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Planning for Flat-Fee Billing

Thoughtful planning will be the key to making flat-fee billing, or any other billing method, viable and successful. And no matter how you change your billing practices, timekeeping will play a critical role. Yes, clients can perceive the value ...

Frederick J. Esposito Jr. - May 24, 2011

Surprise Your Clients

To become known as a top-level firm, you must make care and service for clients your top priority, and view every interaction as a chance to exceed their expectations. While this may seem obvious, you'd be surprised at how often the basics are ...

Mark A. Ivener - May 18, 2011

Cloud Computing: Client Portals

Cloud computing isn’t new. Lawyers have used cloud computing applications such as Lexis and Westlaw, and stored documents in the cloud to support automated litigation support, for many years. What is new about cloud computing is how it has now ...

Richard S. Granat - April 28, 2011

Fresh Marketing Ideas

Last week, more than 1,000 people gathered in Orlando for the 2011 Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference. Just in case you weren’t one of them—or if you were but couldn’t attend all the sessions—we asked a few of Attorney at Work’s ...

The Editors - April 13, 2011

When a Partner Leaves: Advice for the Client

The “no surprises” rule is always a good one to follow when it comes to relationships with outside counsel. But what’s a general counsel to think when her lawyer reveals that trouble’s afoot—and he’s departing for ...

Rees Morrison - April 6, 2011

Demographic Business Development

Successful practices identify specific client groups and focus business development efforts there. But, being lawyers, we tend to classify clients according to their legal needs rather than by criteria that are far more relevant to clients: ...

Jordan Furlong - March 21, 2011

When You Lose a Client

It happens to every lawyer from time to time. Someone you thought was a good long-time client suddenly drops the relationship. Or, perhaps you compete for a new client and you’re not selected. It can happen for any number of reasons. Many of ...

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton - March 3, 2011

Create Legal Annual Reports for Your Clients

We all know it’s much easier to generate new business from current clients than to go out and get brand new clients. But how to go about it? Here’s today’s suggestion: Create a Legal Annual Report for your best client. Jordan Furlong has ideas ...

Jordan Furlong - February 21, 2011

Fire a Client

When you are a new lawyer, it seems any client should be welcomed with open arms. More mature lawyers know that’s not necessarily so. Which brings me to a friend of mine who used to practice law in Columbia, SC, and his New Year’s ritual ...

Simon Chester - January 4, 2011
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Calming Down an Angry Client

You know the scenario. It’s the end of the day. The phone rings and you pick it up knowing you really shouldn't. You should just let it go to voicemail, pack up your laptop and go home. “What the bleep is this?” are the first words you ...

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton - December 13, 2010