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Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director with the LexisNexis software division located on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. In this capacity he leads communications efforts in support of software products for law practice and law department management and also litigation tools – across large law, small law and corporate counsel segments. With more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech sector, Strong previously served as director of public relations for Vocus, which developed marketing, PR and media monitoring software. He has held multiple roles both in-house with corporations, ranging from startups to global organizations, and has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs at PR firms including the top 10 global firm Hill & Knowlton. A veteran of two year-long deployments, Strong has concurrently served in uniform in reserve components of the military for more than 20 years, initially as an enlisted Marine and currently as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard. Strong holds a BA in Film and TV production from Worcester State University, an M.A. in Public Communication from American University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University.

Dear Legal:  Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Legal Happy Thanksgiving

We stumbled upon a contributed article by Roy Ginsburg, and published on Attorney at Work about this time last year and thought it worthwhile to share here. The article – Lawyers, Give Thanks: You Have It Better Than You Think! – identifies three things lawyers, and perhaps the legal professionals that support lawyers have to be thankful for: “First, we ... Read More »

Will .Law Domains Make a Legal Marketing Difference?

Will Law Domains Make a Legal Marketing Difference

A new generic top-level domain (gTLD) intended for lawyers arrived in October with quite a bit of fanfare. The .law domain functions in a similar fashion as .com or .net, but with a naming convention that also suggests focus.  The .law domain will ostensibly work in the same way .org domains describe a non-profit or .gov is suggestive of a ... Read More »

Infographic: Super Careful Crackle Writing Lessons from SCOTUS

Super Careful Crackle Writing Lessons from SCOTUS

“Words are the building blocks of the law. If we aren’t fastidious with language it dilutes the effectiveness and clarity of the law.” That’s according to the current Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. as cited by LexTalk, a community of lawyers and legal professionals facilitated by LexisNexis. The entry introduced an infographic titled, “9 Writing Styles Epitomized by ... Read More »

Trends in Legal Spend from a Law Department Survey

Trends in Legal Spend from a Law Department Survey

Overall corporate legal spend has increased modestly but that spend has largely gone toward inside counsel, according to the 2015 HBR Law Department Survey. Total legal spend grew by 2% worldwide – which mirrors the findings in last year’s survey.  The survey announcement provided a summary in the form of median numbers: “The median total legal spending was $27 million ... Read More »

Friday Share: Buying Legal, Metrics and Benchmarking

Buying Legal Metrics and Benchmarking

As an industry, whether inside or outside counsel, we don’t do a good job of figuring out what we want to measure in our organizations, but we still manage the business of law, according to Timothy B. Corcoran, principal of the Corcoran Consulting Group. “Is anyone here willing to acknowledge, that because we don’t have great data, we’re not managing ... Read More »

Law Firm Competition: Buyers Becomes a New Entrant

Law Firm Competition Buyers Becomes a New Entrant

One of the five factors in Porter’s Five Forces model, a framework for evaluating a competitive environment, is the “threat of new entrants.” The 2015 Law Firms in Transition study by Altman Weil finds this “threat” is broadening category. “Eighty-three percent of law firm leaders say they believe competition from non-traditional service providers is a permanent change in the legal ... Read More »

Sage Small Law Firm Accounting Advice from an Expert

Sage Law Firm Accounting Advice from an Expert-head

In an effort to save some money, a well-intended small law attorney had been managing his own books.  Now the auditing committee from the state bar association was taking a look – and couldn’t make sense of the data. Given her expertise with accounting software, and a history of teaching accounting at the university level, the auditing committee called Gale ... Read More »

Tech Feast:  November Lineup of LexisNexis Legal Tech Webinars

November Lineup of LexisNexis Legal Tech Webinars

As the US celebrates a day of thanks this month with the traditional feast, we’ve put together a healthy list of webinars across small law, large law and corporate counsel segments. It’s a different type of feast, an information feast, and one that one won’t leave you feeling lethargic.  Second helpings, in the form of recordings, are usually sent out ... Read More »

23 Things to Change in Law Firm BD and Marketing

23 Things to Change in Law Firm BD and Marketing

If you could change one thing about your law firm, practice, department or function – what would it be? We often pose this as a final question across surveys we conduct and leave the answers open-ended.  The responses are usually candid, unfiltered and pretty insightful.  For example, there are plenty of things lawyers would change about law firm billing. In ... Read More »

Key Metric: The Current Law Firm Billing Rates by Practice Area

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Billing rates in some practice areas are growing faster than others, according to the most recent CounselLink® Enterprise Legal Management Trends report, published last week. The latest report – a mid-year update based on data ending June 30, 2015 – identified “IP-Patent” and “Regulatory and Compliance” as two practice areas where billing rates have risen. As the full report says, ... Read More »