Five Holiday Gifts That Celebrate 2016

    2 Dec 2016, 3:30 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    As we usher in the holiday season there is no doubt that 2016 has been an audacious year, from hurricanes to the Rio Olympics to the presidential election. So, as you shop for your favorite lawyer this holiday season, consider these five ideas from my annual "Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers" that celebrate the events of 2016. … Read The Rest

    Five Holiday Gifts That Celebrate 2016

    2 Dec 2016, 3:30 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    As we usher in the holiday season there is no doubt that 2016 has been an audacious year, from hurricanes to the Rio Olympics to the presidential election. So, as you shop for your favorite lawyer this holiday season, consider these five ideas from my annual "Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers" that celebrate the events of 2016. … Read The Rest The post …

    A Moonshot Without Talking to The Astronauts

    One rule of smart use of social media is to not immediately blog or post in response to something that makes you unhappy or upset. But we lawyers think we know when it is appropriate to bend the rules, don't...

    Lawyer’s App Lets Clients in Trouble Summon Him Via GPS

    1 Dec 2016, 6:46 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    When New York City lawyer Sachin Gadh started his law practice, he wanted to be there for his clients when they needed him. In fact, he wanted to put himself right on their mobile phones. So he developed an app to do just that. He calls it Gadh. Gadh is an app for iPhones that […] The post Lawyer’s App Lets Clients in Trouble Summon Him Via GPS …

    Visual Storytelling: Don’t Leave Your Content on the Cutting-Room Floor

    1 Dec 2016, 5:28 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Most lawyers deal with the printed word all day long. They’ve been trained to take in and share knowledge as text. As a writer, it’s a stretch for me to even conceive of presenting information in a simple Excel chart. My bible starts, “In the beginning, God made Microsoft Word, and He saw that it was good (except for auto-formatting, which still …

    Care about your clients? …let them know.

    30 Nov 2016, 9:27 pm | From Amazing Firms, Amazing Practices | Fellows Blog

    After working with thousands of lawyers, I have learned that there is a tremendous gap between the way they perceive their interactions with their clients and how they actually interact. When I ask lawyers if they care about their clients, the answer is almost always a resounding, “Yes.” The next question I ask is, “Do your clients know … …

    Startup Competition Ends Friday; Here Are The Standings

    30 Nov 2016, 11:51 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    In October, we announced the first-ever competition to select 12 legal technology startups to participate in ABA Techshow’s inaugural Startup Alley. From the initial round of entries we received, we narrowed the contenders down to 20 and, on Nov. 14, we posted their pitches and opened the voting to you to select the final 12. Now […] The post …

    Stem Client Roundup for November 2016

    30 Nov 2016, 10:55 am | From Law Firm Web Strategy | Fellows Blog

    Speaking, teaching, leading, giving… this month’s roundup really showcases how involved our clients are in their professional and broader communities—it’s an inspiration! Lawyers and staff at BC Interior law firm Pushor Mitchell celebrated a record year of United Way fundraising…

    The Chambers Directory Is Launching Its Own Social Network

    30 Nov 2016, 9:08 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The company whose directories rank lawyers and law firms internationally is now launching its own social network, where membership will be by invitation only and restricted to lawyers ranked in its directories and their clients. Chambers and Partners will formally launch its ChambersConnect in early 2017, but selected lawyers and clients are about …

    You’re not selling what we’re buying

    30 Nov 2016, 9:02 am | From Law21 | Fellows Blog

    Demand is flat or falling at large law firms, says the newest Wells Fargo survey released yesterday. Revenue is now being driven solely by hourly rate increases, the last remaining income enhancement button that law firms can press and one they will presumably continue to press until it no longer responds. This is not an especially new development …

    Law Firm Partnership Part 1: Do “True Partnerships” Still Exist?

    30 Nov 2016, 7:02 am | From Rainmaking Oasis, LLC | Fellows Blog

    Citi Private Bank has released its third quarter report on law firm growth and it indicates a slow-down since their mid-year report.  The following findings are important to note: Demand was nearly flat at .3% Revenue growth other than due to billing rate increases was only .3% Firms have seen an increase in compensation expenses Read More

    Six Pricing Action Items from Buying Legal Council Procurement event

    Anyone who sells legal services to corporate America knows the important role procurement professionals play in the acquisition of legal services.  Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein leads the premier group for legal procurement, Buying Legal Council. The group allows procurement professionals to learn, from each other and from outsiders Silvia brings …

    Six Pricing Action Items from Buying Legal Council Procurement event

    Anyone who sells legal services to corporate America knows the important role procurement professionals play in the acquisition of legal services.  Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein leads the premier group for legal procurement, Buying Legal Council. The group allows procurement professionals to learn, from each other and from outsiders Silvia brings …

