The Lawyer’s Guide to Going on Vacation

Lawyers carry a lot of responsibility, which can make it feel like there’s no good time to take a break from work. But just as you don’t want your doctor to be frazzled and overextended, your clients don’t want their legal representation to keep piling on the stress, either. Vacations provide much-needed recharge time. The key to making them actually … Read More

Modern Tips for Running a Successful Law Practice

Running a law firm

For many lawyers, the sometimes vexing side of running a law office is not the legal work for clients—it’s running a business. And as the past couple of years have seen a sharp swerve toward more remote working, modern tools and tech have become even more essential for success. Below, as part of a special project in collaboration with Nish … Read More

Taking on a Legal Partner or Acquiring Another Firm: What You Need to Know

Scaling up Law Firm

(Note: This post references common business practices and structures in the United States. Practices and business law may vary in your jurisdiction.) When you’re at the helm of a small law firm, you may at some point be faced with the question of whether or not you should take on a partner or acquire another firm.  Doing so may come … Read More

Building Accountability in Your Legal Team

The practice of law takes a significant amount of time, dedication, and energy. Law firms contain many moving parts, and they all need to work together seamlessly to get the job done. Accountability is the glue that holds all of these moving parts together. If this value doesn’t exist within a legal team, things have the potential to fall apart … Read More

Back to Basics: (Part 1) Fine-Tuning Your Legal Practice Management

This post is part one of a two-part series that focuses on getting Back to Basics in your law practice. Please read part 2 here, Improving Your Law Firm’s Financials. We all want to implement quality practice management, and most lawyers know what that should look like for their firm on a strategic level. But if we dial it back … Read More

The Ethics of Outsourcing for Law Firms

Law Firm Outsourcing

The average lawyer spends only 2.5 hours a day on billable client work. So while working at or running a law firm sometimes calls on one person to wear many hats, revenue growth is limited when lawyers are already spread thin. As a method of handling this workflow and focusing more time on billable hours and client service, many lawyers … Read More

Lawyer Life: Is It Time to Rethink the Long Hours?

Long Working Hours

The legal world is infamous for its long work hours. Lawyers have a lot to accomplish in a day, and you can’t punt much of it to next week because next week will be busy, too. While there’s undoubtedly a level of pride in putting in the time to do your work well, the practice of overworking day after day … Read More

5 Tips to Help Your Law Firm Convert Leads to New Business

Prospects and Clients folders

New leads can generate real and understandable excitement in a law firm. But when it comes to converting those leads or prospects into actual clients, there’s often still work to be done—and sometimes in a different vein than lawyers realize. In converting a lead, you’re not just trying to convince them you could offer quality legal support. You’re trying to … Read More

Why Client Relationships Matter for Law Firms

Law Firm Client Relationships

Here’s an under-appreciated truth: the business success of your firm hinges on using skills you didn’t learn in law school. Developing and maintaining positive relationships with clients is critical to the sustainability of law firms. How to do it? Greet your clients warmly, get to know their hobbies, learn the names of their family members, and they’ll know the client … Read More

What Is Good Law Firm Culture—and How Is It Changing?

Company Culture

When lawyers are asked what makes their law firm unique, many will answer with some variant of “culture.” But the right “fit” isn’t only about clients and an outward-facing reputation. It’s also about internal culture, and it’s increasingly important to a younger generation of lawyers.  The changes may be gradual, but up-and-coming talent is making waves by valuing culture when … Read More