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9 Aug 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Steve Barrett and Jim Hassett Tracking and controlling legal costs is one of those topics that would require an entire book of its own to do it justice. [read post]
26 Jul 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett, Mike Egnatchik, and Jonathan Groner Michael Bryant, the CEO of nSource, stressed that help desk functions are only one of many operations that law firms can and are outsourcing with the help of companies like his. [read post]
19 Jul 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett, Mike Egnatchik, and Jonathan Groner At a time when clients are demanding to pay less for legal services, it is easy to see the benefit of getting work done for lower hourly rates. [read post]
10 May 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett, Jonathan Groner, and Steve Barrett This is one of the longest series of posts in the eleven year history of this blog, because there is currently so much controversy about the best uses of task codes. [read post]
23 Feb 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Jonathan Groner In addition to pricing, several of those interviewed stressed process improvement, as in these examples: I spend most of my time working with practice group leaders and individual partners to identify problems and opportunities for increased efficiency for the firm. [read post]
16 Feb 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Jonathan Groner On the most fundamental level, the 15 people we interviewed had different definitions of what an LPM director is responsible for. [read post]
9 Feb 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Jonathan Groner As recently as five or six years ago, it was easy to calculate the number of law firms that had hired directors of legal project management (LPM): zero. [read post]
19 Jan 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Gary Richards and Jim Hassett Managing partner Rob Romanoff provided a specific example of how our scope workshop related to an ongoing matter where a client requested some work for a flat fee: This was in an area where we typically work on an hourly basis because there are so many things that can’t be predicted. [read post]
12 Jan 2016, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Gary Richards and Jim Hassett In our research on Client Value and Law Firm Profitability, when we asked AmLaw 200 senior decision makers which issue in legal project management (LPM) was the most critical, number one on most lists was “setting objectives and defining scope. [read post]
17 Nov 2015, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Jonathan Groner   As noted in Part 1 of this series, every lawyer at Hanson Bridgett had the option of adding an extra month of coaching to the standard program. [read post]
10 Nov 2015, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Jonathan Groner   Transactional partner Leslie Keil worked with coach Gary Richards to break down the work and costs involved in one client’s corporate reorganization. [read post]
27 Oct 2015, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Jonathan Groner   “The law firm of the future will require many new skills that were never taught in law school,” according to Andrew Giacomini, the managing partner of Hanson Bridgett, a northern California law firm with more than 150 attorneys in four offices. [read post]
15 Sep 2015, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett, Steve Barrett, and Jonathan Groner   In Part 1 of this series, we argued that when it comes to LPM, lawyers should start by using the software they already have. [read post]
9 Sep 2015, 3:30 am by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett, Steve Barrett, and Jonathan Groner   In our experience, when lawyers get serious about legal project management (LPM), the first question many ask is, what software should I use? [read post]
11 Aug 2015, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
The new study is Client Value and Law Firm Profitability by Jim Hassett, founder of LegalBizDev. [read post]
21 Jul 2015, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Jonathan Groner   Robyn Radomski is the chief marketing, strategy & business development officer at Bingham Greenebaum Doll, a firm with over 200 lawyers in eight offices in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. [read post]
14 Jul 2015, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Jonathan Groner   When Kramer Levin, a firm with over 350 lawyers in New York, Silicon Valley, and Paris, conducted a search for a new head of marketing last year, the two finalists were required to give formal presentations to the firm’s executive committee describing their recommendations for the firm’s marketing priorities. [read post]
23 Jun 2015, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
 By Jim Hassett and Tom Clay   In addition to the difficulties with change management described earlier in this series, at law firms there is an additional challenge: the lack of strong central authority leads to a lack of accountability. [read post]
16 Jun 2015, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Tom Clay   Change is inherently difficult, especially for lawyers whose mindset is steeped in following precedent and past practices. [read post]