and Garima Nahar. Partner William H. Weigel and associate Lisa Mahle provided tax advice. Damian Kasprzyk was the legal assistant on the transaction....... Read more →

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Legal Assistant Who's Lost 10 Jobs!

Not much we can add to this item -- the advice given sounds right on! "Dear Ella, "I'm 32 years old and have been fired from 10 jobs. Early in my career, most of my terminations had to do with attendance issues. For the past 10 years, personality conflicts have been the issue. The conflicts are with a small number of people, but it's apparent that it is with people that influence the decision makers. "As a new employee, I go out of my way to please the boss, catch on quickly and take initiative, but the results have yet... Read more →

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Legal Assistant Profiles + Attorney

Now this is an interesting twist! Axley Brynelson (in Madison, Wisconsin), includes profiles of its legal assistants & indicates the attorneys they work with! Mary Haack, litigation; Ellen Teed, business litigation; Shirley Jensen, estate planning & more; Cindy Erstad, telecommunications & more. Read more →

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"Time Warner and Comcast Complete Purchase of Adelphia"

Law firm acknowledges paralegals' contribution on huge merger -- smart thing to do! As reported by The New York Times, The Daily Deal and other media outlets, on July 31 Paul, Weiss client Time Warner Inc. and its cable subsidiary, Time Warner Cable Inc., and Comcast Corporation announced that they completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of bankrupt cable operator Adelphia Communications for approximately $12.5 billion in cash and 16 percent of Time Warner Cable stock. [snip] The Paul, Weiss team consisted of partners Mitchell Berg, Mark Bergman...[&] paralegals Carolyn Carlsen, Brooke Filler, Mariko Foster, Kat Harp,... Read more →

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Paralegal Bios...

....are being included at more & more firms these days. So, we'll start posting bio links to celebrate this trend: Denver's Jacobs Chase Frick Kleinkopf & Kelley: http://www.jcfkk.com/attpro/paralegals/drobnakk.html New Hamphire & Maine's Cooper, Deans & Cargill, P.A.: http://www.cdc-law.com/staff.html Minnesota's Fredrikson & Byron: http://fredlaw.com/bios/professionals/omalleybonnie/ Philadelphia’s Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Bezar: http://www.kolsbygordon.com/bios/thayer.php Indianapolis’ Dann Pecar Newman & Kleiman, P.C.: http://www.dannpecar.com/people/burmeister.htm Let us know if these examples (& more to come) help convince your employer to do the same! Read more →

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"Coming soon to theaters: Paralegal saves the day"

You must read this article to learn how the case was won! "The story sounds familiar, like the plot of a dozen movies: a legal assistant saves the case of a law office when she finds evidence everyone else - the prosecution, investigators and her bosses - overlooked. "Days before David Redden's murder trial began, the legal team of John Heath Sr. and John Heath Jr. had a case much like hundreds of other murder cases Heath Sr. has worked in his 36-year career - his client's word against the prosecution's. "Enter Julia Watson, a paralegal for the father-and-son law... Read more →

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6 Tips to Paralegals from Sole Practitioner

This lawyer's tips for paralegals sound smart. Let us know if you agree! "1. I Can’t See the Trees, but I Can See the Forest. I’m a sole practitioner and out of the office on a regular basis. I have a pretty full case load, I go to more than my fair share of seminars and conventions, and teach a number of classes and seminars. So I really need employees that can work independently. I’ve found that a lot more people want to work independently, than can work independently. With my time out of the office, I’ve had paralegals that... Read more →

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Things Paralegals Want to Tell Lawyers

This sure is an interesting list from a trial lawyer blog: "Well, we’re finally kicking off the Top 5 series. We’re starting with a doozy, things paralegals would tell their lawyers if they could. Most of the responses were anonymous, because the paralegals didn’t want their current or future employers to google them and find something that would hurt their future employment options." Definitely worth checking out! Read more →

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