Does your law firm have a case of “the slows?”

During the Civil War, President Lincoln was frustrated with the performance of General George McClellan. One of his chief complaints with General McClellan, as he put it,  was that he had a case of “the slows.” Instead of marching forward to fight, he spent all his time preparing for battle versus actually marching his troops…

Do not expect pats on the back for employing people

Making the decision to start a law firm is a big decision. The time, energy, hours, stress and heartache that it takes to keep the firm moving in a positive direction is more than most would imagine. Many who contemplate starting a law firm, or see others who have started a law firm, have the…

First day for a new law firm employee sets the tone

When a new employee starts at your law firm, it is important to set the tone on the first day. It is true that first impressions do matter a great a deal for a new employee in terms of whether the hire will be succesful. As I talked about in a previous article, law firms…

Trimming the fat from your law firm budget

As the end of the year approaches, as a law firm owner or manager, you often reflect back on the year. You reflect on the good that has happened and the areas where you fell short of some goals as well. To plan for the next year, it’s important to look back at your law…

Ineffective management technique: Blaming the boss or the firm

In any law firm, you have your partners and likely senior administrative staff. But below that, you likely have some level or layer of middle management in your firm. It could be lawyers who are not partners, but who are senior level associates who help supervise other lawyers in the law firm.  It could be…

Us versus them mentality in a law firm

If you are a law firm manager or owner, you want your law firm to succeed. To succeed, you generally need everybody moving in the same direction. Whether the issue be the quality of the legal work being performed to the business aspects of the firm, you want your entire firm on the same page….

Recruiting versus posting job advertisements

When lawyers and law firms would look to make hires, they would traditionally post a job advertisement. They would then review the resumes submitted and hire the best candidate. In the legal industry, posting job advertisements is still important. It is still important to post job advertisements in various places from your local bars, SmartRecruiters,…

Getting over the guilt of getting paid

In almost any industry out there, companies and professionals get paid for the work they do. Whether it be doctors, dentists, accountants, engineers, therapists, chiropractors or any other professional industry, the professional is paid for the work they do. Most do not feel guilt about getting paid for their services, either. If the professionals were…

Order of a successful initial consultation

Knowing how to meet a potential client and conduct an initial consultation in an orderly manual is crucial to the success of most lawyers and law firms.  Many lawyers think that there might not be a set way to approach an initial consultation and that every initial can be approached differently. But the reality is…

Time management tips

Time management is critical for any law firm owner or manager. The reality is there is always lots to do.  Law firm owners and managers need keep all kinds of balls in the air at the same time. Law firm managers and owners need to worry about the legal work they and their employees perform….

Do not be a lawyer in a wrinkled suit

As I have referenced previously, clients view you in many ways based on your appearance. Fair or not, that is the reality of the situation. You have to look like a top-notch attorney when you are meeting potential clients and appearing in court. One area where clients can automatically lower their standing in the minds…

That’s the way we’ve always done things

A lot of lawyers and law firms have often done things the same way a long time. They like doing things the same way. Doing things the same way makes them comfortable. It feels like a safe place. It does not involve risk. It does not involve learning something new.  Just like an old dog,…