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Moving at the Speed of Business

Business moves fast. Really fast. Does your law firm keep up? If you think you do, think again. Do you think in days when your clients are operating in hours? Weeks instead of days. It is a rare law firm designed to...more

The Power of Being in the Room: 4 Ways Attorneys Can Help Increase Boardroom Diversity

Beth Stewart, CEO of Trewstar Corporate Board Services, knows a thing or two about placing women on corporate boards. Since 2013 she has successfully placed 35 women directors on corporate boards, usually for Fortune 500...more

Lawyers, Is Social Media Worth It? You Decide.

I’ve heard these comments, or ones similar to them, many times in the past several years. “I’m not sure this is all worth it….this Social Media thing.” “I tried LinkedIn, but it didn’t produce anything for me.”...more

AI & The Business of Law III: The Rise of Administrative Automation

There is little doubt that technology has become a key aspect of the legal profession, critical to both the buyers and sellers of legal services. In many situations, the focus is often on the practice of law, or the business...more

Avoid the Walter Principle

Since I’m a big fan of business and human interactions, I’d love to throw out another management principle I’ve thought about based on my work experience working as an employee for both third party administration firms (TPAs)...more

What Every Client Wants, and Why Law Firms Refuse to Deliver

In the past month, I have moderated multiple in-house counsel panels (both in public forums and at private law firm retreats), interviewed more than a dozen in-house counsel and led client service workshops at law...more

Myrland Marketing Motivation: Marketing Is Never Boring

Myrland Marketing Motivation, A Little Virtual Encouragement To Start Your Week. More Motivation Than Marketing. It’s A Monday Kind Of Thing! ...more

Secret to a Successful Law-Focused Webinar? The Pros Say: It's the Topic, Stupid

A webinar should showcase what your firm can do, and ultimately, create opportunities for you to do it. Here's how....more

A Half Salary Guide is a Whole Salary Guide: eDiscovery Trends

When it’s from Robert Half. Robert Half’s 2017 Legal Salary Guide (downloadable from here) once again features salary ranges for more than 100 positions in the legal field and provides some other interesting statistics, as...more

Millennials and the Future of Business Development

As I reflect on a recent discussion among senior partners about which prospect or client to take golfing, I find myself thinking about how perhaps my generation might depart from this traditional method of business...more

401(k) Sponsors Say Their Plan is OK, but They Really Have No Idea

When I was dating my wife, she asked me if I had a good credit score and I said I did. I never checked my credit score, but I paid all my bills in full and on time. Of course when I got a copy of my credit report, my credit...more

A 5-Step Plan for Growing Your Business Using Webinars

Here is a plan that breaks down your activities into five do-able steps - each building on the previous one – and which uses the connective power of webinars to turn general interest in a legal matter into real-world...more

Law Firm Business Development: Be Confident and ASK

Speaking with a client today, I was reminded of one of the most common mistakes lawyers make when it comes to business development. They forget to ask for the business. My client, a young partner with an outstanding book of...more

Serial Entrepreneur & Investor Jason Calacanis (@jason) In Conversation with @HsuUntied  [Audio]

Today, my guest is Jason Calacanis, a successful entrepreneur and angel investor. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Calacanis’s first success was starting Weblogs, Inc., which was sold to AOL in 2005. Since then, he has been an...more

Lawyers, Your Law Practice Isn’t Your Hobby

There are things you do because they are fun to do when you aren’t doing anything else. You enjoy them. They are a form of release or pleasure. Those are hobbies, right?...more

4 Ways to Maximize the Value of Your IP Counsel

1.Considering Your IP Counsel as a Partner - Companies maximize the value of their IP counsel when both the company and IP counsel view their relationship as a partnership. More specifically, look for IP counsel that...more

Informative AND Useful: A New Approach to Proactive Compliance Solutions

Two of the most frequent questions I hear from prospective customers and audiences at conferences are: 1) From Law Firms – “How can I find good use cases for Neota Logic in my firm”; and 2) From Corporate Counsel –...more

Aristotle and Depositions

In my freshman year in college, Philosophy 101 was a required course. I tolerated Socrates and Plato, but Aristotle was someone I could actually read and enjoy. Mind you, I didn’t pore over his Nicomachean Ethics as I do...more

Writing Your Business Development Plan for the New Year? Aim for the Impossible...

Make everything you do stand out from the crowd, even it takes a lot more time and requires a lot more work....more

The One Thing You Must Do to Get Hired

More important than showing expertise, know-how, skills and experience - Ask most inside counsel why they hire the lawyers they do and they’ll tell you it’s for their specific expertise. Many take a rational approach to...more

[Webinar] How Law Firms Can Drive Business With Webinars - October 26th, 11:00a.m. PT / 2:00p.m. ET

In today’s hyper-competitive legal landscape, you need to showcase your lawyers’ expertise in front of clients and prospects to drive business. Whether you are attracting new clients, establishing yourself as a thought...more

Mark Chandler, Sr. VP, Chief Compliance Officer, and GC of Cisco, Talks Shop with @HsuUntied [Audio]

Today, my guest is Mark Chandler, Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel at Cisco, where he oversees Cisco’s global legal activities and policies. Chandler joined Cisco in 1996 when Cisco...more

Mandatory PI insurance for lawyers - minimum requirements approved

By decree no. 22 September 2016, published in the official gazette on 11 October 2016, the minimum requirements of the mandatory PI insurance for lawyers have been approved. The main minimum requirements are summarized below....more

Singapore Ranks #1 in Recent Survey of Expats

A most interesting report showing results of a survey was just released by HSBC. In the Expat Explorer Survey, created to measure which countries are the most enjoyable to expats, HSBC shares results in three categories –...more

The Small Stuff Goes A Long Way

For the third time in 11 years, I joined a Synagogue because I’m the wandering Conservative Jew. So a few days ago, a man rang my doorbell. Since it’s election season, I didn’t answer it. I should have because it was a...more

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