Are You Recognizing Your Team’s Strengths?

The practice of law focuses on risk aversion and minimization, so it can be all too easy to focus on your attorneys’ weaknesses and forget to mention or celebrate their strengths. Failing to acknowledge lawyers’ strengths, however, has a deleterious effect on their work. First, it eliminates feedback on what they’re doing well and should… Read More »

3 Basics To Having Successful Virtual Employees

by Robert Murphy, co-founder of Assigned Counsel / photo credit: Croissant on Unsplash   For twenty-seven years, I have managed an operation in which 100% of the personnel have worked from home. My first client account manager, a single mother with several young children, needed to be home-bound. This initial experience set the foundation for… Read More »

Do You Think Your Attorneys Are Stressed Out? Here’s How to Help

Many law firms and legal departments maintain a fine balance between the work they need to achieve and the capacity of their existing team to handle the workload without burning out. When a large project appears or when a case requires specialized knowledge your team doesn’t have, that balance can easily tip toward unsustainable stress… Read More »

What Should You Do If One of Your Attorneys Is About to Go on Maternity Leave?

You have a team of attorneys that works well together, and a pile of client matters that need attention. However, one of your lawyers is about to take parental leave. While raising a family can be a joyous event, it can also interrupt the flow of a law firm or legal department’s daily work. Fortunately,… Read More »

Meet Ethan: An Assigned Counsel Case Study

The attorney recruiters at Assigned Counsel love a challenge. As lawyers ourselves, we understand the unique demands of hiring within the legal system, and we’re dedicated to helping our clients meet their need for quality staff members while managing their staffing budgets. Recently, we had the opportunity to put our skills to use solving a… Read More »

7 Reasons Your Company Should Have a Diverse Team of Attorneys

Diversity improves the bottom line in every company. It also boosts innovation, reduces skill gaps, and prepares your legal team to handle a broader range of clients, cases and issues. Diversity is particularly important in law, where seeing every side of an issue is essential to strong representation. Here are seven reasons your law firm… Read More »

Are Your Attorneys Burned Out?

Employee burnout is a trending conversation, and for good reason. When staff becomes burnt out, they are no longer able to dedicate the mental resources necessary to the work their skills and experience prepare them to do. Burnout takes a toll on your team, and it also risks the overall health of your business. Identifying… Read More »

How Modern Technology Has Changed Law Firms

Technology has revolutionized every area of our lives, and the legal industry is no exception. While law firms and legal departments were initially slow to adopt technological advances, today these tools are allowing lawyers and support staff to reimagine the way they practice law. Here are just a few of the tech tools that have… Read More »

Meet Jill: An Assigned Counsel Case Study

Assigned Counsel works with a wide range of law firms and legal departments, each with its own unique problems surrounding staffing. Here’s one example. Meet Our Client Our client, an internet product sales corporation, was drowning in patent claims. The company’s small legal department worked valiantly to meet the deadlines these claims imposed, but it… Read More »

7 Exercises to Help Attorneys Maintain Mental Health

May is Mental Health Month, and law firms and legal departments can benefit from paying attention to mental health needs. Law can be a stressful profession, but building simple mental health exercises into your day can help you manage stress and stay on top of client needs. Here are seven ways to improve mental health… Read More »