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  • 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.

  • June 14, 2021 12:57 PM | Deleted user

    By: Helena Lawrence

    Sustainability is all the buzz – Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). What does this mean for law firms? Is sustainability a way to attract talent? What is the impact on your firm’s revenue stream? How does your law firm engage with clients on sustainability?

    Before going further, let us get a baseline of our definition of “sustainably.” I like to think about it as making the world a better place for everyone and everything across the supply chain. It is more than just double-sided printing, automatic lights and LEED certified buildings. It incorporates ethics, inclusiveness, environmental considerations, basic good living for all and more.

    Sustainability begins with the premise that profit and purpose can co-exist and it provides a framework that brings all the pieces together and creates a roadmap for law firms, companies and organizations to operate with economic, environmental and social integrity.

    Goals & Objectives: What does your law firm want to achieve and why do you want to do it? Maybe your clients are asking what you are doing and the answer influences purchasing decisions. Maybe your executive committee decided to take a holistic approach to your business and wants to review and update business strategies? Maybe current and future employees expect the firm to address sustainability issues? How do you want to market your firm in the sustainability space – what is the story you want to tell? Identify your goals and objectives.

    Baseline: Identify where your firm is currently on sustainability. Conduct an internal audit and undergo an issues and stakeholder mapping assessment to get a baseline of where you are currently and how that compares to what you want to achieve vis-a-vis stakeholder and market expectations.

    Strategy and plan: Create a roadmap to identify the strategy and tactics to achieve your goals and objectives. Identify priorities, milestones, and tactic owners.

    Communicate: Draft a marketing plan that incorporates your sales story. Come to a common understanding of your sustainability story and the contributions your firm is making so your sales team know how to sell your services and have talking points. Be authentic at every stage of your journey. Your audit will identify your strengths, and your roadmap helps manage milestones. Create a story and sales pitch for marketing your firm’s strengths. Be authentic and market your current capabilities and your aspirations, while making sure not to undersell or oversell your firm. It’s important to share the goals your firm has set for itself. Many firms are beginning to link their goals to the SDGs and setting a timeframe for achieving those goals (e.g., we will achieve gender parity in partnership by 2025 or 2030).

    Lead: Inspire your firms’ stakeholders and communicate. Embrace your courage to take a stance on sustainability to make the world a better place for all, while maintaining a successful business that enables “good behavior.”

    Businesses are organizing themselves around sustainability, ESG and SDGs and the law firms that incorporate these same values and organize themselves in a manner that clients understand are firms that will get the business.

    There are frameworks such as DevryBV Sustainable Strategies Integrated Sustainability Framework (ISF) that take a system design mindset to the process by auditing where your law firm is currently, creating a strategy to get you where you want to go, marketing your story and working with you to inspire courage in others too.

    Are you ready to embrace and champion sustainability?

    Helena M. Lawrence, Owner, Sierra Marketing LLC

    Helena Lawrence took the road less traveled and it led her to a career in marketing and business development in Washington, D.C. As the owner of Sierra Marketing LLC she provides sustainable strategy consulting for courageous organizations as well as marketing and business development services. 

    Contact Helena at or visit

  • May 17, 2021 11:00 AM | Deleted user

    By Robert Weiss

    Video marketing for law firms is still at an early adopting phase and each firm is different on how they’re approaching video. Wherever you are at, we’ve put together a short list of the Top 5 Questions that Law Firms have about Video Marketing so you can get informed and make a decision about this misunderstood, but highly impactful piece of digital content.

    When it comes to getting new case work, video marketing is highly impactful because attorneys are the “products” at law firms and video is the ONLY way to truly showcase a partner’s personality and their expertise.

    Why Should Law Firms Consider Video Marketing?

    In the last five years we have all become a nation that watches video first before reading (hey, I didn’t make the rules!).  And when you think about it, the reason is simple - video is easier to watch and to understand than reading a lengthy text….especially with complex legal topics.

    Video production for law firms is about appealing to giving people the most amount of information in the shortest amount of time.  If you're writing blogs, sending emails, or getting ready to give a presentation at a conference, those activities are just about communicating business messages.  And video marketing for law firms is just about doing the same thing.  But because video is more powerful than text and you will realize an uptick in your digital marketing objectives and begin to see more clients.

    So let's get into the Top 5 Questions that Law Firms have about Video Marketing.  The first one is always,

    1) What Makes up the Cost of a Video

    There are many ways to produce a video, which is why you will find a wide range of investment options for a legal marketing video.  But these are the five main factors that can determine how much you would invest - think Sr Partner bills at a higher rate than an Associate, but might do the same legal work. 

    • Pre-production Time
    • Cameras and equipment
    • Time
    • Motion graphics and color correction
    • Experience of your team

    By way of example, here are two different budget allocation levels that you might invest in when hiring a video production company to produce a 2-minute firm overview video.

