Smart Growth Part 6: Organic Talent Growth

11.13.19 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
In our first post on Smart Growth, we cited the 2019 Altman Weil Law Firms in Transition Survey, which reported that the number one growth strategy law firms intended to use was organic growth at 96%, followed by acquiring laterals at 92% and acquiring groups at 76%.   We rarely focus on organic growth as a Read More

Smart Growth Part 5: Lateral Partner Onboarding and Integration

10.30.19 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Our last post, Smart Growth Part 4: Lateral Partner Hiring discussed the statistics of lateral recruiting, the level of activity, the failure rates and the cost of failures. Improving your process by aligning strategy to hiring, laying out the business case and criteria for lateral hires and comprehensively vetting candidates will go a long way Read More

Smart Growth Part 4: Lateral Partner Hiring

10.16.19 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
As we discussed in Smart Growth Part 1, hiring lateral partners or small groups of partners and associates provides law firms with short and long-term opportunities to add partners with strong client relationships and portable books of business to shore up their revenue numbers.   Whether adding well-known and positioned rainmakers to a practice or industry Read More

Innovation Case Study 4: Morgan Lewis & Bockius

08.21.19 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Our prior three law firm case studies have featured a 75-lawyer firm in Chicago, a 550-lawyer US firm and a 1,100-lawyer firm all based in the United States except for 13 full-time lawyers in China. This case study is about global law firm Morgan Lewis, with more than 2,000 lawyers across 17 offices in the Read More

Innovation in Law Firm Operations: Takeaways from LMA’s P3 Conference

06.26.19 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Nearly four hundred professionals gathered for the 7th annual P3: Practice Innovation Conference focusing on project management, process improvement and pricing and hosted by the Legal Marketing Association.  It was an impressive group of experts and very instructive to see how law firms continue to expand their commitment to legal operations and innovation in their Read More

Skills Gap Part 2: How Some Law Schools and Others are Filling the Void

05.29.19 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Our last blog post, Skills Gap Part 1: What Skills Will Lawyers Need to Stay Relevant? described the expanded set of competencies necessary for lawyers in law firms and legal departments today.  The types of skills needed and the level of competency in each will vary according to a firm’s practice mix, its strategic positioning Read More

The Skills Gap Part 1: What Competencies will Lawyers Need to Stay Relevant in the Future?

05.15.19 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Our last three posts have addressed different aspects of innovation that are occuring in the legal profession:  Innovation Part 1: What It Is and What It Isn’t, Innovation Part 2: Insights from Expertsand Innovation Part 3:  ALSPs Are Expanding and Aren’t Alternative Anymore.  Inherent in all of this client-driven change and digital transformation is the Read More

A Compendium of Insights, Trends, Tips and Best Practices

05.01.19 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
To our clients and colleagues – It came to our attention that many of you were not on our distribution list until very recently and therefore not receiving our bi-weekly blog.  Knowing you are too busy to go to the web site to peruse the list of topics or may not have signed up on Read More

Women: Communicate So You are Heard

12.06.17 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
All of the research on gender bias and communications indicates that there are significant differences in the way men and women communicate. Men often are direct, women indirect.  For men, communication helps achieve a goal, provides an answer; for women, it is more of a process, they want to tell a story and make a Read More

Women’s Success Strategies for Advancement

09.20.17 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Despite the progress women have achieved in general and in law firms, many women continue to express frustration about how to compete and be successful as they climb the career ladder.   Enlightened firms have tried to tackle unconscious bias through mandatory training and intentionally putting more women in management positions. Some clients have gone Read More