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    What Is a 21st Century Brand?

    28 Aug 2015, 10:13 am | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    This question was posed by Marketing Sherpa and is worth a read. We’re often shocked to learn how little is understood about brand. Ironically, today a logo plays second fiddle to a professional service firm’s website as a surrogate for “brand” because professional service firms will never and can never put the energy behind their logo that …

    Valorem Law Group’s Why

    One of the most-watched TED talks is by Simon Sinek. Called “Start with Why,” Sinek compellingly argues that why an organization exists is more important to its success that what it does or how. Sinek offers Apple as an example, demonstrating its ability to enter and remake markets including music, MP3 players, cell phones and... Continue Reading …

    Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name David Wahlberg

    28 Aug 2015, 9:24 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported David Wahlberg looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring […]

    Results of Valorem Survey of In-House Counsel on Hiring Priorities

    Valorem Law Group recently surveyed in-house counsel.  A huge thank-you to the 42 in-house lawyers who responded. The question we asked was: When making a decision to hire a law firm to handle a litigation matter that is NOT bet-the-company, which of the following values are the most important to you? (Please rank in order... Continue Reading The …

    Tech Tips for Teams: Smart Collaboration Tools

    28 Aug 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    In Friday Five+ Tech Tips, we invite law practice management and technology experts to share their favorite tips and tricks for tackling everyday quandaries that can prevent you from keeping your practice humming along smoothly. In the end, of course, it's all about teamwork — and that's this month's Tech Tips 5+ topic. We asked a dream team of law …

    Tech Tips for Teams: Smart Collaboration Tools

    28 Aug 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    In Friday Five+ Tech Tips, we invite law practice management and technology experts to share their favorite tips and tricks for tackling everyday quandaries that can prevent you from keeping your practice humming along smoothly. In the end, of course, it's all about teamwork — and that's this month's Tech Tips 5+ topic. We asked a dream team of law …

    The Lawyer Who Liked to “One-Up”

    27 Aug 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    “I never seem to get it right enough with him,” Sara told me, as she expressed her frustrations about being on Terry's case team. “He always has to do it better than me.” I nodded. Terry was an ace litigator, hardworking, controlling and driven to win at everything. We had even stopped inviting him to poker night, where several of us got together …

    The Lawyer Who Liked to “One-Up”

    27 Aug 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    “I never seem to get it right enough with him,” Sara told me, as she expressed her frustrations about being on Terry's case team. “He always has to do it better than me.” I nodded. Terry was an ace litigator, hardworking, controlling and driven to win at everything. We had even stopped inviting him to poker night, where several of us got together …

    Are Big Law Legal Technology Experts Failing? A Pre-ILTACon Question

    26 Aug 2015, 5:31 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    Are Big Law legal technology experts failing at their jobs? I ask this question as the leading global tech experts from Big Law and not-so-Big Law are about to converge in Las Vegas at “ILTACon” (The International Legal Technology Association’s ILTA 2015 conference). The question was prompted by an article published today and subsequent email …

    Commercial debt collection scam using the name Morihiro Gotoh and Gotoh & Co.

    26 Aug 2015, 12:57 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Three Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Morihiro Gotoh of Gotoh & Co. looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection.. This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be […]

    Commercial equipment purchase scam impersonating the names Vince Luciano and Alberici Constructers, Ltd

    26 Aug 2015, 11:19 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    A California firm received an email from the purported Vince Luciano of Alberici Constructers, Ltd looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. The firm notified the real representatives of Alberici Constructers, Ltd who brought the fraud attempt to our attention. The company address is correct, but the phone number and …

    Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name Allen Walton

    26 Aug 2015, 10:44 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Allen Walton looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring […]

    PaleoLaw.

