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  • September 23, 2021 9:56 AM | Deleted user

    By Silvia Coulter

    Many business professionals follow the opportunity to become a leader. As we know, there are many more not-so-good leaders than there are good leaders. What makes the difference? Think about the leaders in your life. Which characteristics defined a good leader and which characteristics defined a bad leader? Looking back on all or part of one’s career and the leaders experienced along the way will hopefully help you to become a stronger leader. Here are some extra tips:

    Stay true to your words. If honesty and integrity (for example) are important to maintaining the culture at your firm, then the leaders must exhibit and model these characteristics. This means doing the right thing all the time and standing by what is best for the team and not a favored individual. When people see one is true to one’s ideals, they will have high respect and trust for you. Model the behaviors you want to see in others.

    Tell the truth. First, if you mess up, fess up—plain and simple. If you made a mistake, admit it and don’t blame someone else. As a leader, the responsibility stops with you. If your team member makes a mistake, use it as a learning opportunity. Someone will know you were not truthful, or covered up, or blamed someone else if you did so, and it’s rarely forgotten. Second, if something negative occurs, try to be up front about how it will impact the team (e.g., layoffs, budget cuts, negative feedback) and deal with it straight on. Always take the high road. It garners loyalty and respect.

    Build constructive behaviors. Help people see their potential. Be happy for them and not envious. As important, facilitate these behaviors across the team and firm. When people feel supported, people will support their leaders. And, they are motivated to do their very best. When they feel otherwise (micro-managed, not given credit for their work, corrected for no reason) they will wither and leave. Constructive behaviors include feedback—positive and negative (but negative with suggestions for growth); recognition among others; support (have their back so-to-speak), and trust (help people grow by giving them assignments that cause them to stretch).

    Trust others. Trust people on your team. Have their back. It’s essential and in particular builds a higher probability of retaining important talent. There are always two sides to a story and we all work in environments which can be quick to find fault more often than to find opportunities to provide kudos. Embrace people and show them trust. They will produce good work and be inspired by your leadership.

    Make the tough decisions. Making tough decisions is not easy. Not making them will hurt any leader’s effectiveness since others will always be watching. While praise and recognition for a job well done are important, waiting too long to deal with an issue on the team will take away a lot of credibility. Do what’s right for the team. In the long run it will always be the best for you and the team. This includes acting quickly when someone is trying to hurt members of the team or you. Bad behavior cannot be allowed.

    Develop your skills. The firm is not going to necessarily pay for its business professionals to improve their leadership skills. They may, but if not, don’t hold back. Invest in yourself and in your future. To be a good, strong leader, find assessments, take leadership development programs (from industry) and read books written to help you to focus on becoming better. And then develop a leadership growth plan to stay on track. When you practice new skills, you become a stronger leader and take the next step in your career.

    Help others develop their skills. As part of the team’s review, identify one or two areas each member may want to develop to grow and become stronger at their skills and career. Helping team members be their best is going to help leaders build credibility among the team, and will help build their trust and loyalty.

    Communicate the plan. Good leaders are people who build bridges and are strong liaisons between top management and their own team. Bridging team responsibilities and goals and the overall plan for the department, to overall firm goals and strategies is key. Otherwise, people may not see how important their role is to the big picture. Remember the NASA floor sweeper when asked by President Kennedy what his job was? The man proudly answered “I’m helping to put a man on the moon.” Leaders help to connect the dots and this is especially important in a professional services environment.

    Celebrate successes! Everyone loves recognition. In fact, recognition often scores higher than salary on many employees’ top ten lists. Recognition of jobs well done helps build the constructive styles of team behavior. Good work makes strong leaders look stronger. Recognizing team members within the team and to firm leadership is the sign of a good leader.

