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Legal Project Management: The Communications Component

Posted in General Counsel, Law firm practices, Legal Project Management, Legal Spend, Outside Counsel

In this post I collaborate with my Edge colleague, Doug Richardson, who has decades of experience as a communications guru. Doug and I often teach Legal Project Management Workshops together for law firms and legal departments. © 2011, Edge International US, LLC True Tales Let’s start with a few true-life wake-up calls.  First, the bad news:… Continue Reading

Legal Project Management: An Expanding Perspective

Posted in General Counsel, Law firm practices, Legal Project Management, Legal Spend, Outside Counsel

The most significant news on the legal project management (LPM) front is that the thinking is evolving about the roles and responsibilities of the players. Until fairly recently, LPM was seen as a re-engineering of legal service delivery that took place primarily within the law firm. In other words, the firms promised their clients that… Continue Reading

The Client’s New Voice

Posted in General Counsel, Law firm practices, Legal Project Management, Legal Spend, Outside Counsel, Request for Proposal

Most commentators agree that the economically-driven sea change in the legal profession has changed the way legal services are procured and has shifted the balance of negotiating and pricing power from law firms to their clients. Corporate counsel now have mandates from the C-Suite to do more with less, contain costs, think outside the box… Continue Reading

Bottleneck Blues

Posted in Law firm practices, Legal Project Management, Outside Counsel

 The best way to identify a law firm bottleneck is not to query the people who have the biggest investment in the bottle: the old ways, the old days, behaviors shaped by longstanding habits.  Better to ask the ground level timekeepers – the people stuck in the bottle — what most frustrates their efforts and… Continue Reading

The 7 Deadly Law Firm Write-Off Sins

Posted in Law firm practices, Legal Project Management, Outside Counsel

In my last post of 2010, I described an action-packed three months in the trenches delivering Legal Project Management programs to various firms, capped by 17 straight one-day stands in December.  I said we were learning a lot about law firm best practices, worst practices and non-existent practices, and promised to share some lessons learned… Continue Reading

2011: Contemplating the Great What Next

Posted in Alternative Fee Arrangements, General Counsel, Legal Project Management, Legal Spend, Outside Counsel

It’s been an eventful year for the legal profession, although scores of law firm lawyers and in-house counsel wish it hadn’t been.  For many lawyers, Legal Project Management (LPM) — the drive to make the cost of legal services more predictable and their delivery more efficient – remains at center stage as an economic imperative,… Continue Reading

Holiday Bells: The 17 Days of Legal Project Management

Posted in General Counsel, Legal Project Management, Legal Spend, Outside Counsel

In a unique variation on the 12 days of Christmas, we at Edge presently are criss-crossing the country to conduct Legal Project Management (LPM) training programs for major national firms and in-house legal departments every single day – including weekends – from December 1 through December 17th. Richmond, then San Francisco, Palo Alto, Houston, Dallas,… Continue Reading

No Place to Hide

Posted in Alternative Fee Arrangements, General Counsel, Legal Project Management, Legal Spend, Outside Counsel

Having completed Legal Project Management training in two corporate legal departments, I finished this week at the intersection of Sutter and Market Streets here in San Francisco, but for many of my General Counsel clients it’s the intersection of apprehension and opportunity.  For some clients, this is alien and uncomfortable territory. The balance of power… Continue Reading

Getting an “A” from the ACC – Revisiting the Report Card One Year Later

Posted in General Counsel, Legal Spend, Outside Counsel

One year ago, I penned a post about the ACC Lawyer Rating system, below.  After all the economic dust has settled, I would not change a word.  Pamela Woldow Posted October 28, 2009 at 12:11 am. The ACC’s new lawyer rating system – created by and for corporate counsel — is just coming out of the gate. And, thank heavens that… Continue Reading

Whole Hog

Posted in General Counsel, Legal Project Management, Legal Spend, Outside Counsel

  I’m at the intersection of Main and Lamar out here in Dallas, but I’ve just spent time talking to some senior-level rainmakers who are out there in denial. First, although the balance of power between law firms and their clients has shifted, they think they still call the shots — when in fact it’s… Continue Reading

LPM is like your iPhone

Posted in Legal Project Management, Outside Counsel

Recently, I was at the intersection of Dearborn and Madison Streets in Chicago, and I had just come from a Legal Project Management training session in which a rather senior partner told everybody that he hates the LPM program his firm is rolling out.  “The way I practice law has worked for 30 years. Why… Continue Reading

Warning Bells

Posted in General Counsel, Legal Spend, Outside Counsel

I spoke last week about Litigation Management best practices to an audience of 35 of America’s largest companies, a group representing many major industries – pharmaceutical, auto manufacturing, retail, financial services, transportation, construction, food.  Most of these companies have a good reason to be interested in improving their litigation management, because they face hundreds of… Continue Reading

Stop Complaining & DO Something!

Posted in General Counsel, Legal Project Management, Legal Spend, Outside Counsel

Along comes the Am Law Daily article today, Reality Check: In Setting Billing Rates, Location and Size Matter; Experience…Not So Much, to tell us what many corporate counsel suspected or have experienced over the last 24 months with outside counsel.  Legal bills from 2007 through 2009 (that includes 5 quarters during the Great Recession, folks)… Continue Reading

Legal Project Management: A Trend at the Tipping Point

Posted in General Counsel, Legal Project Management, Legal Spend, Outside Counsel

This article, co-authored with Douglas Richardson, originally appeared at the PM Hut blog on May 13, 2010. Reprinted with permission. RFPs, AFAs and Client-driven Paradigm Shifts Tipping Point C includes such viral trends as convergence programs (in which the number of outside counsel an organization employs is examined and often sharply reduced, and in which… Continue Reading