Strategy

April 7, 2020

Rising Above COVID-19

The Covid-19 Crisis is not just a threat to public health, it has toppled economies, taken away basic human rights to freedom and privacy, taken the […]
April 3, 2019

Lawsuits Against Website Owners Over Disability Discrimination Skyrocket

Nearly 5,000 ADA lawsuits were filed in federal court for alleged website violations in the first six months of 2018, according to a law firm that […]
December 21, 2015
Litigation

The Most Important Lesson I Learned as a Litigator

I practiced civil litigation, representing clients on both sides of the v., for many years. As attorneys our job is to act in the best interest of our clients. In litigation, that responsibility is at odds with the traditional hourly payment model. A litigator who is paid on an hourly basis to litigate is not financially incentivized to resolve your case quickly. While approximately 90% of cases do settle before trial, most settle only after considerable time and expense have been spent.
December 18, 2015
Conflict Prevention

The Three Best Strategies to Prevent Conflict at Your Holiday Gathering

Here is my advice for keeping negative emotions at bay to prevent conflict during your holiday gathering: 1. Spin the Confirmation Bias
November 9, 2015
Negotiation Strategy Webinar

American Law Institute CLE interview with Ellie Vilendrer on Negotiation Strategy

Negotiating on behalf of a client is part of everyday business for attorneys in every type of law practice. Each negotiation presents a unique set of challenges. How should attorneys prepare for negotiations to get the best outcome for their clients?
October 12, 2015

Making Ethical Decisions: Why Businesses Should Avoid Taking Short Cuts

As self-interested, wealth maximizers, the impact of our actions on others is not the first thing that comes to mind when contemplating a decision. And for for-profit businesses whose primary concern is a maximized bottom-line, such considerations may be given even less weight if at all. Because people are self-interested and don’t naturally choose the good of the people over their own best interest, we have a complex judicial system that relies on laws to promote justice, fairness, and compensate those who have been treated unfairly. Regardless of the threat of an adverse legal or financial consequence, both businesses and individuals should hold their decisions to high ethical standards—because people matter more than profits.
March 18, 2015
strategy

Four Surprising Strategies to Optimize Business Outcomes

Imagine if every business decision you made was the best one you could possibly make. Profits maximized every single time. Where would that land your company? Fortune 50? Better? The difficulty with achieving a perfect record of decision making is that the best strategy to optimize your business outcome is frequently unobvious and may even be counter-intuitive.