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The Merits and Demerits of Legal Practice

Pursuing a career as a lawyer has its own merits and demerits. It not only requires a huge financial investment, but it also requires a lot of time and commitment. To be able to embark on this path, one needs to be aware of all the merits and demerits of this field. Read on to know more about the top reasons why one should pursue education and career in the legal field, as well some of the drawbacks of a career in this profession.

Earning potential is Huge! – Lawyers are among the highest paid professionals, with salaries falling in the millions sometimes. Although not all lawyers will fall in that category, they do have a very high earning potential. Lawyers working with large law firms are particularly experienced as they gain years and years of knowledge in diverse areas of law over time.

Lawyers fall in the Elite circle of professionals – Being a lawyer is considered prestigious and carries a unique and glamorous image with it. Lawyers fall in the elite circle of professionals and gain respect from others, based on their success.

They are in a position to help others – Law is a profession which gives individuals the ability to help other individuals, or groups and even organizations. Just guiding someone in the right direction is enough sometimes for most clients. Some lawyers will perform pro-bono work to help low-income individuals or clients as well as help those who may have been a target of abuse, such as a child, an elderly, or a spouse.

Diverse practice areas – The legal profession has a range of niches, such as employment law, family law, real estate law, criminal law, civil litigation and more. Based on the interests and background of the individual pursuing legal studies, they can choose from any of the sub-specialties.

Apart from all these pros, lawyers also get a competitive and professional work environment which gives them even more opportunities to excel in their field. Moreover, the skills they gain in their professional career are transferable and can be applied in other walks of life as well. Lastly, the legal profession provides flexibility as well as a global influence to the individual, along with other perks.

Despite all these pros, the legal profession also has its cons. One of the biggest drawback of being a lawyer is that they have to be under huge stress most of the time. Lawyers often have to work long hours, which may give them job dissatisfaction, especially if they are not able to maintain a balance between their personal and professional life.

Moreover, since getting admitted into law school has a huge financial cost associated with it, most graduates have a soaring law school debt by the time they finish schooling. The competitive job market and peer pressure adds to the troubles. Staying up to date with the changing legal paradigms can be challenging in itself as well.

If you are considering a career in law, you must consider the above mentioned pros and cons as well as many others that are associated with them. Be sure to consult with your advisor, friends and family when making decisions related to your education and profession.

Author Bio:

Thanks to guest writer, Robert L. Bogen, the principal and owner of The Law Offices of Robert L. Bogen, P.A. The firm is a Florida based “boutique” law firm with a heavy emphasis on all matters relating to family and divorce law, criminal defense, and appellate law.

Fixed Term Employment Contracts in the Legal Arena

When employers are hiring candidates for a new position, they often have to decide whether the person will be hired for a short or fixed period of time. The person may be hired on a contract basis, for a new project, or to take care of a new task at hand. Whatever the terms of employment, they have to be clearly highlighted in the employment contract, based on the employee’s employment arrangement. Read on to find out about fixed-term employment contracts and maximum-term contracts.

Fixed-term Contract

In case of a fixed-term contract, the employment will continue to an agreed date. A start and end date of the term is fixed beforehand and is mentioned in the employment contract. Despite the length of the contract, the employer still has the right to terminate the contract on certain grounds, such as if the employee fails to perform as expected. This is perhaps the main characteristic of a fixed-term contract.

Terminating a Fixed-term Employment Contract

Both the employer and the employee have the right to terminate the contract as long as there is proper cause or grounds to do so. Both parties have to continue the employment arrangement for the entire term of the agreement, unless any of the grounds of termination are met.

Employees that are employed under contracts with fixed terms are typically excluded from the National Employment Standards entitlements. In case an employer wishes to terminate an employee or employees before the fixed date, they will have to do so in accordance with the early termination provisions. This will ensure that they do not breach the employment contract.

Maximum-term Contract

Although the name may sound different, a maximum-term contract is similar to a fixed-term employment contract. This contract also has an end-date when the employment will end. The only distinction between the two is that both parties in a maximum-term contract can terminate the agreement with proper notice, so the full employment term may not have to be endured by both parties.

Exceptions to Employment Contracts

Based on past experiences with the employer, if an employee has reason to believe that the employer may not extend the fixed-term contract, then that may initiate termination.

