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How to Respond to Negative Online Attorney Reviews

By | Apr.25.17 | No Comments

In this new feature, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism will be answering questions about ethical quandaries and issues in the business of practicing law. QUESTION: “I had a perfect ranking going on a popular attorney …Continue reading »


Trial Skills

Are You Acting in the Courtroom?

By | Apr.24.17 | No Comments

A law student is working on a direct examination during a trial skills program. She is practicing her presentation — how she stands, gestures and speaks. Each time through the examination, she asks exactly the …Continue reading »


Friday Fit Five

Five Ways to Spring Clean Your Personal and Professional Life

By | Apr.21.17 | No Comments

It’s spring! Finally, the sun is shining, the world is budding, the birds are chirping, and spring cleaning can begin. We usually think of spring cleaning our house, but here are five ways to spring …Continue reading »


LAWYER STARTUPS

10 Minutes with Legal Tech Entrepreneur Alma Asay

By | Apr.20.17 | 1 Comment

If not now … The impulse to rethink her career hit sixth-year litigator Alma Asay just as she was about to embark on the Biglaw partnership track. Looking around, she realized she wanted to fix an issue …Continue reading »


Well Said!

Stone Soup: A Client Development Metaphor

By | Apr.19.17 | 1 Comment

There is an old folk story that makes a fine metaphor for client development. In the tale, hungry strangers (read: the law firm client team) facilitate the people of a town (the team’s clients) giving …Continue reading »


Exit Strategy

Leaving Your Law Firm: Who Can You Tell, and When?

By | Apr.18.17 | No Comments

So, you’ve decided to leave your firm. One of the first questions that likely comes to mind is whether — and when — you can tell clients, your firm, colleagues and staff. As it turns out, …Continue reading »


Getting Clients

16 Good Things to Do with a Business Card (Yours and Theirs)

By | Apr.17.17 | 2 Comments

I take a perverse sort of pleasure in asking lawyers for their business card. It reveals a lot about a person. How deeply must they dig to find one? If it takes more than one …Continue reading »


The Friday Five

A Solo’s Tips on Balancing Client Calls and Personal Time

By | Apr.14.17 | 2 Comments

If you’re a solo practitioner or in a small law firm, you are likely a slave to your smartphone, making sure clients can always reach you. As managing partner at a small firm, I found …Continue reading »


Managing

CRM of the Crop: Lexicata Represents a Step Forward in Client Intake

By | Apr.13.17 | 1 Comment

Legal technology has advanced light years over the span of the last decade-plus. And, as the originally successful innovators have had large corporations grow up around them, new innovators have started to poke around in …Continue reading »


Get to the Point!

You Can’t Practice Law Without Math

By | Apr.12.17 | No Comments

One of my mediations included negotiation of a medical provider’s lien. The lien was $10,000; the offer to settle it was $3,700. I gently pointed out that the offer was less than half the amount …Continue reading »