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Top Ten Reasons Why Midsize Law Firms are Struggling or Disappearing

Creating and sustaining a profitable midsize law firm is challenging, especially in 2015. With many firms shrinking, becoming unstable or simply dissolving, both clients and employees are pursuing stability. While there are...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Jan 9, 2014)

From Around the Web - Retirement Options for Solo and Small Law Firms: Being a sole practitioner or small-firm shareholder gives you the ability to choose the kind of retirement plan that is right for you and your...more

How Failures at the Beginning Can Doom a Project

We’ve been discussing project management in a law firm environment, and we’re past the very beginning and on to the granular steps to taking a project off the drawing board and into practice.  It is simply impossible to...more

Law Firm 3.0: Thinking Beyond the Virtual and Conventional Models

Cloud technology allows attorneys to work anywhere they have a secure internet connection. This provides for greater flexibility, happier lawyers, higher profits, and better-served clients. However, a pure virtual law firm is...more

An open invitation

Sometime last summer, my friend Peter Carayannis of Conduit Law reached out and asked if Conduit could use our Value Adjustment Line on Conduit’s invoice. We were thrilled to say yes, much as our friends at Summit Law Group...more

Litigation Strategy: Avoid the “Selfie” – Let the Expert be the Expert

It’s human nature to think we’re the smartest person in the room or at the table. It’s also human nature, and a trap for lawyers, to feel like you have to prove that point in front of the client. It’s a real pitfall, when the...more

Defining Responsiveness

A few weeks ago, I participated in a law firm practice group retreat. In preparation for the meeting, I spoke to the practice group leader about his goals for the group’s time together and specifically my program on client...more

Reasons to Not Conduct Client Feedback Interviews

The list of reasons to avoid client interviews goes on and on. Obviously, none of these statements are actually reasons to not do client feedback interviews. They are excuses....more

Project Management — The Beginning

Starting off the Project Management (“PM”) series, it makes sense to start at the beginning. I have jumped in at all levels of what purported to be managed projects, from inception to nearing completion....more

How Do “Relationship-Forward” Companies Market and Sell? (Part II)

Chart a course and measure progress. As the maxim goes, what gets measured gets done. Relationship success can be planned and measured over time, and relationship-forward companies take important steps to make that...more

The Number 42

So what is the real question? Some argue that the question is different for law firms and for clients. But if the questions are different, can the answer be the same? While I suppose it can, it would almost be...more

Convergence: Growing Dissatisfaction with Biglaw and the Rise of the Alternatives [Video]

Evolutions in technology, the economy and business culture are forcing a change in the legal industry. Rimon’s CEO and COO share how Rimon and other alternative legal services companies are changing the way lawyers practice...more

Practice Makes Perfect

Amber Dolman and Robert Bishop came to Goodwin Procter in much the same way: Both started at the firm right out of law school, after having worked there as summer associates. While Bishop began in the REIT practice, he soon...more

Lessons from Improv Class for the Law Firm

This month, the greater downtown Minneapolis community is welcoming the Brave New Workshop Student Union to the neighborhood. Until just a few weeks ago, the improvisational comedy school convened classes at the Brave New...more

Rule 1: Clients get to decide

Some things make my blood boil. Consider these quotes from Part 4 of Pam Woldow’s recent 4-part series, Cutting Corners. The series discusses whether use of Legal Project Management and Legal Process Improvement encourages...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

The Traits of Effective In-House Counsel

Effective members of corporate legal departments exhibit Servant Leadership characteristics; are proactively involved with the company; and they effectively communicate with others. Here's an in-depth look, an in-house...more

In-House Counsel: 5 Simple Ways to Make Your Client Happy

The best lawyers know that being a good lawyer requires knowing the law and being an excellent salesperson. It requires emotional intelligence and insight, service-orientation, responsiveness, and a desire to serve. Now that...more

World Cup Fever

Once again, the world’s attention is captivated by the FIFA World Cup tournament, this year being held in multiple venues around Brazil. Because of the better-than-expected performance by the United States team, emerging from...more

Servant Leadership for In-House Legal Counsel

The true Servant Leader in-house counsel listens and learns about the company’s business, so that they can not only put out legal fires as they arise, but anticipate and prevent most fires to begin with....more

Developmental Negotiation

When you’re gearing up for a negotiation, it’s natural to want to focus solely on your client’s interests. After all, it’s what they pay you to do! But by doing so, you may actually work against your client’s best...more

What Ails the Large Law Firm? Will the Real FutureFirm Please Stand Up

What Ails Big Law?” was written in the early summer of 2009, shortly after the completion of FutureFirm 1.0 — a “collaborative competition” in which teams of law firm partners, in-house lawyers, and junior associates competed...more

In-House Perspective: 10 Ways Every First Year Associate Can Shine

The following suggestions are based on my experience practicing labor and employment law as an associate at two large law firms and as senior in-house labor and employment counsel at a multibillion dollar international...more

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