Permanent Employees Should Avoid Fixed Term Contracts

Many employees may attempt to employ fixed-term employees instead of permanent employees for positions that actually require a long term, permanent employee. They do this to save costs as fixed term employees do not have the same entitlements that permanent employees have. The employer will staff a series of consecutive fixed term contracts instead of signing one permanent contract. If this happens quite often, the Fair Work Commission may deem the relationship permanent instead of a temporary or short-term one.

Whatever the case, you must seek help and guidance from an experienced attorney or litigator to work out a realistic solution for any legal problems that may arise at the workplace. The attorney will help go over the commercial contract with you in order to make sure that your rights as an employee are not violated.

Author Bio:

Compassionate attorneys at Priale & Racine PLLC VA provide strong legal representation for immigration and criminal defense cases.

Pool Safety Strategies Meant to Keep Children Safe

With spring and summer just over the horizon, people are getting ready to enjoy some fun time by their pools. Attorney David Cantror, an experienced car accident lawyer and personal injury attorney in Phoenix shares some time for pool safety. With Arizona In the warmer months, swimming pools offer many hours of enjoyment for children and adults of all ages. It is still very important to implement strategies for pool safety so that everyone can enjoy swimming safely and avoid injury and trips to the hospital. You can start by purchasing rescue equipment. This can substantially help in lessening potential pool injuries if a water accident does happen. Then, keep the rescue equipment within easy reach and available in the area surrounding the pool.

Adults Should Supervise Children Around the Pool Area at All Times

It is important for you to sit down with your children and explain all about how to act safely both in and out of the water. If children will be coming to your home to swim, then it is equally important for you to discuss safe swimming pool behavior with all of them before allowing them to enter the pool area. If your children will be going to a pool at a friend’s or neighbor’s house, make certain to talk to them about safety before they leave. Make certain to speak with your friend or neighbor to make certain that there will be an adult present by the pool while the children are swimming at all times. Many people fail to think about the drain at the pool’s bottom. While often overlooked as a potential pool danger, many children have become entrapped by pool drains because of the drain’s suction pulling them down and holding them at the bottom of the pool and have suffered serious injury as a result. If a drain’s cover is broken or missing, it is very easy for people to become trapped beneath the water. A good way to prevent this problem from ever occurring is to make certain that you have your pool regularly and properly serviced and maintained.

Taking a Pool Safety Program Or Swimming Classes

In addition to good maintenance, you may want to enroll your children in a swimming class or pool safety program. Having your children receive professional swimming and pool safety instruction can be one of the most important ways that you can reduce the chance of a pool accident. Swimming lessons are available for children of all ages, including infants, and it is very smart to enroll them. Even if your child is enrolled in a swimming course, you should still remain alert and never leave either your children or any visiting children alone either near your pool or alone in it. This includes not even excusing yourself to go to the bathroom or answer the phone. In case an interruption occurs, it is smart to make sure that two adults are present so that the children will remain supervised even if one needs to excuse themselves for a minute or two. In addition to uninterrupted adult supervision when children are playing in a pool, it is also a good idea to become certified in CPR and First Aid. When a person is injured in a swimming accident, they have a much greater chance of recovering if a person is present who can administer CPR or First Aid to them until help arrives.

Install An Approved Fence That Completely Encloses Your Pool

Finally, it is of utmost importance that you install an approved fence that completely encloses your pool. This can help prevent area children from wandering in and falling into the pool and can help keep kids safe no matter the time of year.

If you or someone you know have been injured or your child has been injured in an accident involving a pool, contact Arizona personal injury lawyers Cantor Injury Lawyers, at (602) 254-2701 today for a free initial consultation.

AZ bill: Time limit null for suits over sex abuse of child

State lawmakers voted Monday to give childhood victims of sexual abuse an entire lifetime to sue those who assaulted them.

Without dissent, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a measure to repeal the existing laws that require civil suits to be filed within two years of a victim’s turning 18. For incidents that take place in the future, there will be no statute of limitations.

SB 1292 also opens a window for those who were abused in the past 35 years, giving them one year from the time the law takes effect to file suit, even if the time limit had previously run out.

But legislators agreed to extend the time allowed to file a suit only for cases based on a defendant’s “direct or intentional conduct.”

Sen. Amanda Aguirre, D-Yuma, who wrote the legislation, said it would give sex-abuse victims added time to go after both the perpetrator and anyone who knew of the abuse.

But she said it would leave the current time limits in place for lawsuits against churches or school districts for simply being negligent in supervising their employees. And she said it also would bar late-filed lawsuits, even if a victim could show that an organization or even a specific person had suspicions someone was a molester but failed to act.

