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    DICEY LEGAL RECRUITING FEES

    (NEW YORK, NEW YORK) The matter of legal recruiting fees has become thornier than ever, as law firms, increasingly, seek to renegotiate placement fees—shortly before (and sometimes after) an offer has been made and accepted by a high- powered rainmaker. Recruiters are well advised, as are law firms, to ensure clarity in their arrangements–at the […]
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    BROTHERS DON-TRUMP AND MCGAHN

    While the public hears, daily, from media and political pundits about the new President’s contingent of advisors in the West Wing– the name Don McGahn, Chief White House Counsel has yet to evoke a serious riffle.  But it is McGahn, who is likely to be in the center of any firestorm over conflict of interest […]
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    WELCOME TO NEW EOLIS BLOG

    For many years, EOLIS has produced blog posts on an external site and we have published articles at various digital media outlets. Now you need to look no further than this commentary blog for EOLIS opinions, and musings and links to any relevant media outlets receiving material from EOLIS International Group or our journalist and […]
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    PEP PRINCIPLE WINS BIG

    Asking productive questions is a key element to an effective negotiating strategy in business, politics, and card rooms.—where I have spent a fair share of my spare time. Children frequently blurt out whatever questions come into their heads, unnerving adults by their brash simplicity and clarity. More often than not, they ask basic questions designed to understand facts, […]
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    DEFINE YOUR NEGOTIATING PERSONALITY

    Matching your negotiating strategies to  your negotiating personality is as critical to client development as it is making a deal or winning a case. There are four basic negotiating strategies. They can be likened to poker principles; betting with  the goods (“the nuts”) a hammer, betting with comparative strength  (value betting),  betting with potential (a […]
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    TRUTHS AND CONSEQUENCES OF COMPULSORY PARTNER RETIREMENT

    NEW YORK (December 2013) Results of EOLIS’ survey of senior partners (over the age of 60) at New York law firms indicates a large scale schism with law firm management over the time table for compulsory retirement of partners. One of the harshest criticisms leveled at law firms in their responses is firm failures to […]
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    OBAMA SAID TO GIVE THUMBS UP TO BARTON BILL

    Eolis analyzes and commentates on the likely trajectory of the most recent online gaming bill introduced by Congressman Joe Barton—H.R. 2666 dated July 12, 2013. Obama might be willing to sign a bill with a revenue component. The challenge is getting the Congress on board to pass legislation favorable to such gaming..  Meanwhile,The growing opportunity for gaming law […]
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    NEW RULES FOR PARTNERS ON THE PROWL

    (NEW YORK, NEW YORK  April 18, 2013)  With increasing frequency, law firm partnerships are pondering  protocols applied to the departures of highly productive partners-especially rainmakers.  Last week, Weil Gotshal and Manges faced the planned defection of two of its partners quite differently from the norm. Traditional wisdom has been to circulate a memo wishing such partners well with implicit […]
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    FEDERAL GAMING LEGISLATION FIZZLES; STATES WIN!

    Gaming lawyers with regulatory experience are in unprecedented demand in the Middle Atlantic States with New York, New Jersey Pennsylvania Delaware and West Virginia scrambling  to bring about legislation to legalize online poker and more gambling fare. The black sheep of online gambling  companies are the off-shore enterprises that operated after enactment of the Unlawful […]
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    LAYOFFS DESERVE DIGNITY

    No matter the improved fortunes of companies and law firms this past year, pruning, streamlining and all around tough love continue to mark the management style of modern day employers. Security is nonexistent, gratitude for prior good deed are irrelevant, and financial pressures of employees summarily sacked figure less and less into today’s business equations. […]
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    ETHICS AND MANNERS APPLIED TO CLIENT ORIGINATION

    As  law firms have made more definitive transitions to operations as big businesses, they have become increasingly receptive to adopting a celebrity and worker bee mentality with much wider gap sin compensation between the chief rainmakers and service partners. An evolving trend is significant  effort on the part of highly regarded service partners is to pressure their clients–partners with huge books of business–to share […]
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    MOROCCO BECKONS

    At the annual cornerstone meeting of the International Women’s Forum in Morocco last week, corporate, civic and political leaders from thirty countries convened to assess the state of affairs in the Arab world. Morocco sees itself as setting a valuable example, exempting itself from the Arab Spring.  With considerable pride, our Moroccan sisters praise their […]
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    TRADING ON THE TRAVAILS OF DEWEY & LEBOEUF

    More than 25 percent of the firms’ New York partners (as of January 2012), have bolted from its ranks, many with hair-raising stories of a firm in all manner of disarray. This sad state of affairs is a bonanza for recruiters and trade journalists. The firm’s misfortunes become opportunities, gossip is easily treated as gospel. […]
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    LEGAL CAREERS: SKILL VS. CHANCE ARGUMENT

