Mississippi Litigation Review & Commentary

Mississippi Litigation Review & Commentary

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Philip is a trial attorney based in Jackson, Mississippi with a diverse civil litigation practice.

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Mississippi Legal Icons Pass

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Two icons in the Mississippi legal community are no longer with us with the passing this week of Judge Marcus Gordon and famed attorney Gene Tullos of Smith County. Here is a Jerry Mitchell Clarion-Ledger article on the passing of Judge Gordon. He served as a Circuit Judge for over 36 years. He is best… Continue Reading

Report: Most Lawyers Are Not Busy Enough

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You are not alone if you are a partner at a law firm and aren’t busy enough. According to this ABA article an Altman Weil report reveals that most partners aren’t busy enough. The figure is 80% for non-equity partners at big firms. Here is a summary of the report. Stats from the article: Fifty-two… Continue Reading

Varidesk is a Great Stand-up Desk Option

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Regular readers are familiar with my bitching about the health effects of sitting at a desk and working on a computer all day. Sitting all day makes my neck stiff and hurt. My gut feeling is that it’s generally bad for my physical health. For this reason, I’ve been in the market for a stand-up… Continue Reading

Recommendation for OneNote Users: Install Onetastic

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Microsoft OneNote is indispensable in my practice. While I still maintain traditional (paperless) files, I organize most of my case and practice workflow in OneNote. In a typical case I have sections for experts, standards-rules, key documents, witnesses, settlement, trial themes and contact notes with opposing and co-counsel. But since I use it so much,… Continue Reading

Legal Profession’s Drinking Problem – It’s the Job, Not the Culture

Posted in Attorney Mental Health, General
Last  week a friend emailed me this CNN article about this Journal of Addiction Medicine Article regarding substance abuse and mental health problems in the legal profession. From the CNN article by Patrick Krill, lead author of the study: The law has always been a magnet for hard-working, self-reliant, and competitive people who often prioritize… Continue Reading

Bringing Back Memories of Taking the Bar Exam

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We are all excited at my office because we are getting the ultra-fast C-Spire internet service. Our office is located on a corner. A few weeks ago, workers jack-hammered the street all day running the cable. But I couldn’t figure out why they were running the cable to the building on the other side of… Continue Reading

Tupelo Bolsters Reputation For Dumb Criminals

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The NE Daily Journal reports that the plan of three Tupelo men to rob and kidnap Circuit Judge Paul Funderburk was foiled before it got out of the Huddle House: Three Lee County men were arrested Monday after law enforcement uncovered a plot to kidnap Circuit Court Judge Paul Funderburk. According to Lee County Sheriff… Continue Reading

Time to Shut It Down

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Time to shut it down….for the year. I’m picking today as the day. I’m going out with this photo of a coffee mug that an attorney friend received as a gift. It goes with my recent posts about know-it-all clients. 2015 has been a good year professionally. But not necessarily where it counts–on the home… Continue Reading

But I Did Stay At a Holiday Inn Express Last Night

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Last week I talked about the over-involved client. And then, there is the client who reminds you of this guy: This is how lawyers sometimes feel when non-lawyer clients try to dictate trial tactics right down to specific questions. Invariably, they want you to ask a question that you can’t. Damn those pesky rules of… Continue Reading

The Problem of the Over-involved Client

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Judge Primeaux had this post last week titled “What You Get to Decide as Attorney.” The post examined who gets to decide what in litigation: the lawyer, or the client. This is an issue for all lawyers, but particularly defense lawyers, as Anderson pointed out in a comment: This can get particularly annoying when the… Continue Reading

Cops: Too Many Tackleberrys, Not Enough Hightowers

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It seems like every few weeks there is a report of another ridiculous cop shooting. Last week the news was Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke killing seventeen year old Laquan McDonald by shooting him a dozen times. Here is a NY Times report with video. This on the heels of many other publicized bad… Continue Reading

MDL Leadership Repeat Player Trend Sparks Criticism

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A couple of weeks ago in this post about the Mikal Watts indictment I described the cadre of lawyers who serve on MDL steering committees as an oligarchy. Since then, I’ve noticed that mainstream press also notices the trend. Last week in this New York Times article about the Volkswagen Diesel litigation, Barry Meier writes:… Continue Reading

How Important is the Lawyer’s Office?

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This recent article in the Atlantic asked “Do Lawyers Need Offices Anymore?” From the article: …VLP is one of several “virtual” law firms that are seeking provide legal services on the level of a traditional firm’s while dispensing with office space and having their attorneys work remotely, whether from home, a coffee shop, or a… Continue Reading

Headline on ‘Ambulance-Chasing Lawyers’ Misses the Mark

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Here’s the headline from an article that was on my Zite feed last week: Google’s most expensive search keywords are for ambulance-chasing lawyers. The article goes on to explain how legal related keywords are the most expensive on Google pay-per-click. For instance, ‘San Antonio car wreck attorney’ costs $670.44. Although it’s an attention grabbing headline,… Continue Reading

Jackson Office Occupancy Rates Are Stable

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Here is CBRE’s 2015 Report on Jackson Office Occupancy Rates. The overall vacancy rate is 21.5%, roughly the same as a year ago. Downtown continues to have the largest vacancy rate at 32.6%. Highland Colony has a lower vacancy rate (12.2%) with a higher asking price ($22.80 vs. $16.22). Office occupancy reflects the fact that… Continue Reading

almost back…..hopefully

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I am working today for the first time in over two weeks due to a family medical emergency. Stuff has happened in my absence. There was a $2.7 million verdict in a federal court products case involving a helicopter and a $2.4 award in an investment arbitration proceeding. Seems like there are a few more… Continue Reading

Deposition Witness Murders Clarksdale Attorney

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Clarksdale attorney Ellis Pittman was murdered on Friday by a man who Pittman was suing and deposing at the time of the murder. From WMC: Pittman was suing Frazier over work he had done on his home. Pittman claimed the work was shoddy and Frazier misused funds. Pittman was taking a deposition from Frazier when… Continue Reading

How Will Driverless Vehicles Impact Legal Industry?

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Driverless vehicles are on the way. Seriously. And people are starting to consider how the driverless revolution will impact the economy. My favorite financial blogger Mish Shedlock has a post today about how self-driving trucks will impact the truck driver profession. But it’s not just truck drivers who will be affected: At $40,000 a year,… Continue Reading

Arbitration Jurisprudence Bad for Legal Profession

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Here is a link and pdf to Judith Resnik’s Yale Law Journal Article regarding arbitration. The abstract concludes: The cumulative effect of the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on arbitration has been to produce an unconstitutional system that undermines both the legitimacy of arbitration and the functions of the court. She’ll get no argument from me on… Continue Reading