The measure now goes to the full Senate.

Ron Johnson, who lobbies on behalf of the state’s three Catholic bishops, acknowledged that he has been working to limit the measure from its original scope. But Johnson said any limit is not to shield those responsible. Rather, he said, it would ensure that businesses, churches and schools would be able to buy insurance. Without some limit on litigation, Johnson said, no coverage would be available.

He isn’t the only one pushing for limits. Jack LaSota, who lobbies on behalf of the Arizona School Risk Retention Trust, said school districts that buy liability insurance through his organization want some assurances that the law won’t be changed so much that it would open the door to lawsuits filed after decades solely because someone who turned out to be a molester happened to be employed years ago.

Monday’s vote followed a plea from Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeau, who told lawmakers last week that he was the victim of abuse as a child. It’s important to provide a civil alternative to those who were abused but could not get justice in criminal proceedings, he said.

But Yuma County Attorney Jon Smith told legislators that it’s often difficult to get a conviction in these cases, unless there is a witness other than the victim, or the assailant confesses. Civil suits have a lower standard of proof, he said.

Jeff Dion, acting executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, said: “Pedophiles don’t retire. Even when the victim waits 30 years to disclose the abuse, if the perpetrator is still alive, we find them at 70 or 80 years old, in walkers and wheelchairs, continuing to molest kids.”

Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
February 23, 2010
Source: Arizona Daily Star

Weighed down by recession woes, jurors are becoming disgruntled

Spurned in his effort to get out of jury duty, salesman Tony Prados turned his attention to the case that could cost him three weeks’ pay: A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was suing his former sergeant, alleging severe emotional distress inflicted by lewd and false innuendo that he was gay.

Prados, an ex-Marine, leaned forward in the jury box and asked in a let-me-get-this-straight tone of voice: “He’s brave enough to go out and get shot at by anyone but he couldn’t handle this?” he said of the locker-room taunting.

Fellow jury candidate Robert Avanesian, who had also unsuccessfully sought dismissal on financial hardship grounds, chimed in: “I think severe emotional distress is what is happening in Haiti. I don’t think you could have such severe emotional distress from that,” he said of the allegations in the deputy’s case.

The spontaneous outbursts of the reluctant jurors just as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James R. Dunn was about to swear them in emboldened others in the jury pool to express disdain for the case and concerns about their ability to be fair, and to ratchet up the pathos in their claims of facing economic ruin if forced to sit for the three-week trial.

In this time of double-digit unemployment and shrinking benefits for those who do have jobs, courts are finding it more difficult to seat juries for trials running more than a day or two. And in extreme cases, reluctance has escalated into rebellion, experts say.

After three days of mounting insurrection, lawyers for both the deputy and the sergeant waived their right to a jury trial and left the verdict up to Dunn.

“We can’t have a disgruntled jury,” said attorney Gregory W. Smith, who represents Deputy Robert Lyznick in the lawsuit against his former supervisor. He called the panel “scary” and too volatile for either side to trust.

Money woes inflicted by the recession have spurred more hardship claims, especially by those called for long cases, say jury consultants and courtroom administrators. More than a quarter of all qualified jurors were released on hardship grounds last year, according to court statistics. And judges say they have seen more people request such dismissals in the last year.

“There’s a lot of tension, a lot more stress people are dealing with these days,” said Gloria Gomez, director of juror services for the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

In Lyznick’s suit against the county, Dunn granted hardship dismissals for more than half of the 65 people sent to his courtroom. In a neighboring courtroom, where Judge Robert H. O’Brien was about to try an asbestos case, 66 of 107 prospective jurors were excused for financial difficulties before the individual questioning, or voir dire, got started.

“The economic situation has really put attorneys and judges in an awkward position of having to say to someone who is the sole wage earner in a family or someone who is self-employed and doesn’t get paid when they don’t work that they have to serve, and we have more and more of those,” said Jaine E. Fraser, a psychologist and jury consultant who sat in for the asbestos jury selection before the parties settled.

People on the margins of society tend to be more sympathetic with victims bringing suit, and excluding them on hardship grounds can disadvantage plaintiffs, Fraser said. But it’s also risky, she noted, to force people into jury service that will cut deeply into their paychecks.

