In This Issue

Six angry men (and/or women)

Get called to jury duty less often, and get paid more if you get picked? It sounds good if you’re a juror. But not all lawyers are convinced Illinois’ new civil trial system — slicing juries from 12 to six people — is all it’s touted to be. With concerns over diversity, cost and unpredictability, some are worried the new numbers game could drastically reshape civil litigation.

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For Flowers, clients come in bunches

How does a lawyer get to $2 billion in settlements? One plaintiff at a time. Or, in Peter J. Flowers’ case, one group of clients at a time. The St. Charles attorney has a blossoming career in multi-plaintiff litigation, finding paths to  success in big cases while developing strong personal bonds with the people he represents.  

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The law enters 'The Matrix'

For the dozens who gather at a monthly tech-focused networking event in Chicago, the legal industry is ripe for disruption. A series of quick presentations shows the many ways technology could change the business of law: Automated contract review. Better e-discovery. A radically redesigned firm structure. If the future’s not here, it might be next month.     

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Lawyers With Style: Lyndsay A. Markley

Lyndsay A. Markley represents plaintiffs in lawsuits involving injuries and deaths in cases that have included medical negligence, sexual abuse, defective products, automobile crashes and trucking collisions. She opened The Law Office of Lyndsay A. Markley in February 2014 and previously was a shareholder at another law firm. 

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Opening Statement: On-ice fighting and the long-term penalty

If I go outside right now and engage another guy in a war of words that escalates into punches, we’re both going to jail and facing assault and battery charges. If you do it on the ice of the United Center, where you’re paid to play professional hockey, you’re a hero taking center stage in one of the most adrenaline-pumping events — for both the players and the fans — in all of sports.

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Looking back and looking forward: After five years, challenges and rewards remain intriguing

It is hard to believe that it has been five years and 55 columns since we began in April 2010. We have covered numerous topics dealing with the business of law, have had a lot of fun and learned so much.

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Spaces: Justice Entrepreneurs Project

The loft-style office of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project looks less like a conventional law firm and more like a small tech startup. The main area consists of rows of desks separated only by frosted partitions with phone and laptop chargers jutting through them from the floor.

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