Law Firm Culture


Companionate Love, Part Two

10 Strategies for Bringing More Love into the Law

By | Feb.24.15 | No Comments

Last week, Christy Cassisa introduced us to the concept of “companionate love” in the workplace. It’s a type of emotional culture in which relationships are based on warmth, caring and connection — and, as Christy …Continue reading »


Banish Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

Making the Case for Love in Your Law Firm

By | Feb.17.15 | No Comments

Okay, don’t get your knickers in a knot. We’re not talking about illicit affairs steaming up the supply closet, or after-hours trysts with clients. Today, in the first of a two-part series, Christy Cassisa is talking about …Continue reading »


The New Lawyer

You Will Be Bullied — Be Prepared!

By | Dec.10.14 | 1 Comment

It’s probably a good thing that it happened to me right away. About two weeks into my legal career, I had my first encounter with a bully lawyer. I was working at the Chicago office of …Continue reading »


Ask the Experts

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 »


Ask the Experts

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 »


Ask the Experts

Law Firm Dress Code Too Much Trouble?

By | Jun.09.14 | 1 Comment

Question: With the warm weather, the annual “what to wear” debate is underway at our firm — and it’s probably time to update and enforce a dress code policy. Do most law firms have a dress …Continue reading »


The Virtual Law Office

Avoiding Isolation in a Virtual Law Practice

By | Jun.05.14 | 1 Comment

You may have contemplated joining a virtual law firm at some point, or creating your own virtual practice. Aside from the initial technological hurdle, a virtual practice can be an easy and welcome new reality. The joy of …Continue reading »


Be Thankful!

Law Firm Size? Grow Where You’re Planted

By | Nov.27.13 | 1 Comment

There are oh-so-many things to be grumpy about. We could start with politics. Or the traffic. Or even the coming holidays. But let’s not, eh? Being grumpy is just too easy. Instead, let’s shoot for the flip …Continue reading »


Practice Tips

Hot Topics at the ABA Solo and Small Firm Conference

By | Oct.25.12 | 2 Comments

Every year, the American Bar Association’s Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division hosts a conference jam-packed with programs covering the latest legal trends. We asked Houston solo practitioner Ashley Hallene, known for delivering hot practice …Continue reading »


a curmudgeon's perspective

Dress for Excess

By | Oct.23.12 | 1 Comment

The other day, Oriella, one of the young legal secretaries, wore these sandal-type shoes with long leather straps wrapping up to mid-calf. I thought they looked pretty, and a little sexy, and remarked on them …Continue reading »