Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Artist Formerly Known As Prince


  • No sentencing today for Erich Nowsch after motion to withdraw his guilty plea. [Fox5Vegas]
  • An update on family court attorneys being prepared for trial. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • McDonald Carano Wilson is hosting the annual meeting for Meritas next week at the Cosmopolitan. [Meritas]

14 comments:

  1. I feel like the "ineffective assistance of counsel" has become like Social Security Disability Benefits: really helpful for those who actually need and/or qualify for the claim, but such claims are diluted and not taken seriously due to a plethora of jerk-offs trying to take advantage of the system with bogus claims.

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  2. I like your analogy 11:50am. 8news now says their lawyers prepared a motion to withdraw plea and mailed it to the court which is odd. I wonder if anyone was there, does he have a new lawyer because online still shows Claus as his attorney and I believe he was the attorney who was repping him at the time he entered the GPA.

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    1. 1:05pm here. Just to clarify when I re-read the 8 news now article it stated that Nowsch's attorneys said Nowsch had prepared a motion to withdraw plea. That was my error, now it makes more sense to me.

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  3. Seeing as it's a slow news day, I figured I throw this out here and ask for some advice. I've been out of law school about 9 years now and went out on my own about 4 years ago. Most of my experience is in civil litigation, but since I went out on my own, I find myself doing more family law, bankruptcy and personal injury work. I've grown the firm to the point where I have an associate, a paralegal and a receptionist/legal secretary. My associate quit about a month ago and we've been slow enough to where I don't feel comfortable hiring a replacement even though I'd like to keep growing the firm.

    My question is to other small firm owners. Where do you see the best bang for your buck in marketing/advertising. I know good, old-fashioned networking is usually the best return on investment, and I'm doing that with the limited amount of time I have. What I'm looking for is your experience with online/radio/billboard/phonebook advertising. Is pay-per-click the best way to go? Like I said, I want to grow my firm, but I feel like I'm in a rut right now and I don't want to keep throwing good money toward bad advertising. Sorry for the long-winded question.

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    1. A good blog will get you high rankings on Google every time. Google loves fresh content. And you can emphasize which ever practice area(s) you choose. GREAT bang for your buck!

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    2. I'd love to hear from anyone who still thinks advertising in the phonebook is a good idea. What kind of clients are you getting from that?

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    3. 90% of attorneys who blog fail because they don't regularly update. 9% update regularly, but don't have or follow a strategy. The best Nevada legal blog, far and away, is Compelling Discovery by Michael Lowry.

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    4. Online keywords search based advertising is effective to a degree. I know Naqvi exploded after he went all out with the advertising. Some people still use the phone book, but obviously more and more go to google nowadays

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    5. Yes compelling discovery is very good. Honorable mention goes to "Vegas Trademark Atty Blog". If you need latest info on NV Insurance Law, NV Coverage Law, NV Trucking Law or the rise and implementation of independent/Cumis counsel in Nevada Mike Mills' blogs at NevadaLawBlogs.com are great.

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    6. Lawyers used to ask me all the time how they could get attorneys and firms up into the top 10 results on search engines, and more than a few times I've seen marketing firms paid a pile for promising to do so with no results. The only way to maximize your online visibility is to be present online. Tweet, post to your FB page, and blog. Link to quality content that you think colleagues and clients might actually be INTERESTED in. If you read something interesting on the web, share it, but generate your own content. Update your "News" section of your website regularly or get rid of it. IMHO it's better to not try and do online marketing *at all* than it is to fuck it up.

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  4. Blog is good. Try craigslist too? Done laughing?? It is 100% free and good for a few calls a week, some of which can be converted to paying clients.

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    1. Best way to build a practice 3-5 years ago? LRIS. $50 a year and a 20% kicker for unlimited leads in however many practice areas you chose. Plus it implied an endorsement from the State Bar. I went from solo to 3 associates based on little more than LRIS. Do a fair number of the leads bark? Absolutely, same as with any other referral service. LRIS has died in the last 2 years and just is not sending out referrals any longer.

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    2. You almost had me convinced to sign back up for LRIS, until I read your last sentence.

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    3. Why has it gone bad? Please elaborate.

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