    Silvia Coulter is a founding principal with LawVision Group and LSSO. Law firms rely on her assistance with existing client retention and growth strategies, new business development, culture and leadership assessments and business development consulting. She may be reached at 978-526-8316 or

  • September 22, 2021 11:50 AM | Deleted user

    By Susan Raridon Lambreth

    At the recent Global LPM Summit, we asked our speakers for a word or phrase that best captures LPM. We may be a little biased (okay, a lot), but one of the ones we really liked was the response from David Rueff, Chief Solutions Officer for Baker Donelson (and my co-author of four books on LPM). He said, “In my opinion, the best word is strategic.”

    We concur. LPM offers many benefits, but there are reasons why we consider LPM a strategy. But that begs the question: What is strategy?

    Rueff continues: “It’s not just about how to achieve the client’s desired outcome, but how to achieve the business objectives, along with that desired outcome through planning, execution, and closure.”

    You might start your LPM initiative by looking first at legal process improvement (LPI). A disciplined approach to LPI provides the tools and techniques that allow a matter team to leverage time and effort. LPM, however, while it results in efficiencies, can be so much more. LPM is a strategy that delivers value to both the clients and the firm, changing how legal tasks are planned and managed.

    Let Your Principles Guide You

    In 2007, Michael D. Watkins, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland wrote an article for Harvard Business Review. In it, he writes:

    “A business strategy is a set of guiding principles that, when communicated and adopted in the organization, generates a desired pattern of decision making. A strategy is therefore about how people throughout the organization should make decisions and allocate resources in order to accomplish key objectives.”

    LPM provides those guiding principles that, once applied, begin to change the culture and the very fabric of the firm. These principles include a commitment to:

    • Consistent, collaborative, and repeatable approaches to managing matters
    • Reliable and transparent practices for negotiating project scope and budget
    • Enhanced alignment of the work product to the client’s needs and priorities
    • Ongoing client communications that provide value and visibility, help to manage risk, and engender loyalty
    • Stewardship over highest and best use of resources
    • Integration of LPM techniques into business development efforts
    • Greater job satisfaction and clearer path to successful performance for both lawyers, legal professionals, and allied professionals

    The guiding principles capture the firm’s values and beliefs, providing the framework for strategic decision making. Now you can ask the critical questions along every step of the process. Is this repeatable? (Not the outcome, but the process.) Are we transparent enough? Have we considered the client’s needs beyond the outcome in the matter? Can our lateral hires understand how we do things around here? Are we using our resources wisely? LPM provides the context so that no one is simply going through the process. Each person has a value-added role.

    We Already Manage Our Projects

    Many of your most experienced partners and lawyers will claim that they already manage their projects. Indeed, they may have an Excel spreadsheet, a task list, and a drawing on the whiteboard. But actual LPM has a client-focus, structure, and visibility that many informal methods of scoping and managing projects lack.

    Without the strategic overlay to your LPM initiative, you may find lawyers and legal professionals simply waiting for things to revert back to the way they used to be, you know, that time in the past when nobody thought much about cost inefficiencies, and everyone did it “my way.” But going backwards is simply not an option in the current competitive environment. Clients are demanding greater control and accountability. They will tell you what constitutes value, but quite frequently not until they call to complain about the bill and expect you to reduce it.

    Law firms must be proactive. They can do this by implementing sound LPM strategies from the start. Once you begin to apply strategy to your LPM efforts, you’ll reap the long-term benefits. How does this differ from the tactical management of projects? Pushing each matter forward with the goal of crossing the finish line is the short-term approach. Considering the long-term implications is strategic. And in time, a strategic approach will reduce the level of tactical effort required. That’s your efficiency gain.

    Striking the Balance Between Strategic and Tactical

    There is definitely a component of tactical management required for LPM. It includes managing the scope and the schedule to time and budget constraints. It requires both training and aptitude to manage the nitty-gritty details. That’s the tactical piece, arguably the easiest part. The challenge comes in the strategies that help the firm grow and become more profitable and create greater value for clients. Through sound strategies, the firm will gain a distinct competitive advantage in the legal marketplace.

