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Legal Tech Endurance: LexisNexis Returns to Ironman Raleigh

Legal Tech Endurance Return of the LexisNexis Ironman Raleigh 70

Last year LexisNexis took a giant step.  The company signed on as the title sponsor for the LexisNexis IRONMAN® 70.3® Raleigh triathlon. More than a dozen employees from our offices on the NC State Centennial Campus competed in the event – and about 50 more volunteered to work as event staff.  We’ve signed on this year as title sponsor too ... Read More »

Good People, Bad Process:  Building a Legal Operations Team

Good People Bad Process Building a Legal Operations Team

  Several corporate legal studies suggest that even while legal departments are primed to take on more work the growth in workload will encounter significant resource constraints: staffing and budgets are to remain flat. The only reliable way to do more with less is to do things differently.  That’s why D. Casey Flaherty is an advocate for legal operations and ... Read More »

3 Ways the Cloud is Changing eDiscovery

3 Ways the Cloud is Changing eDiscovery

A recent InsideCounsel webinar titled Cloud E-Discovery: Solving the Right Problems with a Modern Approach  raised some though-provoking ideas about the cloud and it’ effect on eDiscovery. The session, which counted a well-balanced panel representing corporate legal operations, legal technologists and cloud vendors, presented both challenges and opportunities for eDiscovery in the cloud. The presentation – which included an interesting ... Read More »

6 Consistent Corporate Legal Trends in Data, Staffing and Spend

6 Consistent Corporate Legal Trends in Data Staffing and Spend

Law360 recently published 5 Ways for Firms To Weather The Litigation Slowdown, though it also noted “opinions vary on the current state of the litigation market.” In pouring over the data running though our systems, I’m not confident we can say the litigation market is slowing down – that remains to be seen.  However I’m confident that legal departments are ... Read More »

Small Law Firm:  Important People Behind the Attorney

Small Law Firm The Important People Behind the Attorney

Note: The following is an excerpt from a new eBook titled 15 Ideas for Getting a Jump-Start on 2015 which is freely available with registration. For many law firms today, much of the emphasis is on constantly updating and improving technology, and with good reason. Between case management software and cloud computing, I’m able to respond to clients from any remote location and ... Read More »

Friday Share:  The Top Law Firm Challenge in 2015

Friday Share The Biggest Law Firm Challenge in 2015

Keeping pace with technology – it’s the top law firm challenge according to a poll of attendees at ABA TECHSHOW®.   Economic pressures, follows a close second amid an industry climate where clients are expecting more for less from legal service providers. Retaining clients, files sharing security and collections rounded out the results with a handful of respondents citing “other” as ... Read More »

Defining Legal Operations and Assessing Maturity

Defining Legal Operations and Assessing Maturity

No job in the world can prepare someone in advance to take the helm as CEO of a business – except, perhaps paradoxically, the job of being CEO.  Most CEOs grow up in one part of the business and while the experience is useful, there’s little that prepares a CEO to “own everything.” That’s the analogy D. Casey Flaherty likens ... Read More »

Trust Accounting:  No Margin for Error

Trust Accounting No Margin for Error

“You don’t want to fool with trust accounts,” says Attorney Joseph Fuller, founder of the Alabama-based law firm, Fuller Hampton, LLC.  One small mistake on a client’s trust account, he cautions, can carry serious consequences for both, attorney and client.  In spite of this, according to an ABA article, authored by Sheila M. Blackford, practice management advisor for the Oregon ... Read More »

Monthly Nut: Law Firms by Numbers [#ABATECHSHOW Recap]

Monthly Nut Law Firms by Numbers ABA TECHSHOW

If you have data, decisions about law firm management, such as work load, aren’t merely about “feelings” according to Haley Odom Ackerman.  More importantly, Peggy Gruenke added, tracking key metrics is the only way to effectively manage costs and grow a law business profitably. The duo teamed up to co-present a session at the ABA TECHSHOW titled 5 Reports your ... Read More »

Avoiding 3 Common Solo Law Firm Pitfalls

How to Avoid 3 Common Solo Law Firm Pitfalls

Note: The following is an excerpt from a new eBook titled 15 Ideas for Getting a Jump-Start on 2015 which is freely available with registration. Solo and small law firm attorneys often struggle with why and when they should bring people in to help, and the answers really aren’t as hard as they need to be. First, the why: You bring people in ... Read More »