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By Geri L. Dreiling, Esq.

In the latest issue of Missouri Lawyers Weekly, attorneys honored as 2010 lawyers of the year are profiled. Congratulations to The Simon Law Firm’s John Simon, John Campbell and Erich Vieth for being named Influential Appellate Advocates.

As the MLW article notes, Simon, Campbell and Vieth won key decisions on behalf Missouri consumers in cases involving unfair arbitration clauses. The most notable was Brewer v. Missouri Title Loans, a Missouri Supreme Court case in which the arbitration clause in a title loan contract was declared too unfair to enforce.

In other news, the launch date for Lawyer Tech Review, a blog devoted to technology, software, gadgets and other tools attorneys are using in their daily practice, is fast approaching. Stay tuned for more details about the blog which will be offered in both English and Spanish.

Now, here’s a quick roundup of legal news and marketing items you may have missed.

Groupon and lawyersProposed NC Ethics Opinion Says Lawyers Can’t Ethically Offer Groupon Deals

Is a Groupon offer fee sharing or simply a coupon? That seems to be the question ethics panels will be weighing when trying to determine whether lawyers can ethically participate in popular online coupon sites like Groupon and LivingSocial. Groupon offers goods and services at a discount and then is paid a percentage of the amount earned by the advertiser.

A North Carolina State Bar ethics subcommittee will take up the question but a proposed opinion says it amounts to fee splitting, a practice not permitted under bar rules. The ABA notes,  however, that one Missouri lawyer, Craig  S. Redler,  has cleared an ad with state ethics regulators. “It was essentially like a coupon you would run in the Yellow Pages,” he explains.

Paternity rulingBiological Dad from NY loses Michigan Paternity Case

The biological father of a Michigan girl lost his paternity case because the child’s mother was married to another man, the Associated Press reports. Under Michigan law, a child born during a marriage belongs to the married couple. The biological father was not entitled to any parental rights, a Michigan appeals court ruled.

Law firm website analyticsMy 5 Favorite, but Often Ignored, Features of Google Analytics

If your law firm has a website, there’s a good chance you’re tracking your results with Google Analytics. In a guest post for ProBlogger, the Web Marketing Ninja highlights five favorite features of Google Analytics that often go unused. The list includes custom reports, navigational summaries and goal tracking.

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