Are You Getting File Retention Right?By Ed FinkelNovember 2016Article, Page 22Ethics rules and opinions provide a (mostly) clear picture of file retention best practices if you read them carefully. But cheap electronic storage is making discarding files a thing of the past.
Top BillingBy Ed FinkelOctober 2016Article, Page 22Law firm billing is full of economic, ethical, and legal stumbling blocks for those who aren't systematic and conscientious about it - and opportunities for those who are, according to practitioners and billing consultants.
The Lowdown on Law Firm TransfersBy Ed FinkelSeptember 2016Article, Page 22The market for law firms is still maturing several years after transferring a practice became legal in Illinois. A recent buyer discusses the legal, financial, and ethical considerations.
Mapping the Relentlessly Efficient Law FirmBy Ed FinkelAugust 2016Article, Page 22In today's competitive legal market, relentlessly efficient firms will succeed where others fail. And the proponents of "process mapping" insist that's just as true for solos as for megafirms.
The new overtime regs: A wake-up call for lawyer employersBy Matthew HectorAugust 2016LawPulse, Page 12Too few law firms follow best practices for paying employees who work more the 40 hours a week, an employment lawyer warns. The new federal overtime rules, effective December 1, are a fresh reason for getting it right.
Mandatory E-Filing Is ComingBy Ed FinkelMarch 2016Article, Page 30Effective January 1, 2018, electronic filing will be mandatory in all 102 counties in Illinois. How will it work? Attorneys and judges share their hopes and concerns.
Lincoln and Herndon 2016By Ed FinkelFebruary 2016Article, Page 22If Abraham Lincoln were practicing today, what management techniques and tech tools should he use? LPM experts offer advice.
Taxing legal services still on the tableBy Matthew HectorFebruary 2016LawPulse, Page 12Studies by independent think tanks argue that while increasing service taxes is a good idea, extending that tax to professional services isn't.
Supercharged Social Media MarketingBy Ed FinkelJanuary 2016Article, Page 24Are you using Google Plus? Blogging? Using video? Describing yourself consistently across social media and the web? Find out what social media power users are doing to market their practices.
Creating a Client-Centered PracticeBy Ed FinkelNovember 2015Article, Page 26In a tough legal marketplace, putting clients first and providing excellent service is a must. It starts with putting yourself in the client's place.
The looming court-reporter shortageBy Matthew HectorOctober 2015LawPulse, Page 12Seventy-five percent of the state's licensed reporters could be eligible for retirement before the end of the decade. Will there be qualified candidates to replace them?
Rethinking Email EncryptionBy Charles J. NorthrupOctober 2015Column, Page 46Evolving ethics standards make it more important than ever for lawyers to understand encryption.
The ABCs of LLLTsBy Ed FinkelSeptember 2015Article, Page 20Proponents say limited license legal technicians provide legal representation to people who couldn't otherwise afford it. Critics argue they'll compete with underemployed lawyers and lower the quality of legal services.