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  • April 18, 2019 1:23 PM | Jenifer Hamilton (Administrator)

    Ballard Spahr LLP has two excellent opportunities currently available for experienced, dynamic and successful marketing and business development professionals to join the Marketing team as Business Development Managers in their Philadelphia office.  Read more!



  • April 16, 2019 1:56 PM | Jenifer Hamilton (Administrator)
    Everyone's talking about this unique new resource for law firm business development and marketing professionals!

    LSSO members can purchase their copy (with a special 20% discount) by using this link: http://www.pli.edu/bestpracticesLSSO

    Deborah Brightman Farone's new book also features special “Think Pieces” from some of the nation’s leading experts in legal marketing, including LSSO Co-founder, Silvia Coulter.  

  • April 16, 2019 11:28 AM | Jenifer Hamilton (Administrator)

    The Business Development Manager will provide proactive business development support to the Start-Up/VC Partners in the New York office, with a focus on supporting Partners’ business development efforts with client, referral and social networks.  Read more!

  • April 15, 2019 6:33 PM | Jenifer Hamilton (Administrator)

    This position will be in their Minneapolis, MN office.
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  • April 15, 2019 2:58 PM | Jenifer Hamilton (Administrator)

    The New York Office is a recruiting seasoned, results-oriented Business Development Manager who will develop and work collaboratively on strategic practice planning with the Director of Business Development on the Firm’s transactional practices (M&A/Private Equity, Debt Finance, Capital Markets, among others) to help drive new business objectives. 

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  • April 14, 2019 2:47 PM | Kirsten Lovett (Administrator)

    Excited about launching a new client team program, an 800-lawyer firm had everything in place.  Leadership from the top and key stakeholders were strongly supporting the focus. They appointed five partners who had significant client relationships as the team leaders and suggested they build the teams and come up with team plans. After five months the excitement fizzled and attendance at the monthly team meetings was sparse. Team members delayed their tasks and missed deadlines. What happened?  We see this in more than just this client firm.

    Here are the strategic account team “must-haves” in order to drive significant revenue.

    • Team Members:  Teams should have no more than 7 members. No sales team works at their optimum performance level if they are too big. The suggested team members include at least one senior partner, two mid-level partners, and one junior partner who have strong client relationships, two to three associates at various levels, and a strong sales person on each team.
    • Sales Training: Sales training is a must. In fact the big sales teams in corporate America, Big Four, and other significant organizations go through sales training once a year. Learning these key skills and being reminded of them regularly is critical to sales success at winning new business and growing revenue.
    • Team Leader Training: How many partners in law firms are trained in management and leadership? Generally not many. To effectively lead a strategic account team, take the time to train the firm’s team leaders in how to manage strategic account teams.  Otherwise, the team may never be as good as it could be with strong team leadership.
    • Client Involvement: Clients must be involved with the strategic account planning process. Especially if it’s about their business!  Without client involvement, there is a possibility of lawyers meeting regularly and bloviating about their knowledge of the client, boring everyone else on the team. Clients will tell you what’s going on, what their strategic growth goals are, and what’s important to them. This is an absolute must.
    • Co-Team Leaders: Teams must meet on a regular basis. Properly designed, a strategic account program should be the umbrella over offices, practices, industry groups, and all other firm planning. Strategic accounts often make up 80-85% of any firm’s revenue. If the team leader is not able to meet, the team needs to meet regardless, so the process keeps moving forward. Co-team leaders or a vice team leader is best for optimal team performance.
    • An Assistant for Meeting Minutes: Business Development professionals are not there to take notes.  They are there to provide strategic sales and business development assistance, ideas, and issue-spotting for the team.  A good assistant will be helpful for drafting the monthly agenda with follow up items from the previous meeting.
    • The Client’s Strategic Plan: If partners are afraid to ask for this, then their relationship is absolutely not where it needs to be. A “partner” to the client will definitely be seen as an adjunct member of the client’s own team. They would want their outside counsel to know their strategic goals. Just ask! A strategic account team is not as effective without alignment to the client’s strategic goals.
    • Business Development Support: The best support a firm can have for its strategic account management program is a strategic sales person with experience. As a team member, there is no better strength than to have a sales person who knows how to help the partners and the team close business and grow client relationships.  If partners don’t have faith in their business development pro, then find someone who they do have confidence in. Teaming up with sales professionals will often mean winning new business and competing much more effectively.
    • Meeting Agenda: Don’t wing it.  You would not do that for a client meeting. These meetings are important and need to focus on the future and sales strategy for retaining the client and winning new business.  Keep action items strategic in nature and have a clear purpose and identified outcome for each action step.