    You’ll have the right balance of tactical and strategic when you ensure that:

    • Activities are aligned with your firm’s long-term objectives
    • Lawyers and legal professionals feel challenged and energized by the work they perform
    • Clients get what they need beyond successful completion (and they tell you as much)
    • You’re able to rinse and repeat

    With the execution of strategic LPM, your initiative begins to feel like an accomplishment rather than a mere checklist of activities. Make no mistake: when you do LPM right, your product delivery will be efficient. But when you do LPM strategically, it will add to the bottom line, secure client loyalty, and invigorate your most talented people.

     Susan Raridon Lambreth

    Co-Founding Principal, LawVision

    Susan Raridon Lambreth is a founding Principal at LawVision Group and is internationally recognized as one of the top project management and practice group consultants for the legal industry. She has worked with approximately half of the AmLaw 200 on practice group issues or training their practice group leaders and many of the leading firms in North America, UK and Australia on legal project management initiatives. She has authored eight books on law firm management, including three on practice group management, four on LPM and one on legal operations. She has trained over 5,000 law firm leaders in practice leadership skills and over 6,000 legal professionals in LPM skills. She also has co-chaired for the past 11 years the largest annual conference in the world on legal project management for the Practising Law Institute in New York, which regularly attracts 400 to 550 attendees. She recently co-chaired the first annual Global LPM Summit (GlobalLPMSummit).

    Prior to co-founding LawVision, she was a partner with Hildebrandt International or its successor firm for 20 years. She received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and an M.B.A. from Villanova University.

  • September 16, 2021 5:57 PM | Deleted user

    Fenwick & West is seeking experienced communications professional to support the Director of Communications in the development and implementation of a broad range of communications, promotional content, social network management, and public/media relations. The candidate will have strong writing, project management, and leadership skills and be comfortable working with all levels of the organization. READ MORE

  • September 07, 2021 11:44 AM | Deleted user

    Steptoe & Johnson PLLC  has an opportunity for a Business Development Coordinator  who will be part of the Marketing Department.  They will support both the marketing and business development functions of the firm. This multi-faceted position will be primarily responsible for working with specific practice areas of the firm and will support other firm business development efforts as needed.  The position may be located in Bridgeport, WV,  Morgantown, WV, Pittsburgh, PA, or Columbus, OH.


  • September 07, 2021 11:31 AM | Deleted user
    Fenwick & West has an opportunity for an experience business development professsional for their IP Group.  The Business Development Manager's primary purpose is to accelerate the growth of the IP Group and key related industry groups by extending our attorneys’ ability to develop business from current and prospective clients. This position can be based in any of their offices.  

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  • September 07, 2021 11:20 AM | Deleted user

    Harris Beach has a great opportunity for a proposal writer and coordinator who will work closely with business development managers to create effective reponses to to RFPs and other information requests.  The position may be based at any of their New York State offices.  Remote candidates may also be considered. 

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  • August 11, 2021 11:17 AM | Deleted user

    By J. David Harvey

    The lateral market — attorneys moving from one firm to another — continues to be red hot. Widespread acceptance of remote working has opened up new possibilities for those candidates who are not physically in the major markets.

    “We have not seen this level of lateral move activity in many years,” said David Ris, a recruiter at the McCormick Group. “Further, the pace of government lawyers moving to private practice is well above what we typically see following a change in administration.”

    Yet the hiring process is still fraught with danger, with red flags lurking behind the scenes; often not caught before the new partner joins the firm. As I wrote this time last year, the chance that your new partner will be with the firm in two years from the starting time is a coin flip — 50/50. 

    In Washington, DC where I am based, we often see the phenomenon of big name, no business. These are frequently new partners who had important titles at some of the major agencies in Washington: Department of Justice, Department of Commerce, Treasury. But unfortunately, most of the candidates coming from government have no business development experience and typically underestimate the difficulty of translating their reputation into leads and converting those into new business.

