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Role and Responsibilities of Practice Group Leaders

Ideally, the objective of defining the role and responsibilities of Practice Group Leaders should be to establish just enough structure and accountability within their respective practice group to maximize the economic potential of the firm, while institutionalizing the principles of leadership and teamwork.

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Managing partners and members of executive committees in the more successful law firms that are organized into substantive departments and/or practice groups strongly support the concept of having Practice Group Leaders (PGLs) assume a major role in their firms’ efforts to: 1) insure partner coordination, control and accountability over fields of law, areas of practice and client matters to provide high quality legal services to clients in a timely manner at fees that are fair to the clients and their firms; 2) increase the productivity levels of all timekeepers within their practice groups; 3) increase the economic contribution of their practice groups to the firm to enhance revenue and profitability; and 4) assume primary responsibility for communications to and from members of their practices about firm economics, priorities and business issues, as well as practice growth and client development initiatives.

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