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New Legal Startups Are Changing the Practice of Law

Corporate Counsel recently reported on the dramatic growth of legal startups over the last two years — increasing from 412 to 1,104 today. This showed the increase in innovation targeting legal technology. While it’s valuable...more

Who Will Be The Owners of Law Firms in the Future?

We are often asked what we think law firms will look like in the future. What will the leverage model be? Will the Equity Partner class be larger or smaller? How will the changes in the business impact staffing? These are all...more

Why Your Strongest Contacts Are Not Always Your Best Contacts—and What to Do About It

In early March 1955, a young African-American woman refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus. Her name was not Rosa Parks. Rosa refused to give up her seat later that same...more

Nailing the Fundamentals: The Value of Rehearsing

While in NY recently, I found myself outside Carnegie Hall. Whenever I find myself there, I often think of the old joke attributed to Jack Benny that goes “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” To which Jack replied “practice,...more

When is the best time to share? It depends.

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Philosophical thought experiment - For the first five years of my consulting business, I gathered data and case studies on...more

Are You Focusing Too Much On Your Diversity Program?

Diversity is a good thing. Actually it’s a great thing. It’s good for business in many ways. But the focus on diversity in the legal industry has become, for the most part, an exercise too tied to metrics and too formalized...more

Law Firm Business Development: Advice from a Taxi Driver? Read On!

I recently arrived in DC and grabbed a cab to the law firm where I had a meeting. En route, the cab driver asked me where I went to college. I told him and then asked him the same question and he told me he was currently...more

5 Strategies to Grow Your Business – Action Items from the LSSO RainDance Conference

Sheenika Shah's recap in five lessons of the recent LSSO Raindance Conference in Chicago....more

Lack of Business Development Support May Be Just What You Need

I recently attended the Legal Sales and Service Organization’s Raindance Conference in Chicago, which, by the way, I highly recommend. The keynote speaker, Jeff Kaplan, PhD of the J. Alan Group, spoke about a growing trend in...more

What’s Wrong with Perfect? In Today’s Changing Environment, A Lot

Perfectionism is a tendency with which many of us have an intimate familiarity. In our personal lives, we acknowledge that demanding perfection from those around us, such as our spouses or children, is detrimental and can...more

Focus to Grow: A Winning Practice Strategy for a Digital Age

Lawyers often tell us they have limited time to devote to marketing and business development and want to know the most effective way to maximize their time. Without hesitation, our response is “specialize!” (Actually, because...more

Law Firm Business Development:  Don’t make this common mistake when following up with a prospective client

I chuckled as I read Jon Manley’s article, “Stop Touching Base with Your Prospects.” It might seem counterintuitive, but a closer look reveals a common trap many of us can fall into.  Consider the following email outreach...more

The Antidote to Death by Meetings

Law firms love meetings. And in most law firms, meetings are ineffective because of broken structures, focus and outcomes. Let’s point out of the obvious: - Firms ask individuals who are the busiest, the most critical...more

Law Firm Business Development: Nailing the Fundamentals

It is one of the simplest yet often hardest questions to answer— “What do you do?” Having a crisp answer can often be the difference between making a connection with a client to help them solve a problem, or a wasted...more

You’ve Got to Tell the Story Right…

It seems law firms everywhere are going back to basics. Who are we and where are we going? What is our strategy? What are we trying to do? Simple questions, all, but not so simple to answer – at least if you want to answer...more

Law Firm Selling – Presenting Bios with Pizzaz!

I’m going to start this post off by saying lawyers test the absolute highest of all professionals in skepticism. So it’s no wonder many lawyers have their own thoughts about the effectiveness of their firm bio and more...more

Feedback Fatigue?

Bloomberg recently published an article on the exhaustion many consumers are feeling about the plethora of customer satisfaction surveys they face. The piece attributes the steady increase in quick surveys to a number of...more

Lessons Every Law Firm Can Learn From the Golden State Warriors

I recently attended a Warriors basketball game. The star, Steph Curry, scores in mind-bending ways. Natural ability, hard work, and dedication to the game make him great– but what allows him to be unbelievably great? His...more

Build Your Network Like a Roman: Now…Before You Need It

During the early days of the Roman Empire, the Romans lost a war. They lost because they couldn’t support and resupply their armies out in the marshlands between Rome and their allies in Capua. Thirty years later, hostilities...more

How Pro Bono Contributes to a Successful Career

One of the essential elements of what makes practicing law a profession ... is the commitment of every lawyer to uphold the law and contribute to access to justice. A Different View - We respectfully suggest...more

Be the Effective Team Your Clients Need

“When I select attorneys to handle a matter, I really look for a team. I want the leader to be familiar with the case and giving people direction. I don’t expect him to get in the nitty-gritty from day one, but you do really...more

A GC’s Guide to Winning (and Keeping) Business

In my career, I have had the opportunity to be general counsel for a bank holding company, a large state medical center and a state bar association. Each entity was different in terms of its leadership and operating...more

Your Cheat Sheet for the Generational Divide

If I were to guess, your legal department is managed by Boomers and Gen-Xers, but many of the lawyers in your group are millennials. The law firm world is no different, although I believe we are mostly boomer-led. Have you...more

The Connection between Coaching and Mentoring and Great Lawyer Careers -- Sporkin's Kids and other Examples

My previous post excerpted the introduction "How to Solve the Legal Profession's Diversity Problem." The article suggests that our diversity challenges are rooted in a systems problem. First, our systems for selecting and...more

The Evolution of Law Firm Compensation

Law firm compensation plans are by and large unsophisticated, hard to administer, too subjective, opaque, and reward the wrong behaviors. As someone wise once said, “If your compensation plan is in conflict with your...more

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