    What can be done to help the new lateral succeed? Following the important integration steps I’ve written about previously, a combination of coaching and training can make a significant difference — translating into new leads and billable new business. There are two main options that can be combined or handled separately depending on the situations:

    1. Group Training or Workshop
    2. Individual Coaching

    Group Training

    If your firm has a steady stream of new laterals, group training can be a cost-effective way to educate and motivate new partners. Relationship building, target markets, value propositions, client growth and new business development are topics that are typically the focus of group training. Workshops, either remote or in-person, are delivered by experts. Some firms with large in-house marketing and professional development teams can deliver this type of content in-house, but more typically, it is provided by an outside consultant or consulting group with experienced sales and business development professionals who are skilled trainers.

    The trainers work with the firm’s lawyers to improve their skills and their commitment to winning new business, retaining existing clients and enabling those clients to entrust the firm with more work. Lawyers learn concepts, processes and practical steps of selling, enabling them to confidently pursue new business opportunities and build firm revenues. This is what the government lateral was never taught in law school and certainly not at the DOJ!

    Using an outside trainer for this type of activity typically costs less than $30K if structured over several lunches or a half day program. Prior to COVID, these programs were delivered in person but going forward, they are likely to be via videoconference unless the trainer is in the same location as the attorneys. One disadvantage of going this route is that one session may not foster the type of habits needed to sustain ongoing business development skills. That is why it’s important to consider follow-on individual coaching to supplement the training (see below).

    Individual Coaching

    Great players have great coaches. This goes for lawyers as well as baseball players! Similar to the Steven Covey focus on “7 Habits of Effective People,” the individual coaching helps to build important habits around relationship-building, client retention and growth. As with the group coaching, this type of program should be delivered by a team of experts who are former professional services sales professionals and/or experienced law firm coaches. 

    A coaching program, based on the LawVision model, would facilitate and teach a rigorous business development process with step-by-step implementation strategies. These are usually conducted through one-on-one coaching with a series of business development tools in a monthly follow-up format. Topics may include:

    • Assessing the current knowledge, skills and needs of the lawyer
    • Identifying and maximizing key contacts
    • Planning an individualized program for refinement of skills and to drive business development results
    • Leveraging strengths and personal brand
    • Defining target markets
    • Creating value propositions
    • Asking for business and overcoming objections
    • Forecasting sales revenue

    An important component of individual coaching are tools that have been developed to help track and monitor progress. While a pipeline report may seem like an obvious one, the discussion that goes into each prospect/client opportunity between the coach and the attorney is where the rubber meets the road. Is there an opportunity to meet the contact at an upcoming industry conference? Is it the right time to offer a CLE? What has the lawyer seen in the market that would be of value to share? Having focused time on these questions allows the lawyer to spend energy on what will move the needle, propelling her/his business development efforts forward.

    The combination of training and coaching is often a powerful one because the training introduces the important concepts, while the coaching builds effective habits. Each firm can tailor their program based on both in-house resources and the pace of hiring. The important thing is to invest time and energy into a fast start for the lateral who has much potential, but a limited runway to develop business for the firm. A well-honed coaching program is a great way to make sure your firm is in the winning column when it comes to the 50/50 chance the lateral will be a success!

    J. David Harvey,
    Senior Consultant, LawVision
    Founder and President of Harvey Global Consulting LLC

  • August 02, 2021 11:18 AM | Deleted user

    By Eric Fletcher

    For many, it is an all too familiar drill: (finally) connect with a strategic target; sense that “things clicked” and there is an interest in pursuing a working relationship; and then…crickets.

    A couple of weeks…then months pass without contact. Now it just seems awkward to reach out.

    Proactive intentions morph into a when-the-need-arises-they’ll-call waiting game.

    And another prospect gets added to the holiday greeting list.

    If this has a familiar ring to it, consider rethinking this part of your business development process. In sales-speak, let’s talk about how to work with prospects in your sales pipeline.

    Maintaining Visibility and Delivering Value

    Creating awareness is a nice start; but every rainmaker I know attributes a significant measure of success to the role relationships play in the development of new business.

    And relationships are not built in one encounter.

    Add the fact that surveys and studies repeatedly indicate that, apart from burning platform scenarios, clients tend to hire advisors they trust, and the issue becomes clear: once you’ve made contact with a prospect, the task is to begin to build a relationship.

