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Nevada state senator balances partnership, family

Aaron D. Ford ’01 is no stranger to balancing the opportunities and challenges that life can bring. After receiving his J.D. and Ph.D. degrees through the Moritz College of Law’s joint-degree program, Ford is now a Partner at...more

Ceding the Stage – Lessons in Leadership

I’ve been engaged in a lively discussion with other legal marketers in which two topics I love, basketball and leadership, have come together nicely. You don’t have to be a basketball fan, or even a sports fan, to benefit...more

Why Understanding Generational Differences Can Make All The Difference to Your Attorney and Client Relationships

Notes from a fascinating presentation by Heather Morse and Jonathan Fitzgarrald, hosted by the LMA's Bay Area Chapter. The focus: Generational Marketing: Strategies and Tactics for Engagement with Boomers, Gen Xers, and...more

Zimmermann: Dewey Charges Send 'Warning' To Struggling Law Firms [Video]

Mar. 12, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Kent Zimmermann, consultant at the Zeughauser Group, talks with Lee Pacchia about the recent spate of charges filed against former leaders of defunct law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf and what they mean...more

The Debate: Sales Functions in Law Firms

A caution to the legal industry about possibly having a knee-jerk reaction to the latest business development trend du jour, perhaps in response to the serious and ongoing challenges of a global market that has produced flat...more

Understanding Accountability & Unity Within Your Firm’s Partner Group

There are four stages of group development. Understanding them can assist us in how we might nurture or develop a culture of accountability and unity among the members of our partner group....more

Help! The Partner Thinks I’m an Idiot

We are pleased to welcome Katie Slater to the blog today. Katie Slater is a recovering attorney turned professional coach who helps lawyers and other analytical types with their professional development. She’s also one of the...more

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

MacEwen: Partners Can't Really be Entrepreneurial  [Video]

Nov. 14 (Bloomberg Law) -- This year has been a "long slog" for most major law firms, with revenues and profits rising modestly, if at all, law firm consultant Bruce MacEwen tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia. Two aspects of...more

Entrepreneurial? Better Prove It

Just because you say it, doesn’t make it true. Your law firm is a business, so in that sense every lawyer is an entrepreneur. Originally posted in The National Law Journal on July 15, 2013....more

The Problem of Pain: Partners Won't Accept Sacrifice As The Price of Change (Jordan Furlong)

Law firms have a problem: growth is at a standstill or shrinking, reducing lawyers' income and compromising partners' profits. Many firms believe they have a solution: slash costs and inject revenue. They fire secretaries,...more

Zimmermann: Law Firm Partner Layoffs Should Be Routine [Video]

July 11 (Bloomberg Law) -- Strong law firms routinely lay off partners, having adopted the General Electric model of annually dismissing those individuals who are under-performing their colleagues, law firm consultant Kent...more

Nicole Auerbach and lessons from a middle office with a view

My partner Nicole Auerbach, proud owner of a middle office, recounts the lessons learned when she voluntarily gave up her corner office, and also those from some other risks she’s taken along the way. This is her story, as...more

Lateral Integration: The Real Elephant in the Room

In our last few posts, we’ve been discussing topics and insights that arose in a recent Managing Partners Forum sponsored by Edge International. One concern the MPs cited as a major area of management concern was:...more

Is This In My Job Description? What Managing Partners Say About Their Job

This post continues an ongoing series deriving from discussions by a group of leaders of small and medium-sized firms at a Managing Partners Forum recently sponsored by Edge International. This group of MPs report that daily...more

Loneliness at the Top: Managing Partners’ Scary Balancing Act

In our last post, we described the almost overwhelming variety of issues reported by firm leaders attending an Edge International-sponsored Managing Partners’ Forum, and we promised a more granular look at several of the...more

How the billable hour hurts women [Video]

Nicole Auerbach, partner at Valorem Law Group, discusses the pay disparity between women and men equity partners in law firms. Although women make up more than half of law school graduates (since the early 1990's) the...more

Mother-at-Law: Cravath's First Female Partner [Video]

May 6 (Bloomberg) -- Back in the Mad Men days -- 1964, to be precise -- there were hardly any female lawyers at major NY firms. That's when Christine Beshar joined prestigious white-shoe firm, Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She...more

This Year's AmLaw 100: "Fundamental Recovery" for Some  [Video]

April 25 (Bloomberg Law) -- Revenues and profits on average rose in the low single digits at the nation's 100 highest-grossing law firms in 2012, sparking a "fundamental recovery," Robin Sparkman, editor-in-chief of American...more

Zimmermann: Up to 20% of AmLaw 200 "Badly Weakened"  [Video]

April 25 (Bloomberg Law) -- A substantial percentage of the nation's largest law firms enter the sixth year of the Great Recession "badly weakened," and more firms are expected to fail, according to law firm consultant Kent...more

Survey: Law Firms Must Change, But Don't Know How [Video]

April 11 (Bloomberg Law) -- A survey of the readers of the Adam Smith, Esq. law firm management blog has found that there is widespread agreement that law firms have to change their fundamental business models, consultant...more

Law Firms And Women Partners: You're Doing It Wrong (Jordan Furlong, Edge Int'l)

According to the National Association of Women Lawyers, in an article at law.com, women today constitute just 15% of equity partners in AmLaw 200 law firms. Set aside for a moment any considerations of fairness or gender...more

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