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.
To Tweet or Not to Tweet?By Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2011Article, Page 396Don't get Twitter? You're not alone. But lawyers are using it to reach out to fellow practitioners and communicate with the public.
Tweeting the lawBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2011Lawpulse, Page 382Lawyers, bar associations, courts, and others use Twitter to push out news, cases, job openings, and more.
Experience by AppointmentBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2011Article, Page 238Though there isn't much money in it, serving as appointed counsel is a way to gain invaluable courtroom experience and remind yourself why you went to law school in the first place.
Finding Your Way to in the CourthouseBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2011Article, Page 184How to learn those all-important unwritten rules of courthouse and courtroom practice that vary from circuit to circuit.
Hiring How-Tos, Firing FundamentalsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2011Article, Page 130Recruiting employees and letting them go are both fraught with legal pitfalls. Here's how you can help your clients and your own firm avoid HR missteps.
Selling OutBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2011Article, Page 20The 2010 update of Illinois' ethics rules make it easier to sell a law practice. But what about practical issues like valuation and transition planning? Seasoned solos offer advice.