Telecommuter Appreciation Week: Ways Attorneys Adjust To The New Normal

The global pandemic has forced law firms to work remotely. For the most part, lawyers have adjusted remarkably well — having gotten used to the distractions and isolation that remote work create.

Telecommuting is here to stay.

Firms have invested in upgrading technology for staff working from home recognizing the benefits of telecommuting. Remote work keeps overhead costs down and gives attorneys the flexibility to enjoy a more fulfilling work-life balance.

As we emerge from this crisis administrative assistants are now back in the office, handling essential office tasks on site while attorneys continue to work from home. With fewer staff in the office, social distancing can be safely accomplished.

The energy and people power created in the office is lost in the distanced workplace. Law firms need to ensure attorneys have a way to virtually access more experienced colleagues. Plan on routinely Zooming in with colleagues to work through legal challenges.

Remote work opens up new possibilities to talent that cannot work in a traditional workplace. Remote work can also be key to retaining valuable employees who have families and are struggling with child care, caring for your parents or loved ones with a disability.

Telecommuting has increased productivity while at the same time resulted in burning out attorneys. This can cause resentment, high turnover, apathy, and burnout. New boundaries need to be set giving attorney’s a fire wall between loved ones and work.

Everyone needs to feel that they are part of the team, the challenge is to find new ways to recognize essential work being done in and outside of the office. Remote work breeds isolation and a sedentary lifestyle.

Exercise programs serve to integrate overall health and well being into the workplace and at the same time serve as a form of appreciation. Firms can offer online exercise e classes with a trainer such as Peloton.

Host social networking events, TGIF mixers and themed parties like ‘Night at the Museum’ parties on Zoom to energize your remote staff.

The distance of working remotely can lead to feeling removed from the team. Not being in the office can create a wall of indifference that may impact morale, resulting in losing valued employees.

Everyone needs to know where they stand inside and outside the office. Set boundaries about what is appropriate to discuss and what is considered controversial or non productive.

Remote employee appreciation begins with awareness. Create and encourage a transparent forum for venting concerns about issues with policies and procedures.

About: On Balance Search Consultants

On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises experienced attorneys at every stage of their career to take them to the next level. From making the lateral partner move to succession planning.

Shari takes a proactive approach to advising law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm. On Balance Search identifies opportunities that exist today, not down the road.

Contact us today. Call 516.731.4300 or visit our website at https://www.onbalancesearch.com.

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader. Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your specific circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law.

Give your Law Firm that Competitive Edge

Finding that Competitive Edge

Finding that Partner who brings a successful track record and integrity to take your firm to the next level — starts with finding a great recruiter. What does your firm do that sets you apart from the pack? What’s the culture of your firm? Why does your best stay on with you?

That’s your firm’s competitive advantage — That is how you will land the right candidate who meets the criteria that you and your recruiter carefully map out. Partnering with a recruiter is a strategic step to lateral recruiting. The recruiter should be communicating your story.

Strategy First, Last, Always

There are several strategies and tactics that can help you to find the best fit for your firm:

1. Your Story

The story must be authentic, important and compelling. Your message must connect potential partners in a way that gets them to sign on with your firm.

2. The Value Proposition

At your next company retreat ask your partners to identify the firm’s core points of differentiation. Define your value in human terms, not in business terms. Don’t discount the little things. You want to retain your best lawyers while attracting new talent.

Here are a few powerful points for consideration:

  • What is your retention rate of Partners? Associates? Staff?
  • Is your firm committed to marketing?
  • Who is on your marketing team?
  • How does this team assist in publishing articles, coordinate speaking engagements, create strategic partnerships with associations?

3. How do you integrate new Partners to the firm?

Do you have ongoing leadership development training to improve Partners skills? Prepare simple communication tools that make it easy for your recruiter to tell your story. Follow the rule of Cs: Clear, Concise, Concrete, Correct, Coherent and Courteous.

Create Four (4) One Page Summaries:

  1. Create a Talking Point Sheet.
    A Talking Point Sheet is a one-page summary sheet of the firms highlights (Firm’s Rankings, PPP, Awards, Value Proposition, History of Firm and anything else of import).
  2. FAQ sheet that answers the top questions of prospective partners.
  3. Summary-Sheet for each practice group critical to the firm’s strategic goals (hyperlink to key partners biography pages and recent hires).
  4. Finally, share two or three success stories of one of your top partners that joined the firm.

Make 2021 a great year, get busy identifying what makes your firm great. Strategically share the information to attract new talent.

 

About: On Balance Search Consultants

On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises experienced attorneys at every stage of their career to take them to the next level. From making the lateral partner move to succession planning.

