Data Breach Prevention

Glaring headlines in the March 29, 2016 The American Lawyer detailed that 48 of our nation’s top law firms were specifically targeted by a Russian hacker seeking to trade on M&A information. Most of the firms found out they were a target only because their name was included in the article. On March 22, 2016 the FBI issued an alert warning law firms of criminals seeking access to their networks.

What should you do? First, realize that some of the largest firms have experienced breaches. And they have huge IT staff, and lots of money to throw at the problem. Don’t throw up your arms in disdain and say you have no chance by comparison. For firms of all sizes I recommend . . . READ MORE

Data Breach Prevention

It’s really not a question of IF your firm will experience a data breach at some point, but rather WHEN your firm will experience the breach. Don’t assume that your firm has no desirability as a target because of your size, or even your practice areas. Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting law firms of all sizes for private information about clients, which often enables them to more effectively target the client directly.  READ MORE

Associate Attorney Job Opening in Fleetwood, PA

The Smith Law Group is welcoming applications for Associate Attorney.  This is an opportunity to join a thriving 11-year-old general practice firm that represents clients in matters covering civil litigation, transactional counseling, and criminal defense.  The firm is located in Fleetwood, Berks County, PA.

The firm’s practice area includes the eastern half of Pennsylvania.  The firm enjoys a good reputation in both federal and state courts.  More information about the firm may be found on its website.

The ideal candidate will have 1 to 5 years of practice experience, but the firm will consider applicants without experience.  Salary and responsibility will be commensurate with experience.

To apply, email your cover letter, resume, and writing sample to the Executive Administrator.

Paralegal Job Opening in Fleetwood, PA

A small successful firm in Fleetwood, PA has an immediate opening for a full-time paralegal.  Requirements include

  • excellent organization and communication skills
  • ability to multi-task
  • 3+ years’ litigation practice experience
  • familiarity with fundamentals of court filing

The right candidate will have a high energy level coupled with compassion for clients and a passion for justice.

This firm offers a pleasant working atmosphere in a growing firm.  All applications will be received in confidence.  Send your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Jennifer Smith.

Legal Administrator Job Opening

Quatrini Rafferty, P.C., is a continually growing, high-volume law firm based in Greensburg, PA, with branch offices located in Latrobe and downtown Pittsburgh. Founded 30 years ago, the firm champions the causes of people whose lives have been turned upside down by injury or illness.

The firm currently has an opening for a full-time Office Administrator. This person will work with the Managing Partner and the Controller, and be based in the Greensburg office. Primary responsibilities include human resources administration, management of the day-to-day operations of the firm, and coordination and implementation of firm policy and procedure to attain maximum efficiency. Additional responsibilities include IT oversight/planning and database management, records and file management, facilities oversight, and other administrative functions and projects as necessary.

The ideal candidate will have a strong human resources and benefit administration background and experience in legal office management is preferred. This position requires strong communication skills, the ability to maintain information in the strictest of confidence, empathy, juggling of multiple tasks and working in a high case volume atmosphere, the ability to supervise and work well with all employees within the firm, and maintain professional relationships outside the firm. Benefit package with 401(k) plan included.

Interviews will begin after January 4, 2017. Interested candidates are requested to send a resume and cover letter identifying interest in the position, core strengths, and salary requirements to Joyce Vivio.

Job Opportunity – Legal Administrator

Join their team! A progressive mid-sized regional law firm located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, seeks a full-time Legal Administrator with a minimum of four (4) years’ experience managing non-attorney staff, handling HR, employee relations, employee benefit matters and managing the key areas of law firm operations including technology, facilities, finance, legal industry trends and marketing. Candidate must be capable of working independently, maintain confidentiality, be a self-starter and work effectively with firm management. Candidate must have excellent people skills, written and oral communication skills and analytical skills and be highly proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Outlook, Excel and Juris.  SPHR, SHRM-SLP certifications preferred. Excellent benefit package available.

  • Location: Bethlehem, PA
  • Compensation: commensurate with experience
  • Candidates only. No Recruiters.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
  • Please do not contact job poster with unsolicited services or offers.

Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter to Kristine Roddick, Esquire; Managing Partner

Are Your Practice Management Procedures Up to Snuff?

I presented a Lunch-‘n-Learn CLE on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at the Dauphin County Bar Association.  The session — Fine Tuning Your Practice — covers best practices and procedures for today’s law office.  From intake through file closing and eventual destruction, hundreds of nuggets of useful information were offered to help attorneys return to the office and easily implement improvements.

During the marketing practices section, I challenged lawyers in attendance to leverage their current activities through use of social media.  I brought the challenge to life by offering to pose for selfies with any lawyer who would begin making the effort.

Three attorneys took advantage of my offer.  I haven’t received links from two of them, but here is the first.

Bravo to attorney Michael Hynum, who posted this photo on Twitter.  You’ve gained a new follower.

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Associate Attorney – Job Opening

A long-established Norristown, PA law firm is seeking an attorney with 5 – 10 years experience in Family Law, Creditor Representation and Commercial Litigation.  Workers Compensation and/or PI experience is helpful.  The applicant must be able to handle own caseload.  Interested applicants should email resume and cover letter to attorneyresumeapplication@gmail.com.

Free Marketing Seminar

dena-lefkowitzDena Lefkowitz, an accomplished lawyer coach, will be presenting a free marketing seminar on October 20, 2016.  Sponsored by American Executive Centers, the seminar entitled “How to Get the Business You Want Starting Now” will be presented from Noon – 1:00 pm at American Executive Centers; 1515 Market Street; Suite 1200; Philadelphia.

Dena is a very sharp lady with a national practice.  I am privileged to know her.  As a personal coach, Dena assists lawyers with polishing marketing skills, increasing confidence, making career transitions and rediscovering their sense of purpose and joy. She is certified by the International Coach Federation and a former board member of the Philadelphia chapter. Dena has coached a best-selling author, lawyers, and executives in many industries.

For those of you who follow my writings, you know that I am a big believer in coaching assistance for those who need help getting themselves from thought to action.  If you have the time, register and get some solid assistance.  The price will never be better!  And it will give you a chance to see a good coach in action.

Farewell to Ward Bower

I just read in the Legal Intelligencer that consultant Ward Bower died of a heart attach on September 28th, at the age of 69.  You can read the story here.  Too many people in the legal industry won’t realize what a loss this represents; despite his many contributions.

I was privileged to know Ward for many decades.  I admired him.  The first two decades he and I met in educational venues for the most part.

At that time I managed firms internally. Ward was a frequent presenter at educational events I attended.  Having managed in many corporate environments prior to joining my first law firm, I struggled to apply sound business practices at law firms.

Ward was firmly entrenched in the belief that law firms needed to operate both as profession and business to be successful.  So he was preaching to the choir.  But he really understood the blow-back Legal Administrators dealt with on a day-to-day basis at their firms.  Ward was  always free to share thoughts on how to more creatively accomplish goals, and I found him increasingly inciteful as his experienced deepened.

In the following decades, as an independent law practice management consultant serving smaller firms, I kept in touch with Ward, and continued to enjoy his writings.

I remember several assignments over the years when I needed a sounding board. Ward remained generous with his time.  When he disagreed, he presented alternate opinions diplomatically and with finesse.  I was so grateful for his assistance. I feel in some part it is what enabled me to remain so engaged, and dedicated to continue to develop my instincts and expertise.

It’s a sadder industry for the loss of Ward Bower.  He was much too young.

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