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Small Firms Wondering Whether to Sell or Struggle Have a Third Option

November 18, 2019

There is so much consolidation in Chicago and other legal markets across the country that some small and mid-size firms that haven’t yet been gobbled up may believe it’s only a matter of time before they merge or get acquired. In many cases this path makes the most business sense for lawyers and their clients.

Other firms, however, resist this pressure, and remain determined to continue on independently. These underdogs face two...

Crisis Preparation: The Important Work No One Wants to Do

November 4, 2019

Most law firm leaders have given at least some thought to how they would respond when blindsided by a damaging news story, lawsuit or other event that brings unwanted attention to their firm. Unfortunately, too many of them engage in that reflection at 2 a.m. in a cold sweat, then go back to sleep and forget all about it.

Planning for a crisis costs time and money, and to the more superstitious among us it may feel like tempting fate. But time and again, organizations that are able to...

Do Your Lawyers Feel Comfortable Bringing Their Whole Selves to Work?

October 28, 2019

Scholar and Sociologist Tsedale M. Melaku writes in a recent issue of the Harvard Business Review that attorneys who are women and/or people of color continue to hear, in explicit and implicit ways, the message that they “don’t look like a lawyer.”

Melaku’s research and recent book, You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered...

What Your Corporate Holiday Gifts Say About Your Firm

October 21, 2019

We just put our beach umbrellas away, so it’s definitely too soon to talk about the holidays. But for the person at your firm who is responsible for ordering your corporate gifts, it's that time of year. Catalog season. Before they place the same order as last year, however, it might be time to reassess. 

In an era requiring firms to be much more mindful about markers of inclusion — such as how you describe office policies or who is depicted in stock images...