    Following these best practices for developing and maintaining successful strategic account teams will help the firm focus, grow, and prosper.

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    About the Author

    Silvia Coulter is a Principal Consultant with LawVision and Co-Founder of the Legal Sales & Service Organization.  She may be reached at scoulter@lawvision.com or 617-697-4869.

  • April 12, 2019 3:57 PM | Jenifer Hamilton (Administrator)

    The position will be in their New York office. Read more!

  • April 04, 2019 11:58 AM | Jenifer Hamilton (Administrator)

    Become a Master Coach, network with your peers and advance your career. Register now for an upcoming event.

    COACHING ADVANTAGE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

    May 15-16, 2019 in New York, NY
    July 22-23, 2019 in Boston, MA

    Coaching is emerging as an important discipline within the legal profession. Learning or refining business development coaching skills to help lawyers reach their full business development potential is an excellent career advancement strategy. Through our partnership with LawVision, we at LSSO offer our attendees and members the unparalleled opportunity to advance their careers as business development coaches. Our coaching certification program provides training, tools, and credentials for coaching lawyers at all skill levels. 

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    16th ANNUAL RAINDANCE CONFERENCE

    June 5-6, 2019 in Chicago, IL

    RainDance 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 an intimate setting, 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.

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    OTHER INDUSTRY EVENTS   

    2019 CLOC VEGAS INSTITUTE

    May 14-16, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV  

    The goal of the CLOC Institute is to disseminate actionable steps that can be taken to drive specific changes -- things many can get excited about, get involved in, and make happen, rather than just talking about a tipping point and "change". With educational sessions provided by practicing industry leaders, the CLOC 2019 Institute offers unrivaled opportunities to stay on the cutting edge of today’s legal operations trends and technologies.

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    P3® – THE PRACTICE INNOVATION CONFERENCE

    June 12-14, 2019 in Chicago, IL  

    Get Ready for the seventh LMA P3 – The Practice Innovation Conference, aimed at bringing together pricing, project management and process improvement experts this spring. The 2019 P3 Conference held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile will take place June 12-14.  Register before May 20, 2019, to take advantage of maximum savings.

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    Law Firm Management Master of Professional Studies

    Apply today for a Masters in Law Firm Management at George Washington University. Designed to accommodate the demanding schedules of full-time professionals, the master’s degree in Law Firm Management provides you with the perspective of senior partners and prepares you to take leadership roles in the management of your firm. Students have compared the program to an MBA for the legal services industry.

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  • March 15, 2019 4:15 PM | Jenifer Hamilton (Administrator)

    The Legal Sales and Service Organization (LSSO) has chosen a panel of three highly respected judges who will be evaluating and selecting the winners for the 2019 Sales & Service Awards. The awards recognize the efforts and results of individuals and teams who have spearheaded initiatives contributing to law firm revenue growth.

    The judges’ panel includes:

    • Erica Glass: Director of Global Corporate Communications - Legal Solutions for  Wolters Kluwer Governance, Risk & Compliance.
    • Chris HummelDirector of Marketing and Business Development for Banner Witcoff, an intellectual property boutique law firm with offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Portland. 
    • Samantha McKennaAward-winning leader of  Enterprise Sales for the LinkedIn Sales Navigator NYC office.

    Join us in Chicago on June 5-6, 2019 for the 16th Annual RainDance Conference where John Hellerman will lead a panel discussion with the winners of the 2019 LSSO Sales & Service Award. 

    "As sales and client service positions evolve in the legal industry, it's important that we highlight their work and impact on the bottom line. We have gathered some of the original movers and shakers as judges to help us identify the leaders in this space. Stay tuned for the professionals and projects that are selected, and plan to attend 
    LSSO's RainDance to learn more." 

    John HellermanHellerman Communications

     

  • March 12, 2019 5:56 PM | Jenifer Hamilton (Administrator)

    This position can be located in any Ballard Spahr office.  Read more!


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