    Words matter. I have chosen mine poorly. I am here to correct my ways. For the longest time, I have written critically of “BigLaw,” as if size itself was the problem. To be sure, most large law firms suffer from the problem, but so do many smaller law firms. The problem goes beyond size. The... Continue Reading The post PaleoLaw. appeared first …

    A TechHit One-Two Punch: SimplyFile and MessageSave

    26 Aug 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    TechHit is a San Francisco company that builds applications emanating from Microsoft Outlook. This approach works especially well in the legal field, where most lawyers still prefer, or are forced, to use Microsoft Office. While an impressive product in its own right, Outlook still lacks certain efficiencies. TechHit aims to add those efficiencies — …

    Opening a Modern Law Office: Coping with Today's Rapidly Changing Law Firm Business Model

    Opening a law office is a very different operation today than a few decades ago. In my feature Opening a Modern Law Office: Coping with Today's Rapidly Changing Law Firm Business Model, I contrast several of the differences between those...

    LAWPRO Magazine archive: How Long Should You Keep Your Closed Files?

    25 Aug 2015, 7:00 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., […]

    Distraction Junkie? Managing Your Worst Time Bandit

    25 Aug 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    In his recent book “The Time Bandit Solution: Recovering Stolen Time You Never Knew You Had,” Edward G. Brown presents a step-by-step lesson in recovering lost time — including how to prevent interruptions from sapping your productivity and satisfaction.We asked the time management expert for a few tips on managing distractions. Wouldn't you …

    Client Service Lessons from the Movies: Truth Revealed

    Everyone says they are committed to client service.  Here is the truth:             No one has the chutzpah to speak as candidly as Rhett, but there’s the truth. The post Client Service Lessons from the Movies: Truth Revealed appeared first on In Search of Perfect Client Service.

    What were they thinking?

    24 Aug 2015, 11:46 am | From In Search of Perfect Client Service | Fellows Blog

    I can’t even make stuff like this up. Lawyers and invoices are a toxic combination, but the AmLaw 200 firms that are responsible for these examples have people who are supposed to prevent the lawyers from revealing their invoicing stupidity.  Here a couple of my favorite illustrations from an article too good to pass up:... Continue Reading The …

    New in the practicePRO Lending Library: The 2015 Solo & Small Firm Legal Technology Guide

    24 Aug 2015, 7:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    This annual guide is written to help solo and small firm lawyers find the best technology for their dollar. You’ll find the most current information and recommendations on computers, servers, networking equipment, legal software, printers, security products, smartphones, the iPad, and anything else a law office will need. It’s written in clear, …

    Client Service Lessons From The Movies: self-assessment

    When it comes to assessment, this is what most people think of themselves:                   But the reality is this:               So people delude themselves. When the makers of a product win some trials and lose some trials, how many of the... Continue Reading The post Client Service Lessons From The Movies: self-assessment appeared …

    Control Your Own Destiny through Business Development

    24 Aug 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    In a coaching meeting, a young partner was unenthusiastic as we discussed potential marketing and business development activities. It was clear he was troubled, so I asked what he was thinking. His response: “Am I better off being a really good service partner and working a lot of hours than spending my time trying to develop relationships that may …

    Are Lawyers Getting Dumber? Bloomberg Asks

    23 Aug 2015, 8:49 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    It’s rare that the legal market makes the cover of Business Week. The current print issue (24-30 August 2015) cover story asks “Are Lawyers Getting Dumber?” The article describes the dust-up between lesser-ranked law schools and the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) over the recent decline in bar passage rates. For those who believe …

    Smarty Pins — Putting Trivia on the Map

    21 Aug 2015, 12:13 pm | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    How much of your time do you spend on Google Maps? Between driving from one place to the next, figuring out which bus is the best to take downtown or even just getting walking directions around town, my guess is a good amount. Google Maps is definitely one of the most used apps on my […] The post Smarty Pins — Putting Trivia on the Map appeared …

    Client Service Lessons from Movies: The Ultimate Service

    21 Aug 2015, 10:29 am | From In Search of Perfect Client Service | Fellows Blog

              War Games 1983   The ultimate service–help eliminate the need for your service. The post Client Service Lessons from Movies: The Ultimate Service appeared first on In Search of Perfect Client Service.

    practicePRO Resource: Sample budget spreadsheet

    20 Aug 2015, 7:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    One of the most downloaded resources each year on practicePRO.ca is our Sample Budget Spreadsheet for law firms. It was created as a supplement to our Managing the Finances of your Practice booklet. A budget is an essential part of any business financial plan, but many lawyers going into business on their own for the […]

    Are you putting your clients’ data at risk?

