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Move Over, Billable Hour; There's a New IP Fee Arrangement in Town

The practice of law has changed greatly over the past decades. We have witnessed great growth in solo and small firm practice, as well as a large movement to in-house practice. We are even seeing growth in freelance attorneys...more

Business Development: Save Time and Do Less!

Most lawyers I know jam their calendars each day with more than two people could accomplish in a week. Is this you? It’s a vicious cycle because we feel terrible not being able to accomplish what’s on the list… instead of...more

The End of the Hour

Before the twentieth century, state law prescribed set fees for specific legal services, and litigation fees were usually paid by the losing parties. Over time, maximum fee laws were repealed, and by the early twentieth...more

3 Reasons To Write A Business Plan For Your Law Practice (Even Now!)

Remember that class you took in your second semester of law school… The one where you carefully laid out your vision for how your law practice would look, feel, function and flow cash from one month to the next?...more

Some things I think I think

Do you remember Andy Rooney? He used to do commentary on 6o Minutes. Big, bushy eyebrows. But the thing I will always remember is when he would ask “Did you ever wonder….?” and then go into some offbeat topic. My question is...more

Division of Labor and Law Firms

Two recent articles/blog posts piqued my interest. The first was written by Pam Woldow of Edge International, and the second by Robert Gogel of Integreon. Both were insightful, and I would like to both share the insight and...more

HIPAA For Lawyers And Law Firms: What you need to know to prevent your law firm from paying MILLION$

For years now lawyers and law firms providing professional services to health care providers or health insurance plans should have had in place essential safeguards to meet the responsibilities and requirements as business...more

Perfection Is the Enemy of Good – Cutting Corners, Part II

In this second of three related posts, we consider whether clients’ increasing efforts to control outside legal spend forces their outside counsel to “cut corners.”...more

Cutting Corners and the Question of Quality

As you might expect, proponents of Legal Project Management (LPM), Legal Process Improvement (LPI) and other approaches for driving greater efficiency and value into legal service delivery get a lot of blow-back. One of the...more

Bridging the Workplace Creativity Gap

Progressive employers want workers with high levels of what David Kelley calls, in his recent book of the same title, “Creative Confidence.” Kelley, the head of Stanford’s d.school and founder of the design firm IDEO, defines...more

Unsexy, Unglamorous Legal Needs Deserve More Pro Bono Attention

During the time I have been managing Baker Donelson's pro bono programs, I've been impressed and gratified to see lawyers and bar associations and groups across the country step up en masse to tackle some very important...more

Lateral Integration for Longevity

In law firms, lateral integration is a marriage of many resources. I am sure many remember the famous quote “it takes a village.” In the case of lateral integration, this quote is spot on for law firms in a competitive...more

Opening a Law Practice? Pay Attention to Tax Issues

You’ve decided to open your own law office and are ready for your clients’ cases, but are you also ready to handle the tax issues that go hand-in-hand with running your own business?...more

Living Through a Paradigm Shift

The initial two paragraphs of Richard Susskind’s newest book, Tomorrow’s Lawyers, are perhaps the boldest and most confident of any commentator currently writing on the legal industry: This book is a short introduction...more

Decisions Do Not Apply "Jewel Doctrine" to Departed Partners' Fees - Legal Fees Earned by Departed Partners in Now-Defunct Law...

A California District Court recently held that a bankruptcy trustee could not claim a property interest in the hourly fee matters pending at the now-dissolved Heller Ehrman LLP law firm. This June California decision was...more

The likability factor and connecting with others

The analysis seems simple enough — if people like you, you will be happy and successful. But if it’s that easy, then why isn’t everyone doing it? The likability factor — sometimes referred to as the LQ, for likability...more

Getting Your Fees Along the Way

Can’t wait until you win the case to get your attorney fees? Consider seeking an interim fee award based on your success along the way. Awarding interim fees (i.e., a fee award made before the case is completed) is an...more

Time Saver Savvy – Helpful Tips for the Busy Professional

A colleague and I took a seminar on time management for working mothers some 20 years ago. We met each other at the hotel conference room, rushing in at the last minute just as did every other woman in attendance –...more

Every Good Lawyer Should Quit Working on Cases – Problem Solving versus “Working” for the Client

Years ago, when I was just starting in the practice of law, I was having lunch with a similarly junior colleague, and we were discussing the types of cases we were working on. As he ticked off his list of cases and told me...more

Effective Service Delivery, Providing Client Value, and Applying Sound Decision Making to Matter Management

As lawyers and law firms continue to recognize the need to more effectively engage, manage, and retain clients, it is becoming obvious that the adoption of tools and models to gain new work and keep existing clients is a...more

Fitting a Solution to Meet the Needs of a Workflow In-House

Your law firm just purchased a license for e-discovery software. Now what? Software implementations can be a substantial challenge for a variety of reasons, including lack of executive buy-in, poorly defined requirements,...more

Similarities in Diversity between a Law Firm’s Culture and a Clinical Trial [Video]

“We need a population of employees as diverse as the patient populations we seek to serve…our vendors should be lined up with the same beliefs and the same focus as we are.” – Marla Persky, GC and Corporate Secretary...more

Checklists to Save Clients Time and Money in a Big Case

As litigation becomes more expensive and timeconsuming, the reality is that only 1 to 2 percent of cases are disposed of with a jury verdict. In these circumstances, the overwhelming financial cost of litigation is in the...more

Focus on “shadow hours” misses the point of AFAs

Aric Press of American Lawyer penned a terrific article, What the Rise of Pricing Officers Says About Big Law’s Future. The article, reflecting the results of a recent survey, offers some great insights into the move to...more

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Importance of Attorney Bios

Underneath all the performance metrics, alternative fee arrangements and efficiency mandates, law is still principally a relationship-based business. When general counsel look to hire new outside counsel, it’s a given that...more

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