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Law Firm ManagementThe Law Firm Management Supplement includes articles on partner evaluations, creating an effective managing partner and administrator team, measuring marketing efforts and more.
2013-02-26 12:00:00 AM
Creating a Managing Partner and Administrator Team
There is no 'I' in "teamwork," but there is a "me" and a "we." When talking about building an effective managing partner and administrator team, the trick is to cultivate the "we" and eliminate the "me." Full Text
Partner Evaluations Are Key to Improving Performance
Faced with unprecedented changes in the legal profession usually referred to as the "new normal" firms must pay more attention than ever to improving their overall performance. Because one of the changes is a supposed oversupply of lawyers, a growing number of firms, midsize as well as large, are now conducting evaluations, not just of associates but also of partners. The purpose behind these evaluations is often just to classify certain attorneys as unproductive and get them out of the firm. Full Text
Measuring Legal Marketing Results: How Firms Miss the Boat
For many law firms, the function of marketing is the proverbial 800-pound gorilla in the room. It's the can best kicked down the road for another time or, even better, kicked to another individual or committee. Full Text
Facilities Management: Making It Someone Else's Problem
The specific motivations leading a law firm to outsource some or all of its support functions to a facilities management vendor are varied. My firm is now in the fourth year of a facilities management contract with a vendor that provides a broad variety of support services. The frustrations and limitations that led to our outsourcing those operations were many, and included some pain points. Full Text
The Benefits of Going Green at Your Law Firm
When my firm began its journey to become a "green" law firm in 2003, the question that we received most was, "What is a green law firm?" In fact, people asked the question so much that we actually ran an advertisement that addressed the question. In the ad, we reframed the question from "what" to "why." Why would you do that? For us, it was simple: Full Text
Lawyer Mobility Makes Separation Agreements a Necessity
Today, the topic of "lawyer mobility" is boring. Twenty-five years ago, when this author began representing lawyers and law firms, the concept of lawyer mobility was novel, if not revolutionary. The norm was for lawyers to begin and end their careers at the same firm, and law firms rarely asked partners to leave. Full Text