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6 Practice Tips from Law Firm Management Experts

6 Practice Tips from Law Firm Management Experts

Anyone that peruses the list of predictions for the legal industry in 2015 might be struck by a more upbeat tone than in previous year’s predictions.

There is a sense of renewing optimism, cautious as it might be, within the legal community. We can see that reflection in the words of 15 experts in a new eBook we published today titled, 15 Ideas for Getting a Jump-Start on 2015 which notes:

The year we finally move past the endless rounds of cutting “fat” and get back to flexing our profitability muscles.

The year we reawaken our inner optimists, put a touch more bounce in our steps and, dare we say, even get a restful night’s sleep every once in a while.

So what have we learned in these difficult years past?

That the old days are now behind us and the new ways were actually better all along: lean, lithe, agile and more reliant on the technology advances that help us see our way to a new ROI.

The complete eBook is freely available for download with registration – but here’s a hint at what six of these 15 experts have to say.

1. Get your systems in check | Heidi S. Alexander, Esq. | Mass LOMAP

“From a law practice management perspective, a technology audit is essential to ensuring that your systems are operating effectively, thus allowing you to spend more time billing and less on administrative work.”

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

2.  Set policies and procedures | Penn Dodson | AndersonDodson, PC

“The need for a policies and procedure manual is important, because if they’re not written down, they really don’t exist.”

Related: Legal Tech: Solo Success and Real-World Insights

3. Drive change from within | Fred Esposito, CLM | Rivkin Radler, LLP

“Smart firms continue to embrace the changes in the legal profession and in doing so, have opened the doors for increased business development opportunities.”

Related: 5 Questions with a Law Firm CFO

4.  Develop a Full-Service Practice with Partners | Ann Guinn | G&P Associates

“…a business attorney could form an alliance with an estate planning attorney who has tax law experience to insure clients that their businesses will transition properly to the right people upon the client’s death, with minimal or no taxes.”

Related: Discounting Legal Fees Sends the Wrong Message 

Don’t miss Ms. Guinn’s #LTNY Book Signing on Wednesday! Ms. Guinn will be available in the LexisNexis booth (#100)  on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. to sign copies of her book: Minding Your Own Business: The Solo and Small Firm Lawyer’s Guide to a Profitable Practice.  The books are complimentary for people who attended her session at LegalTech (LFB3).

5. Good Employees Improve Productivity | Lynn. Myrick | Attorney at Law

“While the last few years of high unemployment may have caused some companies to take their employees for granted, it’s important for law firms to keep in mind that sometimes personal relationships can have a bigger impact on getting or keeping a good client than any kind of technology.”

Related: A Tech Tale of Two Law Firms

6. Conduct a constrictively critical evaluation | Cordell Parvin | Cordell Parvin, LLC

“To figure that out takes some introspection and, of course, hard work to see it all come to fruition. But it’s a powerful and usually eye-opening way to learn who you are and where you want to go as an attorney and a practice owner.”

Related: How to Evaluate the Cloud for Law Firm Practice Management

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The complete eBook is well presented and a quick read. Download your copy at no cost here and let us know what you think.

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About Frank Strong

Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director for 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 later 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. He is a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver and holds a USPA "B" skydiving license.

These seem like really great points. I especially like what you said in your third tip, "Drive change from within." I think the businesses that thrive listen to their own people on every level they can help. In an ever-changing industry, it's the only way to survive. http://www.gpcriminallaw.com/?page_id=13