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Pro Se Divorce Mediation

The term pro se means “on one’s own behalf.” A person is pro se when he or she represents himself or herself. One process for dissolving a marriage is pro se divorce mediation. The parties hire a mediator to assist them in negotiating an agreement to dissolve their marriage, but they do not hire attorneys…. Read More »

Securities Fraud

Fraud, or “misrepresentation,” is one of the most common claims in securities litigation. Fraud includes three types of false statements: (1) the outright falsehood; (2) the half-truth; (3) the omission of a material fact which the speaker (in this case, the registered representative, or “stockbroker”) has a duty to convey to the customer. Fraud claims… Read More »

Suitability Claims In Securities Litigation or Securities Arbitration

Suitability, or, really, unsuitability, is probably the most common claim investors file against broker-dealers and registered representatives* in arbitration or court. These claims are based on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) general suitability rule, Rule 2111(a) of the FINRA rules governing the relationships of the industry with its individual (non-institutional) customers.** Here is the… Read More »

What Makes Collaborative Divorce Unique?

Collaborative Divorce is a voluntary process in which parties settle disputes without resort to litigation. In Collaborative Divorce: The parties sign a collaborative participation agreement describing the nature and scope of the matter; The parties voluntarily disclose all information which is relevant and material to the matter that must be decided; The parties agree to… Read More »

The Essential Frequently-asked Questions About Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law or Collaborative Practice is a voluntary dispute resolution process in which parties settle without resort to litigation. The intention is to resolve disputes in a low-conflict environment and to avoid the uncertain outcome of court. What is collaborative practice? Collaborative practice is a process of dispute resolution in which parties represented by independent,… Read More »

Best Practices for EB-5 Professionals and Their Clients

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program captured media attention recently as Jared Kushner’s sister touted a Manhattan EB-5 project to Chinese investors. This article reflects in no way on the merits of that project, but immigrant investors and their advisors should be aware that the EB-5 space is awash with fraud, false promises, investment losses, and… Read More »

Dual Representation Issues in Immigration Law

In immigration practice, dual representation issues present themselves in both business immigration and family-based immigration matters. These are of course broad categories, and the dual representation issue thus confronts both attorneys and clients in most immigration matters. Whether you are a business, an educational institution, an EB-5 project promoter, or the spouse or other immediate… Read More »

When Your Attorney Should Litigate Your Immigration Case

Immigration law can be confusing, even for experienced attorneys. The immigration laws and regulations were enacted over decades by politicians and bureaucrats with differing views of immigration policy. For these reasons, by contrast with, for example, the relatively elegant scheme of regulation found in the federal securities laws, immigration law is a hodgepodge of regulations… Read More »

Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice – Mediation and Collaborative Law

I have practiced law for twenty-five years. For most of that time, I have been a certified mediator and arbitrator. Mediation, unlike arbitration or lawsuits in court, offers parties the ability to resolve their dispute on their own terms. I have served as a mediator since 1995. I have mediated employment cases for the Equal… Read More »

“Diversity” and the Supreme Court

This post was originally written in 2012 on a since-discontinued blog. But now that Justice Scalia is gone, President Obama has nominated Judge Merrick Garland to replace him, and the GOP leadership has promised not to allow hearings on the nomination, these observations seem even more current than they were almost four years ago.  Reuters… Read More »