    On the left, you only have 1 location. While the one on the right, has 3 locations.  So it will be obvious on which video would cost more...the one with 3 locations.  As you go down the main aspects of what a video costs, you have different levels of staff experiences, camera quality, types of supporting equipment, and including motion graphics.

    When planning for your video marketing strategy, you should be looking to do many types of videos.  Thus spending different budget levels for different business objectives.  But it is best to start with a budget that is suitable for your firm.

    2) How Often Should We Be Doing Video and What are the Use Cases?

    Every firm is going to have a different cadence for video marketing.  But if your firm has not yet done, or is just started, with video, then you will probably invest on a smaller scale than those firms that have already seen the power of marketing video for their firm.

    Even though you might start with one video, you should get to the point of producing monthly content.  Most firms have many partners, have many service areas, many offices, and there are many use cases for videos like -  

    • Thought Leadership videos                  
    • Practice area overview videos
    • State of the firm videos                         
    • Internal communications
    • Pro bono stories        
    • Bring industry report data to life with infographic videos        
    • Bio videos
    • Recruiting videos                                                                             
    • Client Testimonials
    • Event videos                      

    3) How to Get the Highest ROI From an Investment in Video.

    To get the most ROI out of your investment in video implement a Video 1st Video marketing strategy. It starts with a video first and from the video you derive all the ancillary pieces of content that legal marketers need today.

    For example, when a partner does a subject matter expert video, you can have that video transcribed and then repurposed into a blog post, social media captions, ad copy, email campaigns and web copy. 

    Then, as you are in the sales process converting leads into clients, you can use your thought leadership videos before, during or after a meeting to solidify the trust that is so key to winning new client relationships.  So once you have videos, you can use them in several different ways, week in and week out, over the next few years.

    4) To Script or Not to Script?

    Your partners are not actors, but they do know what they are talking about.  Which leads to the question of “To script or not to script?”

    Our answer is - do not script (unless it is for a teleprompter style video).

    In order to prepare your partners for your video shoot, have them prepare a high-level outline of what they want to say...just like they would if they were speaking in front of a client.  With their outline ready, they will be in a position to speak naturally and professionally just being themselves in front of the camera.

    Having an outline can help them be more confident in what they are presenting with natural intonation and presence.  In that matter, that’s what a video production company brings to the table. They're excellent at working with people who may feel uneasy in front of the camera before and making them feel comfortable in performing.

    5) Should You Do DIY Video or with a Production Company?

    Do you need to always use a video production company?  Of course you don’t. And you should get to the point of doing video yourself.  But, would you suggest that your professional business client use LegalZoom?  They could, but would that really help them in the long run?

    Each firm is different, and video production companies are highly experienced to assist you attain your business goals, and can help you with the pre-production process up to the final output.  So especially if you are new to video production, you might be better to get started by working with one of the talented video production companies near you.

    When you start doing more videos you will begin to understand the entire process, you’ll get better at creating videos. When you shoot your Do-it-Yourself content and mix in high quality content from a video production company, that’s when video marketing really kicks in.  It’s just a matter of figuring out what goes where.


    6) How Many Years Does a Video Last?

    One of the amazing qualities about video content, like subject matter expert / thought leadership video, practice area marketing videos, recruiting videos and firm overview videos is that they can last for a long period of time.

    Even though you will make an investment in video today, you can repurpose and reuse that video for 4-5 years...or more sometimes.  The core content in your thought leadership videos, firm overview videos or practice area marketing videos, for example, are going to last a long time and can be used all over again across your sales process and digital footprint.

    Have any questions, give us a call or send us an email, our contact information can be found at

    We’ll be seeing you in front of the camera.

    Robert Weiss is President of MultiVision Digital, one of the top video production companies in New York, that provides the full spectrum of video strategy, video production and video marketing services that businesses need to drive action across the entire buyer's journey.  Having produced over 900 business videos since our inception, our holistic approach has allowed clients to increase sales profitability, convert leads at a higher rate, improve SEO rankings, and improve client loyalty.  MultiVision Digital’s 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. Robert is a graduate of Bryant University, he is a USA Hockey Level 3 coach and has summited Mt Kilmanjaro.

  • May 17, 2021 10:36 AM | Deleted user

    By Darryl Cross

    The biggest challenge for business development (BD) at law firms for the past 10 years was the same as it will be over the next 18 months: producing success at scale. The difference in the defined time frame is purposeful. As the pace of innovation accelerates and client expectations compound, the need to deliver results becomes more time compressed. Clients have problems, and they have unlimited options. It is critical to bring the discipline of sales enablement to law firm BD departments.

    What is sales enablement? The Association for Talent Development ( defines it as:

    “the strategic and cross functional effort to increase the productivity of market-facing teams by providing ongoing and relevant resources throughout the buyer journey to drive business impact. It encompasses sales training, coaching, content creation, process improvement, talent development, and compensation, among other areas.”

