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STARTING LAW FIRMS - TRADE NAMES, VIRTUAL OFFICES, WORKING ACROSS STATE LINES


--- 1.0 AZ,CA,CO,CT,FL,GA,ID,IL,NC,NJ,NY,NV,PA,WA
--- law practice management - policy/procedure
--- course production date: 9/12/2016
--- presented by KATHERINE MCKAY

KATHERINE MCKAY
New and important developments in the law enable attorneys to form law firms with trade names, virtual office space, and work as legal consultants across state lines when the need arises. This course also explores how to obtain research resources on a small budget while managing a significant case load.

Key course points are:
• New and important developments in the law that enable attorneys to form law firms differently.
• An understanding of the benefits of 'trade names' for law firms and current rules related to trade names.
• An overview of rules related to the creation and running of virtual offices and associated cost savings.
• Major laws related to working across state boundaries as legal consultants.
• How to develop research resources and the importance of doing so.


--- presented by KATHERINE MCKAY

As a member of a law firm team, I re-drafted significant sections in the published legal manual titled “Environmental Coverage Case Law, 22nd Edition, 2011” which was published by Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. in paperback format (available for order from: www.munichre.com/us/property-casualty/publications-expertise/knowledge-publications). I also participated in an update of this volume with the plan that it will be incorporated into a later publication.

I have litigated complex insurance coverage, insurance defense, and asbestos defense cases.

I have extensive experience:
• Arguing motions, including motions for summary judgment
• Conducting discovery depositions
• Appearing in court for all necessary conferences and arguments
• Conducting client interviews and preparing clients for court appearances
• Advising clients of the law and communicating potential legal arguments
• Negotiating settlements

ATTORNEY PRO BONO (SERVICE WORK) HISTORY
I updated a working loose-leaf volume of cases which are most often used by staff and volunteer attorneys working for the Woman Against Abuse legal services organization in Philadelphia, and I provided them to the organization along with some written guidance regarding the cases, the case histories, and related statutes.

I have litigated approximately 8 pro-bono cases in Trenton, Newark, Princeton and New Brunswick, on behalf of impoverished defendants. These were criminal defense cases, which I litigated both at the trial level and at the appellate level. I also litigated a termination of parental rights case on behalf of an impoverished parent.

Education:
B.A. Honors, May 2000, Villanova University
J.D., May 2003, Villanova University School of Law