Using Strategic Consultants More Strategically
With legal industry management consulting on the rise, even as other industries look to reign in the influence of outside consultants, managing partners are asking themselves, “What’s the smartest way to engage outside expertise?”
Did the Pandemic Change Law Firms? Could Anything?
Though it might come as a surprise to any midlevel associate working through the weekend for the third time in a row, law firm culture is reputedly at a moment of “peak empathy.” Certainly the pandemic, combined with shifting generational and cultural norms, has driven firms to make some once-unthinkable changes to the way legal work gets done. Are innovations like remote offices and hybrid schedules here to stay? Or will firm leaders inevitably regress to the profession’s traditional churn-and-burn style of management?
Expert Q&A with Toby Eveland of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
What’s the best advice someone has ever given you about building your book of business? Toby Eveland, Chicago Managing Partner of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, answers this question.
When (and How) to Fire a Client
Where shying away from representing a controversial client was once considered a sign of weakness — what client would want to hire a lawyer who wouldn’t stand by them on their worst day? — such moral stands are now considered a sign of strength, highly valued by both socially conscious young professionals and consumer-facing businesses in the global marketplace. Here are some times when it might make sense to end a client relationship.
Expert Q&A with David Goodman of Goodman Law Group | Chicago
What’s the best advice someone has ever given you about building your book of business? David Goodman, founder of Goodman Law Group | Chicago, answers this question.
Business Development Tips to Get You to the End of the Year
If August is for vacation and rooftop happy hours and December is for holiday parties and collections, you’ve basically got three months left to hit your 2022 business development goals. Here’s how to make the most of September, October and November.
New Tricks for Old Dogs
Even as managing partners have sharpened their focus on their firms’ diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, the hard work of actually making change has mostly fallen to women and members of underrepresented or marginalized groups themselves, rather than to the still overwhelmingly white male leaders who are best positioned to remove those barriers.
There has long been a disconnect between how people are trained to be lawyers and what it actually takes to be a successful lawyer. That gap has only grown in recent years as the practice of law is being continually reshaped by ever-faster developments in technology, business and culture.
Expert Q&A with Daniel Farris of Norton Rose Fulbright
How can mentors establish trust with mentees? Daniel Farris, a partner with Norton Rose Fulbright in Chicago, answers this question.
Finding the Best Mediators & Arbitrators Requires a More Intentional Process
Marcie Dickson is the founder and CEO of Alterity ADR, a national dispute resolution firm with a panel of experienced mediators, arbitrators, special masters, and expert conflict resolution specialists.