Watch for Bicycles, too

You probably know that bicycles must ride with the flow of traffic while in the street, but bicycle riders on sidewalks do not. A bicycle on a sidewalk is more akin to a pedestrian, than a street vehicle. Since pedestrians can walk in both directions on any sidewalk, bikes can as well. The problem is bicycles on sidewalks generally are moving much faster than a pedestrian. As we exit a parking lot onto the main road, we always check to the left to catch approaching Read More +

How Hospice Failed My Mother

This is a hard blog post to write not only because Hospice is such a revered organization, but also because most of my posts are about current law, my legal practice or other interesting topics that aren’t so very personal.  This is about as personal as it gets. My mother died on Father’s Day of 2015. It was June 21st to be specific.  It’s taken me almost one year to write this without anger. I started writing this a number of times and got “in Read More +

Video Surveillance and the Death of a Case (Two Actually)!

All lawyers share “war stories”. This is usually a true tale about an unnamed client (must preserve confidentiality) that resulted in some horrendous outcome to the poor slob of a lawyer telling the story. Retelling it makes other lawyers feel a bit better about their practice and it’s a right of passage for every lawyer. If you don’t have a war story, you’re doing something wrong. Sooner or later, something will go wrong in your practice. A while ago I blogged about a client who Read More +

My Unpleasant Encounter with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Office

Those who know me, know that I have a passion for art. I was raised in metropolitan New York very close to Manhattan and spent many hours as a child in museums. It’s what I did growing up and it’s always been a source of interest, inspiration and even relaxation throughout my life. It was inevitable that after establishing myself in a law practice, I’d eventually gravitate to arts organization since, let’s face it, the law isn’t the most creative profession around. I’ve been chairman Read More +

A Very Serious Boat Crash

It’s not every day in an injury lawyer’s career that he is gifted with such a perfect, but gasp-inducing case. I’ve had a number of vessel crash cases in my office over the years, but they all paled in comparison to the case of “Alice and Mel Jones”. The names and identifiable specifics have been changed even though my clients have agreed to this article, but the incident and the injuries are all factual. The Joneses are early retirees in their 60s. Mel is now Read More +

Dram Shop Act: “Overservice” of Alcohol. The Legal Reality

A number of years ago when I was in a larger law firm we tried a Dram Shop Act case in front of a jury. This is when someone is served alcohol to excess and then he or she gets on the road causing a collision, usually with horrific results. The theory is that if the drunk wasn’t overserved alcohol by the bar or restaurant this incident would not have happened. It is an attempt to sue both the driver and the establishment that served Read More +