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Jessica Mazzeo, Griesing Law Jessica Mazzeo, Griesing Law

It’s been more than five weeks since the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus shut down businesses across Pennsylvania, and even longer across the globe, as COVID-19 remains resistant to flattening out. For most law firms, navigating the changing landscape of remote working and lawyering has been a challenge in an industry that has always been resistant to change. But what COVID-19 has shown us is that remote working is not unattainable and, in fact, has proven just how well law firms can operate with a remote staff. Sure, there are many functions that require hands on, in-the-office employees, but for the most part, law firms can operate smoothly with an almost entirely remote workforce. Adapting to this change couldn’t be summed up better than by the fact that for the first time in history, the U.S. Supreme Court has switched to oral argument by telephone. Regardless of whether law firms can resume in-office work in a few weeks or months, here are four areas that law firm management should be paying attention to now and long after we return to our “new normal.”

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