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The Essential Survival Guide for the Independent Attorney

The Essential Survival Guide for the Independent Attorney

A law firm is a business, according to three veteran attorneys, who helped us put together a survival guide for independent attorneys. For better or worse, in many law programs, business classes aren’t among the course work offered during the grueling curriculum of law school. Even so, the economy has forced some attorneys into the role of entrepreneur by necessity. ... Read More »

Emerging Legal Role: Chief Reality Officer

Emerging Legal Role Chief Reality Officer

Economics are forcing legal department to function more like a business and less like a practice. Increasingly corporate law departments have budgets and GCs are being held to account.  This is moving the concept of the legal department operations (LDO) manager “well past the incubation stage” to more clearly define the role. This according to our own Mike Haysley in ... Read More »

Inefficiency: The Silent Law Firm Killer

The Silent Law Firm Killer

“There is nothing quite so useless, as doing with great efficiency, something that should not be done at all.” So said Peter Drucker, as conveyed by Debbie Foster of Affinity Consulting in a webinar titled, 8 Things Killing Your law Firm and How to Stop Them.  The complete webinar is embedded nearby; it runs about 45 minutes long. Arguably, Mr. ... Read More »

Infographic Friday: The Case Against Billable Hours

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Data suggests that smaller firms are more inclined to structure alternative fee arrangements (AFA) than larger firms.  However, as so often in law, such assertions –  even data driven assertions – are not always so cut and dry.  Whether that’s true or not might be better answered by saying, “It depends.” It does depend. The graphic below the headline on this ... Read More »

Disruption in the Legal Industry Flows from Clients

Disruption Legal Industry Clients

“Disruption does not come from industry. Disruption will not come from law firms. Disruption comes, and is already coming, from our customers.” The topic of “disruption” has been, well, disruptive in the legal world last few weeks. On one side of the scales, events like Reinvent Law, LexThink.1, and conference on “disruptive innovation” which was held at Harvard Law. Writing ... Read More »

Independent Attorney’s Guide to the #ABATECHSHOW

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The ABA TECHSHOW is uniquely suited to the independent attorney in small law firm. The schedule of sessions, the commentary from previous shows, our own experience, and even some of the show’s own statistics all point in this direction. Statistics from a prospectus to potential exhibitors finds: 58% of attendees have a tech budget between $1,000-$10,000 28% of attendees have ... Read More »

Infographic Friday: How a Legal Movie Led to an Infographic

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A post-weekend legal water cooler discussion led to an infographic about the best legal movies of all time: “Over the weekend, my colleague David had watched A Few Good Men for the first time,” wrote Adam Banner, an Oklahoma City-based attorney. “David isn’t a criminal defense lawyer, and he mentioned that the film gave him a new outlook on the prosecutorial ... Read More »

Legal Tech Briefs: Small Law Firm Startup with Heidi S. Alexander

Legal Tech Briefs Small Law Firm Startup

“Managing a solo- or small-law law firm practice requires business acumen.”  So says Heidi S. Alexander a law practice management advisor with Massachusetts LOMAP – the law office management assistance program. Her experience – and by extension advice – stems from her role as an advisor and entrepreneur with solo law firm experience. Ms. Alexander joined us for a Google ... Read More »

5 Posts Reflecting on Last Year’s ABA TECHSHOW

ABA TECHSHOW

The ABA TECHSHOW is gearing up to open its doors later this month. In preparation, there’s an app posted for attendees using iOS, the show’s blog is posting news and announcements, the Twitter handle for the show is in full swing, and the hashtag, #ABATECHSHOW is heating up – complete with promoted tweets. As we did with LegalTech, we’ve searched ... Read More »

Starting Story: Tech Tales from a New Law Firm

New Law Firm Technology

He’d have been foolish to tackle a giant head on – instead David beat Goliath with brainpower and technology.  With new perspective on an ancient problem, a little creative thinking and slingshot allowed him to accomplish the impossible.  He didn’t work harder; he worked smarter. Is it possible to start and run a small law firm but provide the same ... Read More »