Law Firm’s types

Law firms come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from single-attorney law practices to multi-state, multi-staffed legal organizations. In addition, law firms in the U.S. are generally equipped to handle nearly every legal challenge facing individuals, small businesses, and large corporations.
Depending on your legal issue, there are a variety of law firms to choose from, generally broken down by size, type of practice, (for example, litigation, criminal defense, or transactional), location, or legal topic (like personal injury law, family law or tax law.) While there is no one-size-fits all solution to solving legal problems, choosing the right law firm can make the difference between a successful outcome and missed opportunity. Knowing which law firm to hire will depend on a number of factors – including your finances, geographical location, personal work preferences, and your specific legal challenge or need.
Below is a summary of the various types of law firms available in most areas.

  • Solo Law Firms

As the name suggests, solo law firms are run by a single lawyer. These “solo practitioners” typically handle general legal matters on a variety of topics — ranging from personal injury law to family law, but may also specialize in one particular area of law, like patent law. There are several benefits to working with a solo law firm, especially if you have a single legal issue to resolve or if you are looking at ways to reduce costs. Generally, solo law practices are less expensive than their larger legal counterparts, and they often have the flexibility to hire outside staff such as paralegals and legal experts – to help lower costs and/or assist with special tasks. They can also provide more one-on-one personal attention since the attorney would be working on your case usually single-handedly.

On the other hand, solo law firms may lack extensive experience or resources – especially if the attorney is a recent law graduated who recently decided to “hand up their shingle” or has limited access to fee based legal resources and data.

  • Small Law Firms

Small law firms, also referred to as “boutique” law firms, generally employ from two to ten attorneys — often allowing the lawyers an opportunity to collaborate with other lawyers on complicated or related legal matters. Because of the close-knit circle of lawyers in small law firms, these firms often have the “feel” of solo law firms – such as having close one-on-one attention – but may also allow for representation on a broader range of legal topics.

  • Large Law Firms

Large law firms, also known as “full-service” firms, can range in size from several dozens of lawyers and employees, to several thousands of employees including lawyers, paralegals, administrative staff, human resource specialists, librarians and other staff – and can exist in multiple cities, states, and even countries.
Large law firms specialize in all areas of the law and typically have big legal departments, such as corporate, employment, and real estate groups.

Additionally, large law firms are able to handle most types of legal work, including business transactions (like mergers and acquisitions), large scale litigation, and criminal defense matters (especially “white-collar crimes”.) Moreover, the typical client of a large law firm is a company, organization, or other high-stake entity, but may also represent individuals with legal issues spanning multiple practice areas.

  • Litigation vs. Transactional Law Firms

Law firms are sometimes broken down by the type of legal services they offer. For example, a law firm might only focus on litigation, representing clients in court cases — or it can focus on transactional matters involving heavy paperwork relating to disputes over money, property, and insurance.

Lawyers typically do not cross over practice areas within a law firm, however. For instance, lawyers who are trained to represent clients in court hearing and at trials typically stay within this type of practice for the duration of their career. Similarly, transactional attorneys who handle corporate and other drafting-intense work may never see the inside of a courtroom.

  • Criminal Law Firms

Law firms specializing in criminal defense against crimes such as securities fraud, DUI and other crimes often focus on representing private clients who can afford their own criminal defense attorney (as opposed to being represented by a public defender.) A person facing criminal charges will often hire a criminal defense lawyer to assist them in all stages of the criminal process to help reduce the serious penalties often associated with criminal charges.

Moreover, because of the nature of what’s at stake in criminal proceedings, lawyers who work within criminal defense law firms are usually very skilled and knowledgeable about the laws and procedures, and often have relationships with local attorneys and judges. While the cost of hiring a criminal defense law firm will vary – based on the law firm’s experience, track record and location, for example – it is probably wise to speak with a variety of criminal lawyers in your area to represent you in any criminal proceedings.
In addition to size, location, and type of practice, law firms can be broken down by legal topic area. These “practice areas” refer to the types of legal issue you may be facing, or alternatively, the area of law an attorney’s practice lies.

Click here for a full list of practice area definitions or search for a lawyer or law firm by practice area.

References:

http://public.findlaw.com/library/hiring-lawyer/law-firms.html

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 29 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 47 posts. There were 92 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 4mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 20th with 33 views. The most popular post that day was Nelson Low Level Equilibrium Trap.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were stumbleupon.com, google.com.pk, bigextracash.com, statistics.bestproceed.com, and mfadhly.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for low level equilibrium trap, nelson’s low level equilibrium trap, gold rates in pakistan, nelson low level equilibrium trap, and tools of monetary policy in pakistan.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Nelson Low Level Equilibrium Trap January 2010
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THE MONETARY POLICY INSTRUMENTS OF PAKISTAN January 2010

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Taxes in Pakistan January 2010
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A synopsis of Pakistan’s Textile Industry January 2010

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The Natural gas – A freebie of the Pakistan February 2010

One View About Marketing

The term marketing is derived from a word “market”; which, means a place where vendors and buyers come together to exchange different commodities. A bunch of various techniques hired by companies to sell their products by creating consumer’s interest is commonly known as marketing.

