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Last week, LegalShift issued a communication entitled “How Clients are Addressing “Project Distancing” and Responding to Economic Uncertainty” For those seeking to double down on short and mid-term cost reduction, the quickest two savings opportunities – 60 to 90 days – appear to be with: Telecommunications: mobile devices and wired (network infrastructure and phone lines), and Technology-related contracts that are expiring within 90 days. We recommend that you evaluate and take the following steps to…
Practicing lawyers and those who manage law firms make decisions and judgments with incomplete information. When clients seek legal advice to guide their business decisions, lawyers frequently respond with, “It depends.” Managing a law firm to grow profits requires many trade-offs in allocating resources, assessing risks, and making choices to implement strategy effectively. Both the business and the practice of law require assumptions and dynamic information. Both entail the use of appropriate heuristics, data, and…
WHAT: ACEDS president Mike Quartararo will be joined by Aileen Leventon, senior advisor & consultant of LegalShift, and George Rudoy, BDO national leader of legal management consulting, to present a pre-conference workshop entitled “Identifying Key Metrics to Help Determine the Success of Your Legal Project,” which will explore the challenges of identifying key metrics that help determine the success of a legal project. WHERE: New York Hilton Midtown – Room WC 103 WHEN: Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, 3:00-5:00 pm. Learn…
With that resolution in sight, I laid the foundation in 2019 … Please collaborate with me in the new year! I continued my lifelong commitment to improving client service delivery and focused on ways to enhance profitability and efficiency for lawyers, legal professionals and those who support them. The International Institute of Legal Project Management recognized my skill in accelerating change in matter management by designating me as an Accredited Training Provider. Through this registered…
Legal Project Management Initiative Over the past 10 years, law firms have begun to improve their budgeting and matter management skills through Legal Project Management (LPM). With some exceptions, corporate legal departments have lagged in their adoption of project management practices. This gap has been addressed by a CLOC initiative that focuses on LPM as a practical way to further augment the value of a legal department in the following situations: managing business clients’ expectations…
After many years of attention to LPM in law firms, CLOC determined to bring the discipline of project management to corporate legal operations professionals by launching an initiative in 2017. Significant valuable materials were developed and appear on the CLOC website at cloc.org. The CLOC LPM framework applies to matters handled exclusively by in-house counsel, internal legal operations projects, matters handled exclusively by outside counsel, and projects where in-house counsel collaborate with law firms…
And they’re off… like thoroughbreds breaking from the gate and barreling down the track in single-minded pursuit of the finish line. Get the best people mobilized, act fast and make sure the client or sponsor knows you’re on it. Does this image capture the typical start of a major matter or new project in which you are involved? The kick-off meeting is the forum for collaborative planning and the foundation of project management. It also…
“I know it when I see it.” This is a familiar description of an intangible, and is not particularly useful when describing the value of legal services. Clients seek to harness a business opportunity or address a business challenge – to add to the bottom line, avoid losing money, or to mitigate risk. Legal advice contributes to clients’ goals in varying degrees, depending on the business context and legal risk. While most business clients view…