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Why the Legal Industry Can Handle the Next Recession

Why the Legal Industry Can Handle the Next Recession

The last recession caught a robust and in-demand legal industry unprepared, and the consequences cut deep. Deal flow of all kinds dramatically slowed, with real estate hit first and hardest. Law firms were forced to lay off staff, defer acceptances for associates, and close entire offices. Contrary to traditional wisdom, the pace of litigation, including […]

Personalized Injury Law Firm – Battling to Relieve Clients’ Burdens

Personalized Injury Law Firm – Battling to Relieve Clients’ Burdens

Clayton Williford, Partner in Woods Williford, P.C., relates a story that well defines the approach and the reason for that approach to personal injury law. When he was in the first grade a “punk kid” tripped and kicked a young female classmate. “It just ticked me off and I just went over and beat him […]

How to Silence Your Inner Critic, Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone, and Achieve Greater Success

How to Silence Your Inner Critic, Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone, and Achieve Greater Success

“Yes, you can … ” Many professionals want to step outside of their comfort zones and try different types of branding activities such as public speaking, article writing, taking a leadership role on a committee, joining a nonprofit board, or starting a blog, but something inside holds them back from doing so. Here’s what I […]

High-Pressure Selling vs. Dignified Marketing Depends on How You Use the Three Cons

High-Pressure Selling vs. Dignified Marketing Depends on How You Use the Three Cons

Lawyers often ask me to explain how selling-based marketing differs from Education-Based Marketing. I point out the standard differences about giving prospects what they want, information and advice—and removing what they don’t want, a sales pitch. But the fine points of Education-Based Marketing go much deeper. You and I, as consumers, want people to respect […]

Optimizing Your Law Firm’s Financial Health in 2019: Four Areas to Focus Your Spring Cleaning

Optimizing Your Law Firm’s Financial Health in 2019: Four Areas to Focus Your Spring Cleaning

Fingerprints are unique. No two snowflakes are alike. And each law firm has its own personality. Whether small or large, local, national, or international in scope, general service or specialized boutique, driven by profit or public service, each law firm has its own DNA. Though distinctive, many law firms share common characteristics. One shared by […]

Nobody Wants a Debbie Downer During Initial Consultations

Nobody Wants a Debbie Downer During Initial Consultations

Initial consultations are an important part of most law firms. Potential clients meet attorneys about their cases. They want an attorney who can help them achieve their goals. Most clients come in knowing generally what they want. Some attorneys, however, become naysayers who focus exclusively on worst case scenarios. They instantly become pessimistic about what […]

Playing the Ultimate Game of Chess

Playing the Ultimate Game of Chess

Putting All the Pieces Together Before Trial Brings Attorney and Client to “Checkmate.” “Trial work in our practice areas is very complicated and there are a million angles. The lawyers on the other side are very good, so the process is very much like a chess match. I truly love the mental challenge of figuring […]

What Is the Average Pay Raise?

What Is the Average Pay Raise?

When you employ law firm employees, the question often arises about what is the kind of raise employees should be given. Oftentimes, the question can arise at the end of the year because many employees expect yearly raises. The question of “what is the average raise?” is problematic. Law employees often have expectations. Many of […]

Extending the Meaning of Family Business

Extending the Meaning of Family Business

Married Attorneys Build Extended Family in Real Estate, Trust and Estate Planning, and Business Practice While dating at Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Ariana and Jason Burris discussed forming a practice together. That 2007 dream became a reality four years ago with the formation of Burris Law. Beyond that, the couple wanted to create […]

Law Firm Hospitality

Law Firm Hospitality

Picture this: A law school graduate walks into the law firm’s lobby. She’s a little nervous. She walks up to the receptionist, who takes a moment to look up at her. “Can I help you?” she says. She’s not trying to be rude, but she’s busy and doesn’t recognize the visitor. The woman tells the receptionist she’s […]

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