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Finding Clients by Telling Stories

On the morning of Halloween 2003, 13-year-old Bethany Hamilton was surfing close to her home on the island of Kauai. Bethany had big plans. She was training for her next surf competition, a stepping stone for bigger...more

Something’s in the Air…

The creative and entrepreneurial juices in the legal industry are boiling in the early days of 2016, particularly in the litigation space. One month into the New Year, there have been at least four high-profile boutique...more

2015 Year in Review: Top Five Stories for In-house Counsel

One of our priorities is tracking the big issues affecting in-house counsel, and since 2015 seems to be the year of the “Top __ List,” we thought it would be fun to jump on that bandwagon too. It’s helpful to understand your...more

How to Import Your AdWords Ads to Bing To Get More Clients

There’s no doubt that Google has a firm grip on its core business but lawyers shouldn’t ignore the search giant’s closest competitor Bing (which now has roughly 20% market share in search). If you are already using AdWords,...more

High Power, Low Volume: The Dynamics of Feminenglish, Part II

Typical of the way catchy neologisms leap into common currency, there’s a hot new compliment making the rounds these days: “So-and-so speaks truth to power.” The connotations of this high-powered compliment are rich indeed,...more

You’re So Vain: Why Some Law Firm Metrics Aren’t Advancing the Practice

A blog post (oddly from 2009) resurfaced in my newsfeed recently from Tim Ferris, author of The Four-Hour Work Week. The featured content highlighted the difference between vanity metrics – those that give the appearance that...more

Battling Law’s Second Language

Americans are derided in foreign cultures because so few of us speak a “foreign” language. We simply figure that in light of America’s overwhelming economic, political and cultural power, we are entitled to demand that...more

Can Risk-Averse Lawyers Learn to Embrace Change? An Interview With Dr. Larry Richard

Larry Richard, J.D., Ph.D., is the founder of and principal consultant at LawyerBrain LLC. A former trial lawyer since trained as a psychologist, he now provides organization development consulting to large law firms using...more

The “Unbillable” Hour – How to Manage It

Measuring time in six minute increments quickly becomes second nature for attorneys in private practice. We track every minute spent on a client’s file and manage the billable hour to provide the most efficient and effective...more

Is Your Client Making New Year’s Resolutions You Don’t Know About?

It’s January — The month when many of us sharpen the saw, set new goals and recommit. LawVision has some excellent posts to start off the year. Mike Short recently offered 10 specific projects that can produce big results in...more

Make 2016 a Year for Growth

As we enter 2016, continued uncertainty hovers over the legal industry, fueled in part by uncertainty in the greater national and world economies and political environments. The US is in an election year, the outcome of...more

10 Projects That Can Produce Big Results in 2016

Success often comes in a series of small steps…not one huge leap. Too many partnerships try to address too many challenges at one time. The net result is often very minor progress on all fronts and little overall progress....more

Family Tree of Some of the Great NYC Law Firms

Holiday down time enabled me to dust off some gems in my home library. Below is a fascinating family tree of the law firms associated with Walter S. Carter. This meticulously drawn chart is an appendix from Otto Koegel's...more

Talk is Cheap—But Often Highly Valuable

Towards the end of the year, our interview schedules slow down and we spend our days developing new content, cleaning up files and planning for the New Year. It is a great time to reflect and focus. A recent week of events...more

5 Tips to Be a Better, Happier Firm: A New Year’s Resolution

For many, year-end is a time of reflection. A time for self-assessment, an opportunity to shed bad habits or embrace new ones. As we look ahead to 2016, what is it that we, as a profession, can do better? Gallup recently...more

Legal Process Management: A Value-Driven Approach

What is Legal Process Management? Legal Process Management applies continuous improvement and change management principles to legal processes, maximizing both the micro- and macro-effects of those changes with the end...more

Less Talk of Disruption, More Talk of Creation

There is a natural tendency in people to lament what is familiar and good but now fading away. We are in one of these cycles in law, largely because law firms and law schools are no longer on the familiar path of smooth and...more

Five Free Tools for Attorneys to Create Better Client Invoices

In general, as attorneys there are certain things we’re good at, and certain things that, as a general rule, we struggle with. When it comes to crafting a creative argument, reading a jury, or responding to a curveball thrown...more

Lawyers' Contribution to Organizational Behavior

My good friend Bruce MacEwen of Adam Smith Esq. recently ran across a training manual providing instructions on proper behavior within organizations. Bruce thought that some of the advice appeared to be very similar to how...more

"PwC expands into legal market"

That's the headline from the Financial Review, a leading Australian business newspaper. The plot is nearly identical to a September post regarding accounting firms in India. See India, Big 4 and Elite Law Firms in Direct...more

Untrusted Advisor: How Your Law Firm May Fail to Protect Your Data

In recent years, the prevalence of data and information security breaches at major corporations have become increasingly more commonplace. While general awareness may be increasing, many companies are still neglecting to...more

[Event] cyberSecure by ALM - Dec. 15-16, New York, NY

Introducing ALM's cyberSecure — A two-day event designed to unite business leaders and the entire risk management team. Sessions and workshops will provide more than 1,500 attendees the insights and connections necessary to...more

How I started my Law Practice Over at 40

Ten years ago this fall I started my first law firm. I’m turning 40 next month and now, after ten years of practicing mostly family law, I’m doing the unthinkable… ...more

What is the impact of longer hours on lawyer satisfaction?

Every lawyer, law professor, law student, and legal commentator has an opinion on this question. Today we can test our views against actual data. ...more

How to prevent data theft from lost devices

Technology can be a blessing and a curse for attorneys. While technology enables attorneys to be able to conduct business on the go, it also puts client and firm data at risk. In the United States, someone loses a cellphone...more

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