    Maximizing one’s chances of landing a dream position requires plenty of skill and an undeniable element of good luck–for lawyers in any form of transition. Make that luck quotient higher if you are seeking a position as a business executive after 20 years as a partner with a blue-chip law firm.
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    GAMING NEWS: SHORT STAY FOR THIS CEO

    In today’s article, Wendeen H. Eolis addresses the departure of Gabi Campos, the Chief Executive Officer of Poker Stars.  His resignation became bigger news than it might have been because it follows other recent and curious personnel changes and the company’s efforts to keep Campos’ planned departure under wraps for too long. Note: This article below […]
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    DOJ COULD BE BIG WINNER WITH A TAPIE DEAL

    In today’s article, Wendeen Eolis addresses the DOJ civil forfeiture case against Full Tilt Poker and the prospect of repayment of player funds that have been unavailable to them since the DOJ’s crackdown on FTP’s online gambling operations.  The disintegrating value of Full Tilt Poker while in the claws of DOJ’s forfeiture action caught the attention […]
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    GOSSIP: THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY

    The fourth quarter of every year is invariably rife with gossip as to the anticipated year-end fortunes for law firms and the fate of their lawyers–up and down in the food chain. There is no other time during the year, in which the flow of information is as fast or as furious, and prone to unreliability.  It reminds of […]
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    FULL TILT POKER: BATTLES FOR SUPREMACY

    NEW YORK (September 27, 2011) In a stinging denouncement of Full Tilt Poker’s business principles, the United States Department of Justice has significantly raised the stakes in the company’s bid to extricate itself from the government’s grip and escalating financial woes. In a press release last Tuesday, the Government labeled Full Tilt’s operations as that […]
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    LAW DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTABILITY RISES

    With the onset of the 2008 recession came increased vigilance by companies on their outside legal fees. However, over the past three years our studies of corporate legal fees spent indicates that less has been achieved in cost savings than generally anticipated. Indeed, a substantial number of our clients have noted, if not complained, that legal […]
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    A WINDFALL FOR GAMING LAWYERS

    Last April 15th, the US Department of Justice brought down the house of cards built by the three leading Internet-based poker companies serving United States customers. Suddenly, online poker operators were in a frenzy, bemoaning prior legal opinions that left them ill-prepared for the DOJ’s hammer that ended online poker bets in America summarily. The […]
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    2008 JITTERS ALL OVER AGAIN?

    Did our clients benefit from our advice in 2008 or are they sitting ducks for another cataclysmic event just around the corner? We warned in September 2008, and warned again today: plan on working on extra hour each day and allocate the time specifically to new client development, and then breathe a little easier! In […]
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    LAW FIRMS WEIGH IN ON 800 POUND GORILLAS

    Since the waning months of 2008, when the law firm economy seemed to turn on its head, law firms have been debating how to assure prosperity in perpetuity like never before. In May of each year, Eolis International Group surveys national law firms as to their lateral search priorities as part of a report to clients […]
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    DAVID DEFEATS GOLIATH, AS HE SHOULD

    Last month, The AmLaw Daily reported on a $1.5 million fee dispute between the legal recruiting company, Alan Miles & Associates and Bingham McCutchen, the law firm that acquired more than 100 lawyers from McKee Nelson, last summer.  In a final ruling dated May 17th, Miles was awarded nearly 1.9 million dollars including the full […]
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    THE RESUME IS JUST ONE PART OF THE PACKAGE

    The candidate, the candidate’s spouse, colleagues and recruiters generally agree that in this competitive market one needs the right elevator pitch with an appropriate underpinning — “a do everything resume”–to get ahead. But, being all things to all people is just plain impossible. This leaves the job-searching lawyer with the unique conundrum of meeting the highest standard of […]
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    POLITICS ‘N ONLINE POKER

    Since the late 60’s Eolis International Group has been a proponent of legalized gaming, with specialized services to commercial casinos and tribal gaming properties in the United States and overseas.  And since the 90’s, when Eolis International Group CEO Wendeen H. Eolis served as Senior Advisor to Governor George E. Pataki on gaming issues in New York State, […]
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    IT’S RISKY TO DINE AT THE PLAZA!

    Teatime at the Plaza Hotel in New York City is a uniquely fancy experience.  But visits by the hoi polloi, including society matrons and other high falutin’ ladies who lunch, do not guarantee that your smartly plated food will not be contaminated. In the incident reported to us by an EOLIS executive, it was luscious […]
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    SARTORIAL SPLENDOR FOR LAWYER CLIENT MEETINGS

    NEW YORK (February 14, 2011)   “Do as the Romans do!” So say some of our colleagues about the increasingly relaxed dress rules for lawyers.  For women, especially, the unwritten rules of yore (requiring them to dress even more conservatively than men) have virtually collapsed, thanks to the potent impact of First Fashionista Michelle Obama and […]
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