    Valorem Honored to be Named to 2017 BTI Consulting Client Service A-Team

      My Valorem colleagues and I are honored to have been named to the 2017 BTI Client Service A-Team.   This is our fifth consecutive year to have been named to the A-Team. BTI’s identified the firms awarded this distinction based on over 330 in-depth interviews of General Counsels, direct reports to GCs and other key... Continue Reading The post …

    Valorem Honored to be Named to 2017 BTI Consulting Client Service A-Team

      My Valorem colleagues and I are honored to have been named to the 2017 BTI Client Service A-Team.   This is our fifth consecutive year to have been named to the A-Team. BTI’s identified the firms awarded this distinction based on over 330 in-depth interviews of General Counsels, direct reports to GCs and other key... Continue Reading The post …

    Five Ways to Improve Your Law Firm’s Culture

    30 Nov 2016, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Whether you practice solo with a small staff, at a midsize law firm or in BigLaw, you can always find ways to improve your firm’s culture. It’s true that law firms have a unique culture, regardless of size. One reason is that the billable hour limits and even stifles collaboration. (Collaboration? It's not something lawyers are taught to think …

    Email Attachments vs Client Portals

    So which is more secure- an unencrypted email attachment or a client portal? Well, that is sort of a trick question because most everything is more secure than an unencrypted email attachment. And normally one would use the phrase "secure...

    Friday, December 2, 2016 is the deadline to file a consent timetable and draft order to prevent a dismissal under Rule 48.14 of pre-2012 matters

    29 Nov 2016, 2:33 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    LAWPRO reminds Ontario lawyers that Friday, December 2, 2016 is the deadline to file a consent timetable and draft order to prevent a dismissal under Rule 48.14 of pre-2012 matters. See below for more details. Answers to common Rule 48.14 questions In a case decided last week,  Daniels v. Grizzell, 2016 ONSC 7351, Associate Chief Justice... Read …

    How Tech Is Narrowing the Justice Gap: Real-World Examples

    29 Nov 2016, 7:09 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    For the past 16 years, the Legal Services Corporation has run a special grant program devoted to leveraging technology to more effectively meet the civil legal needs of low-income individuals. Over that time, these so-called Technology Initiative Grants have awarded $53.2 million to more than 640 projects. Now, the LSC has announced its latest round …

    Making Clients’ Lives Easier

    29 Nov 2016, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Lawyers have a lot of questions about how to develop new business. Once they start working with a client, however, the question often becomes, “How can I expand the business?” The simple fact is that clients want to work with lawyers who “get” them — lawyers who understand how, as a client, I like things done, who take the time to learn my …

    Trust Accounting Tips - A Podcast and a Seminar

    Trust account management is an important subject for lawyers in private practice and our Digital Edge podcast Trust Accounting for Lawyers has some great information and tips from a knowledgeable authority. Sheila Blackford is an attorney and practice management advisor...

    My 20 Tips for Travel to Cuba

    28 Nov 2016, 9:59 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    If you’ve been considering a trip to Cuba, the death of Fidel Castro should provide a spur. At this point, it is far from clear whether President-elect Trump will continue the thaw initiated by President Obama. That means the ability of U.S. citizens to travel there could be in question. Touring Havana in a vintage […] The post My 20 Tips for Travel …

    How long should you keep your closed files?

    28 Nov 2016, 9:18 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    “How long do I have to keep my closed files?” is one of the most frequent questions lawyers ask practicePRO. Certainly you don’t have to keep all files permanently – this just doesn’t make practical or economic sense. Nor is the solution as simple as a one-size-fits-all rule for when to destroy closed files (e.g.,... Read More »

    2016 What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Legal Profession

    28 Nov 2016, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Attorney at Work readers always get the first look at Bob Denney’s annual “What's Hot and What’s Not in the Legal Profession” report on trends in the business of practicing law. Which practice areas are heating up or cooling off? Take a look! This is our 28th annual report on what’s going on in the legal profession. As with all previous …

    Legal Market on the March

    27 Nov 2016, 9:59 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    The legal market has been on the march in the last few days, despite the the long US Thanksgiving weekend. I highlight here, in two related groups, a few news items of note… Law Firm Business Services Staffing May Be Up For Grabs The Lawyer magazine has a long and interesting report, UK 200 Business Services 2016: Key findings (28 Nov 2016). It …

    The Successful Lawyer – Now Available on your Computer, Tablet or Smartphone

    23 Nov 2016, 9:23 pm | From Amazing Firms, Amazing Practices | Fellows Blog

    The Second Edition of The Successful Lawyer: Powerful Strategies for Transforming Your Practice is now available in both paperback and Kindle versions. Among the kudos the first edition of this book attracted was one from Tom Peters, the highly acclaimed writer on business-management practice and author of In Search of Excellence, who described The …

    Podcast: Cuba Offers Opportunities for Law Firms and Businesses

    23 Nov 2016, 7:02 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    I recently returned from an eye-opening trip to Cuba, a beautiful country full of warm and hospitable people. My visit — and those of many other U.S. citizens in recent months — became possible after President Obama decided in 2014 to reject “the failed, Cold War-era policy era of the past to chart a new […] The post Podcast: Cuba Offers Opportunities …

