Entries by Yaacov P. Silberman
Insight Douglas J. Schneller · Fred Chang · Emma R. Larson · Robert Q. Lee · Suzanne L’Hernault · Lisa-Marie Monsanto · Yaacov P. Silberman · Patrick Maschio · May 20, 2019
Event Yaacov P. SilbermanRimon’s COO, Yaacov Silberman, will be part of a panel at the Firm General Counsel Summit on "Tech and Innovation." Law firm management must remain current with the technology that drives our clients and our workforce. This panel will discuss the trends that are happening now as well as the risks and practical implications of managing
News Michael Moradzadeh · Yaacov P. Silberman · March 19, 2018
Insight Yaacov P. Silberman · February 01, 2017
Financial Times commends Rimon in its list of the six “Most innovative North American law firms 2016: Redesigning the service model”
News Michael Moradzadeh · Yaacov P. Silberman · December 07, 2016
Event Yaacov P. SilbermanPresentation provided by Rimon's Founding Partner and COO, Yaacov Silberman A look back at the ethics opinions relevant to business lawyers issued by the states of New York, California, Texas, Illinois and Florida, as well as the ABA, in 2016. Topics covered will include confidentialy, conflicts of interest, collecting fees, and more. (1 CLE Credit
Event Yaacov P. SilbermanThe West Coast Law Firm Leadership Forum is the premier business of law forum for law firm managing partners, executive directors and C-level executives across the region. Rimon's COO, Yaacov Silberman, will be speaking on a panel titled, "Needle in the Haystack: How to Control Costs and Uncover Profitability." The panelists will discuss growing
Rimon Law Named Technology Sector Law Firm of the Year in California 2016 by Global Law Experts Awards
News June 24, 2016
News Michael Moradzadeh · Yaacov P. Silberman · January 20, 2016
Insight Yaacov P. Silberman · November 10, 2015
This presentation recaps some of the more "modern" legal ethics opinions of 2015 - those dealing with contemporary issues such as e-discovery, social media, lawyer-rating sites, virtual practices, and the representation of marijuana dispensaries. The presentation covers ethics opinions on these and other subjects issued by the State Bars of New York, California, Illinois and Texas, as well as several city bar associations.
Event Yaacov P. SilbermanPresentation by Rimon Partner and COO Yaacov P. Silberman. This presentation will recap some of the more "modern" legal ethics opinions of 2015 - those dealing with contemporary issues such as e-discovery, social media, lawyer-rating sites, virtual practices, and the representation of marijuana dispensaries. The presentation will cover ethics
Event Yaacov P. SilbermanTwo Rimon Partners will be presenting at the upcoming Legaltech West Coast conference, to take place on July 13-14, 2015 in San Francisco, CA. LegalTech is a premier legal technology conference hosted by ALM Media. John Isaza, FAI, will participate in a panel titled "The New Big Bang: 21st Century Information Governance Challenges". The panel features
Rimon’s COO Talks About Innovations in the Law Firm Model at The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics
Event Yaacov P. SilbermanOn April 30, 2015, Rimon's co-founder and COO Yaacov Silberman spoke at the FutureLaw conference at Stanford University, hosted by The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX). Yaacov was part of a panel of law firm innovators discussing their experience in developing or adopting technologies that enhance their legal services for their
News Michael Moradzadeh · Yaacov P. Silberman · December 08, 2014
Insight Yaacov P. Silberman · Michael Moradzadeh · November 14, 2014
Insight Yaacov P. Silberman · December 06, 2011
In my previous post, we began discussing how to choose a vendor of cloud computing services. This inquiry is particularly important for law firms that rely heavily on cloud computing technology, including alternative law firms and the firms subscribing to the virtual law firm model. This article provides a brief overview of a few key things to look out for when evaluating a cloud vendor’s terms & conditions. It is not an exhaustive treatment of the issue.
Insight Yaacov P. Silberman · October 19, 2011
In my first two blogs on the subject of cloud computing for lawyers, we learned the basics of cloud computing and how it’s being used by lawyers. We also briefly explored the principal ethical implications for lawyers who use such virtual law technologies in their practice. Lawyers practicing in alternative law firm models are increasingly relying on such technologies as a way to stay connected to their fellow lawyers and to their clients, and also as a way to to keep down operating costs.
