Publications

Articles on Law Practice and Office Management

Health Care Reform: Lawyers are Employers and Consumers, Too

By Janan Hanna
December
2013
Article
Page 616
What does the Affordable Care Act mean to law firms as employers and lawyers as consumers? Here's a thumbnail sketch.

The Ethics of Lost Laptops, Cloud Computing

By Mark S. Mathewson
November
2013
Column
Page 588
What duty do you have to clients if your laptop is stolen?

Limited Scope, Expanded Opportunity

By Ed Finkel
October
2013
Article
Page 508
Recent 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.

How Not to Be a Victim of Law Firm Embezzlement

By Janan Hanna
September
2013
Article
Page 456
Employee theft is an all-too-common occurrence. Experts advise lawyers how not to be victims.

New supreme court rules a boon to limited-scope representation

By Adam W. Lasker
August
2013
LawPulse
Page 386
Amended Rules 11, 13, and 137 create business opportunities for lawyers by making it easier to represent clients for part, but not all, of a lawsuit or transaction.

Rainmaking in Dry Times

By Ed Finkel
June
2013
Article
Page 288
How do you attract new clients and retain existing ones in this economy? Consultants and Illinois lawyers offer battle-tested tips.

Your “Unsinkable” Law Practice: Checking the Lifeboats

By Karen Erger
June
2013
Column
Page 314
Make sure your professional liability policy is shipshape.

The Lawyer’s iPad: Using Tablets in Your Practice

By Maria Kantzavelos
May
2013
Article
Page 232
Can you really use your mobile device to practice more effectively? Tech experts say "yes" and tell you how.

Marketing Your Practice via Social Media

By Maria Kantzavelos
April
2013
Article
Page 180
You 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.

How Do I Research That? Find a LibGuide

By Tom Gaylord
March
2013
Column
Page 158
The LibGuide system connects to thousands of free research guides.

Riding the DIY Wave

By Maria Kantzavelos
March
2013
Article
Page 128
Lawyers 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 Firms

By Maria Kantzavelos
February
2013
Article
Page 76
Are 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.

Chicago-Kent’s solo-attorney incubator nurtures new lawyers

By Adam W. Lasker
January
2013
LawPulse
Page 10
An innovative law school program gives a group of new admittees office space and real-world experience under the guidance of former profs.

For Sale by Owner: Getting the Most for Your Law Practice

By Maria Kantzavelos
October
2012
Article
Page 524
How 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 Media

By Richard L. Miller II
January
2012
Article
Page 42
A 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 Staff

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
December
2011
Article
Page 614
The 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.

Hey, Kids, Let’s Start a Law Firm

By Karen Erger
December
2011
Column
Page 640
An interview with a lawyer who did just that.

Planning to Succeed

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2011
Article
Page 560
How 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. Olson
October
2011
Article
Page 516
Is 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 Computer

By John G. Locallo
October
2011
Column
Page 488
Technology is changing the world of lawyering. Can we keep pace?

Why Calendars Matter - and Why I’m Going Back to Analog

By Karen Erger
October
2011
Column
Page 534
Sometimes the best technology is good old pen and paper.

Exile on Face Tweet: Lawyer Networking on Social Media

By John G. Locallo
September
2011
Column
Page 432
You can't afford not to use Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

The Five Biggest Business Mistakes Lawyers Make

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2011
Article
Page 444
Too 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. Gunnarsson
August
2011
Article
Page 396
Don'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 law

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2011
LawPulse
Page 382
Lawyers, bar associations, courts, and others use Twitter to push out news, cases, job openings, and more.

Experience by Appointment

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2011
Article
Page 238
Though 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 Courthouse

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2011
Article
Page 184
How to learn those all-important unwritten rules of courthouse and courtroom practice that vary from circuit to circuit.

Hiring How-Tos, Firing Fundamentals

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2011
Article
Page 130
Recruiting 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 Out

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2011
Article
Page 20
The 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.

Succession Planning and the Duty of Diligence

By John Cesario
January
2011
Column
Page 46
Succession planning might just be part of your ethical duty of diligence.

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