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26 May 2015, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Tom Clay Recently, Altman Weil was consulting with the senior management of a mid-sized law firm about its strategic plan and got into a discussion of the importance of measuring profitability by practice group, client, and matter. [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]
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]
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]
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]
9 Jun 2015, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Tom Clay For anyone who follows the legal marketplace, it will come as no surprise that corporate clients are exerting enormous pressure to receive greater value from their law firms and that law firm profit margins are being squeezed as a result. [read post]
29 Jan 2020, 12:00 am by Jim Hassett
By Tim Batdorf and Jim Hassett Q: In the first part of this post, we talked about the big picture of your approach, and the success it has produced. [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]
14 Mar 2017, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Gary Richards Some lawyers hold meetings at the end of every significant matter to review what worked, what didn’t, and what could be done better the next time. [read post]
16 May 2017, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
by Jim Hassett and Tim Batdorf In the last few years, many legal clients have been demanding greater efficiency and more predictable budgets. [read post]
16 May 2017, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
by Jim Hassett and Tim Batdorf In the last few years, many legal clients have been demanding greater efficiency and more predictable budgets. [read post]
8 Jan 2019, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Tim Batdorf and Jim Hassett Baker McKenzie is one of the largest law firms in the world, with 78 offices in 46 countries. [read post]
21 Mar 2017, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Gary Richards After action reviews According to the ACC Value Challenge Briefing Package, law firms should “Conduct after action reviews at the end of each matter to help continuously improve performance” (p. 8). [read post]
24 Feb 2015, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Jim Hassett and Jonathan Groner After Matt Wahlquist, the director of practice management at Stinson Leonard Street,observed the course “How to Define Legal Scope and Negotiate Changes,” he noted that: The course was extremely practical. [read post]
19 Nov 2019, 10:00 pm by Jim Hassett
By Tim Batdorf and Jim Hassett Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr is a full-service firm with about 400 lawyers in Philadelphia, Chicago and 14 other offices. [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]
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]