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By Laurie Rowen Thirteen years ago, after my first daughter Brooke was born, I gave notice that I was leaving my associate attorney position at Snell & Wilmer to work from home as a contract/freelance lawyer with my Snell & Wilmer associate colleague, Erin Giglia, whose daughter was born 16 days before mine. We wanted to spend more time with our families at home, but still work, and there really wasn’t any way to achieve…
2020, what a year! It has been nothing short of transformative for the legal industry. Attorneys have long been characterized as stuck in the past, bound to precedent and tradition in legal practice, and even in life. But there’s nothing like a pandemic to shake things up a bit. Lawyers nationwide have been forced to reimagine legal practice. Technology has allowed the legal industry to operate in exciting ways by providing easy methods and platforms…
Joyce Tong Oelrich, a founding partner of Tong Tejani, recently appeared on the Legal Rebels Podcast to discuss her firm’s path to convince technology clients to embrace subscription pricing.  Joyce previously worked as an in-house attorney at Facebook and the Microsoft Corp. for nearly a decade, focusing on government contract compliance. Before that, she practiced in BigLaw at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, where she represented commercial companies conducting business with government entities. When Joyce…
It’s hard to believe that it has been almost a year since the pandemic started. The pandemic is difficult for parents of all children, but it is especially a struggle for parents who have very different children with very different needs.  What is the best way for parents to address simultaneously parenting children who require entirely different parenting styles? OCBA’s Mommy Esquire Committee is hosting panel to address this topic on March 16th: Different Kids,
Happy New Year! We hope your 2021 is off to a good start. The start of a new year is often a favorite time for law firms to get organized and put new systems in place to make everything run smoother. Montage Legal Group has been connecting former Big Law associates and partners with law firms that need help on an hourly/project basis with substantive legal work for over a decade. If you are feeling…
2020 has been a difficult year for working parents with children at home due to online schooling, and many have made the hard choice to leave their permanent law firm jobs.  While legal work picked up in the fall, many states are beginning to impose new stay-at-home orders, making the legal job market in 2021 even more unpredictable.  Many lawyers may be wondering about their options, whether they should stay at a full-time job, or…
By Erin Giglia and Laurie Rowen As we approach the end of 2020, we are all hopeful that the economic effects of the pandemic are improving. Law firms are addressing increased client demands, and are addressing their attorney staffing needs.  Many courts have opened back up, increasing litigation work. Business transactions are exploding, causing small law firms to become swamped.  These busy law firms, however, are not certain their work flow will stay consistent in…
We are happy to announce that Montage’s co-owner/founder, Laurie Rowen, was elected to the 2021 Board of Directors of Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA).  This will be Laurie’s 4th year serving on the board of directors of OCWLA, which is dedicated to advancing women in the legal profession by providing a professional network, raising awareness of discrimination and bias, and supporting charitable organizations. The 2021 OCWLA Officers & Directors will be installed at…
By Luis Armendariz At this point in time, in this ever surprising 2020, one can probably get weary when hearing or reading references to the “new normal” or “before and after COVID.” However, amid the debate on whether we should return to normal life already or take a more gradual and cautious approach, one thing has become certain as restrictions have been set on our ordinary life: People are rethinking the ways to measure and…
The legal industry has evolved beyond traditional law firm practice to encompass a number of non-traditional models of providing legal services, including unbundled, project-based legal work provided by contract/freelance attorneys. These different arrangements present new ethical scenarios, both for the freelance attorneys and the law firms that use them. On Tuesday, October 13th, Erin Giglia, co-owner, and founder of Montage Legal Group, will present a course titled “Ethically Working With Contract Lawyers: Best Practices