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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Consolidation and Competition in 2012

Posted in Business Development, Client Service, Leadership, Management, Productivity, Profitability, Risk Management
The reports are in for 2011 on mergers and acquisitions in the law firm biz– the pace is picking up— and the prospects for 2012 look to be the same.   US Mergers Hildebrandt reports that 45 mergers that involved U.S. firms were completed last year, a 67% increase over 2010, with the Midwest being a locus of activity,  With 11 U.S. mergers already announced by… Continue Reading

Practical Practice Tips: Taking Control of Your Schedule

Posted in Conflict, Management, Productivity, Work Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance
So here is the typical routine:  clients that demand not overnight but one-hour turnaround, associates that don’t hand in assignments on time, working into the night to deliver a reasonable product (see the first two), phone conferences scheduled for 6 am, which turn out to be at 3 am in California, where you are that… Continue Reading

Profitability in 2012–or Not?

Posted in Profitability
One of the obligations of commentators at this time of year is to give an end-of-year roundup and a new year prognostication. So let’s start with profitability, a subject dear to all our  hearts. Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group serves some 600 law firms and 58,000 lawyers in the United States and the United… Continue Reading

Freud and Emotions

Posted in Books, Communication, Conflict, Emotional Intelligence, Professional Development, Risk Management, Work Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance
In honor of the endings and beginnings at this time of the year and the personal and professional resolutions that each of us aspire to for the future, it is fascinating to look to the life of the founder of modern psychology, Sigmund Freud. A recent entry in "The People’s Therapist," a blog by a… Continue Reading