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Location of your plan provider isn’t an issue these days

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’m the guy who will travel to a Target further from my home because the Target in Farmingdale is far better than Westbury and Valley Stream and people think I’m crazy to travel 15 minutes more for a better run store with...more

Key Ingredients of a Law Firm's Strategic Plan - Market Leaders Podcast with Katy Von Treskow, Wiston & Strawn

by JD Supra Perspectives on

Join David Ackert as he interviews Katy Von Treskow, Director of Marketing Communications at Winston & Strawn LLP in the latest episode of the Market Leaders Podcast. Tune in to hear David and Katy discuss: - How Katy...more

Renter v. Investor? Buyer v. Builder?

by Valorem Law Group LLC on

I have been a renter. I have been an investor in homes. I have been a buyer of homes and I have worked with a builder to design and build a home. Each experience has its pros and cons. The critical thing to making each role...more

Where Do You Start? Perhaps by Seeing What Other People Think: eDiscovery Best Practices

by CloudNine on

Earlier this week, Rob Robinson asked the question “Where Do I Start?” on his excellent Complex Discovery blog when discussing the most significant challenges for those seeking and sourcing eDiscovery software and...more

Advisors Advantage - November 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Bottom Line For Retirement Plan Providers. More plan assets for your clients is a good thing for many reasons. When I had the idea of starting a National ERISA practice 10 years ago, I knew I would have a tough time...more

How Law Firms Can Succeed at Industry-Focused Collaborations - LMA Podcast

Legal marketers can help their firms implement industry sector strategies, but what does it take to be successful? In this episode, LMA President Jill Weber and Dr. Heidi Gardner (Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School;...more

5 Ways to Write An Attorney Bio That Clients Will Remember

by JD Supra Perspectives on

Good attorney bios articulate the strengths of your team, the differentiators of your firm, the reasons clients should hire you and what to expect once they do....more

How to Meet a New Prospect Without Cold-Calling

by LawVision Group LLC on

Orrick and other tech-savvy firms offer free advice and increase new business opportunities. Is your firm doing the same? For many lawyers, asking for an audience with people they don’t know is a challenge. The inability...more

What Makes A Great Law Firm

by Hayse LLC on

Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline. - Jim Collins - During a re-read of the Jim Collins classic “Good To Great”, I was struck by...more

Don’t overlook the legal malpractice insurance application

by Dentons on

As part of the process of renewing or replacing legal malpractice insurance, law firms are typically required to complete an application. Law firms that treat the application as a formality and fail to give the application...more

The Pros and Cons to Camera Placements

by Planet Depos, LLC on

Video depositions can be beneficial to your case, as they can show the witness’s facial expressions, body language, changes in the inflection of the witness’s tone of voice and pauses before answering. To ensure the best...more

It might be you

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Prior to starting my own law firm, I had made many different employer changes over the years to the point that my position as the head of my law firm is the longest time I’ve been employed at one place and that’s only...more

Three Tips for Addressing Harassment and Discrimination in Law Firms

by Dentons on

As the national headlines in recent weeks make clear, no industry is free from allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination. In the legal field, a number of recent high-profile lawsuits have alleged discrimination by...more

Interpersonal Skills Training Enhances Career Success

by Wicker Park Group on

Last week, I taught a public speaking class to a group of five first-year associates at a mid-sized law firm. All of the associates were fast approaching—or initially enjoying—their 30s. They were smart, energetic and happy...more

IRS announces 2018 retirement plan limits

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As 2017 nears its end, we already have the retirement plan limits set for 2008 by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For 401(k) plans, the 2018 limit for salary deferrals contributions is $18,500, up $500 from 2017’s...more

Justifying Shadow Billing as Promoting Diversity? Much Better Ways Exist.

by Valorem Law Group LLC on

Earlier this year, Vincent Cordo, the Global Sourcing Officer for Shell, and Casey Flaherty, a consultant to law departments, wrote an article for the ACC Docket, Shell Legal—Shadow Billing. Let me begin by disclosing that I...more

When It Comes to Pretrial Publicity, Should Lawyers Let Their Clients Do the Talking?

When it overturned a federal court’s order suppressing a litigant’s right to publicly gripe about a pending suit late last month, the Ninth Circuit took the opportunity to remind those of us in the legal profession that we...more

4 Ways to Take Law Firm Coaching Beyond Business Development

by JD Supra Perspectives on

Coaching programs can have an impact much more broadly across the firm. Here's how....more

Showcasing the Value of In-Person Collaboration, 2017 LMA Leaders' Conference Builds Connections, Ideas and Shared Vision

This year’s Leaders’ Conference brought together 63 leaders from across our regions for a highly valuable in-person gathering that fostered trust, stimulated brainstorming and mapped a collective 2018 vision for LMA....more

Law Firm Professional Development and the 3 Ps - LMA Podcast Ep. 18

P3 — The Practice Innovation Conference and the LMA Client Value Shared Interest Group (SIG) are back with a brand-new edition of the P3cast series. In this episode, 2018 P3 Conference Co-chair Christopher Ende (law firm...more

Law School Toolbox Podcast Episode 123: Mental Health in Law School and the Legal Profession (with Sarah Weinstein)

by Law School Toolbox on

Welcome back! Today, we are talking about a very serious and important topic: mental health in the legal profession. The staggering statistics and heartbreaking stories of depression, substance abuse, and even suicide in law...more

Contact Management 101: So Many Contacts, So Many Ways to Manage Them

by Chris Fritsch on

While formal contact management may be foreign to younger lawyers, this isn’t necessarily a generational issue. In fact, we now frequently find that even some of the most experienced lawyers are managing their contacts in...more

Shouldn’t your firm start sharing with the 700 million Instagram users?

by Adrian Dayton on

If your firm is still resisting Instagram, I have a message for you: 2010 called and they want their social media strategy back. Instagram has experienced explosive growth since 2010, so why hasn’t your firm’s social media...more

Getting to Where You Want to Be–It’s Like Going on Vacation

by Valorem Law Group LLC on

If you want to take a vacation, there are a few basic steps. 1. Figure out where you are. Travel requires a starting point. 2. Figure out where you want to go. Tropical paradise? Check. Ski chalet? Check. Great wall...more

Hsu Untied interview with Jeff Saper, Partner at Wilson Sonsini

by Hsu Untied (by Richard Hsu) on

Today, my guest is Jeff Saper, a Partner and Vice Chairman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he specializes in public and private financings of technology and other emerging growth companies, as well as the...more

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