    Back to sales-speak — how do you proactively manage your business development pipeline.

    Here are three steps that will seed and nurture relationships, and move your best prospects through a relationship-building pipeline.

    1. Create a Communication Calendar

    Relationships do not grow without regular communication. Period. So the most effective sales plans build on a strategic approach to maintaining visibility and delivering value.

    Begin by plotting regular outreach (use a calendar in order to get beyond the good intentions stage). For the first six to nine months plan a personalized communique every four to six weeks.

    What is the nature of these communiques? Begin by thinking strategically. Then mix in your own brand of creativity. Here’s a six-pack jumpstart for you to improve upon.

    • News on the relevant industry (via Google alerts, industry newsletters, etc.);
    • Legal/regulatory issues/developments that may impact your prospect;
    • Market research and/or competitive landscape moves and analysis;
    • Access to advice/insight that speaks to your prospect’s concern or interest;
    • An offer to make a valued connection;
    • Marketing notes on wins, events, leadership moves or client service related advances.

    Note that five out of six of these are about the prospect (versus the firm). This is a pretty good ratio. Nothing stalls the development of a relationship faster than talking too much about oneself.

    If you hope to build new relationships you should connect with those in your pipeline regularly. Deliver value as often as possible. A minimum of nine touches a year is a good target zone. Think of these as bridges to conversation.

    2. The Collaborative Experience.

    The easy default when you think about events is to host a CLE or a webinar on a topic of interest. While this is a decent starting point, this is another spot where your best creative thinking will pay off.

    When it comes to moving a prospect through the sales pipeline, creating an experience that provides a taste of what it would be like to work with you is the gold standard. Look for an opportunity to collaborate with your prospect — on writing an article or co-presenting for a lunch-and-learn for example.

    This clearly isn’t for every target that comes along; but create a collaborative experience with your best targets and you accelerate movement through the sales pipeline.

    3. Make the Prospect a Hero.

    As you consider investing in acts and activities aimed at building a relationship, rethink the standard menu. Never mind the fact that the vast majority of swag, events and even collateral material does little to advance marketing efforts; if it’s on the standard menu it doesn’t differentiate you from the pack.

    On the other hand, when prospects sense that working with you will position them as a hero…inside their organization, in a preferred social or civic setting, with their target market or with the relationships most important to them, you are about to turn a prospect into a client.

    Working a pipeline effectively isn’t easy. The best solutions rarely present as a cookie-cutter But these three ideas are designed to maintain an appropriate level of visibility, deliver value and build relationships. It calls for proactive, strategic and creative rethinking.

    Remember that rewarding relationships don’t materialize as a result of one conversation (or one article).

    Be tenacious in pursuit and the return is fewer days waiting for the phone to ring, and a sales pipeline that delivers.

    Eric Fletcher helps lawyers, accountants and other professional service providers design communication, marketing & growth strategies. He is an author, a TEDx speaker and proud dad. He resides in Austin, TX.

  • June 23, 2021 10:12 AM | Deleted user

    Did you see the opportunity websites gave your firm before others?  Did you invest in SEO when other’s didn’t and saw huge returns?  Were you figuring out email marketing to keep in touch with a broader audience when others just saw it as SPAM?

    If YOU are one of these types of people… then this post is for you.  

    And this post is about remote video production and how it can help your firm cost-effectively create subject matter expert videos to position you as a thought leader, improve search engine ranking, better nurture leads and improve social media engagement. 

    First off, let’s dispel the myth that video for law firms takes away from you building “personal relationships” with a client.  It doesn’t.  You will still need to meet, or Zoom, with that client, explain why you are better and more skilled than others and showcase your expertise….And build trust with that client in order to get their business.

    The reality is that every law firm has seen traditional networking and referral methods represent a smaller percentage of how new client relationships get started.  Which makes attorney video marketing critical to winning new business opportunities….that will convert into new case work.