With shrinking budgets, courts are under pressure to do more with less. Los Angeles County courthouses were summoning 55,000 people a week, at $15 a day each, until the economic crisis imposed more belt-tightening. The county is now making do with 45,000 summonses a week — only about half are even answered — compelling stricter scrutiny of those claiming financial, medical and child-care problems, Gomez said. The county has also tightened sanctions for repeat no-shows, imposing fines of as much as $1,500.

Fraser, who is based in Dallas, said jurors there have been more willing to serve since the city raised daily jury compensation from $6 to $40. California courts have been trying for years to get the daily stipend raised to $40, without success, Gomez said.

As he struggled with the mounting pleas for dismissal, Dunn alluded to pressures on the court “to be very diligent in reviewing excuses.”

High school teacher Sharon Friedman told the judge she had no savings and would lose 60% of her February pay. Substitute teacher Martine Tomczyk argued that she needed to be free to take work days when they surfaced. Freelance producer Robert Thatcher said he could lose contracts to competitors if he missed deadlines while on the jury.

As excuses were flying and Dunn struggled to maintain order, one of the few jurors who hadn’t sought dismissal interrupted the questioning to offer his take on the unusually passionate resistance.

“I think with what is going on in the country, there are a lot of angry people,” said retired Broadway actor Sammy Williams. “Money is such an issue and to give money to someone for results of a case, it’s really important that they’re getting it for a real reason, an important reason.”

The Los Angeles Times
by Carol J. Williams
February 15, 2010

Pothole Fall Costs Tempe $150,000

Woman Needs Knee Replacement After Tripping During Arts Festival

Tempe taxpayers could shell out more than $170,000 in the coming year from one lawsuit.

Of that amount, $150,000 will go to a California woman who tripped on a pothole and injured a knee during one of the biannual Festival of Arts shows. The case against the city was filed in 2004 and was settled out of court last week. The city also has been ordered to pay $21,138.39 in court costs and attorney fees for a company involved in the lawsuit.

Tatiana Orpinas was in town with her husband, Andres, a painter. He was showing his work during the festival in March 2003, as he had for years.

The now 60-year-old woman was walking on Mill Avenue, which was closed to traffic for the art show. She was among a bustling crowd about 10:30 a.m. in front of Mill Avenue Jewelers when she tripped in a pothole in a parking spot, according to court documents.

The hole was filled with temporary asphalt, but it wasn’t level with the ground. There was an about 2-inch-deep depression.

Orpinas fell, tearing cartilage in her knee and breaking an ankle. Orpinas had arthroscopic surgery but now needs a full knee replacement because the injuries exacerbated her arthritis.

“You know, this is the worst thing that has ever happened me,” Orpinas said by phone from her Glendale, Calif., home. “It’s affecting every single moment of my life. I never thought a fall like this could lead to what I have had to deal with. And what’s more, it could have been prevented.”

There was nothing to signify that the pavement was uneven, said Orpinas’ [Cantor Law Group] attorney.

“When the city closes down those streets to vehicular traffic and uses streets as pedestrian thoroughfares, hundreds of thousands go on them,” [Cantor Law Group] attorney said. “There was no a-frame (sign) or anything. Unfortunately this could have been easily prevented.”

The settlement amount going to Orpinas was about half of what she had sought.

“We’re pleased, considering a knee replacement in California costs about $90,000, according to a life-care planner who did a projected cost,” [Cantor Law Group] attorney said.

Orpinas said the amount won’t cover all of her medical costs.

The lawsuit lasted about 2 1/2 years. Two other parties were named who might have shouldered the blame, but ultimately the burden fell to the city. They include Terra-Cal Construction which was the general contractor hired to do streetscape improvements, and Specialize Services, a subcontractor of Terra-Cal that did the actual work that created the pothole.

Maricopa County Superior Court ordered Tempe to pay for Terra-Cal’s attorney fees and court costs. The city is considering appealing that decision, according to city attorney Andrew Ching.

The City Council will review the Terra-Cal decision at its meeting Thursday night.

Reservist Seeks $1 Million, Claiming Wrongful Arrest

He Says Rights Were Violated, Threatens to Sue

An army reservist arrested in April for holding seven undocumented immigrants at gunpoint is demanding $1 million from Maricopa County for wrongful arrest and incarceration.

Sgt. Patrick Haab, who spent four nights in jail before the Maricopa County attorney dismissed all charges, accused Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a deputy in a July 19 letter of violating Haab’s rights and threatened to sue if payment is not made within 60 days.

