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It’s been more than 15 weeks since COVID-19 hit pause on what seems like the entire world. When firms were in the thick of it, dealing with government-mandated office closures, Back in April, I wrote an article for Marketing the Law Firm’s ALM sibling The Legal Intelligencer about how law firms could navigate the delicacies that came with the global pandemic (see, “Navigating the Changing Landscape Caused by COVID-19.” In March, we were paralyzed as we began quarantined life only to be shocked to our cores in late May as our nation became embroiled in social unrest due to continued systemic racism that can no longer be tolerated. Fast forward to now as the country begins to slowly reemerge from quarantine and reevaluate our fundamental values and beliefs that got us to where we are today. Law firms and other businesses alike are defining what will become our new normal. Challenges facing us in 2019, while seemingly very distant, deserve attention in addition to the new obstacles our firms face during what may be a temporary flattening of the COVID-19 curve. Here are four areas that law firms must continue to address to remain on the right side of 2020.
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By Sharon Meit Abrahams
Demonstrating client service before the engagement serves attorneys well into the ongoing relationship. This checklist can help professionals discuss important topics with new clients and demonstrates their skills in quality client service.
By Carlos Arcos
There was no shortage of COVID-related PR opportunities having an impact on practice groups across the board, from real estate to bankruptcy to employment and more. This wave started in 2020 and continued well into 2021. Once the pandemic does finally fade from our lives, what will the new normal for legal PR look like?
By Eric Dewey
Selling doesn’t cause buying. Buying is an internal business process and that process is fast becoming out of sync with the sales training we often push on our lawyers. Our buyers know more than we do about what is really important inside companies when they are looking to hire outside counsel. We must get better at that lest many of our practices become even more commoditized.
By Anthony Davies
The law firm office cannot remain unchanged, therefore, as if frozen in time set to some date prior to the onset of pandemic, when all the terms and meaning have all changed. In fact, the office must now provide benefits or an experience the lawyers and staff cannot get at home.