Patrick Lamb

Patrick Lamb

Valorem Law Group LLC

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Effective torture does not make torture acceptable

Note: This post is a deviation from my normal topic and expresses a personal political view. I appreciate your indulgence. I can no longer remain silent. I hope that others abandon their silence and speak loudly on...more

12/23/2014 - Congressional Investigations & Hearings Ethics Torture

The Vietnam Peace Talks and the Idiocy of Lawyers

The talks to settle the war in Vietnam were stalled for five months while the participants negotiated the shape of the table at which talks would occur. Five months!! I wonder how many mothers lost their sons during that five...more

12/12/2014 - Law Firm Partners Law Practice Management Legal Project Management Young Lawyers

For Law Departments’ consideration: Self Help is an investment in a solution

Ronald Reagan once famously said the nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” His quote tapped into our natural fear of both the government and unsolicited offers...more

12/12/2014 - Corporate Counsel Law Firm Partners Law Practice Management Young Lawyers

Emails: How much time can we waste?

I just received an email. It said: “Please review the attached notice.” So then I had to click open the notice, which contained information I could not find less interesting. Why did I have to waste the time to...more

12/11/2014 - Email Young Lawyers

How not to ask about your client service

Valorem’s Director of Operations just received a letter from a firm vendor that very carefully explained Net Promoter Scores and the importance of the company of receiving a 9 or 10 (on a 10 pt scale). The letter went on to...more

12/11/2014 - Client Services

It is the season for miracles!

It is that season again, just as it is every year. Everywhere around us, miracles will be occurring. All we have to do is open our eyes to see. You probably think this has something to do with Christmas. Nope. I’m...more

11/26/2014 - Law Firm Partners Law Practice Management Legal Fees Young Lawyers

Still thinking: More things I think I think

The wheels in my brain are still slowly moving, so here’s more of what’s on my mind. - I hate it when lawyers or firms “publish” “articles” that refer to “reports” without identifying them or linking to them. These...more

11/18/2014 - Client Services Professional Development

Still Thinking: More Things I think I think.

Random thoughts from over the past weekend. - People like recently-fired PGA President Ted Bishop, who was fired for referring to professional golfer Ian Poulter as “a little girl, “make me long for a return to the days...more

10/28/2014

More things I think I think

Several readers offered very nice comments on my original Some Things I Think I Think post, so I’ve decided to continue thinking. Well, at least sharing things I think I think....more

10/20/2014 - Law Practice Management Young Lawyers

Rule 1: Clients get to decide

Some things make my blood boil. Consider these quotes from Part 4 of Pam Woldow’s recent 4-part series, Cutting Corners. The series discusses whether use of Legal Project Management and Legal Process Improvement encourages...more

9/30/2014 - Client Services Law Practice Management Young Lawyers

Bingham’s demise should make everyone wonder about their own situation

Bingham McCutchen is following the Dewey/Howery decline to oblivion. It seems people are surprised. They shouldn’t be. Some number of major firms are the “low end” that create the mediocre industry average numbers that are...more

9/26/2014 - Big Law

An Interesting Thought About Resumes

The following is a quote from Mark Horstman, one of the principals of Manager Tools, in his most recent Things I Think I Think. (I am a huge fan of Manager Tools’ podcasts, which I strongly recommend.)...more

9/18/2014 - Career Development Young Lawyers

Shame on you NFL, Baltimore Ravens

By now, everyone has heard that Ray Rice has been cut by the Baltimore Ravens and had his laughable two game suspension increased to “indefinite”. And the increased punishment is being lauded by sports pundits everywhere. All...more

9/10/2014 - Domestic Violence Football NFL Suspension Clause

Some things I think I think

Do you remember Andy Rooney? He used to do commentary on 6o Minutes. Big, bushy eyebrows. But the thing I will always remember is when he would ask “Did you ever wonder….?” and then go into some offbeat topic. My question is...more

9/3/2014 - Law Practice Management Young Lawyers

Think twice before asking for “any and all” documents

Before I get to the topic at hand, allow me a brief rant. Can anyone explain how the phrase “any and all documents” (typically used in Rule 34 request for documents) covers any document not covered by a a request for “all...more

9/2/2014 - Document Productions Document Requests

Kudos to Jeff Carr

Regular readers know that Jeff Carr, the General Counsel of FMC Technologies, is my mentor, my client and my friend. Our relationship evolved in that order. I am very proud of each of these steps in the growth of our personal...more

7/11/2014 - Client Services

Focus on “shadow hours” misses the point of AFAs

Aric Press of American Lawyer penned a terrific article, What the Rise of Pricing Officers Says About Big Law’s Future. The article, reflecting the results of a recent survey, offers some great insights into the move to...more

7/7/2014 - Billing Corporate Counsel Law Practice Management Young Lawyers

The Three P’s Shortchanges What’s Necessary to Bring Value To Clients

I ran across an interesting article in Attorney at Work, Trends in Legal Pricing and Project Management. The article reported on the recent P3 Conference offered by the Legal Marketing Association. The three P’s are pricing,...more

6/23/2014 - Law Practice Management

Life without email? Maybe.

Fascinating article in today’s Wall Street Journal, A Company Without Email? Not So Fast. The article features companies that have tried to do their work without email and addresses how hard it has been to accomplish that...more

6/19/2014 - Email Young Lawyers

Declining number of lawyers in NYC. Where is work going?

The number of attorneys employed full time by the largest private law offices in New York continues to decline, a trend that began with the 2008 financial crisis, according to data gathered for the New York Law Journal’s...more

6/17/2014 - Young Lawyers

Words of Client Service Wisdom from Mad Men’s Don Draper

I ran across an infographic in Inc. that captured my attention—16 Brilliant Marketing Quotes from Don Draper. As a fan of the show, how could I not read the quotes? As I read them, I couldn’t help wonder if the lines from the...more

6/10/2014 - Business Development

Ten ideas for better depositions

I recently became involved in a case where all the depositions had already been taken. The opposing lawyers were partners in a very large, very well-known law firm. And my predecessors on the case came from a firm with a...more

4/28/2014 - Depositions Young Lawyers

Partners can no longer claim to be victims

The principal victims of this phenomenon have been those lawyers who become trapped in the culture of short-termism. That culture is especially rampant among the prestigious big firms, where, as a group, lawyers are the...more

1/2/2014

10 Value Questions Inside Counsel Should Be Asking Themselves

1. Has your management mandated (or gently suggested) that you reduce your spend on litigation? Would it be a good career move if you achieved a reduction in total spend? 2. Do your law firms spend more than the...more

12/27/2013 - Corporate Counsel Legal Costs

Kaye Scholer’s clients need to check their bills

Another law firm has motivated its associates to spend more time rather than less getting their work done. Kaye Scholer is paying upwards of $20,000 in additional bonuses to those who exceed 2,200 hours per year. The firm’s...more

12/13/2013 - Big Law Billable Hours Bonuses Law Firm Associates Law Firm Partners

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