    Some of the direct benefits you will see from an investment in video production include:

    • Higher lead conversion rates from online searches
    • Increased lead conversions from referrals
    • More time spent on web pages (a key Google algorithm metric)
    • Showcasing partners’ human side
    • More engagement on social channels like LinkedIn
    While lawyers will continue to meet clients in face-to-face personal interactions to build relationships, attorney video marketing will contribute to the top of the funnel to win new client engagements.

    And those clients are on the lookout for attorney video production. That’s because we’ve grown up watching video on television and are comfortable in our consumer lives making purchase decisions by watching video.  Thus, our consumer behavior drives our business behavior. 

    Video marketing is one of the most effective online ways to convert leads and build trust in new client casework.  That’s because video saves clients time when they are evaluating you - either from an online search or from a referral.  It gives them more information than reading as video provides visuals, feeling and a connection that text/images just don’t provide. 

    One of the most cost-effective ways to create video is with Remote Video Capture, a remote video production solution. 

    Remote Video Capture is a Cost-effective Solution

    Remote Video Capture has become popular these days because of the quality of video content and its cost-effectiveness.  Regardless of law firms working remotely or back in the office, Remote Video Captures eliminates the on-location pre-production, equipment set-up and break down of having an on-location professional video production company crew.  Thus it decreases the investment involved in producing attorney video marketing content. 

    The remote video recording solution uses a smartphone App, under the coaching and direction of a video production company, to record up to 4k video content.  Once you have this high quality footage, you can then include text on the screen, charts, graphs and stock footage to create a coherent business communication.

    In any economy, a remote video recording solution is a fantastic way to create quality video content like thought leadership videos, FAQ videos, and testimonial videos because it keeps the professional services of a video production company directing attorneys to look and sound their best on camera.  Thus you get the professional services, quality video recording and professional video editing.  

    Any type of video that is driven by a talking head, does not require lots of Broll footage of the location or action shots of people working, is great for a remote video recording solution.  So if you’re trying to save money from on-location shoots, a remote video recording solution gives your attorney video marketing plans the ability to cost effectively expand your online marketing presence with video.

    NOTE: remote video production is not a solution for firm overview videos, client case studies and practice area videos.  Because they are among your most prominent pieces of content and deem a higher quality level and investment in the time and equipment of a professional video production company.

    Attorney video marketing is about creating a consistent flow of video content.   So you can get started by selecting a few people in your firm to handle the logistics. Evaluate as time goes on to discover what works best for your budget, quality, and frequency.  Once you find a pattern that works, you’ll be able to do the smaller projects in the house. Leave the bigger video projects to a professional video production company.

    The NET - NET on Video Content in 2021 and Onward

    Attorney video marketing is about responding to what people are looking for. Video content is often the first thing that prospective clients seek when they go on a search for solutions to their problems.  Chances are visitors are going to view your video before anything else available online.

    Thus, when you integrate video content into your law firm’s website and digital footprint it will differentiate you and clearly communicate your value proposition to build relationships and motivate clients to move into the signing process.

    Firms that avestment. Each firm will have its own approach, quality level, budget and cadence.....What is impore solo entrepreneurs to global companies can leverage video towards a solid return on inrtant is to find a level that fits for you.

    Robert Weiss, President of MultiVision Digital, a New York video production and video marketing company, that provides the full spectrum of video strategy, video production and video marketing services.  Having produced over 900 videos since inception, MultiVision Digital's holistic approach has allowed clients to increase sales, lead generation, improve SEO rankings, increase awareness and client loyalty.  Clients range from solo-entrepreneurs to global Fortune 500 companies across almost every industry.  But more importantly have executed successful business video strategy plans for every business objective.

  • June 17, 2021 9:05 AM | Deleted user

    By Susan Lambreth

    In my recent interviews with speakers for the recent Global LPM Summit, a theme emerged. It seems that law firm clients were requesting, but not always receiving, legal project management (LPM) on their matters. There could be many reasons for this, including:

    • The lead partner on the matter is unaware that LPM was specifically included in the Request for Proposal (RFP);
    • The firm doesn’t have enough trained professionals to provide LPM approaches on the client’s matters; or
    • The firm doesn’t actually have LPM services or professionals, despite what they might have put in the RFP response.

