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Practice Management

TweetYes-you read that right-law firms have started competing for client business by submitting bids in an auction the clients conduct for legal fees.  This is yet another consequence of the challenging economy which is forcing companies to tighten their belts and forcing law firms to agree to accept lower fees because of an overall loss of […]

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TweetIf you are an out-of-work attorney or a lawyer looking for a change-better brush up on your foreign language skills. They might come in handy in landing your next legal job. International business disputes are on the rise and as a result law firms are hiring attorneys with foreign language skills to handle the increase […]

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TweetAccording to a recent survey conducted by the ALM Legal Intelligence and sponsored by LexisNexis Counsel Link, alternative fee arrangements (“AFA”) for legal services, i.e. billing methods based on a metric different from hourly billing rates, is failing to gain traction amongst lawyers.  The survey is entitled “Speaking Different Languages: Alternative Fee Arrangements for Law […]

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TweetSmall businesses and service businesses like law firms are all about people and relationships.  If the relationships go bad, a business breakup can be just as difficult and costly as ending a marriage.  Business partners and colleagues invest a great deal in the relationship and there are usually significant assets involved.  The collateral damage to […]

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TweetSmall law firms are continuing to look favorably on merging or being acquired by larger firms in 2012.  The number of small firm mergers and acquisitions increased by approximately fifty percent in 2011 compared to 2010 according to a survey conducted by consulting firm Altman Weil.  In fact, there have been approximately fifteen mergers and […]

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TweetCyberattacks on Law Firms-Background In what has become an all too familiar refrain, a major New York law firm was recently informed by the FBI that all of the firm’s client files had been discovered on a server in a foreign country. Those files were then sent from that foreign server to China. For those […]

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TweetA recent survey by ALM Legal Intelligence entitled “Fans, Followers and Connections: Social Media ROI for Law Firms” has disclosed that law firms are finally reaping dividends from their use of social media. Over 40% of the American law firms surveyed reported that participating in social networks and blogging led to new clients or business leads. About 180 law firm partners, marketers and administrators […]

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TweetIn a recent New York case involving an award of attorneys’ fees, the court called into question the hours worked by an inexperienced associate and the rate charged for those hours. The court subsequently severely reduced the firm’s request for attorneys’ fees. Facts The case, Francis v. Atlantic Infiniti, Index No. 19953/06 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., […]

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TweetIf you thought iPads were just cute gadgets for surfing the web, checking email, watching movies, and reading books, guess again.  One Arizona law firm, Fennemore Craig, is using the iPad to revolutionize the way it does business, creating a much more efficient, seamless way of practicing law—and saving money and precious resources in the […]

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TweetIf you’ve been involved in international civil or criminal proceedings, you might have had trouble obtaining potentially relevant materials. This is no surprise because some countries are very protective of their or their citizens’ privacy. Additionally, others don’t enforce or don’t have relevant laws. LawTech Europe Congress 2012 is a conference dedicated to the discussion of […]

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