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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 »

Encryption for Lawyers in Plain English [#ABATECHSHOW Recap]

Encryption for Lawyers in Plain English

Some 70% of data breaches involve laptops and portable devices.  Ten percent of mobile phones are stolen during their useful life.  In 2013 nearly a million and a half smart phones were lost. Where lawyers are going increasingly mobile, those statistics make strong case for encryption according to John Simek and David G. Reis.  The two gentlemen co-presented an ABA ... Read More »

Law Day Infographic:  Brief History of the Magna Carta

Law Day Infographic Brief History of the Magna Carta-header

Among all the people who have served as U.S. President, the majority had roots in the profession of law before rising to this nation’s top office.  President Eisenhower, who led the allied effort in Europe during World War II, is among the fewer that did not. Even so it was this former general who first established Law Day.  According to ... Read More »

Tech Consultant Craig Bayer on Client Value Metrics

Tech Consultant Craig Bayer on Addressing Client Value Metrics

Most people associate a statement of work with a bill, but that doesn’t have to be the case, according to Craig Bayer, a technology consultant with Optiable and speaker at the ABA TECHSHOW. A statement of work, without the fees can simply be a gentle, if not reassuring, reminder to a client that the law firm is thinking about their ... Read More »

6 Tech Buying Tips for Small Law Firms [#ABATECHSHOW Recap]

6 Tech Buying Tips for Small Law Firms

Change happens fast, especially in technology, which may explain why ABA TECHSHOW panelists Bjorn Christianson and Sharon D. Nelson advocate a simple mantra for small law firms purchasing technology:  Plan, review, revise, recycle. For most law firms, according to the panelists, attorneys find themselves in a vicious cycle of “break-fix” meaning the only time given to tech usually comes in ... Read More »

7 Winning BD Techniques Law Firms can Adopt from other Models

7 Winning BD Techniques Law Firms can Adopt from other Models

As one might expect at a marketing conference for legal professionals, there were plenty of sessions, side bar conversations and content centered on business development (BD). One session featured a panel of business development professionals representing law firms, consultants and noted speakers with a twist. The session sought to take a few pages from the business development playbooks at other ... Read More »