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How to Place a Bid on Legal Bistro

Bid-for-Placement: what does it mean? Why do we need it?

A bid is a sum of money that a lawyer offers for the opportunity of talking to a client, to receive his contact information and discuss his case (the minimum amount you can bid on is 6 law dollars).

It’s important to remember that a lawyer’s bid on a case determines where in the list of competing, “bidding” lawyers their profile will be displayed to the clients, who posted the case. The profile with the highest bid will be displayed first and the lowest, respectively, the last.

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Legal Bistro Elevator Pitch for Lawyers

What is an Elevator Pitch?

An “Elevator Pitch”, also known as an elevator speech or statement, is a short summary used to quickly define a person, product, profession or organization and its Value Proposition.  The name “elevator pitch” conveys that the person who is delivering the message has about the same time that it takes the typical elevator to go from the ground floor the top floor to convince their audience about their proposal.  A well designed elevator pitch should be between 30 and 60 seconds.

How to Write a Good Elevator Pitch

The “Elevator Pitch” on Legal Bistro is five lines (500 words maximum) of text that are displayed to potential clients in what we call the “Short Profile Preview”.  This is the very first thing that a potential client will see about you and your law firm so you should give a lot of thought to what you would like to say.

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Why Consumers Love Legal Bistro

 Do you need a lawyer but are intimidated by the legal process?  Are you concerned that professional legal services may be financially out of reach?  Perhaps English is not your native language and you are having trouble finding a qualified attorney with whom you can effectively communicate.  Don’t worry, if you answered yes to any of these questions you are not alone.

We built Legal Bistro because we were inspired by the contribution that Lending Tree made to the process for finding a mortgage lender.  Lending Tree used the power of the Internet to bring online competition in the mortgage application process. Equally important is that Lending Tree’s website has helped consumers to better understand the process of applying for a home loan. We hope that Legal Bistro can achieve similar results in the legal services market.

When Lawyers Compete, You Win!

The single biggest reason why consumers love our service is because Legal Bistro facilitates lawyers competing online to serve the client.  Our Company motto is that When Lawyers Compete, the Client Wins! Frankly, we believe that both lawyers and consumers win when the competitive playing field has been leveled.

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Why Lawyers Love Legal Bistro

    

Are you happy with the current Return on Investment (“ROI”) for your online legal services marketing dollars?  Are you spending too much of your time qualifying leads? wasting time imagesDo you know anything about the visitors to your law firm’s website besides their IP Address and the date and time of their visit?  More specifically, are you being provided with case specific  facts that will help you evaluate their legal needs?

If you have answered yes to some or all of these questions then perhaps you will appreciate why lawyers love Legal Bistro.

YOU ARE IN CONTROL

You decide what cases you see based on the Practice Groups, Case Types and Tag or Key Words used when defining your Areas of Practice.

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Forensic Linguistics – Methodology that Solves Crimes

Forensic Linguistics is the study of the language of law and legal process. It also includes the language of 911 calls, the police and the courtroom, and the language that is used in trials as evidence.

LanguageAndLaw.org describes Forensic Linguistics as the methodology that solves crimes. It comprises many areas that relate to crime, both solving crime and absolving people wrongly accused of committing crimes. Some of these areas include:

  • Voice identification (also called forensic phonetics)
  • Author identification (analysis of the personal writing style; also called forensic stylistics)
  • Discourse analysis (analysis of the structure of spoken or written utterance)
  • Linguistic proficiency
  • Dialectology
  • Language analysis (determining the suspect’s native language)
  • “Linguistic veracity analysis” (determining whether a speaker or a writer was being truthful)

One of the best forensic linguists in the USA is Dr. Robert Leonard. He has a wide experience in his field of expertise. For instance, he has been retained by both defendants and prosecutors to consult and/or testify in criminal cases involving murder, espionage, and other felonies, and he has consulted and/or testified for both plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases involving trademarks, plagiarism, libel, malpractice, and the meaning of contracts.

The following video briefly describes Dr. Robert Leonard’s technique on how to implement the theoretical knowledge of Forensic Linguistics into practice, i.e. Sherlyn Hummert murder investigation.

Former Goldman Programmer Sues for Recovery of Legal Fees in Criminal Case

   

In a very interesting turn of events, a former Goldman Sachs Programmer has sued his former employer for the recovery of legal expended in the defense of criminal charges that had been brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan for theft of trade secrets and transportation of stolen propert.

Sergey Aleynikov, a 42 year old man from West Orange, New Jersey had been charged with two felony counts of theft of the investment bank’s confidential computer code for its high speed trading system.  He had been convicted n the federal charges and had served nearly one year of an eight year prison sentence before the case was overturned by a federal appeals court in February.

On Tuesday, September 25th, Mr. Aleynikov filed a lawsuit in New Jersey Federal Court against Goldman Sachs seeking attorney fees and expenses for his prior criminal case and advancement of legal fees for the current case that had been recently brought against him by the State of New York.  As part of the lawsuit, Mr. Aleynikov is seeking $2.38 million in fees and expenses he said he incurred in defending the first criminal case.

In the lawsuit, Kevin Marino, Mr. Aleynikov’s lawyer, said his client is entitled to have his legal fees paid by Goldman because he was an officer of the company at the time of the alleged incident. He was vice president in Goldman’s Global Equities Division when he left the company at the end of June 2009.

For further information, please refer to the Wall Street Journal BlogPosting written by Chad Bray entitled: Ex-Goldman Programmer Seeks Legal Fees from Investment Bank.  We find this to be a very interesting case and will continue to follow its progress.