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Law Firm Mergers: Two Blinding Glimpses of the Obvious

Posted in Management
The Wall Street Journal carried a column on November 11, 2013, “Big Law Mergers Questioned," that contained two blinding glimpses of the obvious – one explicit, one implicit.  The explicit one was straightforward, yet seemed to elude the understanding of the writer:  that in pursuing mergers to create ever-bigger organizations, law firms are simply following … Continue Reading

Legal fees are high – according to whom?

Posted in Cash Flow - Finances, Management
In today’s Wall Street Journal,  staff writer, Jacqueline Palank discusses the Justice Department’s attempt to control fees that bankruptcy lawyers seek. Creditors and employees may, at times, be a bit disgruntled by such fees. So, now, the U.S. Trustee Program appears to be entering the fray. Before going further, it should be noted that i) … Continue Reading

Alternative law firm business model

Posted in Management, Marketing
From Lawyers USA, we learn that the American Bar’s Ethics Commission has recommended that states rules be changed to allow non-lawyers to own up to 25% of law firms.  Rules against lawyers sharing fees with non-lawyers might need to be loosened to allow U.S. firms to compete globally. The proposal says that any firm with … Continue Reading

More law firm departures announced – What’s typical?

Posted in Management
Departures from large law firms continue. And more than one person is now asking what is the "normal" rate of departures? One estimate suggested 7%. We are living in an environment that many people call a “new normal.” Our economy, as well as the legal community, has been turned upside down in the last couple … Continue Reading

Law Firm Strategist Ed Poll Launches Nationwide Roadshow

Posted in Press Releases
Venice, CA – June 6, 2011. Award-winning law business management coach and consultant Ed Poll is bringing his nationally recognized practices, tips and advice to bar associations, law schools and other top venues across America this summer. The tour will include 15-20 stops throughout the US from June through September 2011, starting on the West … Continue Reading

Customer Service – A True Story

Posted in Management, Marketing
Last week, I had an accident. A preoccupied driver who admitted she didn’t see me failed to yield the right of way and turned left before I could see her. My bicycle hit her right front fender. You can see a picture of the damage to the car.  Sometimes, it’s better to hit than be … Continue Reading

Open Letter to the State Bar President

Posted in Cash Flow - Finances, Management
(Note: The California State Bar President asked  California lawyers to contribute to the State Bar’s efforts to provide legal services to those in need. Following is an open letter to the President; his letter is set forth below.   Dear Mr. President:  I agree with you completely. There is a tremendous "justice gap." I’m glad … Continue Reading

Bullying or Cooperation – Which is more profitable?

Posted in Management
Bullies cost you money! Addressing this topic is not a "soft skill" but one that goes right to the "bottom line." Tolerate bullying in the workplace and you will experience lost time, lost ncentive and lost resources when skilled staff take time off from work, lose motivation or suffer stress burnout and leave the job … Continue Reading

Recruiting is taking a big hit

Posted in Management
What are you doing about recruiting? Most of the larger firms have either delayed entry of those to whom they extended offers … by a few months, at least.  And some have outplaced these folks to public interest activities for a year with only a stipend. More law schools are experiencing reduced recruiting efforts … … Continue Reading