Melissa Prince

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Melissa is the firm’s Chief Client Value and Innovation Officer, sits on the firm Management Committee and Expanded Board, and oversees the firm’s Client Value and Innovation program, which includes professionals focused on delivering cost-effective, practical and innovative solutions for clients.

Under Melissa’s leadership, the firm was named: Financial Times Most Innovative Law Firms Business of Law; BTI Consulting, innovation “Mover and Shaker”; and a finalist for the American Lawyer Industry Awards, best law firm/client team.

Before coming to Ballard Spahr, Melissa held similar roles at two Am Law 25 firms. She is an attorney who, before leaving private practice, managed complex commercial litigation matters. She is a Six Sigma Green Belt, Certified Legal Project Manager, ALPP and ALPM.

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This post is the second part of a two part interview with Melissa Prince which appeared in the Legal Business Development and Project Management Blog. The interview was conducted by Tim Batdorf and Jim Hassett.  Q: In the first part of this post, we talked about the big picture of your approach, and the success it’s produced. Now let’s go into the nuts and bolts, and discuss how the matter management side of…
This post is part one of a two part interview with Melissa Prince which appeared in the Legal Business Development and Project Management Blog. The interview was conducted by Tim Batdorf and Jim Hassett.  Q: Let’s start with a 10,000-foot view of how your group is organized, and your role. A: I head Ballard Spahr’s Client Value and Innovation Program, and oversee the pricing, matter management, practice technology, and data management teams at the firm.…
I once had a partner tell me that I am kind of like the Wizard of Oz. I go behind the scenes, operate a bunch of controls, and when I come out, we have everything we need to achieve operational success on a matter. Legal project management (LPM) is not magic. It is a disciplined way to manage legal matters through scoping, budgeting, tracking, and having proactive conversations with clients. When it first emerged in…