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Contributing Writer
This bio page is used to publish submissions by contributing writers. We welcome contributions from the legal community and are especially keen for contributions from our customers. Please review previous submissions published here and the “About Us” section to get a sense for what topics work for this blog. All posts must be original content not published elsewhere for at least 30 days. To submit an idea for consideration, please email blsssocial@lexisnexis.com.

Faster, Easier eDiscovery Review:  The New Concordance Desktop

Faster Easier eDiscovery Review The New Concordance Desktop-header

One million records – that’s the average volume range for approximately 80% of litigation cases relying on eDiscovery.  More than 70,000 litigation support professionals across small- and mid-sized law firms slice and dice those million records for attorneys over the course of the eDiscovery process. Many of them have relied on the LexisNexis Concordance® eDiscovery review software product for years ... Read More »

Early Case Assessment: 3 Words to Drive Down eDiscovery Costs

eDiscovery Expect a Shift to Early Case Assessment in 2016

A growing number of in-house counsel and litigation professionals are driving a change in the conversation about how technology can play the most valuable role in the eDiscovery workflow. “We predict a sea change for litigation technology in 2016 brought about by the emphasis on Early Case Assessment (ECA),” writes Steve Ashbacher, vice president of litigation solutions at LexisNexis, in ... Read More »

The Science behind Law Firm Lead Generation

The Science behind Law Firm Lead Generation

“Comfort can breed complacency,” according to Nick Araco, senior director of growth strategies and business development for Drinker, Biddle & Reath. Mr. Araco shared these views during the LexisNexis® Interaction® webinar titled: “Generating Leads and Introductions the Right Way ,” alongside co-presenter, Mo Bunnell, president of Bunnell Idea Group. According to these gentlemen, research shows, people, especially attorneys, tend to ... Read More »

LPM 102:  Eight Critical Tools for Legal Project Management

LPM 102 Eight Critical Tools for Legal Project Management

Effective communication is essential to for successful Legal Project Management, says Aileen Leventon in the second of a two-part series; she recommends eight critical communication tools.  Change is inherent in the nature of legal work.  As a matter progresses – whether it is a transaction, litigation, regulatory or any other matter – new facts, circumstances and l­­­­­egal issues emerge. The ... Read More »

The New Face of Law Firm Marketing and BD

The New Face of Law Firm Marketing and BD

Law firm business development is getting a facelift in 2016 according to Matt Thompson. In an article for LawFuel titled, 6 Ways to Shake Up Law Firm Business Development in 2016, he cites a two key factors:  A fiercely competitive legal market along with a fundamental shift in how law firms buy legal services. The outcome is motivating law firms ... Read More »

Better Search and Getting to Meaning in eDiscovery

Beyond Words and Getting to Meaning in eDiscovery

Since the earliest days of eDiscovery, professionals have used litigation software to search for specific words within documents and return individual documents of potential relevance to them for closer inspection. We’re now at a point where those tools and the people who use them need to move beyond searching for certain words – and  instead search for meaning, according to ... Read More »

LPM 101: First Principles of Legal Project Management 

LPM 101 First Principles of Legal Project Management

Legal project management can improve client satisfaction, teamwork and the economics of legal services, writes contributor Aileen Leventon in this first of two-part series for the LexisNexis Business of Law Blog. Law firms and legal departments are moving quickly to augment skills in managing how legal work is done.  “Getting it done” is no longer good enough.  With clients’ refusal ... Read More »

4 Challenges with Document Production in Government

4 Challenges with Document Production in Government

A recent study by Deloitte found that 75 percent of litigation professionals at government agencies are “not confident” their agency could demonstrate their eDiscovery data is “accurate, accessible, complete and trustworthy,” if challenged. This refreshingly candid – but disconcerting – revelation illustrates the serious challenges that government agencies face when it comes to the collection, processing, management and retrieval of ... Read More »

5 Keys to IT Disaster Recovery for Law Firms

5 Keys to IT Disaster Recovery for Law Firms

Note: The following is a guest post from Jeff Norris, senior director of information security for LexisNexis Managed Technology Services, and Greg Inge, managing director of information security consulting firm CQR. Most law firms have taken steps to assure business continuity and to recover from emergencies. The ABA Law Practice Division has gone to great lengths to assist by making available ... Read More »

Avoiding Chaos in Closing Year-End Law Firm Finances

Avoiding Chaos in Closing Year-End Law Firm Finances

Note: The following is a post from contributor Carla Del Bove, who provides support to the business of law software product line within the LexisNexis software division. Closing the books on a small law firm’s finances is a clear point of stress for a busy attorney at the end of the fiscal year. However, the process doesn’t have to be ... Read More »