Archive for: May, 2015

Normalizing Disruptive Technologies

Until I went to work for an electronic discovery company a few years ago, I never understood the concept of disruptive technology in the legal profession. It never occurred to me that lawyers would perceive as a negative something that has the potential to improve the way they do business. Coming from a background in…

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It’s A Dog’s Life: The Art of Discipline

Everything I know about business, I learned from my dog Star My husband and I are both in training. Steve is running the Chicago Marathon with hopes of qualifying for the Boston Marathon next April. I’m running in the America’s Finest City half marathon here in San Diego with the hopes of … finishing. Star…

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Lawyers as Technologists: Making the Most of Legal Technology Tradeshows

I’m heading up to Legal Tech West in Los Angeles today. Shows like these always remind me of the importance technology plays in demonstrating value to clients. Legal technology tradeshows tend to be full of vendors and law firm IT staff. There is a lot of knowledge in these rooms. Too often, however, the crowds…

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Everything I know about business development I learned from Star

My dog Star is a 90-lb lab who stands close to five-feet tall when fully erect. That’s typically how you’ll find her if you visit my house. She likes to stand with her front paws on the porch wall, so she can seek out a neighbor or passerby. We always know when she’s found someone…

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Taking the First Steps Toward Value-Based Billing

At the center of the discussion about building a value-based law firm is the topic of fee arrangements, specifically the desire to move away from hourly based billing toward alternative fee arrangements. Although firms seem to be taking baby steps toward “value-based” billing models, it is clear –with apologies to Mark Twain—that reports of the…

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The Birth of Law Firm Transitions

In 2007 I left my position as firmwide marketing director at Heller Ehrman. At the time I certainly knew the firm was in trouble, but I never once believed the challenges it faced would be insurmountable. I feel like Pollyanna saying this now, but I believed in Heller’s core values, in the integrity of the…

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