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The Proposed FRCP Changes: What Is “Proportionality” Anyway?

The Proposed FRCP Changes

Note: The following is a guest post from Daryn Teague, who provides support to the litigation software product line within the LexisNexis software division. In April 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States approved significant amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) and submitted them to Congress for approval. Unless Congress introduces last-minute legislation to reject, modify or defer them, ... Read More »

6 Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking in Legal

6 Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking in Legal

Note:  This post was contributed by David J. Galbenski. As law firms are challenged to do more with less, innovative thinking wins the day and beats the competition. When statistics show momentum slowing in revenue and profit growth for law firms, it’s time to strategize and take risks – something familiar to most business owners, but unusual for firms. If ... Read More »

Fixing the Gender Gap in Law – And Beyond

Fixing the Gender Gap in Law – And Beyond

Note:  The following is a guest post by Monica Bay. It’s no secret that our legal profession faces an embarrassing dilemma: There is a 17 percent pay gap between men and women across the profession and an 18 percent gap in Big Law. But take some solace – we’re not alone. In Silicon Valley technology shops, women constitute only 20 ... Read More »

Litigation Business Case: Hosted vs. Internal Data Management

The Litigation Business Case Hosted vs. Internal Data Management

Note: The following is a guest post from Daryn Teague, who provides support to the litigation software product line within the LexisNexis software division. Many law firms and corporate legal departments alike are wrestling with the decision about whether to partner with an outside service provider to host their litigation data and litigation software applications or to stick with internal resources for this ... 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 a broadening category. “Eighty-three percent of law firm leaders say they believe competition from non-traditional service providers is a permanent change in the ... 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 »

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 »

Infographic: Law Firm Panels and Legal Industry Scorecard

Infographic Law Firm Panels and Legal Industry Scorecard

Even as the largest law firms raise billing rates, corporate counsel continues to consolidate law firm panels. The most recent CounselLink® Enterprise Legal Management Trends Report found “55% of companies in the data pool have 10 firms or fewer accounting for at least 80% of outside counsel fees.”  As the infographic, and 2015 Mid-Year Scorecard, nearby show, law firm consolidation ... Read More »

Legal Spend Trends:  Big Law Billing Rates Rising

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A new legal spending trends report finds big law billing rates grew notably – pushing a 6% increase in the gap between the top two tiers of law firms, by attorney headcount, from 38% to 44%. Median partner rates at the “Largest 50” law firms – those with more than 750 lawyers – rose to $711 per hour, based on ... Read More »

Infographic:  Litigation Market to Thaw in 2016

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Market research firm BTI Consulting forecasts a “thaw” in litigation spending in 2016 and anticipates overall spending to increase for the first time next year since 2011. The firm recently published an infographic which coincides with the BTI Litigation Outlook 2016 report.  It also summarizes key findings in a snapshot with a post titled 6 Trends Shaping Litigation in 2016. ... Read More »