Daily Journal Profile: Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Louise LaMothe prepared for eight years before leaving her practice to become a full-time arbitrator and mediator. Daily Journal Profile July 13, 2012

What if I don’t exchange my mediation brief?

Some lawyers tell me, “I don’t want to exchange briefs,” but I think that’s generally a bad idea.  Why? Because if you don’t exchange yours, you won’t get the other side’s and you do want to know what their theories are, don’t you?  Wouldn’t you be embarrassed if their brief emphasized a theory of recovery […]

What if… It’s early in the case—should I agree to mediation anyway?

Some lawyers think that mediation is worthwhile only if they can get to settlement, but not all cases are like that.  Even if it’s early, if the other side proposes it, you can gain from mediation like this:  Figure out what you want to get from the other side, and ask for that as a […]

Enabling Discovery

FOCUS Column By Louise LaMothe Originally published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 1, 2008 Litigators have been practicing under the changed Federal Rules of Civil Procedure relating to electronically stored information in federal courts since December 2006. A body of federal case law has mushroomed, explaining how these new obligations affect litigants, and […]