Valorem Law Group LLC

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218 N. Jefferson St.
Suite 300
Chicago, Illinois 60661, United States
Contact: Patrick Lamb
Phone: 312.676.5462
Fax: 312.961.8026
Areas of Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Toxic Torts
Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • Illinois
Number of Attorneys
2-10 Attorneys

Renter v. Investor? Buyer v. Builder?

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

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

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 of…more
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Is Time Really The New Black? Hardly.

I just finished reading Mary Juetten’s post in Above the Law, Time Is The New Black. I was struck by this statement: “Also, all should reject the value billing theory that recording time is unnecessary.” Since there are…more
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HAL 9000, Washing Machines and AI in Law

I read this and immediately started thinking about my Saturday morning encounters with our washing machine. Walk by, put the towels in and then feed the dogs. Swing by later after grabbing morning coffee, put the towels in the…more
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The Importance of Learning What Does NOT Need to Be Done, and Other Things

I just read an article in Law360 discussing Microsoft’s commitment to shift 90% of its work to alternative fee arrangements. Michael Rynowecer of BTI Consulting is quoted as saying the move is “one of the most aggressive”…more
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The Importance of Understanding Context

Jeff Carr sent me a link to a post by Richard Smith of Sydney, Australia. I don’t know Mr. Smith. He is a “business development expert with over 20 years’ experience.” He works to develop and implement “successful business…more
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There is More to Being Innovative Than Simply Deciding to Be Innovative

I was just having a conversation with a passing acquaintance, who runs a mid-size law firm. He told me the firm had decided to be innovative, in the sense of saying “starting next Tuesday, we will be innovative.” I hope I kept…more
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If You Are Not Using Checklists, What Are You Waiting For?

Before leaving for the Amazon, Nicole left an article for me from the Illinois Bar Journal, The Checklist Manifesto for Lawyers. It discusses Atul Gawande‘s incredible book, The Checklist Manifesto. The IBJ article is not…more
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A Real Live Mythical Creature Speaks About Alternative Fees

Utah Business recently published Industry Outlook: Legal, which featured a question about alternative fees. It appears that Utah is an hourly billing utopia, immune to much of the turmoil firms face in the rest of the country. …more
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The Gap Between Claimed Client Service and the Truth

Seth Godin just posted Four Ways to Improve Customer Service. As always, Seth’s insights are insightful and thought-provoking. The four ways are: 1. Delegate it to your customers. Let them give feedback, good and bad, early…more
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Is Your Firm Filled With Open-Minded People?

Pedantic is defined as “narrowly, stodgily, and often ostentatiously learned a pedantic insistence that we follow the rules exactly” and “unimaginative, dull.” You’ll see in a minute why I began with this definition. I read…more
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Vanilla. Tastes good, but It’s a Bad Way to Market.

If you spend any time reading law firm websites, you soon come to one conclusion: all of them were written by the same person. We know this because all law firms say the same things–best schools, best lawyers, client-focused,…more
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Law Firms Lose Clients Because of Poor Client Service. What Do They Do About It?

Truth be told, nothing. Well, at least nothing of consequence. Oh sure, there is the occasional in-house program on client service and websites are edited to talk about the firm’s commitment to client service. But if you…more
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A Seminar on the Cost of 6 Minutes

Really? I just received an invitation to a seminar that stresses that the average attorney bills 6 minutes per day less than they did two years ago. Six minutes a day! According to this invitation, that costs firms more than…more
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