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Maureen A. McGlynn

Maureen A. McGlynn’s integrity is one of the most important things to her as a trial lawyer. “Getting great results for your clients and receiving defense verdicts isn’t enough,” says the partner at Kortenhof McGlynn in St. Louis. “With millions ...

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Mary E. Nelson

As the governor’s director of boards and commissions, Mary E. Nelson’s job is sorting through thousands of applications for hundreds of  committee and board appointments. Doubt just how daunting a task that can be? Try coming up with a skeletal ...

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Vickie Schatz

After just a few years of serving corporate clients from the outside, Vickie Schatz was more than ready to try her hand at in-house practice. Schatz, who has been with Kansas City Power & Light for close to eight years, ...

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The art of the invoice

Once the case is over, most attorneys think the hard part is, too. Yet sometimes the content of the bill can be as important to the client as the lawyer's behavior in the courtroom or during an office consultation.

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MAKE SURE YOU GET PAID

Unless you work on contingency or collect a retainer upfront, there's always a chance that when the case is over the client might not pay. What are some ways to handle the problem of delinquent payments?“ There should be ... an honest discussion about how those fees are going to be paid by the client.” Chris Stiegemeyer, left, director of risk management at The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Co.

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Dangers of overdraft

On Monday, you deposit a hefty retainer fee into your client trust account. On Tuesday, you want to disburse settlement proceeds to another client. But should you wait for the first check to clear?

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SHOULD YOU CHARGE BY THE CLOCK?

s Christopher Wirken, vice-chairman of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Committee, is not a fan of flat fees. “If they’ve got a free lawyer because they’ve paid a flat sum, then there’s no risk for them to keep going,” he says.

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Hourly billing soldiers on

It’s not time to say goodbye to the billable hour.  The time-honored tradition of charging clients by tracking work by tenths of an hour has come under fire for years from various quarters. Lawyer and author Scott Turow denounced hourly ...

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