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July 2005 Issue


Cover Story

The Strategic Lawyer

Depending on your perspective, San Francisco lawyer Michael A. Kahn is either the last of a dying breed or the model of what ev­ery business lawyer in the 21st century should aspire to be.

Kahn, a litigator by practice area, doesn’t consider himself the world’s greatest technician or even the best cross-examiner in the courtroom. But what he does have is vision. And it’s the kind of vision that has business executives clamoring to meet with him.

“I very often get consulted on matters for companies, and the advice I am asked to give is not just how to handle a problem or a case, but how to approach a problem in light of the company’s overall business strategy,” says Kahn, a name partner in the 80-lawyer Folger, Levin & Kahn. For him, it’s all about the broader implications. “Rather than deciding solely on the merits of the litigation, the overall strategy of the company is considered,” Kahn explains, “which might mean acquiescing despite the merits, fighting harder or pursuing a public relations or government affairs strategy.”

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Feature Section

    The New Office

    Think big. Think small. Think bold. Think green.

    Whatever your concept, to­day’s new frontier of office de­sign requires only that you think.

    Foreign Fight

    Alberto Galvis blames Occidental Petroleum Corp. for killing his mother, his sister, a cousin and 14 other people in a December 1998 bombing raid on their town in northeastern Colombia. “I saw seven bodies, most of them burned and mutilated,” Galvis recalls. “My mother was among them. She was inside the store, by the refrigerator.”

ABA Connection

The Uncertain Science of Evidence

On the morning of Dec. 29, 1991, the owner of the CBS lounge in Phoenix went to his bar to meet a repairman. Normally, the bar would have been closed and locked at the time, but he found the front door unlocked and the lights still on.

McElhaney on Litigation

Matters of Timing

Associates in the Trenches

Dissolution Solutions

Career Audit

Covering the Gaps

Ideas from the Front


Face Time

Life Audit

Had Baby, Want Body

President's Message

Striving For a Just Solution

Executive Director's Report

Paving the Way for Justice

Report from Governmental Affairs

Standing Pat On Rule 11

Obiter Dicta

Bray-Zen Deception?

Keeva on Life and Practice

Fighting The Fear Factor