Publications

Section Newsletter Articles on Law Office Management

Why it pays to accept credit cards By Amy Porter Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, June 2010 Why turn away a prospective client who wants to use your law firm’s services and has the means to pay promptly?
Pay your law firm employees properly or risk falling into a financial snakepit By James B. Zouras Administrative Law, May 2010 What may begin as a simple misunderstanding—a poorly-handled layoff or even a workers’ compensation matter—can turn into an unexpected and costly nightmare for the employer. As is often the case, a small nugget of prevention can equal a goldmine of cure.
Digital dictation is here… Throw away your mini-tapes By L. James Hanson Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, March 2010 Still using audio tapes for dictation and transcription? Here's how to make the transition to digital.
The hiring process—Legal considerations By Michael R. Lied Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, March 2010 Some highlights of the law of hiring and employment-- A must-read for any attorney who is also an employer.
Severing the landline By Peter LaSorsa Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, March 2010 The author presents his case for the elimination of traditional telephone service.
The wellness train: Time to come aboard By Paul Shaheen Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, March 2010 Want to put an end to double-digit insurance rate increases? Read on to learn how!
The changing face of the legal profession By Sherwin A. Brook Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, December 2009 The U.S. economy has been slammed over the past 18 months. No sector has been spared. Among the professional services providers, attorneys have been the hardest hit. The dynamics of the carnage has left virtually every area of concentration reeling with the possible exceptions of bankruptcy injury and family law.
Pay your law firm employees properly or risk falling into a financial snakepit By James B. Zouras Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, December 2009 As wage-and-hour practitioners who have represented thousands of employees in actions against employers of every size, from multi-billion-dollar corporations to small businesses, our firm is well-versed on the ways employers violate the labor laws.
Relocating a Law Practice (Or How to Survive the Move Without Losing Your Mind) By Mary A. Corrigan Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, December 2009 Lawyers, like most people, are creatures of habit and avoid change at all costs. How then can an attorney or a law firm deal with a major change like a physical practice relocation and still retain their sanity?
Where have all the clients gone? By Donald E. Weihl Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, December 2009 Have your clients stopped calling? Is your daily mail just bills?
MINNESOTA NICE: Lessons from the poker table By Robert Kegan Intellectual Property, November 2009 I had an extremely enjoyable and interesting experience at a poker table recently. I happened to be on the road on my birthday this year, and I gave myself the present of spending the day at the Canterbury Card Club, the Minnesota poker room, about 40 minutes south of the Twin Cities.
Ask your editor By John W. Olmstead Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, October 2009 A successful law firm competitive strategy requires effective law firm management. Managing Partners and Administrators must keep updated on all aspects of law firm management. In order to assist in this effort we are pleased to share our insights and thoughts.
Pay your law firm employees properly or risk falling into a financial snakepit By James B. Zouras Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, October 2009 As wage-and-hour practitioners who have represented thousands of employees in actions against employers of every size, from multi-billion-dollar corporations to small businesses, our firm is well-versed on the ways employers violate the labor laws.
The virtual practice: The what and why By R. Andrew Smith Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, October 2009 The virtual office concept has been around for some time; however, it has not typically been used in the context of practicing law.  
Editor’s column: Trying times for lawyers create need to review office operations and look for practice opportunities in a shrinking legal market By John T. Phipps General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, July 2009 A note from Editor John Phipps.
Culture: Do you have it? By Thomas J. Brannan Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, June 2009 That “culture” is, many times, difficult to see or define. It is, however, or should be, reflective of the core values, beliefs, ethics and rules of behavior of a practice or office.
More on associates By Donald E. Weihl Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, June 2009 From the very beginning there are guidelines/principles that need to be observed/followed in order to serve the clients efficiently and skillfully to accomplish tasks to generate fees as matters are handled to conclusion. The guidelines/principles are seldom communicated to the new associates in written form, and often the associate is simply expected to know without having been specifically told what to do, not do, how to act, or not act.
A soft real estate market creating opportunities to reduce real estate expense By Gary Fazzio Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, June 2009 The instability within the real estate marketplace, combined with new pricing models, will create opportunities for law firms to renegotiate their leases and reduce real estate expense in return for minimizing landlord exposure to rental loss and rollover risk.
What is keeping lawyers awake at night: Asked and answered By John W. Olmstead Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, June 2009 The author answers some of the questions lawyers frequently ask.
Electronic discovery: Pay now or pay later! By Alan Pearlman Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, February 2009 The days of paper documents are becoming a faint memory and being replaced with e-mail, instant messaging, video and VoIP. Although these tools make our everyday lives easier, they have the potential to become a serious liability for your company if not managed properly.
Needle in a haystack By Toby Paulose Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, February 2009 An overview of the processes that recruiters use when looking for that special job candidate. Also included are some tips on what to look for in a resume and and the types of questions you should ask to get the information that you are looking for during a face to face interview..
Virtualization and law office computer systems By Alan Pearlman Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, February 2009 Virtualization is a technology that does present some added variables and complexity, but provides features and tools that change the status quo. It is a technology that the legal industry will surely embrace and use to better our service to our ultimate consumer…the client.
Editor’s column: Current economic downturn requires lawyers to evaluate case acceptance, billing and credit policies By John T. Phipps General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, January 2009 You need to make the choice about your own pro bono. Or as another lawyer told me, if work is slow, invest in yourself and improve your office and your skills rather than donate your time to someone who cannot or will not pay you.
Health Savings Accounts: One option for small firms when a group health plan is unaffordable By Julie A. Neubauer Women and the Law, December 2008 As this election year comes to a close we have repeatedly heard the ideas and plans of politicians for how to improve the current health care crisis that millions of Americans now face.
How to practice part-time from afar By Patrick E. Ward General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, December 2008 For several years before I decided to semi-retire, I had a picture of a beautiful, tranquil beach and the inscription below it which read: “Never be so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”
Best kept secrets By Paul Shaheen Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, September 2008 No matter the size of your practice, be it solo, big or small, attorneys and law firms often struggle with the taxing issue of how to best protect what is arguably your most invaluable asset: your ability to earn an income.
Use guest articles to promote your practice: Turn research and results into story topics By Geri L. Dreiling Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, September 2008 When a lawyer gets a great result, devises a winning strategy, tackles an old issue with a 21st-century twist or develops an approach that helps avoid a legal minefield, the client benefits.
Bill4Time Internet-based time and billing software By Alan R. Press Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, August 2008 The author has never been able to find the perfect Time and Billing Software for my solo practice. The programs are usually too complicated and cumbersome or too basic and lacking in functionality. Luckily, Bill4Time has been a great solution and middle ground.
You’re on your own: Risk management tips for running a small firm or going solo By Paul Shaheen Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, June 2008 Compared to running a large firm, managing a small firm or solo practice can be entirely distinct.
Navigating an unemployment claim By Melissa Schroeder and Lisa Collins Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, May 2008 The purpose of this article is to provide the general practitioner with a primer on procedures pertaining to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, unemployment hearings and the issues that surround them when terminating an employee.