Innovation Case Study 3: Perkins Coie

08.07.19 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
  In our two prior posts,  Innovation Case Study 1 and Innovation Case Study 2, we described two different law firm approaches to innovation.  This third case study describes the efforts at Perkins Coie with a focus on those being led or shepherded by Toby Brown, the firm’s Chief Practice Management Officer.  Toby has been in Read More

Practice Groups Part 3: Practice Group Leader as Financial Steward

12.12.18 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
As firms continue to grow in size and complexity, it often is no longer possible for them to drive, manage and measure the revenue growth of the firm only through the central leadership. The concept of practice groups operating as business units is that they now have primary responsibility for overseeing major aspects of their Read More

Practice Groups Part 1: The Framework and Leadership Role

11.07.18 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Most law firms have implemented a  practice group structure. Even those firms that retain the traditional, larger umbrella department structure (for example, corporate/transactional, litigation/disputes, regulatory,) most break down the management of the practice into smaller strategic business units that are used to: Organize lawyers and manage talent with specific skills and specialties Develop, execute and monitor Read More

A Race to the Bottom for the AmLaw 200 and Below? Doesn’t Have to Be.

06.14.18 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
A month ago, at a conference on change management, a managing partner of an AmLaw 200 firm asked a question that likely weighs on the minds of most AmLaw 200 managing partners, some of the AmLaw 100 firms and many of those below the top 200. His question was: We hear all the time that Read More

Customer Experience (CX) Part 1 – Is It Different from Customer Service?

04.12.17 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Providing exceptional and consistent client service is critical to your firm’s success, but to be a real winner, you will have to deliver an exceptional client experience (CX).  With clients now in the driver’s seat and law firms aggressively competing to hold on to clients or take work away from others, we know that excellent 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

What Rainmaker Traits and Skills are Required for Success?

07.31.12 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
For so many years, the term “rainmakers” has referred to partners in firms who bring in new clients and have “big books of business.”  Merriam-Webster defines a rainmaker as “A person (as a partner in a law firm) who brings in new business.”  Fifty years ago, many firms relied on only one or two or just Read More