“Indeed, the arrest and incarceration were in themselves blatant violations of the law,” Haab’s lawyer, [The Cantor Law Group Associate], wrote. “Law enforcement mistakenly believed that Sgt. Haab violated the law, when, in fact, he had not. “Arpaio said Thursday that Haab’s claim is frivolous.

“I stand by my deputies. They did the right thing,” he said. “I don’t want this to be settled. I want this case to go all the way to court … where we will be able to bring out all of the facts on (Haab).”

The arrest and subsequent release of Haab, 24, triggered a storm of protest on both sides of the immigration issue and has prompted a review by the U.S. Department of Justice to determine if Haab violated federal civil rights laws.

“It is not a race issue,” [The Cantor Law Group Associate] said Thursday. “It wouldn’t have mattered if the Phoenix Suns jumped out of the bushes and threatened him.”

Haab has said he did not know the men were undocumented immigrants. He said he drew his pistol because he feared for his life when the men rushed out of the darkness at a desolate Interstate 8 rest stop, where Haab had stopped to relieve his dog.

Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies arrested Haab on seven counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. But County Attorney Andrew Thomas said Haab would not be prosecuted because of a state law that allows citizens to make an arrest when a felony has been committed.

According to Thomas, all seven of the immigrants were committing felonies: The smuggler in planning the operation and the six immigrants in “conspiring” to illegally cross the border.

Haab has described himself as an Iraq-war veteran and a decorated soldier who also served in Kosovo. He said the arrest interfered with his scheduled deployment to Afghanistan and damaged his reputation.

Video Sounds Alarm for Drunken Boaters

Party Mood Results in Risky Behavior

The judge stared crossly at the defendant before him, a clean-cut young man found guilty of killing a young girl in a boating accident.

The young man was drunk when his boat ran over the girl’s jet ski.

“It’s the judgment of the court that the defendant be sentenced to 22 years in the Department of Corrections,” the judge said sternly.

The young man sobbed as a deputy cuffed him and led him from the courtroom on his way to prison. And video cameras caught every second of it.

It was a dramatization for an upcoming video about OUI, which stands for operating under the influence, the legal term for driving a boat while intoxicated.

But the actors are not really actors: They are judges and prosecutors and even a DUI defense attorney who once acted in TV commercials.

And the film’s producer, Lex Anderson, is justice of the peace for the Peoria Justice Court, where you will likely end up if you get an OUI ticket at Lake Pleasant.

Anderson has presided over 114 OUI cases in the past 12 months, nearly half of the 286 cases in Maricopa County over the past year.

Only the two counties on the Colorado River come close. In 2004, 101 boaters in La Paz County and 122 in Mohave County were tried on OUI charges.

Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies write four or five such tickets every summer weekend at Lake Pleasant. And with the July 4th holiday approaching, they estimate there’ll be as many as 3,000 boaters at Lake Pleasant, just one of the five county lakes that support motorized watercraft.

Who drives a boat drunk?

“It’s everybody,” says Capt. Don Schneidmiller of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s every economic level. We see people in little low-cost boats, high-end boats. It’s everybody.”

And that’s who Anderson wants to target. He wants to show how easily that extra beer can lead to serious injury or death.

“Nobody ever means for these things to happen,” Anderson said. “We just want to change some attitudes and let people know it can happen to you.”

This is the second educational film that Anderson has produced.

In 2003, he created a film about DUIs titled Crossing Deadly Lanes.

It has the requisite gory photos of fatal drunken-driving accidents.

It has interviews with victims’ families and prosecutors.

But more important, Anderson interviewed the drunken drivers in prison. And what’s most striking is that they are not hardened criminals but clean-cut citizens who never had a brush with the law until they got behind the wheel drunk and killed somebody.

They can’t believe it happened to them, and they express their remorse for the people they killed.

“There’s a lot of education out there that deals with the havoc you cause as a DUI driver, but I looked at — people by nature being somewhat selfish — what’s going to happen to me?” Anderson said.

This year, Anderson decided to do a film about OUI.

He hears the cases in his court, and he has also issued search warrants in a couple of high-profile boating deaths that were alcohol-related. Those cases are tried in Maricopa County Superior Court because they are felonies instead of misdemeanors.

“We want to show that bad things happen to good people when they get behind the wheel whether it’s a boat or a car,” Anderson said.

He obtained a $35,000 grant from the state and hired the production company Go Media, which directed and filmed the DUI film for free. In July, they will be shooting a simulated accident at Lake Pleasant involving a boat and jet ski.

