Flexibility and Urgency in Hiring

It’s no longer 2009.  With unemployment rates hovering close to 4%, employers need to change their approach to recruiting talent. In the legal search business, we are seeing candidates who are being much more discriminating about what jobs they are willing to consider.  In certain areas of practice, notably corporate, real estate and IP, the … Read more

Getting Paid: How to Market Your Practice With Conventional and Alternative Fee Agreements

Fee agreements are the cornerstone of any legal practice. Drafted properly, they increase the likelihood that you will get paid for your services in a timely fashion.   Good fee agreements decrease the chances that you will get into a dispute with your clients or with the Board of Bar overseers, and they can even be … Read more

Partnership More Elusive and Tenuous; Contract Lawyering Up

Firms will maintain their profitability in the coming year by making fewer partners and by de-equitizing under-performing partners.    These are some of the key findings in a report issued by consulting firm AltmanWeil. Nearly 40% of firms made fewer partnership offers in 2009, and 50% indicated that they will or might do so in 2010.  … Read more

Technology Continues to Provide a Piece of the Answer in Litigation

As firms increasingly adopt alternative fee agreements, better models of staffing will take on more importance (including outsourcing).  But technology also has a role to play in helping law firms figure out how to deliver legal services “better, faster, cheaper”. I don’t follow the e-discovery world that closely; but do I take notice when law … Read more