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employee benefits

Understanding Your Law Firm’s Employee Benefits and Perks

If you’re an associate or other employee at a law firm, you want to make sure you’re taking full advantage of the benefits your firm offers. And if you’re a partner in a smaller firm, you should be aware of what employees will be expecting from ...

Ryan McPherson - February 21, 2018
business development

For Business Development, Do What Comes Naturally

Unfortunately, there is no template or set of instructions that works for every lawyer. I have seen a lot of tactics executed with varying degrees of success. What seems to work best is engaging in an activity that is natural to you. What do I ...

Toni Wells - February 13, 2018
happy retirement

Prepare Yourself for a Happy Retirement

Thinking about your retirement? If you are in your 60s or older, you should be. Even if you are in your 50s, it’s a good idea. In fact, whether it's far in the future or just around the corner, there are many reasons to start thinking about ...

Ida O. Abbott - January 30, 2018
Well Said in bubble

Advice to New Associates on Becoming a Rainmaker

You passed the bar and got your first job in a law firm. Congratulations. Now it’s time to start becoming a rainmaker. “Whoa,” you say. “Slow down. Become a rainmaker? I still have to become a real lawyer. You know, one whose work clients will ...

Mike O'Horo - January 29, 2018
money management

Money Management Tips for New Associates

Congratulations! You survived law school, passed the bar and got a job. By now you’re somewhat settled in. Some partners have learned your name, and you’ve received a few paychecks. So, what will you do with the steady earnings? Since it is ...

Ryan McPherson - January 17, 2018

Four Productivity Building Blocks of Effective, Efficient and Happy Lawyers

Recently I posed this question to lawyers: “Why are you at the office until 10 p.m.?” Many lawyers fail to structure their days in a manner ...

Jay Harrington - December 26, 2017

For a Young Associate, Practice Makes Perfect

Across professions, there is a process to mastery. Hard work and perseverance don’t guarantee success, but it’s almost impossible to achieve success without them. This is particularly true in the legal profession, which is as competitive as it ...

Jay Harrington - November 29, 2017
associates

Look in the Mirror: Associates Hold the Key to Their Own Happiness

In a 1955 essay in The Economist, Cyril Northcote Parkinson, a British historian, described a phenomenon that would come to be called “Parkinson’s Law.” His key insight: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” In ...

Jay Harrington - October 23, 2017
struggling associate

Think Big, Act Small: The Cure for What Ails a Struggling Associate

When I was practicing law at a large firm, the associate annual review period was always an interesting time around the office. This may not be true at all firms, and perhaps there’s more frequent communication happening these days, but in my ...

Jay Harrington - September 20, 2017
young associate

How to Generate ROI as a Young Lawyer

Your law firm cares about your personal and professional growth. But make no mistake, the law is a business — often a cutthroat one. Your firm has made a big investment in you in terms of salary, benefits, training and overhead. It expects a ...

Jay Harrington - August 29, 2017