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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
How much time are you spending planning your career? How much time are you spending planning your 2015 vacation?
I remember meeting with Lisa, a young partner in my old law firm, She wanted career planning advice from me. I...more
Your Highest Priority is also Your Greatest Challenge
- Data breaches are not just dramatic headlines in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times—they are events that increasingly are affecting companies and...more
The talks to settle the war in Vietnam were stalled for five months while the participants negotiated the shape of the table at which talks would occur. Five months!! I wonder how many mothers lost their sons during that five...more
Ronald Reagan once famously said the nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” His quote tapped into our natural fear of both the government and unsolicited offers...more
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
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
After a bit of a hiatus, I have returned to my blog with a series of posts about project management and process improvement. Some of the discussions in this series of posts will seem repetitive to regular readers, but they...more
It is that season again, just as it is every year. Everywhere around us, miracles will be occurring. All we have to do is open our eyes to see.
You probably think this has something to do with Christmas. Nope. I’m...more
We have changed.
Fifteen years ago, we at Pessin Katz Law had one female partner and not a single minority or LGBT attorney. Today, one half of our equity partners are women and we have a number of other attorneys and...more
In a previous interview, Michelle P. Wimes, Esq., the Director of Professional Development & Inclusion at Ogletree Deakins, identified challenges that diversity initiatives face and how to overcome them. Here, she describes...more
Several readers offered very nice comments on my original Some Things I Think I Think post, so I’ve decided to continue thinking. Well, at least sharing things I think I think....more
A North Attleborough law firm violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act when it sent a collection letter which included implied threats to sue that could have confused the debtor as to her statutory right to dispute the...more
The figure below suggests that a growing number of students are attending law school but not going on to become lawyers. This conclusion requires some explanation, which I will supply below. Alternative explanations are...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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