Law Firm Culture

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 »

Taking Care of Yourself

You’re Being Bullied: Now What?

By | Sep.19.12 | 2 Comments

Yes, a law firm can be a pretty difficult place to work. You’ve gathered together and granted power to people with expensive educations in … well, winning. And that can be less than conducive to productive …Continue reading »

Take Care of Yourself

Are You Being Bullied?

By | Aug.30.12 | 1 Comment

A law firm can be a pretty difficult place to work. You’ve gathered together and granted power to people with expensive educations in … well, winning. In all of its various manifestations. In fact, most …Continue reading »

Law Practice Management

Don’t Tolerate Jerks

By | Aug.15.12 | No Comments

News flash: Jerks, it seems, are everywhere. Yes, it’s true, including in law firms. The ABA Journal’s recent  “No Jerks” piece, as well as Bill Cobb and Terry Conner’s “Why Should We Tolerate ‘Jerks’ in Our Law …Continue reading »


The True Meaning of Partnership

By | Jun.27.12 | 2 Comments

When I began consulting, it was my plan to focus on working with corporations. But one of the first calls I received was from the managing partner of one of the international accounting firms. When I …Continue reading »