Oregon Law Practice Management: Protecting Your Firm From Disaster


The tragic events of September 11 remind us that we are vulnerable to disaster, natural and otherwise. Fires, floods, wind storms, ice storms, landslides, and earthquakes have all

occurred in recent memory - and will occur again. Oregon lawyers have been victims of arson and theft. Although it is easy to think that nothing will happen to you, we owe it to ourselves, our employees, and our clients to prepare for emergencies.

This article offers a comprehensive approach to preparing for an emergency. Conform the suggestions to fit your office and your resources. Small firms and sole practitioners should,at a minimum, conduct a safety check and take some precautions, such as storing computer backups and duplicate client lists off site and keeping files in secure, fireproof cabinets. Larger offices need to follow these steps and many more. A list of resources is

included as a sidebar to this article.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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