The video should be completed in September and, like the DUI video, will be available to agencies in and out of the state.

“The intent of the video is to show what can happen with people who are under the influence,” said Jerry Porter, an associate presiding judge at Maricopa County Superior Court. Porter also plays the judge in the OUI video.

“You go out to the bar, you go out to the lake and you have a few drinks and you’re just having fun,” he said, “and the next thing you know you’ve killed somebody.”

The penalties for OUI are not as serious as for DUI.

You don’t lose a license on the first offense, although you can do jail time on the second or third and have your boat confiscated.

“To be honest, I’ve never seen a second or third offense,” said David Michael Cantor, an attorney who represents people charged with OUI and DUI.

But the potential for fatal accidents is very real.

Cantor said that many of his DUI clients claim that they are unlucky.

Cantor reminds them how quickly accidents happen with some of them fatal.

“Don’t sit here and tell me you’re unlucky,” he tells them. “You’re incredibly lucky because it’s one second away from seven to 21 years in prison.”

By the numbers

Watercraft accidents in Arizona in 2004:

  • Deaths on waterways, 11.
  • Alcohol-related deaths, 4.
  • Reported watercraft accidents, 254.
  • Alcohol-related accidents, 53.
  • OUI arrests, 438.

Arizona Game and Fish Department

‘Beyond Aggressive’ Law Firm Sues Verizon

A Tempe law firm that bills itself as “beyond aggressive” expected an exclusive spot in Verizon’s Yellow Pages when it paid more than $100,000 for a full-color advertising insert in the book.

But when Verizon sold a similar cardboard “tab” ad to a competing firm, and gave it better placement in the book, the Law

Offices of David Michael Cantor filed a breach of contract suit in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Cantor says Verizon violated a written contract, and he was upset that the tab sold to the other firm was placed in front of the “attorney” listing in the book. His ad was placed toward the front of all the listings.

He said Verizon offered him gifts to make up for the slight.

“They went with the adage of forgiveness rather than permission. That doesn’t work with a law firm,” Cantor said.

Karen Testa, a Verizon spokeswoman in Dallas, declined comment.

The case highlights the highly competitive advertising by Valley law firms seeking clients through television and radio commercials, and telephone-book ads.

“Like any other business, they’re trying to create some market share,” said Laurence Winer, of Arizona State’s School of Law.

“Often, it’s newer or less established attorneys trying to break into a market.”

Winer said attorney advertising is still controversial, even though it’s been commonplace for more than a decade.

“I think it serves a valuable function for the public at large,” he said.

Attorney advertising in Arizona was against legal ethics until the 1970s, when attorney Van O’Steen won a state Supreme Court case. The court found attorneys have a First Amendment right to advertise.

Cantor’s civil and criminal practices are among the largest in the southeast Valley. His firm employs 15 attorneys and he has handled a number of high-profile cases.

Cantor’s best-known clients have included Patrick Haab, an Army reservist who was arrested, but eventually not prosecuted, for holding seven undocumented immigrants at gunpoint in April; Valinda Jo Elliott, who ignited the “Chediski” fire to get help while lost in northeastern Arizona in 2002, but did not face charges; and Michael Gherman, who was sentenced to life in prison in the murder of two Wal-Mart security guards.

Cantor, who lives in Paradise Valley, said that although he filed the suit, he has not served it on Verizon to make it official. He said he hopes the suit will “speed up” negotiations.

“I think ultimately we will resolve it amicably,” he said.

His goal is to negotiate a discount as compensation for the perceived slight. The suit seeks damages of $100,104, plus interest and attorneys fees.

He discovered the problem in May when a salesman delivered a copy of the Greater Phoenix Yellow Pages to the firm’s office. Cantor said he was stunned when he flipped through the book and discovered Verizon sold another tab to another Phoenix personal-injury firm.

The other Law Firm’s tab was placed in front of the attorneys listing. The tab that protrudes from the book making it easy to find, reads “car accident attorneys.” Cantor’s ad at the beginning of the book has a tab that lists only his e-mail address and made no mention that he is an attorney. The other attorney pictured in the other ad, did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

Cantor’s full-page ad touts his criminal firm and his civil firm, The Cantor Law Group.

“It’s invisible. It does nothing for us,” he said.

Cantor said he pays much more for a similar ad in Dex, Qwest’s Yellow Pages, but would not reveal the price. Qwest refused to reveal it, as well.


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