Marketing is a way of communication between producer and consumer; in which manufacturers produce goods considering the needs of people; whilst, on the other hand buyers transfer their choices and preferences to producers in the form of upward and downward slopping demand curves.

According to Phil Knight, CEO of Nike, “Now we understand that the most important thing we do is market the product. We’ve come around to saying that Nike is a marketing-oriented company, and the product is our most important marketing tool” (Phil Knight, CEO of Nike in the late 1980s). The concept of marketing is originated with the transactional activities of a man. We, human are interdependent on each other for our needs; because nature has not bestowed everyone with all faculties; some are physically weak while others are strong; some are rich and others are poor, etc. This shows that a nature has not distributed its resources equally; and that is the reason because of which people has to exchange their abilities and products with each other. From this point one has to hire the concept of marketing; in order to exhibit what he possesses.

So, it is pertinent to say that: “Marketing is comprised of all activities involved in the transfer of goods from the producer to seller and then to the consumer or buyer.” In late 19th century, marketing emerged as a separate technical field of study. The emergence of marketing as a separate entity divided scholars into two streams: one group of intellectuals favor marketing techniques; whilst the other opposes it severely.

Social critics claim that: “Certain marketing practices upset individual consumers; for example, big companies violate human rights in the poverty stricken countries like India, Pakistan, and Sri lanka, etc.” To make this point more clear let’s take an example of Nike, Inc; which is the giant of sportswear and equipment supplier; and has been criticized sporadically by human rights activist; for the use of child labor in Cambodia and Pakistan in factories it contracted to manufacture soccer balls.

In addition, there are many marketing techniques like: deceptive practices, excessive marks up, and exploitation of labor, etc; that harm the interest of individual, society as a whole, and other business firms.

Similarly, marketing is responsible to create evils like materialism, inferiority, and superiority complexes in the society; and also increases the gap between poor and rich; as people belonging to lower and middle class cannot afford products of big brands like Nike, and Toyota, etc.

Role of Advertising in Imperfect Competition

Leo Burnett, an American businessman says;

A good basic selling idea, involvement and relevancy, of course, are as important as ever, but in the advertising din of today, unless you make yourself noticed and believed, you ain’t got nothin’.


Advertising is one of the primary instruments of marketing. In fact to advertize means to publicize the quality good. In economic jargon imperfect completion is such kind of market structure in which the necessary conditions for perfect competition are not met. In such a situation, a major component of demand is the influence of advertising and product differentiation. Differentiation may be based upon certain characteristics of the product itself, such as exclusive patented features; trade-marks, trade names; peculiarities of the package or container, if any; or singularity in quality, design, color, or style. It may also exist with respect to the conditions surrounding its sale.
The real world is populous with the examples of product differentiation. For example our markets are full of different memory foam companies but what makes their mattresses different from each other is the quality like the Sleepshaper’s Maxicool Mattress with Outlast technology is different from other mattresses in the market as it is designed to regulate temperature, with all the benefits of a memory foam mattress.

This combination is a breakthrough in support and temperature controlled comfort. Moreover its grooves create a more efficient airflow whilst ACTIGARD ensures the cover is permanently free of dust mites.
Similarly the quality of the Sleep-matters memory foam topper to give more years of sleep without the cost of replacing the existing mattress as it fits directly on top of your existing mattress and can be held in place with either a fitted sheet or mattress protector make it distinguish from the others in market.

But if this product differentiation is based on false advertising then it doesn’t only loose customer’s trust but also incurs high costs to firm. In a word advertising plays a vital role in imperfect market structure.

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How Mattress can contribute to your Bedroom Interior Decor?

Dorothy Draper was a leading and innovative American interior decorator of the early to mid 20th century. She helped inspire a generation of home improvement devotees with her 1939 book Decorating is Fun, subtitled “How to Be Your Own Decorator”. For her

‘You may concentrate on appearances all through the rest of your house, but in the bedroom comfort should be supreme. I think that bedrooms should also be very intimate rooms-they should express your personal preferences in every way…Of all the rooms in the house your bedroom is yours.’

