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Who Cares About Martindale-Hubbell?

By | Mar.03.15 | 1 Comment

Question: Does anyone still refer to lawyer directories such as Martindale-Hubbell when looking for a lawyer? Should we still be considering inclusion in directories like these? Jim Jarrell: I’m my opinion: No. For what it’s worth, in …Continue reading »


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Can You Be a Better Boss?

By | Feb.25.15 | No Comments

Question: From a firm administrator’s perspective, what could a lawyer do to be a better boss? Sharon Abrahams: Lawyers are saddled with one of the most important jobs related to the supervision of their administrative staff: providing …Continue reading »


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Does Social Media Really Work as a Marketing Tool?

By | Jan.08.15 | 1 Comment

Question: I read so much about lawyers engaging in social media, but I see little evidence of its effectiveness. How is social media being used by lawyers in a way that is beneficial? Stacy A. Smith: …Continue reading »


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I Hate Public Speaking! Is It Worth the Effort?

By | Dec.15.14 | 4 Comments

Question: I hate public speaking, but I do it because I’m told it’s good marketing. But when I take days to prepare for a single speech that brings me no new business, I’m inclined to …Continue reading »


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Gender Bias: Time to Leave Your Law Firm?

By | Nov.20.14 | No Comments

Question: I’m a young female lawyer working in a midsize law firm. It’s fairly obvious that women are treated as second-class citizens around here. Are there ways that you have seen to effectively battle this …Continue reading »


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What ‘Creative Perks’ Boost Morale?

By | Nov.05.14 | No Comments

Question: For a smaller firm without a huge budget, what kinds of “creative perks” could we offer employees to show appreciation, to help boost morale and motivation? Lori Ann DeMayo: As a small firm, we are always …Continue reading »


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Embarrassed About Your Elevator Speech?

By | Oct.29.14 | No Comments

Question: I need help with my “elevator speech.” When I begin to tell people about my practice, I tend to get flustered and embarrassed. Do you have any advice that would help me feel more …Continue reading »


How to Handle Disagreements in the Law Office

By | Oct.01.14 | No Comments

Question: Do you have any recommendations for dealing with disagreements between co-workers? I don’t mean just staff. Sometimes it is even an issue among the lawyers in our firm. What’s the best way to get …Continue reading »


Shy? How to Make It in a Networking World

By | Sep.08.14 | 1 Comment

Question: I’m an inexperienced lawyer, and naturally timid. How can I be expected to thrive in a networking environment? What’s the best way to follow up after meeting someone new? When should I ask for …Continue reading »


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How to Welcome a Lateral Attorney

By | Jul.29.14 | 1 Comment

Question: A partner from a local firm is joining our practice in a few weeks. It’s been several years since we hired a senior lateral attorney, and, honestly, it didn’t go so well the last …Continue reading »