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Change In The Legal Climate: Budgeting And Project Management - Why budgeting and project management are more important than ever

The top three demands from chief legal officers, according to a 2013 survey by Altman Weil, are “more efficient project management,” “improved budget forecasting,” and “greater cost reduction” — all of which can be controlled...more

Of Soccer Balls and Social Media

What do lawyers and Pakistani factory workers have in common? More than you think. Especially when it comes to innovation....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

More Lessons From Workplace Safety For The Compliance Practitioner

I have long believed that the compliance discipline has quite a bit to learn from the area of safety in the workplace. This is not only because I believe that the changes in corporate attitudes about safety presage many of...more

Successfully Implementing Legal Project Management

I had the privilege of working with Michelle Mahoney to introduce LPM at King & Wood Mallesons. She recently asked for contributions to the ILTA blog on best practices for implementing LPM, and I have reproduced my answer...more

Predictive Analytics – Gaining a Competitive Edge

Law firm leaders who embrace predictive analytics to manage their businesses and their practices can establish a sustainable competitive advantage over competitors who rely on gut instinct and sheer intellect to leader their...more

Sunk Costs Revisted

In our last post, we discussed the fallacy of logic caused by concentrating on sunk costs in the context of the legal industry as a whole. In this post, I will discuss how this fallacy plays into the management of value-based...more

Design-Build Done Right: DBIA Seeks Input on its Industry Wide Best Practices

The Design-Build Institute of America has released the first iteration of “Design-Build Done Right,” identifying industry wide best practices for design-build project delivery. Tracking a project delivery timeline, the...more

Project Management & the Practice of Law – Interview with Peter Demuth, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Peter Demuth, Chair of Mintz Levin's Corporate & Securities Practice, talks about the benefits of project management in the practice of law. ...more

Fifth District Court Of Appeal Rules Communications Between Lead Agency And Developer Made Prior To Project Approval Must Be...

A citizens group challenged the development of a shopping center anchored by a Wal-Mart store by filing a lawsuit stating that the city violated the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”). After the city prepared the...more

A Seat at the Legal Project Management Table

Sometimes one learns valuable lessons in really enjoyable ways, and such was the case recently when we facilitated a Legal Project Management training workshop for the Energy, Environmental, Mining & Transportation practice...more

Deploying Trainers in Technology-assisted Review (TAR) without “Spoiling the Broth”

Leaving little room for interpretation, the court in Coquina Investments v. Rothstein, stated that the defendants’ litany of ediscovery project management pitfalls (which involved over 200 attorneys across two firms)...more

Simple questions a client can ask to expose dirty little secrets

Everyone claims to offer fee structures that are alternatives to the billable hour. Frequently, these “alternatives” are nothing more than estimated hours x hourly rates, plus “a little cushion.” So clients should...more

Legal Project Management 101: Why Scoping Matters

In November 2012, Steve, a Senior Vice President at Mega-Bank, hired outside counsel to handle what seemed like a routine corporate transaction....more

District of Columbia DOT Stands Ready, Willing and Able to Enter Into P3s

On October 11, Nick Nicholson, Deputy Director and Chief Engineer of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) Infrastructure Project Management Administration, participated in a panel session at the...more

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