The Ratings GameBy Janan HannaMarch 2014Article, Page 124Sites like Avvo that rate lawyers and encourage consumer reviews are evoking reaction positive and negative in the legal community – and posing interesting ethical challenges.
Practice-Launching Tips for Solos and Small FirmsBy Ed FinkelFebruary 2014Article, Page 72Time to strike out on your own? Veteran practitioners help you get off to a good start - and avoid common missteps - with tips on marketing, billing, retainers, client management, and more.
Low Cost Technology for Highly Productive LawyersBy Ed FinkelJanuary 2014Article, Page 20Now more than ever, great technology tools - many especially designed for lawyers - are amazingly affordable if not free. But don't forget the crucial difference between "frugal" and "cheap."
Limited Scope, Expanded OpportunityBy Ed FinkelOctober 2013Article, Page 508Recent Illinois Supreme Court rule changes enable lawyers to represent clients in litigation for only a portion of a case. Proponents say that's good for lawyers, clients, and judges.
Marketing Your Practice via Social MediaBy Maria KantzavelosApril 2013Article, Page 180You can find clients on Facebook and LinkedIn. Or, more to the point, they can find you. But be sure to go about it the right way or you'll lose business and run afoul of ethics rules.
Riding the DIY WaveBy Maria KantzavelosMarch 2013Article, Page 128Lawyers should respond to do-it-yourself law sites by serving clients in new ways, an Elmhurst lawyer suggests.
Sharpening Your Pencil: Financial Basics for Law FirmsBy Maria KantzavelosFebruary 2013Article, Page 76Are your employees getting the tax relief they deserve? Are you? Should you process your own payroll? A CPA tells lawyers a thing or two about the business side of running a practice.
For Sale by Owner: Getting the Most for Your Law PracticeBy Maria KantzavelosOctober 2012Article, Page 524How much is your practice worth? How can you maximize its value? How do you find buyers? Even if you aren't ready to sell, experts say the time to ask yourself these questions is now.
The Dangers of Litigating in the MediaBy Richard L. Miller IIJanuary 2012Article, Page 42A look at the risks your client takes by publicly discussing an ongoing case and why doing so is usually a bad idea.
The Ethical Office: Managing Nonlawyer StaffBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2011Article, Page 614The Rules of Professional Conduct make managing nonlawyer staff a high-stakes business. Find out which rules are most directly implicated and learn how to be a better boss.
Planning to SucceedBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2011Article, Page 560How many lawyers have a strategic plan, complete with a mission, goals, action points, and a system for measuring success? Here's why you should be one of them.
Does Your Law Firm Need a Virtual Reality?By Peter R. OlsonOctober 2011Article, Page 516Is it time to move your practice online? Internet-based legal software innovations offer practitioners ways to cut costs while expanding their potential client base.
OK ComputerBy John G. LocalloOctober 2011Column, Page 488Technology is changing the world of lawyering. Can we keep pace?
The Five Biggest Business Mistakes Lawyers MakeBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2011Article, Page 444Too many lawyers - especially new ones - undervalue their services. It's a short-sighted approach that can lead to big trouble, this lawyer argues.