Valorem Law Group

Valorem (meaning “value” in Latin) was formed in January 2008 by BigLaw refugees who are helping clients experience something revolutionary–elite litigation representation that is results-driven using non-billable-hour alternative fee arrangements. We saw the writing on the wall before most lawyers even saw the wall! We listened to what clients needed and designed our firm accordingly. We started the alternative fee arrangement discussion and have the most history and success doing it.

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I recently read about a General Counsel breathing a sigh of relief regarding his ability to navigate the new economic reality by securing 25% discounts on hourly rates from his outside counsel. That sounds good, but there are two things that should temper that sigh of relief.  First, it is not sustainable.  At some point, the discounts will revert back, not just to what the rates where, but what they have been raised to during…
This is personal. It is has nothing to do with law, and nothing to do with customer experience. It has to do with my heart.  But mostly, it has to do with my soul. I write to assemble thoughts, to test the coherence of my thinking–an internal check–and to invite others to comment, dispute, debate, laugh at me, or teach me something I need to learn.  With that as backdrop, let me get to the…
Guest post by Philip Harris Perhaps by Memorial Day, college presidents and their leadership teams will face what will likely be the most important decision of their collective tenures: when to open the dormitories and classrooms on their campuses following the COVID-19 crisis.  Even though we are bombarded with new information each day, it is safe to predict that these decisions will be made with at best imperfect information.  And even with massive testing and…
Guest post, by Philip Harris The current environment is spawning conversations about reducing costs as a means of responding to the loss of revenue that many businesses are experiencing. Many businesses already have laid off and furloughed employees and cut their compensation. No one seems to know how long this will last. The pressure to reduce costs now and in the near term will affect all businesses and institutions in this country, whether they are…
I was born in Detroit and grew up in the heyday of the auto industry. So, when I first heard Ron Baker speak about Lee Iacocca, I listened with great interest. Iacocca was a Detroit icon, first for his trailblazing work for Ford and later for saving Chrysler. Ron set the stage: Chevrolet had created the Corvette. It was very expensive, relatively, but it was the first real sports car.  Ford needed to challenge it.…
Every day, businesses prioritize. They invest in one thing, not another. They fix one problem, but defer fixing another. The build one facility, but not another. They pursue one strategy to the exclusion of others. These decisions are almost always made based on some form of return-on-investment or cost-benefit analysis.  ROI is coin-of-the-realm for operating a business. Except in law.  At least until now. Most law departments now operate in a world where they must…
From 2010 until 2016, I was a columnist for the online ABA Journal’s The New Normal column.  I was invited to start the column as a result of the creation of Valorem Law Group in 2008.  We started a law firm just before the Great Recession and because of the novel model and approach, we thrived because of the Recession.  We pioneered and shaped the significant changes that were to become an eventuality as the…
You know what happens when a rubberband is stretched too far. It snaps. The surge in just the past week is stretching many law departments. And there is more to come. To recap. In the past few days, SXSW canceled the iconic tech and music festival. Facebook canceled its annual F8 Developers Conference. Google canceled its Cloud Next Conference. TED canceled its TED2020 conference. The Ultra Music Festival has been canceled. Some sporting events are…
Heck of a title for a post about litigation, isn’t it?  Bear with me for a few paragraphs and my point will be clear.  I promise. Before I go further, ask yourself why you don’t outsource problem solving for your own problems.  Have you ever thought about going up to a random stranger and asking her to solve a dispute you are having with another person?  Would you feel better about crowd-sourcing the solution, asking,…