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Is the Sky Falling Yet? 2019 Law Firms in Transition Survey

Is the Sky Falling Yet? 2019 Law Firms in Transition Survey

The results of the 2019 Altman Weil annual Law Firms in Transition survey are receiving well-deserved interest from law firm leadership. This year, 362 law firms participated in this annual bench-marking survey. The good news is that most law firms are experiencing improved financial performance. And the issues surrounding what clients are expecting is becoming […]

Why the Legal Industry Can Handle the Next Recession

Why the Legal Industry Can Handle the Next Recession

The last recession caught a robust and in-demand legal industry unprepared, and the consequences cut deep. Deal flow of all kinds dramatically slowed, with real estate hit first and hardest. Law firms were forced to lay off staff, defer acceptances for associates, and close entire offices. Contrary to traditional wisdom, the pace of litigation, including […]

Network Now for Success Later

Network Now for Success Later

Today, the art of conversation has changed with the use of technology and our ability to text, instant message, or upload a story to Instagram. The idea of going to an event that requires some level of face-to-face networking is daunting—and a bit of a foreign concept to those of us who interact through our […]

How to Silence Your Inner Critic, Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone, and Achieve Greater Success

How to Silence Your Inner Critic, Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone, and Achieve Greater Success

“Yes, you can … ” Many professionals want to step outside of their comfort zones and try different types of branding activities such as public speaking, article writing, taking a leadership role on a committee, joining a nonprofit board, or starting a blog, but something inside holds them back from doing so. Here’s what I […]

California Case Summaries: Free™ New California Civil Cases

California Case Summaries: Free™ New California Civil Cases

CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT Civil Procedure Sweetwater Union High School Dist. v. Gilbane Bldg. Co. (2019) _ Cal.5th _ , 2019 WL 962324: The California Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Appeal’s decision that affirmed the trial court’s denial of defendants’ anti-SLAPP motion to strike under Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16. In the second stage […]

A Simple Exercise to Rethink and Refocus Exceptional Client Service

A Simple Exercise to Rethink and Refocus Exceptional Client Service

Fifteen years ago, celebrated business guru Jim Collins published Good to Great with the help of a team of researchers. The book is widely regarded as a modern classic of management theory. The author tracked 28 successful companies to uncover those characteristics that separate great companies from good companies. What makes a great company? In […]

Nobody Wants a Debbie Downer During Initial Consultations

Nobody Wants a Debbie Downer During Initial Consultations

Initial consultations are an important part of most law firms. Potential clients meet attorneys about their cases. They want an attorney who can help them achieve their goals. Most clients come in knowing generally what they want. Some attorneys, however, become naysayers who focus exclusively on worst case scenarios. They instantly become pessimistic about what […]

One Simple Calendar Trick High Achievers Don’t Want You to Know

One Simple Calendar Trick High Achievers Don’t Want You to Know

Billionaires, millionaires, and the middle class all have one thing in common: 24 hours in a day. So, what is so different about exceptional performers? How do they seem to get 10x or 100x more productivity out of a single day? Of course, it comes down to habits and routines. I’ve been trying to include […]

California Case Summaries Monthly™ Organized Succinct Summaries of New California Civil Cases

California Case Summaries Monthly™ Organized Succinct Summaries of New California Civil Cases

CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT Landlord-Tenant Dr. Leevil, LLC v. Westlake Health Care Center (2018) _ Cal.5th _ , 2018 WL 6597341: The California Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court ruled that an owner of real property that acquires title to property under a power of sale contained in a […]

Law Firm Hospitality

Law Firm Hospitality

Picture this: A law school graduate walks into the law firm’s lobby. She’s a little nervous. She walks up to the receptionist, who takes a moment to look up at her. “Can I help you?” she says. She’s not trying to be rude, but she’s busy and doesn’t recognize the visitor. The woman tells the receptionist she’s […]

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