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The defensive practice of law rests on a disciplined approach that begins with disclosure, discussion, and documentation. Avoiding conflicts of interest, legal malpractice or attorney discipline is part of the thoughtful process that is part paranoia and part prevention.


Trouble At Home
By David Parker, Elliott Benjamin and Joel Osman
Los Angeles Lawyer, June 2016


What Rights Does an Insurer Have Against Cumis Counsel?
By Joel A. Osman and Melissa M. Kurata
LACBA County Bar Update, February 2016


Suing a Lawyer? The Clock is Ticking
By Theodore W. Frank
Los Angeles Daily Journal, September 4, 2015


Is a Prospective Client Entitled to Attorney Work Product Developed in the Course of Deciding Whether to Accept the Engagement?
By Joel A. Osman and Kevin Mohr
County Bar Update, July 2014


Access to Capital for Job Creators: Rule 506 of Regulation D After the JOBS Act, Part I
By Mark T. Hiraide
California Business Law Practitioner, Fall 2013


So You Think You Know The “Mediation Privilege?”
By William K. Mills, Justin D. Denlinger, Jason J. Rudolph & Ben Seagle
California Bar Journal, January 2014

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Advising Startups: Who’s the client?
By William K. Mills
Los Angeles Daily Journal, November 1, 2013

“2 dudes walk into a law office…” That line sounds like the start of a very bad joke, but unless the lawyer who assists them takes a steady and disciplined approach, he won’t be the one laughing in the end.