Law Firm MDPs and New Delivery Models Part 1 – A Primer

10.04.17 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
In our post Who Do Law Firms Compete with and Why? we described the fierce competition that law firms face today, noting that much of that competition is increasingly  coming from non-law firm legal services providers, consulting firms and the Big 4, which have some of the largest law firms in the world outside the Read More

Part 3 of 3: The Next Normal – What Can Law Firms Learn from Netflix?

08.04.14 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Our two prior blog posts examined a number of trends, challenges and changes that will affect legal service businesses of the future. “Legal service business” is used here intentionally to suggest that many legal services of the future will more frequently be provided by non-traditional law firms (many of which won’t even be called or Read More

Are Project Management and Process Improvement Just Fads?

05.30.13 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Like many things occurring in the profession right now, this is a trend that is here to stay. Clients want their legal work done faster, cheaper and smarter and they know that there are good practices in place in other professions and businesses that can be adapted to the practice of law.  Companies like GE Read More

Value Post 4: How Law Firms and In-House Counsel Can Co-Create Value

05.06.13 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
As we proposed in our previous post Value Post 3: Like Law Firms, GCs Must Deliver More Value to Their Clients, general counsel face many of the same pressures that their outside lawyers do when it comes to demonstrating their value to their clients – the business side of their companies. Much of the legal press Read More

Value Post 3: Like Law Firms, GCs Must Deliver More Value to Their Clients

05.05.13 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Law firms have been so wrapped up in their own challenges that they often neglect to think about the fact that legal departments are also under substantial pressure to deliver value to the business. General Counsel may consider their outside lawyers a “necessary evil,” but many company executives and boards consider their in-house lawyers a Read More

Value Post 2: Your Value Proposition Should be a Differentiator

04.15.13 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Our last post Value Post 1: What Does Value Mean in Law Firms? discussed the meaning of value in the law firm/client context including the ways that clients define and measure the value they receive from their lawyers. This second post explores how firms can articulate value to help them differentiate and excel in attracting, satisfying and Read More

Value Post 1: What Does Value Mean in Law Firms?

04.15.13 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
“Value” is one of the most commonly used buzzwords of the first part of this century. Everyone is talking about it, promoting it, writing about it, offering it, demanding it, trying to measure it and bragging about it. First, let’s start with the Merriam-Webster definition of value: 1: a fair return or equivalent in goods, Read More

Culture Part 2: How to Use or Adapt Culture to Succeed in the “New Normal”

08.28.12 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Last week, our post entitled Culture Part 1: Does Law Firm Culture Play a Role in Success or Failure? discussed the components that comprise organizational culture. Every law firm has a unique set of interwoven values and characteristics that make up its culture. As firms address the substantial disruptions posed by the economy, technology and supply and Read More

Does the Legal Profession Need Radical Change?

07.23.12 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
In September, a group of high level leaders in the legal profession will convene in New York City to “solve the worst legal job market in 20 years.”   Those invited to the meeting by New York City Bar Association President Carey Dunne will be asked to identify the causes for these woes and to make recommendations to Read More