Podcast category: Best Legal Practices

On the Road

ATL APP 2016: Yes, You Are Competing With LegalZoom

Even with the acceptance of legal technology by many lawyers and law firms, some attorneys are still skeptical about the benefits that emergent technology can bring to their law practice. In this report from On The Road, host Joe Patrice speaks with Avvo Director of Industry Relations Dan Lear, Rocket Matter founder and CEO Larry Port, and CuroLegal CEO Chad Burton about the importance of leveraging legal technology and the dangers to your business if you don’t.

Dan Lear is a lawyer, blogger and legal industry expert and is currently the Director of Industry Relations for Avvo.

Larry Port, Rocket Matter founder and CEO, is a speaker and award winning writer at the crossroads of the legal profession, cutting edge technology, and law firm marketing.

Chad Burton is a litigator and a pioneer in the legal industry, currently serving as CEO of CuroLegal.

Paralegal Voice

The Importance of Legal Project Management

When building a law firm there are many variables that an attorney must account for to ensure that their business runs smoothly and is successful. In this episode of The Paralegal Voice, host Vicki Voisin chats with Brown & Associates, PLLC Certified Paralegal Alicia Mercer about legal project management, what the job entails, and why having a project manager is beneficial to the health and well being of any law firm.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Boston UniversityNALA, and ServeNow.

ABA Journal: Asked and Answered

The art of getting clients to pay

You landed someone you thought would be a great client, but now you’re finding out that the client isn’t great about paying the bill. What should you do?  In this month’s Asked and Answered podcast, Stephanie Francis Ward speaks with Bob Markoff, a Chicago lawyer who has done collections work for many years. Markoff, a past president of the National Creditors Bar Association, gives tips and advice on what you can do to recover the money you’re owed.

Special thanks to our sponsors Amicus Attorney.

Thomson Reuters: Down the Hall with Practical Law

Top Legal Mistakes a Startup Can’t Afford to Make

 

This episode of Thomson Reuters Down the Hall with Practical Law features Practical Law Startup & Venture Capital Senior Legal Editor Joe Green discussing common legal mistakes made by startup companies. Joe talks about his background working with tech startups and his current role creating legal know-how for practitioners advising startup companies. After setting the stage by defining what he considers a “startup,” he provides insights into why many startup companies fail. Joe covers what startups can do if a co-founder decides to leave early on and the benefits and potential pitfalls of providing equity compensation to employees. He closes the interview with his list of the three things that anyone representing startups should know and the best piece of advice that he’s ever been given.

Thomson Reuters: Down the Hall with Practical Law

Hot Topics in Employee Handbooks

 

In this episode of Thomson Reuters Down the Hall with Practical Law, host Renee Karibi-Whyte speaks with Kate Bally, Director of the Practical Law Labor and Employment Service, about the importance of establishing workplace policies and documenting those policies in an employee handbook. Kate discusses the risks associated with not providing an employee handbook and failing to follow handbooks consistently. Kate then breaks down how several burgeoning social issues – accommodation, wage and hour, confidentiality, LGBT issues, and state nuances – impact today’s corporate world. She closes the interview with an explanation of why employee handbook acknowledgement agreements are vital and shares the best professional advice she’s ever received.

New Solo

6 Steps to Make Alternative Fees Profitable

Many attorneys are reluctant to try alternative billing methods because they fear that moving away from the billable hour will be complicated and less profitable. Furthermore, lawyers who are interested in billing alternatives often don’t know where to find resources to help them implement such changes in their own law firms. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks with Vandenack Weaver LLC founder Mary Vandenack about her six simple steps for any lawyer looking to successfully implement alternative billing methods in their law practice.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Solo Practice University and Clio.

New Solo

Implementing Alternative Billing in your Law Practice

In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks with Vandenack Weaver LLC founder Mary Vandenack about lawyers using alternative billing models. Mary defines alternative billing as any way of charging for a law firm’s services that isn’t the billable hour and talks about her experiences breaking away from a large firm and starting her own. She shares an interaction with a client that led her to consider alternative fees and explains that a common fear among lawyers when discussing alternative billing is under charging for your services. Mary advises attorneys to analyze their process, break those methods down into pieces, and to then price those pieces accordingly. She provides examples of different styles of alternative billing and closes the interview with an analysis of their pros and cons.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Solo Practice University and Clio.

On the Road

State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting: A Road Map for Law Firm Growth and Development

Many law firms work hard to increase their client base and grow their practice without having a clear understanding of what kind of law firm they would like to become. In this report from On The Road, hosts JoAnn Hathaway and Tish Vincent talk with State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting keynote speaker and legal industry analyst Ari Kaplan about helping attorneys develop their companies and what lawyers can learn from successful organizations in other industries.

Ari Kaplan, a leading legal industry analyst, is an inaugural Fastcase 50 honoree and a finalist for ILTA’s 2015 Thought Leader of the Year award. His most recent book, “Reinventing Professional Services: Building Your Business in the Digital Marketplace,” was released in Japanese, and Thomson Reuters is publishing the second edition of “The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career Through Creative Networking and Business Development” in 2016. He is the principal researcher for a variety of widely distributed benchmarking reports and has also been the keynote speaker for events in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and throughout the U.S. Kaplan is also the founder of the Lawcountability® business development platform, a finalist for ILTA’s 2015 Innovative Solution Provider of the Year award.

ABA Journal: Asked and Answered

How lawyers can bring mindfulness into their practice

Lawyers are in the suffering business, says bankruptcy lawyer and meditation instructor Jeena Cho. “Rarely do clients come to us with happy news.” Taking on clients’ tough problems can be source of a lot of stress for practitioners. Cho speaks with the ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward about how practicing mindfulness–which at is heart, is about living in the present moment–can help lawyers quickly move on from daily stressors and setbacks.

Special thanks to our sponsors Amicus Attorney.

On the Road

Clio Cloud 2016: How Cons Can Improve Your Practice

Some large law firms are hesitant to attend conferences because they don’t see the direct benefit for their law practices and are unwilling to spend that time. Small firms and solo practitioners might be reluctant to attend, because they don’t feel like they have the budget or resources to implement changes a conference might suggest. In this report from On The Road, host Adriana Linares speaks with Sedgwick LLP partner Ramón Abadin and Frost Brown Todd LLC attorney Stephen Embry about their experiences at the 2016 Clio Cloud Conference and why attending events like this is valuable for both large and small firms.

Ramón A. Abadin is an active trial lawyer who has tried more than 30 cases to verdict. He focuses on complex commercial and tort matters that frequently involve significant insurance components. Mr. Abadin has tried cases in both state and federal courts in Florida, where he has represented some of the world’s largest multinational corporations and insurance companies. Ray Abadin is currently President of the Florida Bar.

Stephen Embry is a member of Frost Brown Todd LLC and is a member of the firm’s class action, privacy and mass tort groups. He frequently defends partici­pants in consumer class actions and mass tort litigation. Stephen is a national litigator and advisor who is experienced in developing solutions to complex litigation and corporate problems. He is the former chair of Frost Brown Todd’s mass tort practice group.

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