    19 Aug 2015, 10:38 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Sam Glover in The Lawyerist blog asks whether lawyers are making reasonable efforts to protect confidential client data his column 4 Ways Your Are Putting Your Client’s Information at Risk. What are reasonable efforts? Here are the four moderately easy steps lawyers can take to secure the information that has been entrusted to them (for […]

    Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Linda Aioko and KIJ Corporation

    19 Aug 2015, 9:48 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Zuoshang Xu of Hung Hua Construction Corporation looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers […]

    Do Large Law Firms Work Differently from Each Other?

    17 Aug 2015, 7:40 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    I wonder if lawyers at large law firms practice differently. With all the discussions about strategy and competitive differentiation, I rarely read about how lawyers do their work. And I believe this matters more than the market thinks. What do I mean by how lawyers work? Examples include planning at the outset of a matter, team communication and …

    Windows 10 Upgrade -- Should I do it now or later?

    NOTE: A group asked me to give them some comments on whether to upgrade to Windows 10 now or later. I did some research and and provided them a short paper with some links included. Word got out and I...

    The Seattle Cider Company—Not Your Average Cider Company

    17 Aug 2015, 7:34 am | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    The Seattle Cider Company, located in Seattle, Washington, strives to master the art of craft cider. It is the first cidery in the Seattle area since the Prohibition era in the 1920’s. The company carries unique flavored ciders including some seasonal options such as pumpkin spice and basil mint. Seattlecidercompany.com is “not your standard cider …

    Newest Additions to Lawblogs.ca

    Did you know that 2015 will mark 10 years since the inaugural Clawbies, a.k.a., the Canadian Law Blog Awards? Although there are always a lot of established blogs that receive well-deserved nomination from their faithful readers, we especially look …

    Is Best-of-Breed the Best Choice for Large Firms

    13 Aug 2015, 9:20 am | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    Three scenarios and tips for choosing the right brand, web design, web development and marketing automation partner(s). Whom to consider, when and why. Every business faces a broad set of challenges in our new digital marketing landscape, but none more dramatic than the shift from web 2.0 marketing to the kind of savvy, personalized and […] The post …

    Improving the Client Experience

    We all appreciate today that the appearance of a law firm website is not just compared by consumers to other law firm websites, but to all other online content. It is more challenging to get some lawyers to appreciate that...

    What Big Law Can Learn from Alphabet

    11 Aug 2015, 6:24 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    Google’s restructuring leads the business news this week. The company created a parent company, Alphabet, under which Google Inc. will be the biggest operating unit. Other units will house Nest, life sciences, robotics, and other Google businesses. As the New York Times suggests, this lets Google focus – on everything. The point is, Google remains …

    The Perils of Income Smoothing

    11 Aug 2015, 4:00 am | From Corcoran's Business of Law Blog | Fellows Blog

    Perhaps you’ve been following the criminal trial of former leaders of disbanded law firm Dewey LeBoeuf LLP. The prosecution contends that these leaders purposely misled other stakeholders, including equity partners, bondholders, and the general public as to the firm’s fiscal health. Law360 reporter Andrew Strickler recently asked me whether such …

    The Secret to Solving Google Business Listing Problems

    If you’ve ever had work out a kink in a Google business listing, you know it can be an exercise in aggravation. Fixing issues such as lost control over a listing, updating your business address, correcting a map marker, or …

    Working Smarter, Not Harder

    3 Aug 2015, 4:40 am | From Corcoran's Business of Law Blog | Fellows Blog

    As they say, a picture paints a thousand words. Today’s Dilbert comic poignantly illustrates the disconnect between lawyers who bill by the hour — and who believe the quantity of hours is both a measure of quality and a measure of financial success — and the rest of the business community, in which making money […]