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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 »

The Problem with Law Firm Video…. And How To Fix It

The Problem with Law Firm Video…

Note:  The following is a guest post by Helen Bertelli. Back in the late 1990’s, few law firms had extensive marketing functions – most had one- or two-person departments that were not empowered to do much autonomously because, for a multitude of reasons, the legal industry didn’t trust marketers to hire, build and run divisions in a way that is ... Read More »

Law Firm Branding: Communicating the Client Experience

Law Firm Branding Communicating the Client Experience

Note:  The following is a guest post by Brian Kennel. Beyond a look or a logo, a strong brand is supported by an actual experience.  It conveys what differentiates a firm from others and why it matters to clients. A clearly defined brand bolsters the confidence of existing clients, tells potential clients what to expect, and draws the attention of ... Read More »

5 Essentials in eDiscovery Management Software

5 Essentials in Discovery Management Software

Note: The following is a guest post from Daryn Teague, who provides support to the litigation software product line within the LexisNexis software division. Dimitri Kanevsky, an IBM researcher who was recognized as a “White House Champion of Change” in 2012, wrote, “Technology is the great equalizer that can dramatically improve the quality of a person’s life through the click of a mouse ... 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 »

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 »

Law Firm Science Fiction: De Sktop, The One

Law Firm Science Fiction De Sktop The One

Note:  The following is a guest post by Jeffrey Brandt. De Sktop Image stars in this science fiction thriller where he seeks to hunt down all variations of himself across the organizational universe. By killing off all of the other Images, his other selves, (becoming the last version) and absorbing their energies, he believes he will become an immortal godlike being ... 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 »

Infographic: Law Firm Obstacles along the Quest for Growth

Law Firms Face Obstacles along the Quest for Growth-header

  Competition.  It’s the number one barrier to growth, according to the recently released LexisNexis survey, Law Firms in Business Development Transition: Marketing, Business Development and the Quest for Growth. Besides having to joust with other firms to impress the same collective of prospective clients, survey respondents reported that added hurdles are attorney participation; pricing; lack of long-term strategy; and ... Read More »