In This Issue

Defense's plan to 'level the playing field'

The way the defense bar sees it, the odds have not been forever in their favor. A combination of court rules and state laws make success in certain cases tougher to achieve. Now, they’re forming a strategy they hope can swing the pendulum back their way.

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It’s their money, and they want it now

Instead of  screaming out their windows demanding faster payment from defendants, plaintiff lawyers got a state law passed that will speed up the settlements’ cash flow. But a year after the statute took effect, many trial lawyers aren’t requiring opponents to follow those terms. Why?

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Conjunction functions

It’s elementary: They’re hooking up words and phrases and clauses. But when it comes to laws, courts are frequently asked to determine what “and” and “or” truly mean. The answers don’t sound like catchy song lyrics.

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Lawyers With Style: James M. Quigley

James M. Quigley has practiced family law for more than 20 years. At Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove, he is known for cases involving complex financial issues, business valuations and property matters while also representing clients in the drafting and enforcement of prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

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Wearing different hats: Don’t be afraid to try something new; it will make you better

Why should lawyers take on different roles and responsibilities during the course of their careers? Watch husband-and-wife attorneys Christina L. Martini and David G. Susler talk more about this topic with the Better Government Association's Andy Shaw.

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Opening Statement: Cutting the cable, temporarily

For roughly the past two months, I’ve had a little more time on my hands at home. I lived without cable television. It wasn’t necessarily a conscious effort — just a byproduct of moving from one residence to another. And cable fell pretty far down on the to-do list.

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Spaces: Success with a clean slate

It’s difficult to place a finger on exactly what science fiction film or television show the office of Latham & Watkins evokes. That’s because its post-modern, wide-open space and panoramic view of the city resemble any number of interior spaces that Hollywood has designed to represent the future.

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Out & About: Run a few circles in the Square

Lincoln Square is a relatively small, 2.5-square-mile neighborhood, but it’s dense with things to do, see and eat. There are a few quaint restaurants on the west side of Western Avenue, but most of the neighborhood’s sweet spots are on Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Lawrence avenues.

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A road map to lunchtime in the Loop: Here are the winners, and one loser, if you don’t brown bag

Chicago is one of the greatest food cities in the world. Having said that, Chicago’s Loop, where the greatest concentration of professionals spend the greatest percentage of their time, often disappoints at lunchtime.

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