There are a number of ways cloud computing can benefit a solo or a small firm legal practice.
The biggest advantage, said Jack Newton, president of Clio, a web-based practice management system based in Vancouver, Canada, is that “cloud computing allows lawyers to focus on being a lawyer rather than being an IT person.”
A high-school graduate who operated a fake law firm in Baltimore must cease doing business and pay $261,000 for representing clients in bankruptcy cases.
The legal profession has reached a point where upheaval is the “new normal.” Certainly large law firms are changing in response to recession, technology and client demands; those firms that don’t change quickly enough, like Dewey & LeBoeuf, are doomed to swift failure.
Some wonder if the sole and small firm practitioner will survive this kind of turmoil.
The answer is that although big law firms serve the “1 percent” of the corporate world, there is enormous potential for solos and small firms to thrive by serving the “99 percent” of our society.
After more than 100 years, law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May, listing $193.2 million in assets and $315 million in liabilities.
But with the firm still in existence only long enough to settle with creditors, one question remains: what to do with all the paper?
Lawyers chasing the goal of running a paperless office are finding that both practical and ethical concerns can cause bumps in the road.
Are there some documents that must remain in their original – i.e., paper – form? How many years must lawyers keep files before they can be destroyed? Can a law practice ever truly be without paper?
Searching for a new office for your law firm can be a daunting task. Whether you’re on the hunt for a first office for a new firm or looking to trade up, the process can raise all sorts of questions about what a law office should be like. Here are some general guidelines to help attorneys find a good fit for their office space.
Law firms that hired partners from a dissolved firm could be required to surrender profits earned from the winding up of the dissolved firm’s client matters, a U.S. District Court in New York has ruled in granting summary judgment.
Worcester, Mass. patent attorney Gerry A. Blodgett usually advocates for his clients. But lately he’s been fighting on behalf of himself.
The attorney is challenging the state of Massachusetts in a bid to receive unemployment benefits, arguing that a dip in his workload has resulted in a wage reduction and therefore qualifies him for the benefits.
A law firm violated federal consumer protection law when it sent debt collection letters that failed to clearly indicate that the communications were not in furtherance of legal action, the 3rd Circuit has ruled in affirming judgment.
There are no corner offices at The Law Chambers of Nicholas Critelli in Des Moines, Iowa.
In fact, there are no offices at all.
The law firm, which is dedicated to litigation and ADR, has divided its space into function areas, such as its Studio C, a room designated for preparing pleadings and briefs.