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Money Management for Contingency Fees

As if you didn't have enough to worry about—between getting clients, pleasing clients, meeting deadlines, sending out invoices and making sure the yogurt isn’t past its “sell by” date -- you have to think about your financial future, too. If ...

Theda C. Snyder - March 9, 2011

What to Do When the Media Calls

Speaking with a reporter is always a crap shoot. But speaking with them is far better than avoiding them. While you can't control what the reporter ultimately writes, with a little advance work you can improve your chances of getting a positive ...

Leigh Ann Nicas - March 8, 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

Managing Up

No one has more impact on the kind of work you do, and the opportunities you receive, than the person you work for—whether a senior partner, group leader or client. Even when you move on, they can make or break future opportunities as a referer ...

Wendy Werner - February 23, 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
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Civil Matters

As I entered my firm’s building the other day, I held the outer door open for several of our young attorneys. When a young woman then turned to hold the inside door open for us, one of the men made a bit of a scene (partly for my benefit, no ...

Otto Sorts - February 14, 2011

Tapping Trends to Build New Business

Each year, we research and identify the current trends in the business of practicing law. Frequently, however, I’m reminded that seeing the trends is only the first step. The second is answering the important question, “What does it mean to me?” ...

Bob Denney - February 9, 2011

You’re Hired! Here’s How to Stay That Way

"Second Chances" was the theme for the reality show “The Apprentice” this past season. The contestants were jobless, once-successful professionals hit hard by the economy. All were looking to prove themselves, competing to be the one to hear ...

Lauren Egan and Michael Sachs - February 3, 2011

Six Tips to Maximize Your Bar Dues

Like most who eked out a living during the lean years of the Great Depression, my grandmother believed strongly in frugality—and she could stretch a dollar as far as anyone I’ve ever known. Today, dollar-stretching is once again a valuable ...

Erik Mazzone - February 1, 2011

The Art of “We”

I had lunch recently with a partner of a Big Four accounting firm, a conversation that was illuminating less for what he said than for how he said it. Whenever he talked about his work and objectives, it was always based on the firm’s work and ...

Jordan Furlong - January 27, 2011