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This is the last post of At the Intersection.  As 2017 ends, so will this blog. We are going to stop the presses. Bank the fires. Wind it up. Cease and desist.  All that. For over a decade now, At the Intersection has concerned itself with two interrelated quests: helping law firms make more money, and helping legal departments spend less money.  These are not mutually exclusive desiderata; in fact we think over the years…
Editors’ Note: The boom in Legal Project Management (LPM) has been accompanied by a skeptical backbeat: “Does LPM really work? How does LPM work? Does LPM have costs as well as benefits?” Husch Blackwell has fully embraced LPM, not as a cultural experiment, but as an essential component of the Firm’s commitment to delivering value to its clients. In this guest post, Husch Blackwell’s Director of Legal Project Management & Strategic Pricing, Kevin Bielawski, describes…
  “We must, indeed, all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”                                                                 Benjamin Franklin Historically, few law firms have actively embraced Franklin’s formula for survival and success.  They paved the road to profitability by aggregating the revenue-producing activity of individuals…
“Stucco!” When I was a kid, that’s what the surprise victor would yell when the worm turned and the underdog triumphed over long odds and greater forces. It was a corruption of “stuck it to you!” And so to female senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins (and also, for the purposes of this post, to Honorary Female John McCain), we shout out a hearty “Stucco, Ladies, Stucco!” Regardless of one’s particular political leanings, the steadfast…
Eat your damned vegetables. What’s the matter with you?  Don’t you know what’s good for you?       When we teach and discuss Legal Project Management (LPM), we stress that the last of LPM’s five basic steps, Post Project Review, not only is every bit as essential as the first four steps, it can be an extraordinarily powerful business development lever, as well.  Sadly, this message falls mostly on deaf ears. Frankly, lawyers tend…
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  AI – artificial intelligence – and its relatives, digital research engines, “bots,” and other automatons, have made their beachhead in the legal profession, and it really looks like this is gonna change everything. Yeah, yeah, we know this isn’t the first time we and other pundits have predicted that sudden and/or overwhelming forces or technologies – outsourcing, offshoring, legal project management, alternative fee arrangements, expert systems, for example — would demolish the legal…
The legal landscape is a sadder and emptier place today, following the recent deaths of two giants in legal consulting, Ward Bower of Altman Weil and Ed Wesemann of Edge International.  Both succumbed to unexpected heart attacks. We had the pleasure of working as partners with both of them, and the privileges and pleasures were ours.  God, what you could learn from these two men!  Clients have said the same: there was no trace of…
We all know that many law firms send mixed messages to their lawyers (and often to their clients, too).   They talk the talk, but they don’t walk the walk, particularly when it comes to the informal norms and values that define “the way we do things around here.”  This opens them up to charges of hypocrisy – or at least insensitivity to the human factors that define law firm success in today’s market. Consider, as…
This post is targeted to Leaders – to all you Practice Group Leaders, Project Leaders, Team Leaders, and even Firm Leaders – whose role is to get assorted performers to pull together effectively in harness.  But you followers and worker bees should feel free to listen in, because, after all, you are the object of your leaders’ efforts. In our last post, we reviewed Google’s Project Aristotle, an intensive research project that identified factors…