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  • The Evolution of the 'Virtual Law Firm'

    March 01, 2017 |

    Though 'Virtual Firms' Are on the Decline, Cloud Technology May Be Shifting the Model to Refocus on Lawyer Mobility
    The rise of cloud computing in particular has made it possible for attorneys to keep all the technology tools they need to practice on hand at all times, and eschew direct client contact and office space if so desired.

  • Embracing Culture As a Path to Survival

    June 02, 2016 |

    Regardless of how technology continues to help the legal industry reinvent itself from a mature industry to a young and thriving one, culture and people will remain a key driver of any firm's long-term success. As a strategic imperative, creating a constructive culture of success takes much more than words with no actions. .

  • Debating Nonlawyer Ownership of Law Firms

    May 02, 2016 |

    Lawyers love a debate, and it looks like a doozy is set concerning nonlawyer ownership of law firms (NLO). The president of the New York State Bar Association, David P. Miranda, has requested that New York lawyers just "Say No to Nonlawyer Ownership (NLO)."

  • Anchoring the Firm Culture In Solid Rock

    June 02, 2015 |

    Over the years of my consulting practice, I have seen many formerly great law firms fail and go under. The reason? They lost the anchor to their core values, and then started drifting into issues and concerns that eventually destroyed them from within. Herein, I try to lay out what can be done to keep the anchor holding.

  • Anchoring the Firm Culture in Solid Rock

    May 02, 2015 |

    Why do formerly great law firms fail and go under? The author feels that they lost the anchor to their core values, and then started drifting into issues and concerns that eventually destroyed them from within. This article explains what can be done to keep the anchor holding.

  • The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014

    January 31, 2015 |

    On Dec. 19, 2014, the President signed into law the long-awaited year-end tax package, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (TIPA). This law extended to the end of 2014 many but not all of the individual, business, and energy provisions that expired at the end of 2013. In addition, the law provides for a new tax-advantaged savings program to aide in meeting the financial needs of disabled individuals, called the " Achieving a Better Life Experience" (ABLE) program.

  • Changing the Law Firm Business Model

    November 02, 2014 |

    If a law firm wants to conform to a client's need for responsiveness in the new competitive environment, big changes are required in its business model and, culturally, lawyers need to recognize that other professionals are better at certain tasks than lawyers.

  • Identity Theft and Taxes

    October 02, 2014 |

    In 2013, 13.1 million people were victims of some sort of identity theft. Often, you may think of identity theft as being confined to credit card or ATM fraud, yet there is an epidemic of fraudulent electronically filed tax returns. Identity-related tax fraud is the third-largest theft of federal funds after Medicare/Medicaid and unemployment insurance fraud.

  • Dancing on the Cliff Edge

    December 31, 2013 |

    In the last five years, we have heard increasing chatter about the failed business model of law firms, new technology that is erasing the need for lawyers and other information interpreters, and enhanced cognitive systems that mine and interpret data. Let's look at some examples of trends that are leading the way.