Your interior goes in vain with uncomfortable bed as bedroom is a room specified for your bed. Thus decorating your bedroom by ignoring the significance of good mattress is just like making spaghetti without spaghetti ;)To buy memory foam mattress for your bed following points should be in your mind;
•    Mattress Sizes
•    Mattress Comfort Levels
•    Mattress Materials
•    Testing Mattresses Before Buying
•    Guarantee
•    Cost
•    Outer Cover
•    Bed Base
The Memory Foam and Wool Package is a complete quality package for your valued bed that includes Sleepshaper Original Memory Mattress, awarded the ‘Which’ magazine Best Buy Award which guarantees quality.

This package is for those that demand the finer things in life.This Package include the following items:
•    Sleepshaper Original 20cm Memory Foam Mattress
•    Merino Wool Underlay
•    Merino Wool ‘DUET’ Quilt/Duvet
•    2 x Merino Wool Pillow covers (One with single)
•    2 x Memolux Memory Foam Pillows (One with single)
Moreover you can transform your mattress by adding a Natural Merino Wool Topper that Increases comfort, allows your body to breathe and reduces perspiration. It offers relief from back ache and aches and pains such as arthritis and rheumatism.

Merino Wool also absorbs excess moisture and keeps your body dry and comfortable all night. In short buy memory foam mattress and be hale and healthy

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How to Buy Good Memory Foam Mattress?

It is a human instinct to buy the best for him in all spheres. To check the best product he consumes his hours until he gets satisfied. After getting surety about the quality he pays for it. Home essentials are such sort of things without which home management is incomplete and while purchasing such essential, consumer doesn’t compromise over quality. He always prefers durable products so that it can fulfill his need. Buying memory foam mattress is an easy task but buying the quality memory foam mattress is something technical for which you have to consider followings;
•    Support
•    Firmness
•    Cost
•    Size
•    Core Material
•    Outer Cover
•    Bed base etc
The Sleepshaper’s Maxicool Mattress with Outlast technology is designed to regulate temperature, with all the benefits of a memory foam mattress. This combination is a breakthrough in support and temperature controlled comfort. Above and beyond it encompasses qualities like;   10 year Guarantee, grooves create a more efficient airflow, ACTIGARD ensures the cover is permanently free of dust mites, machine washable cove, complies with UK fire regulations BS7177, 9cm of 55kilo memory foam offers superior comfort and free delivery etc.

Outlast Adaptive Comfort works in following way;
•    Outlast thermocules absorb the excess heat
•    Stored heat is released to the body as needed.
•    The result is the microclimate.
Whilst if you want to buy mattress but out of your budget then no need to worry because The Sleep-matters Memory Foam Topper fits directly on the top of your existing mattress and can be held in place with either a fitted sheet or mattress protector.

Apart from offering year-round comfort levels it can also revitalise a firm or uncomfortable mattress and give you many more years of sleep without the cost of replacing your existing mattress.

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Shopping is a Waste of Money but Rational Shopping is an Art

Bill Bryson said;

‘There was a time when we used to build civilization, now we build shopping malls.’

If you want to judge a person you should go shopping with him. If he purchases whatever he likes without assessing the quality, it means he is just spending money in dribs and drabs whilst if he spends money rationally, it means he is making use of his artistic techniques. In fact to shop is to assess the goods whether they are purchasable or not so never spend your money before you have earned it because

‘God makes, and apparel shapes: but it’s money that finishes the man.’

The memory foam toppers present a variety of good quality products that make your shopping an art rather than trash. Flexcell 600 Memory Foam Topper is extraordinary mattress foam that reacts to your weight and shape you are effortlessly comforted and supported reducing pressure points and increasing the bodies’ ability to relax completely.

You therefore achieve a far more comfortable night sleep easing aches and pains associated with firm or uncomfortable mattresses. Its ‘cool max cover’ makes it distinguish over other mattresses. Coolmax® is a high tech fabric specifically and uniquely engineered to keep users dry and comfortable.


Coolmax® fabrics are made from specially engineered polyester fibres from ADVANSA with an increased surface area. This special four-channel or six-channel fibre forms a transport system that pulls moisture away from the skin to the outer layer of the fabric. It then dries that moisture faster than other fabrics to thermoregulate the body by evaporative cooling. It’s other striking features are;
•    A full 6cm of premium Visco-elastic memory foam
•    Revitalises and softens an uncomfortable mattress
•    Reversible for winter and summer
•    ‘Soft touch’ castellated side increases air flow
•    Reduces pressure points that cause sleep discomfort
•    Coolmax machine washable cover
•    Resistant to dust mites
•    Independently moulds to each individual sleeper
•    Vacuum packed
•    Promotes a deeper and less interrupted night sleep
•    5 year guarantee, manufactured in the UK
Briefly stating memory foam mattresses are offering a wide range of quality products for rational consumers.

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