Reflecting on the Life and Career of Mike King

A good friend from high school, Mary Beth King, recently lost her father. Our families are related by marriage and although my friendship with Mary Beth formed its strongest bonds during high school, I had known her and her family all my life. The years since graduation found our paths occasionally entwined, most notably after […]

We’re Lawyers, Not Fixers

Recent events reported in the national news have highlighted an important aspect of the relationship between attorney and client, namely, the obligation of the attorney to say “no.” Adjectives such as “fixer” and “bag carrier” may enjoy colloquial cache, but these are dangerous descriptors to apply to a lawyer. The danger is that the label […]

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

At this time of year over many years, I am frequently asked if our practice gets busier as the year-end nears. Many areas of law are seasonal, typically those serving clients who want to complete transactions before year-end for tax purposes or estate planning or other reasons dependent on the calendar year. But no two […]

Press pause, then press restart

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  Press pause, then press restart. This is an inviting formula for a sabbatical. I was fortunate enough to take three months off beginning in January 2018.  After months of grappling with the next stage of my career and life, I received sage advice that I had worked myself incapable of making good personal decisions and that […]

The Impact of Small Firms and ‘Country Lawyers’

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When I describe myself as a country lawyer, most of my friends and family laugh. Yes, I have a specialty in business bankruptcy law, and yes, I am a professor of consumer and business bankruptcy law, and yes, I have practiced all aspects of bankruptcy law for three decades. But the description remains apt.  The […]