    Increased run-off insurance: A critical issue often overlooked in lawyers’ estate planning

    23 Nov 2016, 6:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    When a lawyer passes away while still in active private practice, LAWPRO’s run-off coverage kicks in. While standard run-off may be enough coverage for lawyers who have been retired for several years (since potential claims will have had time to develop), it may not be sufficient for a lawyer who was practising full-time at the... Read More »

    Technology Talk with Azerbaijan Lawyers

    Last week I had the extreme pleasure to meet with a delegation of Azerbaijan lawyers to discuss law office technology. I learned a couple of things that may be of interest to you. These lawyers were visiting the United States...

    New practicePRO resource: Corporate/commercial malpractice claims fact sheet

    22 Nov 2016, 1:42 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    With such a large amount of claims prevention information available in LAWPRO Magazine articles and practicePRO resources, we had the idea to create simple fact sheets that CPD providers and others could use in developing their program material for specific areas of law. The latest in our series of “malpractice claims fact sheets” covers corporate …

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Legal – Why the Hype?

    22 Nov 2016, 12:26 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    I’ve been thinking lately about why there is so much hype recently among lawyers and legal market commentators about artificial intelligence (AI). I was not ready to put hands to keyboard for a full explanation, so on Sunday I recorded a short video on Twitter stating my preliminary views. It’s always hard to predict reactions to a single Tweet …

    Understanding Change Triggers

    22 Nov 2016, 11:50 am | From Corcoran's Business of Law Blog | Fellows Blog

    In the Biglaw legal marketplace, it’s taken as gospel that loyalty is dead. Corporate clients that once retained the same law firms over a multi-year period may now issue RFPs and shift the work to lower-priced firms. Partners with solid and portable client relationships may leap to new firms offering more generous compensation packages. Associates …

    The Holidays Bring More Email Threats

    Last week many Oklahoma Bar members received an email with a subject line of "Oklahoma Bar Association Complaint." Of course it was a fake. Our General Counsel's office does not send out these types of official notices by email. But...

    Zipwhip Lets You Text With Clients Using Your Main Office Number

    21 Nov 2016, 6:55 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Texting is the most widely and frequently used smartphone feature, according to Pew Internet, with 97 percent of smartphone owners using it regularly. But lawyers are often reluctant to advertise or give out their own mobile numbers, limiting their clients’ ability to communicate with them by text. Add a text widget to your firm’s mobile […] …

    Access to Justice: Limited Scope Representation

    21 Nov 2016, 6:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Increasingly, legal services are moving away from the full-service model. Outsourcing document review, e-discovery, and other discrete legal services are becoming more common-place. Small practitioners and larger firms alike can offer limited scope representation, or “unbundled” representation, which let clients pick and choose when they want to …

    Happy 14th Birthday to this Blog!

    19 Nov 2016, 8:41 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    It was 14 years ago today that I started this blog. Here was my first post, on Nov. 19, 2002. As I’ve noted before, this blog is so old it’s in a Hall of Fame. Let me extend a very warm thank you to everyone who has read this blog over the years. Also a […] The post Happy 14th Birthday to this Blog! appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites …

    Acrobat Reader’s Free Mobile Version Gets A Useful Scanning Tool

    17 Nov 2016, 7:43 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Adobe is today releasing a new scanning tool built into its free Acrobat Reader app for iOS and Android mobile devices that lawyers should find useful for scanning documents, receipts, business cards and other paper. If you already have the Adobe Reader app, the scanning tool will be available as soon as you update it. […] The post Acrobat Reader …

    The Stresses & Challenges of Being a Lawyer: When Technology Doesn’t Help

    17 Nov 2016, 6:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    In addition to all the pressures lawyers face described in the article The Day to Day Stresses & Challenges of Being a Lawyer, technology has increased the pace of practice. While increasing efficiency, the constant flow of new products and applications can create just as much anxiety. The key is to use technology – don’t... Read More »

    Law Firms Can’t Afford to Underestimate IT

    16 Nov 2016, 9:45 pm | From Amazing Firms, Amazing Practices | Fellows Blog

    The most recent issue of PwC UK’s Annual Law Firms’ Survey 2016 is out, and legal journalist Neil Rose has written an excellent and comprehensive summary of its findings. “The Big Law Firm of the Future: AI, Digital Robots and Blockchain” (Legal Futures, Oct. 24, 2016) contains enough disturbing findings and predictions that it is  …

    Has Lawyer Blogging Plateaued? ABA Tech Survey Suggests So

    16 Nov 2016, 9:44 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The number of law firms with blogs has plateaued, neither growing nor dropping for four years straight, according to the 2016 Legal Technology Survey Report recently published by the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center. The survey found that 26 percent of firms have blogs. That number has remained effectively unchanged for …