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Our clients’ industries are changing. Communication strategies are changing. Baretz+Brunelle is changing. And we have thoughts to share on all of it.

Caution: Statements About Litigation Can Give Rise to Defamation Claims

Posted by Wayne Pollock on Sep 28, 2017 12:30:00 PM

Reminder: Overly aggressive public statements about ongoing litigation can give rise to their own separate defamation claims.

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Topics: AmLaw, Big Law, Litigation PR

Corporate Law Firms Start Embracing Cannabis Industry

Posted by Clay Steward on Sep 7, 2017 12:05:06 PM

Eight states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while an additional 29 states and the District of Columbia permit medical use. The legal cannabis market reached an estimated $7.2 billion in 2016, and is on track to create more than 250,000 new jobs by 2020. The stigma associated with marijuana use is also fading, as a 2017 poll found that 61% of Americans believe marijuana use should be legalized. In other words, cannabis is a booming business – and the legal services industry is taking notice.

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Topics: Law Firm, Big Law, Communications, marijuana

Your Law Firm's Online Newsroom: Don’t Make Journalists Have to Dig

Posted by Zinie Sampson on Aug 31, 2017 11:00:00 AM

The website of any firm or company is a key point of contact for the news media -- one that the media will often use as a first stop in learning more about the organization, and possibly developing a productive relationship with it. Too often, though, websites are built with little regard for media visitors. Adding an online newsroom or media center, then, is a relatively low-cost project with a big return. Done right, it provides journalists and others the information they need, in the way the firm wants to present it.

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Topics: Big Law, Communications

Welcoming The Millennial Partner

Posted by Molly McLeod on Aug 24, 2017 4:19:33 PM

Baby boomers, defined as those born between 1946 and 1964, are steadily retiring from the legal industry. The American Lawyer reports that while almost half of AmLaw 200 partners were baby boomers in 2016, 16 percent of law firm partners will retire in the next five years – and 38 percent will retire within the next decade.

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Topics: Law Firm, Big Law, Communications

Promoting Diversity Within Law Firms . . . Or Else

Posted by Jessica Klein + Cari Brunelle on Aug 10, 2017 3:17:26 PM

Facebook. HP. Visa. AT&T. Bank of America. All major corporations with operations that reach all corners of the globe. While these companies are very different, one underlying mission binds them: they all have expressed their commitment to diversity – primarily by requiring that same level of commitment from the law firms they’ve hired to represent them.

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Topics: AmLaw, Big Law, Public Relations

The End of the AmLaw 100?

Posted by John Ford on Jul 27, 2017 11:57:08 AM

The AmLaw 100 and Major League Baseball arrive around the same time each spring, and you might think that’s about all one has to do with the other. (Check out the latest AmLaw 100 report here.) But bear with us while we draw a connection between these two great traditions, both of which reveal the power of statistics. Baseball fans obsess over ERAs and slugging percentages, while The American Lawyer’s annual report has fixed the profession’s attention on numbers like revenue per lawyer and, of course, profits per partner.

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Topics: Law Firm, AmLaw100, AmLaw, Big Law