Imagine it’s mediation day. You’ve been preparing for weeks — or even months. As you sit in the mediation room and the minutes tick by, you begin to realize that one of the key decision-makers on the other side is not going to show up. According to seasoned mediator Faustin “Frosty” Pipal of Chicago-based Resolute Systems, “that’s the No. 1 mediation killer.”
For lawyers, the ramifications of falling victim to such scams run deeper than a few lost dollars and a bruised ego. Losing a client’s money could result in career penalties, including possible disbarment. Being mindful of these scams requires a general shift in thinking.
It takes individuals and organizations to do the hard, day-to-day work of policing the environment and those who live here whenever and wherever they can. Enter Mark Templeton, a University of Chicago law school professor and founder and director of the university’s Abrams Environmental Law Clinic.
When she’s not practicing family law, attorney and Case Builders co-founder Nicole M. Onorato sees clients pro bono at the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic. When she sees them, they’re at one of the lowest points in their life. But being able to help them is one of the most rewarding experiences Onorato has had.
The work spaces of most professions and businesses are often reflective of the seriousness of the work they do. So it would track that Edelson’s largely high-stakes consumer class action and technology/privacy plaintiff work would take place in a somber, sedate environment. Not so.
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