William P. Schuman was quoted on December 19 by Law360 in an article regarding experts' predictions that the economic crisis may lead to a rise in legal malpractice lawsuits. He stressed the importance of screening clients to ensure that they are not involved in questionable activities, that they don't have a history of suing their lawyers and that they are able to pay their legal bills. "Do some background checking to determine whether it's someone you want to represent," he said. Mr. Schuman added that it is also important to efficiently record time spent on client matters, noting that McDermott requires its lawyers to record time within three days of performing the work. "We believe that's important, because if lawyers get lazy and wait two weeks, the accuracy of reporting has to suffer. And if there's ever a quarrel with the client, demonstrating that you were timely in recording helps," he said.