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Eric Cooperstein

ERIC COOPERSTEIN started his private law practice devoted to legal ethics in the fall of 2006. He has represented hundreds of lawyers and law firms in ethics and law-practice related matters.

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Nicholas M. Ryan

Nick grew up in Winona, MN and moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota, where he graduated in 2014 double majoring in History and Political Science.

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Hot Prospects

For lawyers in private practice, the search for clients is a never-ending quest. Traditional advertising, Google AdWords, logo-emblazoned swag, direct mail campaigns, little league jerseys, conference displays, Elks Club meetings – it’s that Glengarry Glen Ross compulsion to get the new leads, hopefully without the profanity.[1] For all the time

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Sweat the Small Stuff

A friend once told me that he was not comfortable using computers because he could not really understand how they worked. Compare it to a car engine, he said. A person does not need to be a mechanic to understand that gasoline gets sprayed into a cylinder, then it explodes,

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You’re Not So Special

Years ago, I heard a sermon about the way people carry secrets around with them. Not Rule-1.6-client secrets. Personal secrets borne of living a life: crimes committed, large and small; flings and affairs; errors and omissions, and so on. Most of us, the sermon suggested, have secrets we protect from

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How to Draft a Conflicts Waiver

Seven rules of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct require that a lawyer obtain “informed consent, confirmed in writing” to proceed with a representation despite an actual or potential conflict of interest. The comments to the rules offer some guidance regarding what types of circumstances one might take into consideration

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The More Fee Agreements Change, the More they Stay the Same

In 1944, the Hennepin County Bar Association published its “Minimum Fee Schedule,” setting forth the permissible rates for various types of legal services. Although office consultations could be charged at the very reasonable rate of $10.00 per hour, minimum fees attached to lawyers’ charges, such as a minimum of $250

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Hey, Lawyer – Can You Spare a Dime?

Allie Avocat is representing Carl Clint in his claims arising out of a car accident in which he was seriously injured. Clint has been out of work for nine months. Liability has been conceded and all that remains is litigation over his damages. There is a defense offer of $150,000

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