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How O’Melveny Is Creating an Operational Roadmap for Its Litigators | Big Law Business
We began in earnest to try to solve that problem and our initial [idea] was that we had to be smarter about our staff. If you had people chopping the vegetables and creating the plate, you had to have the people in the right positions. We started going down that path and realized we had to deconstruct 400 litigation projects into tasks that chronologically represent the litigation process at our firm. And then we realized, ‘Wait a minute. Since we have gone this far, why don’t we associate with each task the smartest, quickest way to do it, given our library resources, technology, specialized people and all documents and precedents across all the work we’ve done. And that way, not only would we know for a particular task who would do it, but we could direct them to the best way of doing it.
process  systems  km  biglaw  firms  it 
august 2017 by JordanFurlong
Bigger is not always better for law firms | Human Resources | Business in Vancouver
“It is like I went from being a C-suite officer in a multinational to doing my own startup,” said Steven Lukas, who recently left a partnership at the international firm Fasken Martineau to join Harper Grey LLP, which has only one office, in Vancouver.

When Lukas and fellow Fasken partner Prentice Durbin left Fasken to join Harper Grey, Harper Grey had 57 lawyers, and 53 of them were litigators.

Lukas and Durbin, however, focus on corporate commercial work instead of litigation.

“I have the ability to come in here and help build Harper Grey’s corporate commercial side in my own image, rather than worrying about whether I can fit within the mould of a bigger firm.”

Conflicts of interest within smaller firms are also rare, he said.

Law firms are not allowed to represent a specific client in one case when that same client is a defendant in another lawsuit in which the law firm is representing the plaintiff.
firms  biglaw  boutiques  partners 
june 2017 by JordanFurlong
Ed Newberry Of Squire Patton Boggs: 'Law Firms That Change Will Survive And Thrive'
Hodges Silverstein: Clients have been going through a number of iterations of consolidation among their legal service providers. It is increasingly harder to get your foot in the door. Firms that have a clear specialization, a particular area of expertise, or a particular footprint that the client needs, however, certainly have a chance. Legal procurement is always on the lookout for new firms whose experience is “closest to the pin”: Being able to show that the firm can hit the ground running, understands the client’s cost pressures, stays within budget, delivers what it promises, and is what procurement is looking for.
biglaw  procurement 
september 2014 by JordanFurlong
The Legal Whiteboard
In this post, I will describe the salient points of each innovation. I will err on the side of detail because, when it comes to innovation in the legal space, there is a short supply of “guts of the operations” commentary.  I will then offer some macro-level observations.  As it turns out, BigLaw has on balance a surprisingly good hand to play.  Many will thrive, but at the expense of taking market share from the rest.
innovation  biglaw  firms 
september 2014 by JordanFurlong
Prism Legal Big Law Changing or Being Disrupted? - Prism Legal
We are six years past the economic crisis and probably four years into the shift of power to clients.  We now understand what that means and it’s not the end.
Demand is flat but most US large firms continue perform fairly well.  While some firms do suffer, many thrive.
A favorite among the disruption school is alternative legal services providers.  Data are scarce but..  Excluding managed document review, a reasonably large business in the US, non-law-firm-alternatives to Big Law have probably taken less than 1% of the market. It might go up but it does not feel like disruption to me.
Consider two poster children of change or disruption – take your pick.  Clearspire is no more.  Axiom Law has long reported the number of lawyers it has on one of  its pages.  For many months, if not more, that number stands at 1000 lawyers. Maybe they are growing and just not updating their website; I don’t know.
More importantly, Big Law is changing….
biglaw  innovation  disruption  robolawyer 
august 2014 by JordanFurlong

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