Law Firms & Lawyers
Why Attorneys’ Financial Wellness Matters for Law Firms
Joy A. Long
In the midst of the continuing economic uncertainty, even affluent attorneys that are free of student debt have voiced concerns about their financial stability and retirement readiness. Law firms that listen and respond to their worries can gain valuable competitive advantages. Financial Stress is Widespread Among Attorneys A 2021 American Bar Association (ABA) survey of […]
How Professional Services Organizations Can Protect Themselves Against Rising Cyber Risk
Joel A. Herman
Cybersecurity has long been an important area for professional services companies to address, but the work environment since the COVID-19 pandemic has provided even more opportunities for cybercriminals. Amid the widespread shift to remote and hybrid workplaces, there are more vulnerabilities than ever to exploit. Companies in law, architecture, engineering, public relations and other professional […]
Thinking About Adding Nonequity Partners?
Justin L. Sylvan
Pros and Cons of Adding Another Partner Level Smaller law firms that are reluctant to add more equity partners may consider creating nonequity partnerships to reward and retain high-performing associates and lure in laterals. However, this approach can come with both advantages and disadvantages so it requires significant forethought. Alluring advantages The traditional partnership model […]
Is ALSP Outsourcing Right for Your Firm?
Joel A. Herman
To the chagrin of some law firms, alternative legal service providers (ALSPs) have become an important and growing player in the legal industry landscape. According to a recent report, the overall market for ALSPs grew by about $5 billion between 2015 and 2019, reaching almost $14 billion. Nearly 80% of law firms and 71% of […]
Ephemeral Messaging and E-Discovery: To Preserve or Not To Preserve?
Joy A. Long
The conversations we have with others over the phone, in the lunchroom or someone’s office are all considered to be ephemeral. There is typically no trace of those conversations. Someone might attest to the fact that it happened, but unless it was recorded, it is gone. Some messaging apps for mobile devices offer features similar […]
Client Intake: The Importance of Quality Over Quantity
Want to improve profitability, reduce stress and preempt malpractice lawsuits and billing-related disputes? Drop uncooperative or slow-paying clients and use a formal client selection process to avoid taking on new ones. How do existing clients rate? Begin refocusing on client quality by reviewing all existing clients to determine whether any of them are weighing you […]
Are You Using Paralegals Effectively?
Joel A. Herman
Sometimes, attorneys do work that can be accomplished effectively and efficiently by paralegals. This can create a culture of staff members performing tasks for which they are overqualified, which can reduce the firm’s profitability. This blog highlights some considerations to address such concerns. Related Read: How To Get Stuff Done Determine the scope of responsibility The […]
What Entity Structure Makes Sense for a Law Practice?
Regardless of whether you are just starting your own law practice or you have a well-established law firm, entity structure is something to consider. After all, your entity choice affects when you pay tax, what tax you pay, how the tax is paid, your liability in running the firm and much more. Here are a […]
How Top “Pandemic Performer” Law Firms Thrived
A recent report from the Thomson Reuters Institute examines the factors that have contributed to the high performance of law firms that fared best financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Understanding these factors can help other firms better position themselves for future disruptions. Related Read: State of the Midsize Market: Resilience Is Key Key characteristics The 2021 […]
How To Get Stuff Done
Law firms face disruption on multiple fronts and they are struggling to get things done. Firm leaders must contend with the pandemic’s health threat and the challenges of managing a remote workforce, as well as supply chain disruptions, demand shifts, resource constraints and more, all while devising critical plans for the road ahead. Combined with […]