4 Tips for Improving Profit

Law is a business – but for in-house legal departments, the business constraints and opportunities are often vastly different from those available to private law firms.  As part of a larger corporation, legal departments have a responsibility to manage costs and generate profit, but they also have an opportunity to leverage the in-house relationship in… Read More »

How to Avoid Negligent Hiring Charges

Negligent hiring charges – and liability – are on the rise.  Law firms and legal departments are in a particularly sensitive position when it comes to negligent hiring.  The nature of legal work requires the highest concern for confidentiality and client protection.  And because legal organizations specialize in understanding the law, courts are more likely… Read More »

Corporate Lawyer Salaries in Chicago: Where Do You Stand?

As one of the largest and busiest cities in the United States, Chicago is home to many major businesses.  The legal departments of these corporations are often located in the Chicago area, making a career in corporate law a realistic option for Chicago-area attorneys with the experience and skills these companies look for. Corporate Lawyer… Read More »

Why Career Fulfillment Matters for Attorneys

Some attorneys enter the practice of law out of a passion to change the current rules or to make a difference in the lives of those struggling with legal problems.  Others seek an intellectual challenge, job security, or a potential springboard to politics or other careers. Whatever your reason for joining the ranks of the… Read More »

Promoting Your Personal Brand as an Attorney

Law firms and legal departments no longer take over the careers of their rising attorneys in the ways they once did.  This frees young attorneys to develop their own careers and promote their own personal “brands” in more innovative and true-to-life ways – but it also puts the responsibility for doing so squarely in each… Read More »

Networking Mistakes Attorneys Can’t Afford to Make

Attorneys rely on a number of professional skills – and one of them is making valuable contacts.  From obtaining a second opinion on a sticky legal issue to calling in expert witnesses, attorneys rely on their networks, whether they’re currently working in their dream position or are still searching for the right professional fit. Consequently,… Read More »

Why Client Feedback Matters to You

Like any legal practitioner, legal departments need client feedback in order to provide effective and appropriate services.  Although client input is a crucial part of the process of advising and representing clients, few lawyers seek out or use client feedback systematically, according to a recent article from the American Bar Association. When legal departments don’t… Read More »

Strong Client Relationships Build Better Practices

Lawyers are trained to be focused, pragmatic, rational professionals.  For many lawyers, then, the measure of success in client service is how well they produce focused, pragmatic, and rational results in their clients’ legal matters.  Yet the best legal practices recognize that providing outstanding legal services is only half the battle.  These law firms and… Read More »

Are You a Lazy Career Manager?

None of us want to think of ourselves as “lazy.”  Certainly it’s a word no candidate would use to describe themselves in a job interview.  But if you’ve recently begun saying things to yourself like “I’m not interested in the money,” “I’m not all that ambitious,” or “I’d rather….”, chances are good that your career… Read More »