    BD executives have always strived to implement 1-2 of these components at a time, but it has been a challenge to tackle them all simultaneously. However, expecting sales to occur with a patchwork of initiatives and cohorts is hopeful at best. 

    BD departments without a holistic sales enablement function are reactive in nature and precedent driven. They are constantly cooking to order and little institutional knowledge is gained from each challenge. And, they are only training and coaching a couple dozen lawyers at a time, which is a method that will take decades to complete.

    It is called a discipline of sales enablement because it requires discipline to implement it. BD executives must resist the urge to take on 1-2 components per year (e.g., “This is the year we will train our lawyers on business development…” or “Let’s put together some client teams…”). It is a better approach to combine the entire sales enablement suite of services and focus it all on a small subset of clients.

    This extreme focus is a refrain that is more respected today. Firms are building strategic account teams to pay attention to the needs of their most valuable clients. Industry groups that monitor trends specific to clients with similar issues. Some firms have created “Client Index Funds” that are diverse selections of 20-30 clients across practices, offices, and industries that represent their most profitable engagements.

    If this task seems daunting, technology can help. Choose a robust sales enablement software platform such as Seismic ( that can bring marketing, sales, and operations together. Use a video role play software such as Rehearsal ( to allow lawyers and BD executives to practice and coach together. Leverage your CRM system to share everything about a select group of clients and prospects.

    By creating a complete sales enablement approach, the results will follow. Your department will be able to scale their efforts over time, better predict client needs, and enhance collaboration. Most importantly, it allows the BD function to demonstrate results. Happenstance BD management, methodologies, and processes are no longer valid. Run your BD like your clients run theirs. The discipline of sales enablement creates momentum. Hop on board.

    Darryl Cross is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and 20-year veteran of the legal industry who speaks at law firm and corporate events on cultivating high performance cultures. He is now with Amazon Web Services where he is building and inventing their worldwide Sales Academy.

  • May 13, 2021 12:02 PM | Deleted user

    The Fenwick & West marketing department has an opening for a Senior Business Development Coordinator (Mergers & Acquisitions) who will further the firm’s business development efforts through support of specific practice groups, individual partners, senior business development staff and oversight of business development coordinators and assistants. This position can be based in any of their offices.  Learn More!

  • May 10, 2021 12:30 PM | Deleted user

    Fenwick & West has an opening in their Marketing Department for a Senior Communications Specialist. The Senior Specialist will be responsible for leading, managing and supporting numerous strategic projects and initiatives furthering our external and internal communications goals. This job can be based in any of their offices. 
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  • May 07, 2021 12:16 PM | Deleted user

    Have you ever wondered how your firm stacks up against others when it comes to pitches and proposals, client teams, sales coaching, key account programs, RFP processes, and other interactions with clients that are designed to drive revenue? Well, here’s your chance to find out…

    LSSO is launching the industry’s first ever survey focused exclusively on “sales” within law firms, the 2021 Legal Sales Maturity Survey. We are inviting you to participate. The survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes for you to complete, and in exchange we will send you a copy of the survey report when completed.

    Please click below to complete the survey by May 28th. All answers will remain anonymous.


  • May 06, 2021 11:35 AM | Deleted user

    Fenwick & West has a terrific opportunity for a  Director of Communications.  This position may be based in any Fenwick U. S. office.  The Director of Communications is responsible for the quality, cost and business impact of the firm’s externally and internally facing content.  Read More.

  • April 20, 2021 10:28 AM | Deleted user

    LSSO's Global Sales Summit is filled with high-level interactive sessions, roundtables and lively discussions with industry thought leaders in the legal industry.  Over 30 experts from around the globe have been gathered.

    The Global Sales Summit offers less of the theory and more of the practical, effective sales and service strategies for attendees to bring back to their firm and implement immediately. With this special online program, you can expect open and honest dialogue among the attendees about the challenges they face in meeting the demands of the increasingly competitive and evolving industry.LSSO's Global Sales Summit is for law firm leaders who have significant responsibilities for client retention, client growth, new business development, client service, and process improvement strategies to shape the future of their firms.

    LSSO member's receive 20% off. Please contact for additional information and to receive your member coupon.  

    Reserve Your Ticket Now!

  • April 19, 2021 12:50 PM | Deleted user

    Paul Hastings has an opening for a Business Development Manager to support the Litigation Department. This position may be located in Paul Hastings' Palo Alto or San Francisco office.

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    The Business Development Manager supports the overall business development and marketing efforts of the Firm by helping to create and execute strategic and tactical business development and marketing activities related to specific practice groups and/or markets/geographies, in addition to managing a small team of one or more business development professionals to implement plans and initiatives.

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