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Infographic Friday:  The Enduring Legal Dress Code Debate

Infographic Friday The Enduring Legal Dress Code Debate-header

Appearances matter – it’s just that the interpretation of precisely what appearances communicate that’s often the crux of contention. For example, does a deposed witness appear more or less honest in a video recording replayed at a later date if the witness is wearing a suit but sweating profusely?  According to a 2013 story in Above the Law titled, From ... Read More »

Infographic Friday:  Trends Shaping the Legal Industry

legal industry trends

Recently, Robert Half Legal took a focused look at the legal profession in a new study titled Client Dynamics Driving Change in the Legal Profession. The study identifies four key legal industry trends shaping the profession which are: Client service pressures mount General counsel take center stage Mobility gives rise to the virtual law practice, flexible workplace Demand for specialization ... Read More »

3 Notable Examples of Big Law IT Innovation

3 Notable Examples of Big Law IT Innovation

“It is time to put down the broad brush used to paint BigLaw as inefficient and out of touch,” wrote Bill Henderson, in a commentary published on The Legal Whiteboard titled Ahead of the Curve: Three Big Innovators in BigLaw. His writing reviews several IT projects presented by three large law finalists for an annual awards program held at the ... Read More »

5 Takeaways from a Large Law Reinvention Strategy

5 Takeaways from a Large Law Reinvention Strategy

In late August, Washington Post reporter Catherine Ho wrote a compelling reinvention story on Dickstein Shapiro.  The article sets the stage with series of challenges the firm has faced – from financial performance to the loss of lateral hires to other firms – and then spends the rest of its words describing what the firm is doing about it. By ... Read More »

AFAs:  A Budget with Consequences

AFAs A Budget with Consequences

Over the span of a decade, one company says it more than tripled its revenue while cutting its legal spend by a little more than 30%, while only adding four more in-house attorneys over four years. That seems to be a prime example of a corporate legal department doing more with less – and AFAs seem to be a key ... Read More »

Preview Friday: LexisNexis goes to Hollywood

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“In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” as Andy Warhol once said. Perhaps under this era of humanized brands even businesses are granted a moment or two of fame as well. LexisNexis earned its moment recently with a new movie-based on television series called “Veronica Mars” — as depicted in a nearby HBO preview.  The crime-solving plot is ... Read More »

Top 10 #BusinessofLaw Posts You Might Have Missed in August

August Most Read Posts Business of Law Blog

August – a traditionally slow time of year – proved a pretty incredible month for the Business of Law Blog. In reviewing the data for this month’s Top 10 post, readership and engagement has spiked substantially – so thank you! Several projects launched filled these pages with data, tips and stories including the latest Enterprise Legal Management Trends Report, a ... Read More »

YouTube Friday:  LexisNexis takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

lexisnexis ice bucket challenge

Mike Lipps likes to keep employees on their toes and one technique is to weave little surprises into town halls – a monthly meeting where he reviews the state of the business with a focus on customers, employees and stakeholders. This month he introduced the Ice Bucket challenge.  An employee in California had taken the challenge and in a video ... Read More »

6 Takeaways from the ILTA/InsideLegal Purchasing Survey

6 Takeaways from the ILTA Inside Legal Purchasing Survey

How is law firm IT spending shaping up so far in 2014?  The new 2014 ILTA/InsideLegal Technology Purchasing Survey provides a useful benchmark. The 9th annual survey, conducted jointly by InsideLegal and ILTA, earned a 20% response rate from member law firms.  A 31-question survey was distributed to 1,407 members and earned 281 responses.  The vast majority (86%) of respondents ... Read More »

The Post #ILTA14 Guide to Stats, Facts, Quotes and Quips

What does big data mean to you

Those perusing the Twitter hashtag stream from the ILTA Conference (#ILTA14) would have seen an incredible volume of statistics circulated over the course of four days – the 2014 ILTA/InsideLegal Technology Purchasing Survey and other legal industry studies – notwithstanding. We’ve tried to keep track using the “favorites” feature on Twitter and have gone back to cull through the posts ... Read More »