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Paula Avery
Paula Avery is the Creative Manager, Content for the Business of Law and Litigation Software Solutions (BLSS) group at LexisNexis Legal & Professional. With a long background in advertising and marketing – including 20 years running her own advertising/consulting firm – Avery’s focus is on helping companies better connect with and communicate what makes their customers’ lives better, a focus she continues in her work with LexisNexis today. Paula has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

CaseMap Ends Search for “Needle in a Haystack”

CaseMap Ends Search for “Needle in a Haystack”

Kansas City law firm, Fox, Stretz & Quinn, P.C., has just five attorneys, yet bills out close to 400 workers’ compensation cases every month, leaving no time for wasted time. The new case study is available online and as a PDF. Little wonder, then, that the firm’s president and managing partner, Steve Quinn, wastes neither time nor words in advising the firm’s legal ... Read More »

Litigation Case Study: CaseMap v The Blood Diamonds Dictator

Litigation Case Study CaseMap v The Blood Diamonds Dictator

What does it take to bring down a dictator who supports amputation, rape, murder, kidnapping, slavery and other inhumanities to gain control of diamond mines in a neighboring country? If you’re human-rights attorney David Akerson, it takes every ounce of your considerable international experience helping prosecute war criminals in Lebanon, Yugoslavia and Rwanda. What was Mr. Akerson’s weapon of choice ... Read More »

Head-banging Lessons for Starting a New Law Firm

Head-banging Lessons for Starting a New Law Firm

Spend enough time around Ernest (Ernie the Attorney) Svenson and legal technologist Craig Bayer and you’re bound to learn a few things. The two will be leading a CLE webinar today (Tuesday, November 3rd) for attorneys starting their own firms, so it seemed worthwhile to get a sneak preview of how they approach their work with new-firm owners, or those just ... Read More »

What do New Law Firm Owners Fear? Old Firm Mistakes…

What do New Law Firm Owners Fear

What could possibly be more frightening than starting a new law firm? All too often, dealing with the problems that plague so many older, more established firms. Like troubles getting paid, protecting confidential data in an era when data thefts are everyday news, or worries about malpractice. Confidential Materials. Stop Reading Immediately! What’s the good news if you’re trying to ... Read More »

9 Concerns that Keep New Law Firm Owners Awake

9 Concerns that Keep New Law Firm Owners Awake

By no means are new law firm owners alone in the experience of being woken from deep sleep in a state of sweat-soaked angst, any chance of further sleep exhausted. But for attorneys going out on their own to start new firms, the pressures are intense enough to make them feel as if no one else could possibly understand. New ... Read More »

Building Client-Value Processes Into Law Firm Client Intake

Building Client-Value Processes Into Law Firm Client Intake

Every buttoned-up law firm builds protective measures into client intake. Whether it’s conflict searches, sending out engagement letters for signatures, setting up matters in practice or financial management software or any of the day-to-day tasks that play a key role in establishing proper records and conducting due diligence, all are considered standard processes for shielding the firm, and the client, ... Read More »

A Study in Futility: Rising Legal Rates, Falling Realization

A Study in Futility Rising Legal Rates Falling Realization

According to a 2015 study published by The Managing Partner Forum, standard hourly rates for surveyed attorneys have continued to rise in recent years – even in light of difficult economic conditions – from an average of just over $375 at the beginning of 2008 to right around $450 at the beginning of 2014. From a law firm perspective, it ... Read More »

 Drill Deeper than Income to Understanding Law Firm Finances

Drill Deeper than Income to Understanding Law Firm Finances

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. Lawyers are expected to learn what they need to know about practicing law in law school. Looking at the course offerings from any law school you will find criminal law, torts, administrative law, business law, family law and ... Read More »

The Secret Law Firm Metric Clients Will Pay to Improve

The Secret Law Firm Metric Clients Will Pay to Improve

Hint: It’s not a financial metric, but it can have a big impact on improving law firm profitability and growth. What’s more, it’s really not that big a secret if you’ve been listening closely to the clues your clients have been dropping: Like trying to negotiate lower rates, taking a long time to pay your bills, or simply “forgetting” to ... 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 »