    While any of these could be the case, I have heard several examples where LPM was not used even though I know the firm has a well-resourced LPM team. Maybe the lead partner doesn’t understand LPM. Or, perhaps they don’t want LPM support on a particular matter. But could there be other reasons? This made me think about the importance of the collaboration and communication between the Business Development (BD) and LPM functions. All parties must understand and support the firm’s LPM objectives and function. This can happen in several ways.

    First, after the partner receives an RFP, it typically gets routed to the BD professional. Sophisticated LPM or BD teams have usually developed standard RFP language. This language explains the firm’s LPM approach, its services and may even include successful case studies. No mystery here. This standard language is a customary best practice intended to address common requests.

    However, when LPM was a new concept, few clients asked about it. When they did, the BD team would typically engage the LPM team to draft a response. The LPM team would know about each client and what they were requesting. As LPM increased in usage and popularity, a number of firms are responding to a considerable volume of RFPs asking for these services. If the BD team inserts standard LPM language, those responsible for LPM may never discover that clients have requested the approach. Moreover, the LPM team may be unaware that the firm even won the RFP. Without this knowledge, the LPM team may not know to provide the promised LPM services.

    The BD team plays an important role in informing the LPM team when RFPs are won, and LPM requested. They are also essential in letting the lead partner or client team know that LPM was a critical component of the RFP so that the partner can follow up with the LPM team for client support.

    Second, an essential component to generate LPM buy-in throughout the firm is to demonstrate client demand. There is plenty of interest among law firm clients. One of the best ways to prove the demand that is through metrics. The BD team can track the RFPs that ask for LPM or related efficiency approaches. Further, the team can provide those examples, supported by the exact language used. Some of the examples in recent RFPs are:

    • Does your firm have dedicated legal project management (“LPM”) professionals? If ”yes”, please provide their names and titles. Please explain how these individuals work with your lawyers (e.g., scope development, matter analytics, budget development, case and / or task tracking, process improvement initiatives, process development, etc.). If your firm does not have dedicated LPM professionals, please describe how this function is supported within your firm.
    • Explain how your firm would add value to this transaction in terms of project management.
    • What role do you see project management playing in your engagement?
    • What will you do for us in terms of using legal project management and providing LPM training to our lawyers?

    The BD team is critical to tracking and sharing this information with the LPM team and those driving strategy and innovation in your firm. That will help the firm understand the importance of LPM to specific clients, how many are requesting it, and the types of approaches they seek.

    The success of LPM depends upon connecting the dots between the lead partner, BD, the matter team, and the LPM team. Otherwise, client frustration will surely follow. LPM is essential to the clients who request it. For law firms, it’s the opportunity to meet and exceed client expectations and engender loyalty.

    Here’s another example to put a fine point on the issue. The client had selected the law firm in question to be part of a panel. The selection was based, in part, on the firm’s LPM capabilities. But the firm was not receiving much of the work intended for it because it was not providing the LPM services it promised in the RFP response. Unless something changes in its service delivery, the firm will not likely survive the next “panel refresh.”

    This firm likely has the capabilities that the client wants. It would be a pity to lose business in this way. We have seen professionals in many areas of law firm business move into LPM roles. Consider, too, whether your firm needs more LPM resources to support the growing demand and how you are doing to get those resources. 

    About the Author:

    Susan Lambreth has over 25 years of experience as a consultant to the legal profession. Susan assists firms in implementing effective legal project management initiatives and trains legal professionals in LPM skills. Along with a colleague, Ms. Lambreth co-created the first legal project management certification program in 2010 and launched the first online eLearning courses in legal project management (LPM LaunchPadTM course). Susan has also helped implement effective practice group management at almost 100 firms, including nearly half of the largest firms in the U.S. Ms. Lambreth is the author of three books on legal project management, as well as three on practice group management – with two more books in process with the publishers now.

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