11 Ways to Be a Leader People Want to Work For

Today’s managers juggle a wide range of roles, from recruiting and training to planning, budgeting and evaluating results. To get results and to advance your own career, you need a strong team that is willing to follow you wherever you lead. The best leaders possess a number of common traits that inspire others to trust,… Read More »

Meet Cindi

One of our clients, a global investment firm in Hartford, Connecticut, needed assistance. Their work included a number of periodic projects that demanded careful attention to contract and lease provisions. To ensure their clients received the level of professional service they’d come to expect, our global investment firm client needed assistance with some of these… Read More »

Learn Why You Should Make Staffing Flexible

A large, complex or specialized project can turn otherwise ordinary weeks in the office into “crunch time” for your legal team. These crunch times can have a deleterious effect on your team’s concentration and results, as well as their mental and physical health. Yet when crunch times occur only a few weeks a year, hiring… Read More »

How Solo Practitioners Are Boosting Their Income

Congratulations! You’ve made the leap from working in a law firm or a corporate law department to launching your own solo practice. You have the motivation, you have the credentials, you have the skills. Now all you need are the clients.   START OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT Building a practice can be challenging, as… Read More »

Addressing Time Management With Your Team

Does your team manage their time well? Time management is essential for lawyers, yet it’s not a skill that is often taught at any stage of a lawyer’s education. Instead, attorneys are expected to learn time management on their own, often under immense pressure. Consequently, many legal teams don’t manage their time as effectively as… Read More »

Should You Have a Temporary Attorney Pool?

Most legal teams are well equipped to handle the day-to-day tasks, issues and research that come before them. When a large project appears or a specialized issue arises, however, the team may struggle to provide the same high-quality attention and results. In these situations, having temporary attorneys available can make a significant difference to your… Read More »

Meet Christine: An Assigned Counsel Case Study

Insurance is a highly complex business. Risk management depends on clearly organized and drafted contracts, licenses and agreements. Our client, a major risk management company, had a strong team capable of handling a wide range of day-to-day demands in the insurance field. However, when it came time to draft and negotiate specialized technology licenses and… Read More »

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 »