Valorem Law Group LLC

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218 N. Jefferson St.
Suite 300
Chicago, Illinois 60661, United States
Contact: Patrick Lamb
Phone: 312.676.5462
Fax: 312.961.8026
Areas of Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Toxic Torts
Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • Illinois
Number of Attorneys
2-10 Attorneys

The Importance of Learning What Does NOT Need to Be Done, and Other Things

I just read an article in Law360 discussing Microsoft’s commitment to shift 90% of its work to alternative fee arrangements. Michael Rynowecer of BTI Consulting is quoted as saying the move is “one of the most aggressive”…more
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The Importance of Understanding Context

Jeff Carr sent me a link to a post by Richard Smith of Sydney, Australia. I don’t know Mr. Smith. He is a “business development expert with over 20 years’ experience.” He works to develop and implement “successful business…more
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There is More to Being Innovative Than Simply Deciding to Be Innovative

I was just having a conversation with a passing acquaintance, who runs a mid-size law firm. He told me the firm had decided to be innovative, in the sense of saying “starting next Tuesday, we will be innovative.” I hope I kept…more
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If You Are Not Using Checklists, What Are You Waiting For?

Before leaving for the Amazon, Nicole left an article for me from the Illinois Bar Journal, The Checklist Manifesto for Lawyers. It discusses Atul Gawande‘s incredible book, The Checklist Manifesto. The IBJ article is not…more
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A Real Live Mythical Creature Speaks About Alternative Fees

Utah Business recently published Industry Outlook: Legal, which featured a question about alternative fees. It appears that Utah is an hourly billing utopia, immune to much of the turmoil firms face in the rest of the country. …more
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The Gap Between Claimed Client Service and the Truth

Seth Godin just posted Four Ways to Improve Customer Service. As always, Seth’s insights are insightful and thought-provoking. The four ways are: 1. Delegate it to your customers. Let them give feedback, good and bad, early…more
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Is Your Firm Filled With Open-Minded People?

Pedantic is defined as “narrowly, stodgily, and often ostentatiously learned a pedantic insistence that we follow the rules exactly” and “unimaginative, dull.” You’ll see in a minute why I began with this definition. I read…more
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Vanilla. Tastes good, but It’s a Bad Way to Market.

If you spend any time reading law firm websites, you soon come to one conclusion: all of them were written by the same person. We know this because all law firms say the same things–best schools, best lawyers, client-focused,…more
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Law Firms Lose Clients Because of Poor Client Service. What Do They Do About It?

Truth be told, nothing. Well, at least nothing of consequence. Oh sure, there is the occasional in-house program on client service and websites are edited to talk about the firm’s commitment to client service. But if you…more
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A Seminar on the Cost of 6 Minutes

Really? I just received an invitation to a seminar that stresses that the average attorney bills 6 minutes per day less than they did two years ago. Six minutes a day! According to this invitation, that costs firms more than…more
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Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot: A Game-Changer That Screams Out For Early Case Assessment

Parties and lawyers who are content with the long and drawn out slog of civil litigation in federal court are about to get uncomfortable. But those eager for innovation, efficiency and change are rejoicing, “It’s about time!” …more
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“Our Clients Don’t Want AFAs.”

When I have the opportunity to speak, I ask participants and co-presenters about their experiences with alternative fees. Better than half the time, I am told “my clients don’t want alternative fees.” I always ask whether the…more
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Small problems are a great prevention opportunity

To be honest, I had never focused on this aspect of prevention, but it is an important one. Solving a problem when it is small prevents the problem from becoming a big one. While not as significant as avoiding the problem…more
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The Quality of Your Questions Determines the Quality of the Answers

Back in January, I copied a portion of an article that provided a list of questions lawyers should ask themselves. It was an interesting list of questions, but I was struck by how the wording of the questions could cause lawyers…more
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Discovery by Boilerplate. Can We End it?

I have long hated boilerplate objections, which frequently are made to “kick the can” down the road. That is, if you object to a request are “unduly burdensome” or “overbroad,” you can avoid answering for now and have more time…more
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