Promote from within or hire from the outside?

In any law firms, positions are going to open from time-to-time that need to be filled.  It could be that somebody departs and an important position needs to be filled.  It could be that your firm is growing and you are creating a new, important position within your law firm that needs to be filled….

Are you afraid to ditch the free consultation?

In a previous blog entry, I talked about the potential pitfalls in overly highlighting a free consultation.  I talked about how the some law firms opt to do free consultations (and that this is a judgment call), but the word “free” should not be placed in high-profile spots on a webpage or advertisement. By overly…

How the weather can impact your law firm

Many law firm owners spend little time thinking about how the weather can affect their law firm.  But the reality is that the weather can have a huge impact on the overall success of a law firm.  It can also have an effect on the morale of the employees. No matter where you are located,…

How do you motivate your employees?

If you are a law firm owner or manager, one of your most important jobs is motivating your employees.  Some of your employees may be relatively self-motivated.  Some may not be self-motivated much at all.  And some might fall somewhere in the middle.  But no matter the circumstance, one of your primary jobs is to…

Asking open-ended question in interviews

Most attorneys probably understand that they should ask open-ended questions on direct examination.  During cross-examination, that is generally the time to ask leading questions.  The reality is that a job interview is much like a direct examination where open-ended questions are preferable. A good job interview consists of what, where, when, why and how questions.  The…

What is a tenant improvement allowance?

If your law firm is looking for office space, one item you want to familiarize yourself with is the Tenant Improvement Allowance.  This is often referred to as TIA.  This is an allowance given to the tenant by the landlord to build-out office space. For many office leases, TIA might not be that important.  This…

Do you really need a custom-made suit?

It is easy when you are a lawyer to want to feel good.  You want to feel like a professional.  You want to look sharp.  You want to feel like you have made it. You may see other lawyers in court and elsewhere looking on top of their game.  They’ve got a custom suit.  Maybe…

Winter can be a time to tighten the belt

In a lot of law firms, winter can be a tough time.  During the winter and the holidays, many parties may be unwilling to move forward on pursuing a new case. They might not have the finances to move forward with pursuing a new legal matter.  This can be the case as parties are spending…

Do law firm employees feel as if they rent or own their job duties?

For any law firm employee, there is a job description for their position.  No matter whether they are a lawyer, paralegal or administrative staff member of some kind, there are job duties law firms want their employees to fulfill. Hopefully, you have spelled out these duties in an employment manual of some kind.  This way,…

Getting over the temptation to do it yourself

When you own a law firm, delegation is really important.  This is especially true the larger the law firm you have.   To make sure that your law firm is run efficiently, the reality is you just cannot do everything yourself. Whether it’s a legal task or a non-legal task, if you have delegated enough,…

Cliche law firm marketing videos

Video marketing has become increasingly popular with law firm advertising.  Videos can be used on a law firm’s webpage.  They can be put on sites like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. It’s more common as well because videos are relatively easy to produce with the use of technology these days.  Many law firms can produce them…

What is a frenemy in the legal world?

In any area of life, you have friends and you, unfortunately, probably have some people you would consider to be enemies.  Truth be told: In law firm land, it is not any different. Friends are obviously people who have your back.  Friends root for you to do well.  Friends are happy when things are going…