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Photo by Cottonbro Studio at Pexels By Murray Gottheil | July 8, 2024 For years I delegated work to Mindy, who was very competent, productive, generous, and warm. But when I walked into Mindy’s office to ask her to do something, I never knew whether she would be her usual lovable self or would bite my […]

Aren’t Non-Equity Partners Really Just Glorified Associates?

By Murray Gottheil | July 6, 2024 With a nod to the danger of generalizing, I would have to say that as a group, I like non-equity partners (“NEPs”) just as much, if not better, than equity partners. They are often people who are primarily interested in practicing law and doing well by their clients, as […]

BARE BONES BRIEFS: Grossly inadequate: two-month practice suspension for Jeremy Magence; | Panama Papers lawyer acquitted of money laundering | The “most American solution ever” | Lawyer addicted to pooping in Pringles can | Barrister attacks fashion designer for taking empty seat at opera

By Julius Melnitzer | July 4, 2024 JEREMY MAGENCE’S SUSPENSION IGNORES PROFITS FROM MISCONDUCT On June 27, the Law Society Tribunal Hearing Division suspended Jeremy Magence of Toronto personal injury firm Bergel Magence LLP for two months and ordered him to pay $5,000 in costs. The panel found that he engaged in misleading advertising by allowing […]

BARE BONES BRIEFS: LSO goes after Jeremy Magence for $250K in undisclosed referral fees | Dentons cleared of AML charges | Lawyer faces jail for stealing clients

By Julius Melnitzer | June 25, 2024 JEREMY MAGENCE ACCUSED OF FAILING TO DISCLOSE MORE THAN $250K IN REFERRAL FEES TO PARALEGALS The role of referral fees will again be front and centre on June 27, when the Law Society Tribunal Hearing Division hears the Law Society of Ontario’s allegations that Jeremy Magence of Toronto […]

There Is Enough Work For Everybody

Photo by Tiana at Pexels By Murray Gottheil | June 23, 2024 Someone once told me that if your family is poor when you are 12 years old, then no matter how much financial success you have, you will always be fearful that you might lose it all. On the other hand, the theory goes that […]


By Vanessa Holwell | June 14, 2024 In today’s competitive business landscape, marketing plays a pivotal role in driving success. As a lawyer, you may not have thought of yourself as a marketer, but with the right approach, you can become your own marketing department and effectively promote your legal practice. In this article, we’ll […]

I’ll Tell You What He Didn’t Do

By Murray Gottheil | June 13, 2024 Those of you who read my stuff from time to time know that when I retired, I moved to the country, bought a pick-up truck, and started listening to country music. One song I like is by Carly Pearce, and it has the following lyrics: … Everybody’s asking what […]

To All the Law Students Who I have Loved (or Just Liked a Bit)

Photo by Luana Freitas at Pexels By Murray Gottheil | June 11, 2024 I write a lot about work/life balance, mental health, and the pursuit of things other than money in the legal profession. My wife (and lawyer) Maureen McKay has laughed at me about this (among other things). “Murray, if any of the young people […]

BARE BONES BRIEFS: Law Society Tribunal: child pornographer can practise | NS Provincial Court judge pursues misconduct allegations against fellow jurist | Excuse me: juror had accused’s pictures on T-shirt | Suspended driver motors into court | IBA: Lawyers contribute $1.6 trillion to GDP

By Julius Melnitzer | June 6, 2024 TRIBUNAL LICENSES APPLICANT WHOSE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CONVICTIONS WERE STAYED FOR DELAY The Law Society Tribunal has allowed an applicant whose convictions were overturned on appeal for unreasonable delay to practise law. Jordan Cristoferi-Paolucci, formerly a youth basketball coach, was charged with various child pornography and luring offences in […]

My Journey To the Land of Setting Expectations

Photo by Panos and Marenia Stavrinos from Pexels By Murray Gottheil | June 5, 2024 Back in the good old days, I billed by the hour, just like every other lawyer. I had a simple retainer agreement with my clients by which they agreed to pay my hourly rate for the hours I spent on their […]

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