For Young Lawyers and Attorneys Opening Their First Law Office

The April issue of Law Practice Today focuses on topics of importance to young lawyers and attorneys opening their first law office.  These articles and more are available at no cost to you on the LPM website.

Keys to a Successful Legal Career Starting In Year One

To be successful in life and as an attorney we must plan for the future, develop important relationships, and treat people the way we would want to be treated.  The first three articles in Law Practice Today help show us the way.  First, Ray Morgovan explains how to bring a focus (and success) to your legal practice by creating a personal mission statement outlining your goals in Now, More Than Ever.  Liz Grana and Dudley McCarter discuss the benefits for mentors and mentees of building that relationship in Crafting a Relationship A Mentor and Mentee’s Perspective and Harry Styron discusses the tried and true wisdom necessary for starting a small town practice in Small Town Lawyering.  This article is well worth reading because it is equally applicable to establishing a firm in any environment. 

Software Tools for Business Success:

We are pleased to see the podcast, The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology Podcast Series, which discuss the recently published book, The Lawyers Guide to Practice Management System Software, Second Edition, presented by Jim Calloway and John Simek.  As we all know, a good practice management system which is well utilized is the backbone of any professional office.

Young lawyers and new startups will also find some excellent tech to reviews in the April edition.  First, in Tech Tools Review, Bryan Sims reviews Nitro PDF professional 5.5, as an alternative to Adobe Acrobat.  Here, you can find out why Ryan likes as an alternative, except for its lack of OCR functionality.  In addition, Bryan Sims reviews UltraMon 3.0, a utility that helps increase the efficiency gains from using multiple monitors. 

Financial Success

We all know that we don’t get paid unless we bill.  Reid Trautz and Dan Pinnington set forth nine tips for capturing more of your billable time to increase your cash flow in Technology and TimeKeeping can Help You Capture More Time.

Looking to the ABA’s best publications, we have an excerpt from Flying Solo: A Survival  Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer, 4th Ed., where Carol A. Seelig discusses Can You Afford to be a Solo? 

Managing Yourself

Success as both an associate at a firm or as a attorney dealing with your own clients requires you to learn to say “No”.  Joshua Hornick give us Saying “No” – The Three Steps to Doing it Well, and factors in determining if you should say “No.”

Managing Your Firm

Firm associates, and even partners, cannot continue to improve as attorneys, and may not be aware of weakness without receiving constructive feedback.   Find out how to give constructive feedback in the article It’s About the Feedback.

Ed Poll reminds firm managers in Think Before You Leap into De-Equitization that de-equitization of law firm partners is not a magic bullet for firm finances and list important factors that must be considered by the firm management before it begins the de-equitization move. 

Marketing for a Better Tomorrow

Peter Roberts, in Marketing Focus: Client Referrals, lays out a plan of action to increase the quality of clients you represent, the quality of the communications you have with your clients, and to thereby ensure that your client feels well represented so that they will become your number one referral resource. 

The article Marketing and Client Development Activities, by Kathleen Brady, shows every attorney that they can successfully market by using the skill at which most attorneys excel, communicating with a little empathy.  



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