Category: Leadership

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...

Is the CEO Statement of Purpose Merely a PR Stunt? Does It Matter?

October 7, 2019

By now everyone has heard about the statement that struck fear in the hearts of shareholders across the country.

On August 19, the Business Roundtable, a group representing the chief executives of 192 large companies, published an update to its definition of the purpose of the corporation. Since the 1980s, the business world has treated...

Spotlight: Julie Gurney, Benesch

May 29, 2018

At Page 2, we understand and value the crucial role marketing directors play in helping law firms articulate and communicate their brand to the marketplace. Today, we want to introduce you to one of the best, Julie Gurney, Director of Marketing and Communications at Benesch. Julie is responsible for the overall strategy, daily management and implementation of global strategic communications for this powerhouse firm, which recently opened an office in Chicago. We wanted to hear more from...

What Firms Need to Be Saying About Equal Pay

May 22, 2018

As of 2017, any company in the UK with more than 250 employees is required to report figures about its gender pay gap to the government and publish the information on the company website. Of course, as of now the United States has no such requirement. But this new development does pose an interesting question for international firms with UK and US offices: how will they justify continued lack of transparency stateside at the same time they are complying with UK requirements?