Insight Yaacov P. Silberman · August 30, 2011
In my previous blog post, I provided a brief overview of cloud computing and how it is used by lawyers. I noted that its use is expanding beyond virtual law firms and alternative law firms to include Big Law, too, even including AmLaw 100 law firms. In this post, I will discuss some of the main ethical issues stemming from lawyers’ use of cloud computing and other virtual law technologies.
Insight Yaacov P. Silberman · August 19, 2011
Understanding Cloud Computing and It's Use by Lawyers
The use of cloud-computing technologies and other virtual law tech by lawyers and law firms is on an upward trend. Not only are alternative law firms or virtual law firms leveraging this technology, but Big Law is also jumping into the fray, with many conventional law firms including AmLaw 100 firms taking advantage.
Insight Yaacov P. Silberman · December 17, 2010
As we await the release of the FTC Green Guides, advertisers also should be aware of the BBB’S National Advertising Division (“NAD”) as a potential means for dispute resolution for false advertising claims.
Insight Yaacov P. Silberman · March 28, 2010
What does the General Counsel of a Fortune 100 company want from a law firm? In the case of one former GC – Theodore Banks of Kraft Foods – the answer is printed in black and white. The ABA’s 2004 publication, “Marketing Success Stories” edited by Weishar and Smiley begins with an essay by Mr. Banks titled What We Wish We Could Get from a Law Firm, or, Hot to Make Us Fall in Love Again.
The advice propounded by Mr. Banks is entirely commonsensical. But it is only in recent years, if not months, that “innovative” law firms are touting their adoption of the practices that in-house counsel has wanted all along.
Bypassing the more obvious (but still sage) recommendations, here’s a summary of what one General Counsel recommends to outside counsel trying to get his business.
Getting The Client
- Firms need to distinguish themselves. Oftentimes law firms cannot adequately answer the question, “Why should I hire you instead of someone else?” Using vague generalities to answer this question is insufficient. A firm must prove its capabilities for “high-quality, cost-effective service” in any relevant areas. Rimon Law Group’s co-founder mused once that he found it odd when law firms tout that they are ranked third for this or that practice area. As a General Counsel, my reply might be, “can you introduce me to numbers one and two?”
- Ditch the Picasso. While adequate overhead is expected, a firm that spends a lot of money on glass buildings or fancy artwork might suggest the firm is padding its bills to pay for unnecessary overhead. In-house counsel would rather their lawyer buy a tasteful poster and pass the savings on to them.
- Do what you can to get in the door. While a company might not be willing to try out a new firm on a billion dollar litigation, they might roll the dice on a smaller, more discrete matter. Firms might offer new clients to work on a matter at a discounted rate, showing all along what it would cost at the usual rate, to gain a client’s trust and to expose them to the firm.
In these three categories, I’m proud that Rimon Law Group rises above the competition. More than most, they understand what a real brand identity means to the firm. In the case of Rimon, we place the focus on lawyers with greater experience operating in an ultra-efficient environment and an assurance of predictable fees to our clients. We’ve also acted creatively to address new clients’ needs in order to expose them to our non-traditional way of doing business. This often comes at a cost but we’re building durable relationships in the process.
Next week, I’ll discuss Mr. Banks’s advice for keeping existing clients and also do a self-evaluation of Rimon’s practices in the areas of Listening, Communication, Billing, Staffing and Fees.
Insight Yaacov P. Silberman · October 28, 2009
On September 1, 2009, the Government of the United Kingdom implemented the New Offshore Disclosure Opportunity (“NDO”).
The NDO allows those individuals with unpaid UK taxes relating to previously undisclosed income and/or capital gains linked to offshore accounts and/or assets to settle related tax liabilities at a favorable 10% penalty rate. Ordinarily, penalties are charged at up to 100% of the tax due.
The NDO provisions apply to all UK residents and certain non-UK domiciled individuals (who themselves may be or once were subject to tax in the UK) who have an interest in any Offshore Accounts, Trusts or Corporate entities that would otherwise be subject to UK tax.