Innovation Part 3: ALSPs Are Expanding and Aren’t “Alternative” Any More

04.17.19 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
[Editorial Note: We apologize for the error in our last post Innovation Part 2: Insights from the Experts. We mistakenly referred to Bill Deckelman as John. ] The most recent Alternative Legal Service Providers 2019 Report* was released in January. In the two years since the survey was conducted last, the ALSP market has grown Read More

Innovation Part 1: What it Is and What it Isn’t

03.20.19 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
With so much buzz about the need for innovation in the legal profession, it can be overwhelming and also very misleading. Many misconstrue that innovation in law firms is all about technology.  It isn’t.  Some of the most fundamental innovation that is occurring has to do with how work is done, why, by whom and Read More

Practice Groups Part 4: Practice Group Leader as Talent Manager and Coach

01.09.19 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
  Perhaps one of the most challenging responsibilities for today’s practice group leaders is the “people” side of the business. In our prior two posts, we have discussed the Practice Group Leader as Strategist and the Practice Group Leader as Financial Steward. While PGLs often get help from others managing the associates and staff 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 2: Practice Group Leader as Strategist

11.28.18 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
It is surprising how many law firms, their leaders and partners eschew the discipline of planning and strategy. Many firms still don’t require annual plans or even the process of planning from their partners, or practice groups and many don’t even have a strategic plan for the firm. A survey conducted by Patrick McKenna and David 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

Change Management 2: Strong Leadership and Collaboration are Required to Drive Change

10.24.18 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Making meaningful and sustainable change will require collaboration and strong leadership. As discussed in Change Management Part 1, effectuating change in law firms is more difficult than other professions and industries and managing partners cite the reluctance or refusal of the vast majority of their partners to change.  Given the dynamic shifts occurring in the Read More

Change Management Part 1: The Framework

10.10.18 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
  The instability, disruption and resulting anxiety in the legal profession at times feels like a roller coaster: ups and downs, twists and turns, peaks and valleys, fast and slow, feelings of risk, exposure and vulnerability and a lack of control over our destiny. We are more or less along for the ride, which admittedly 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

Law Firm MDPs Part 4: Service Delivery Solutions

11.15.17 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
In this fourth and final post on law firm multi-disciplinary models, we discuss new tools and resources, many of which incorporate technology, process improvement and knowledge management to enable more effective service delivery and enhanced and automated access to information.  Law firms have either developed their own tools and products or incorporated existing technologies into Read More