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11 Dec 2018, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Tim Batdorf and Jim Hassett In November 2017, we published a case study entitled “LPM Initiatives at Lathrop Gage” describing the steps this 260 lawyer firm had taken to maximize LPM’s impact, and the results they’d achieved through our Master Certified LPM Coach™ program, and the use of LegalBizDev’s proprietary tools and templates. [read post]
27 Nov 2018, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Tim Batdorf and Jim Hassett In November 2017, we published a case study entitled “LPM Initiatives at Lathrop Gage” describing the steps this 260 lawyer firm had taken to maximize LPM’s impact, and the results they’d achieved through our Master Certified LPM Coach™ program, and the use of LegalBizDev’s proprietary tools and templates. [read post]
31 Oct 2018, 7:52 am by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Tom Kane, LegalBizDev Approach #3: Five steps to improve any business process Step 1: Make a very quick list of the most critical processes that you want to consider. [read post]
16 Oct 2018, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Tom Kane Traditionally, lawyers have been trained to place enormous emphasis on avoiding risk, and little or no emphasis on increasing efficiency. [read post]
2 Oct 2018, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett The simplest way to increase productivity is to manage your time better. [read post]
18 Sep 2018, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Tim Batdorf What benefits should a lawyer expect from LPM coaching? [read post]
4 Sep 2018, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Tim Batdorf   How does a firm identify the best lawyers for LPM coaching? [read post]
21 Aug 2018, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Tim Batdorf As explained in our white paper, The Keys to Legal Project Management Success, the five most effective ways to increase legal project management (LPM) results are to: (1) focus on changing behavior and solving problems, (2) aim for quick wins to create internal champions, (3) publicize successes within the firm, (4) use just-in-time training materials, and (5) take action now and follow up relentlessly. [read post]
11 Jul 2018, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Tim Batdorf and Jim Hassett If you work at a law firm and care about its future, you must find the time to download Altman Weil’s free report of findings from its 2018 Law Firms in Transition survey. [read post]
29 May 2018, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Tim Batdorf, Jim Hassett, and Ed Burke How much do you know about CLOC, the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium? [read post]
15 May 2018, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Tim Batdorf and Jim Hassett, LegalBizDev The single most difficult step in implementing a firm-wide LPM initiative is getting the attention, interest, and buy-in of busy lawyers. [read post]
1 May 2018, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Tim Batdorf and Jim Hassett Implications for other law firms First and foremost, to maximize LPM success while minimizing its cost, law firms would be wise to follow the same five steps that Bilzin Sumberg followed when implementing LPM: Focus on changing behavior and solving problems Aim for quick wins to create internal champions   Publicize successes within the firm Use just-in-time training materials Take action now and follow up relentlessly But these come with an… [read post]
17 Apr 2018, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Tim Batdorf and Jim Hassett Improved communication  According to managing partners and other law firm leaders in our research on Client Value and Law Firm Profitability (p. 97), the second most critical short-term LPM issue (after defining scope) was “Manage client communications and expectations” (38%). [read post]
3 Apr 2018, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Tim Batdorf and Jim Hassett This post in our series examines Bilzin Sumberg’s success meeting two top client needs as revealed in surveys conducted by Altman Weil and LegalBizDev: The need for improved non-hourly based pricing structures (i.e., alternative fee arrangements) and improved definitions of scope. [read post]
20 Mar 2018, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Tim Batdorf and Jim Hassett The benefits of LPM discussed in this post and the next illustrate how LPM can help lawyers better meet the needs of clients. [read post]
6 Mar 2018, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Tim Batdorf and Jim Hassett Executive summary This series of posts describes the process that Bilzin Sumberg has used to implement LPM over the past few years, and provides examples of the benefits they have achieved in six major areas: Increased new business and profitability Meeting client needs for cost reduction Meeting client needs for predictable budgets Improved AFAs Improved definitions of scope Improved communication As this series will make clear, Bilzin Sumberg has… [read post]
23 Jan 2018, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Tim Batdorf Law firm leaders who are interested in legal project management (LPM) should begin by focusing on these three central facts: 1. [read post]