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When you are unfamiliar with firms in an area, I believe that a personal recommendation is better than choosing from the list randomly. While the profiles in our printed and online lists are complete and informative, we know even more about our firms personally. The service department and I frequently interact with our listees, meet them at conferences, and speak with them on a regular basis. In short, we know them.

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Thomas W. Hamilton will be recognized as the IACC Leadership and Distinguished Service Award winner for 2014.
IACC
Tom Hamilton of American Lawyers Quarterly in Cleveland, is the 2014 recipient of the IACC Leadership and Distinguished Service Award. This award is given annually to the IACC member who most embodies the work of the commercial collection industry.
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Top 10 hits for a liability-free holiday party
Corporate Counsel
The office holiday party: a chance to kick back, enjoy drinks with your colleagues and, perhaps, get sued. Sing along with these hits and you won't have any trouble.
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How to get started when you only have a few clients
The Legal Intelligencer
Stacy West Clark writes, "Lately, I have been meeting with lots of lawyers who fall into two categories. First, those that have come out of senior legal positions within the government and therefore have no clients, and second, mid-level partners who have toiled for firm clients and have very little origination on their own."
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Commercial debt collection placements increase in Q3, but still down in 2013
CCAA
Annette Waggoner, Executive Director of the Commercial Collection Agency Association of the Commercial Law League of America, reports that in the third quarter 2013, the number of commercial accounts placed with CCAA members increased by 14.49 percent when compared to the second quarter 2013. The dollars placed for collection slightly decreased by 1.7 percent for the same periods compared. Members report that their average sized account dropped by approximately 14 percent.
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Class action lawsuit against VISA, Master Card, and banks allows merchants to pass on transaction fees to customers
CreditBytes
Given the prolonged sluggish economy, credit professionals have continued to look for ways to minimize payment default risks with B2B credit sales and boost cash flow through the use of credit cards. Since customers sometimes insist on using credit cards, even personal cards, to pay for B2B purchases, companies have been struggling with the level of transaction fees eating into gross profits.
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10th International Credit and Risk Management Conference China
Bierens
The contrasting perspective of eastern and western cultures of the value of contracting explains many of the difficulties businesspeople are faced with when they enter an eastern market or western market. Understanding the differences allows for increased opportunities for a Chinese businessman in Europe or a European entrepreneur in China to become more successful at doing business.
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Owners of debt collector Lindorff appoint banks for share sale-source
Reuters
Sweden's Investor AB and private equity firm Altor have picked banks for a stock market listing of Norway-based debt collector Lindorff, four sources familiar with the matter said.
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In search of a unified front on Capitol Hill
insideARM
When it comes to the CFPB and regulators in general the goal among debt collectors, debt buyers, collection lawyers, recovery managers and other collection professionals in the United States should be the same: To establish a unified front to address regulatory change impacting collection practices. In light of the CFPB's Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, having a powerful, unified voice on Capitol Hill has become even more paramount of a goal.
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How to sell when 97 percent of your calls now go to voicemail
Business 2 Community
Yes, 97 percent of all business calls now go to voicemail, according to sales strategist Jill Konrath. "I yearn for the days in sales when I could actually talk on the phone with a person rather than with a machine," she said.
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What our clients have to say:
ALQ has been an institution in the industry for the past 40+ years. The principals, Tom and Nancy Hamilton, are recognized as two of the industry leaders – both in terms of knowledge and service as well as integrity and professionalism. They have always been candid and forthright leaving me, as a customer, very assured of excellent service. In those rare instances where we have needed their support with local counsel they have been more than responsive. In summary…exceptional service, exceptional people.

— Steve Wolff, McCarthy, Burgess & Wolff, Cleveland

I haven’t checked, but I am sure that our firm has listed with and forwarded through the ALQ for almost 50 years. The folks at the ALQ are always exceptionally responsive and helpful when we need a recommendation or help with a ticklish situation of forward-receiver relations. They can always be counted on.

— Robert S. Bernstein, Esq., Bernstein-Burkley, P.C., Pittsburgh


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