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A blog about a group of freelance attorneys who are changing the way lawyers practice law.

Is That Clarence Thomas Sleeping on the Bench? Amy’s Trip to the Supreme Court in Riverside Lawyer Magazine

by Erin Giglia

Does every law student think about standing before the United States Supreme Court?  They probably do – at least for a minute.  Most practicing litigators never make it to Washington, D.C., let alone in front of the Supreme Court Justices, but as lawyers, we probably all think it would be cool (and terrifying).  Amy Guldner writes about her own experience with the Supreme Court in this month’s issue of Riverside Lawyer Magazine.  She writes about her trip to Washington, D.C. to be admitted before the Supreme Court early in her legal career, that happened to fall on the day of a historic ruling. While her trip did not happen exactly as planned, she saw firsthand that laws, courts, and judges make real decisions that affect real life, from the mundane to the critically important.

To read more, Amy’s story appears on page 14 of the October 2014 Riverside Lawyer Magazine.

A_GuldnerAmy Leinen Guldner joined Montage Legal Group in January, 2010 after practicing for over thirteen years at Morgan Lewis and Bockius LLP and Snell and Wilmer LLP. Amy Guldner is Montage Legal’s lead attorney, and has become an integral part of expanding Montage Legal to law firms in the Inland Empire, including Corona, Riverside and Temecula.  In addition to her legal work and caring for her two young children, Amy is a volunteer Court-Appointed Special Advocate with CASA of Orange County, mentoring and advocating in court on behalf of abused and neglected children. She is also involved with the Riverside County Bar Association and its publications committee. Amy lives with her husband and children in Corona, CA.

How Can Law Firms Keep Good Lawyers? A Survey

We Need YOUR Opinion! Attorney flight from law firms, especially for women, is well-known and documented. Some leave the law altogether, while others seek different law firms, legal careers, or alternative ways to practice law.  Many law firms are already doing a lot to retain talented attorneys like providing part-time programs and mentors.  Despite efforts,Continue Reading

Business Development From a Woman’s Perspective (October 7th MCLE)

The Orange County Women Lawyer’s Association, OCBA’s Mommy Esquire Committee and the Diversity Task Force are co-sponsoring an Elimination of Bias MCLE: “Business Development From A Woman’s Perspective.” The October 7th CLE will be held at noon at the Grand Catered Events in Santa Ana, and will provide you with 1 hour of Elimination of BiasContinue Reading

How Two Stay-at-Home Moms Are Changing The Legal Industry

Forbes.com features Montage Legal Group’s journey from idea to reality in a recent article “How Two Stay-at-Home Moms Are Changing The Legal Industry” by Mamie Joeveer. Contributing author Mamie Joeveer states, “The goal was to manage life in a way to stay at home with their children, and at the same time remain in the legalContinue Reading

Staying Productive While Working Remotely

By Erica Duran You may think that traveling to a peaceful and quiet location to focus on writing or other projects would be very productive.  Getting away to a new environment can spark your creativity, get you out of a procrastination rut and can give you the space to focus completely on a big project.Continue Reading

Do’s and Don’ts While You Await Your Bar Results

By Amy Parekh Finally, that three-day, arduous test on everything you learned and didn’t learn in three years of law school is over!  You walked out of that humongous room; the song of frantic fingers typing on keyboards is finally out of your head; and you are wondering what to do now?  Here are someContinue Reading

Shannon Forchheimer on Ms. JD – Be Your Own Advocate

by Laurie Rowen and Erin Giglia Montage Legal Group’s Shannon Forchheimer is in the press today on Ms. JD.  Author of the popular legal blog, But I do Have a Law Degree, Shannon frequently speaks about her transition from Big Law to stay-at-home mom to freelance lawyer.  You may have read interviews or stories aboutContinue Reading

Montage Legal Honored with 2014 Enterprising Women of the Year Award

Enterprising Women Magazine has chosen Montage Legal Group’s co-owners/founders, Erin Giglia and Laurie Rowen, as among the winners of the 2014 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards.  They were chosen out of hundreds of nominees to receive this honor, and appear in the current issue of Enterprising Women Magazine. The annual Enterprising Women of the YearContinue Reading

OCAABA and Mommy Esquire Co-Host Family BBQ on July 19th

Come celebrate the start of summer! The Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA) and Orange County Bar Association’s Mommy Esquire are pleased to host the 5th Annual Family BBQ.  There will be a taco bar, appetizers and drinks, as well as fun for adults and little ones, including face painting and a balloon artist. Continue Reading

New Attorneys Adapt To Changing Market – Daily Journal

By Erin Giglia The legal market is changing, and law firms and law schools are changing to adapt.  In an article titled “New Attorneys to Adapt to Changing Market,” by Joshua Sebold, the Daily Journal reports that young lawyers of the future will make many lateral moves in their careers as partnership becomes increasingly difficultContinue Reading