Legal Practice Management Advice From The Dusty Corners Of My Closet

Mixed among my old copies of FPS: Football and Diablo, I came across a few notes on advice I was given during my time as a young lawyer. Stuff I used to jot down, specifically with the intention of someday looking back upon it. Now, with more than a few years of work under my belt, it was fun to see how some of these gems held up (or not) over time. Here’s a few to start – 2 not-so-good, 2 really good.

The Wrath of Khan – Stantly Using Old-School Time Sheets

Recently, the folks over at Above the Law reported on a staff nastygram that was fired off by a BigLaw partner. Unfortunately, the caricature-like nature of the memo’s condescending tone (that simultaneously made it both humorous and blogworthy) overshadowed what is really an otherwise fair and important message. Marked for distribution to folks who probably […]

The Devolution of the Affiliate Program

I’m a DirectTV customer, and have been for some time. Generally, I’ve had a good experience with the service itself and when I’ve had to call for support I found their support team to be friendly, helpful, and genuinely concerned about solving my issue. (Football fans can appreciate the terrifying panic that sets in at […]

Why it's Critical for Lawyers to Get Bills Out On Time (Part 2 of 2)

From the client’s perspective, getting a big legal bill long after the service was performed has the effect of feeling like a big nasty surprise. That can lead to uncomfortable discussions and, worse yet, often results in haircuts on your bill. The bigger and “lumpier” the bill (that is, the more things thrown in together), the further it is away from the time you provided the service, the more likely a discount negotiation is forthcoming.