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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
Dear Justice Ginsburg, We think we speak for all of us when we say, thank you. Thank you for deciding to go to law school with Marty even though you already had a toddler at home. Thank you for your brilliant legal mind, your dedication, and your scholarly abilities that you put to good use, pushing you to the top of your law school class while caring for a toddler, and a husband with cancer.…
By Erin Giglia & Laurie Rowen The legal climate is changing by the day, and law firms everywhere are trying to position themselves strategically to thrive. Many firms want to form connections with outside attorneys in order to strengthen the services they can offer to their clients. The California State Bar Solo and Small firm Section reached out to Montage Legal Group to help guide practitioners on relationships with freelance attorneys, Of Counsel attorneys, and…
By Michelle Napier We were all forced into remote learning back in March when the global pandemic began, and we all did our best to survive a life that we thought was temporary. As the new school year starts with many students still learning remotely and parents working from home, parents are looking for answers on how to make this year as positive of an experience as possible. I have taught in public, private and…
Here we go again! Parents and educators were forced into remote learning six months ago when the pandemic began, and we all did our best to “survive” a life that we thought was temporary. As the new school year starts with many students still learning remotely and parents practicing law from home, Mommy Esq. and the OCBA Task Force want to help parents reset and effectively manage their own careers and their children’s schooling. An…
“Time is our most finite resource. There’s only so much of it. That’s how lawyers make money. The only way to earn more money is to somehow create time. And you can’t do that unless you bring in people.” Montage Legal’s Erin Giglia shared this information, and much more on a recent episode of the Financially Legal podcast from Gravity Legal.  Financially Legal is a twice-monthly podcast about the finance and economics of the…
On June 11, 2020, Netcapital, a private company investment vehicle, hosted a Demo Day for five companies with Black company founders: See Invest in Black Founders Demo Video here. Netcapital is an investment company that expands access to private company investment opportunities to the general public. Opportunities to invest in private companies are often limited to a very small segment of the population, in places like country clubs and golf courses, where investors…