Shari takes a proactive approach to advising law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm. On Balance Search identifies opportunities that exist today, not down the road.

Contact us today. Call 516.731.4300 or visit our website at https://www.onbalancesearch.com.

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader. Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your specific circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law.

Confessions of a Legal Recruiter: Why Talent Firms Are Worth It

Confessions of a Legal Recruiter: Law Firm Business Development Strategic Plan
What Talent Firms are Worth It

Why Work with a Legal Recruiter?

The ability to attract, extract and deliver talent is – and always will be a high touch recruiter. No in-house staff recruiter or data algorithm will ever replace a headhunter. Sourcing the best lawyers can be challenging, the top candidates have options, opinions and time constraints.

Speed. Time is money. No one knows the employment marketplace better than a good headhunter/recruiter. The placement process takes time. The recruiter’s fee is more than off-set from the drain on billable hours at the firm. The best legal recruiters leverage connections and scan social media channels to source the top talent efficiently.

Experience. Most recruiting firms work with many candidates at different levels, the vetting is extensive and ongoing throughout the process “During discovery we pull the Band-Aid off and get to the good, the bad and the ugly. All things being equal, we protect all parties, strategically considering how the firm’s services best compliment the skills the candidates bring to the table”, Shari Davidson, On Balance Search Consultants.

The sum of the whole is greater than the individual pieces, a great recruiter considers the law firm’s platform – geography, practice areas, talent within the firm, marketing team, strategic services, the verticals they specialize in, and the firm’s culture. “A candidate that compliments the firm’s current book of business can produce the next superstar. We have helped candidates move to a stronger platform – doubling their book of business within 18-24 months and continue to grow,” Shari Davidson.

Confidentiality. A multi-channel strategy across media channels and several search firms may do more harm than good. Internal and external forces may very well conspire to complicate the process. Internally some may feel slighted, that they have been overlooked for this position. Additionally, advertising tips off the competition as to the strategic direction of your firm.

Negotiation. The best recruiters provide an in-depth professional level of expertise to advise on all aspects of the placement process, acting as a buffer to carefully consider all parties involved. Good recruiters facilitate mutually beneficial arrangements, minimizing potentially polarizing roadblocks that may arise from face-to-face dealings.

The placement process takes time and often difficult. Successful outcomes lead to earning trust and credibility with candidates and firms, and from this is strong lasting relationships are formed.

About: On Balance Search Consultants

On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises experienced attorneys at every stage of their career to take them to the next level. From making the lateral partner move to succession planning.

Shari takes a proactive approach to advising law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm. On Balance Search identifies opportunities that exist today, not down the road.

Contact us today. Call 516.731.4300 or visit our website at https://www.onbalancesearch.com.

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader. Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your specific circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law.

Confessions of a Legal Recruiter: Law Firm Business Development Strategic Plan

Take control of your practice. Put yourself in a position to attract and retain clients you admire and find challenging and interesting. Become less dependent on others to feed your pipeline.

Create a three-pronged approach [Purpose, Strategy & Participation] that leverages your transactional skills and business contacts to grow your client base.

Confessions of a Legal Recruiter: Law Firm Business Development Strategic Plan
Law Firm Business Development Strategic Plan

Purpose

Commit to marketing activities and prospects that are consistent with your area of expertise and best fit for bringing in new billings. Take the time to identify what your areas are opportunity markets and how to best acquire clients.

Your plan must establish you as a leader in your area of law. Become a leading authority on the policies and procedures that matter to the future direction of the firms you represent and plan on securing.

Strategy

It’s a known fact that 80% of all business comes from existing clients. Visit your top clients at their places of business each quarter or at least annually. Regularly set up a breakfast, lunch or dinner with clients, prospects or a referral source. Be actively involved in a well-chosen organization and write articles, join committees of important interest to your client base. Hold events for your client base; lectures, networking, community-based events etc.

Start networking and continually create authority and trust:

WHERE TO NETWORK:

  • Focus on trade or industry organizations
  • Community or political alliances
  • Social or alumni groups
  • Client breakfasts, lunches, dinners and functions

CREATE AUTHORITY & TRUST

  • Regularly contribute to legal articles in leading publications.
  • Speaking engagement to industry groups.
  • Client seminars.
  • Teach at local university or college.
  • Sponsor (CLEs, Charity Events, Community Relations, etc.).
  • Publish monthly newsletter and or write a book.
  • Pro bono work.
  • Provide and or acquire ongoing training and professional development.

Participation & Accountability

Evaluate what is working, areas for opportunity and efforts that have not yielded results must be reworked or eliminated from the action plan. Review your progress every three months.

Here are a few guidelines to help you develop your individual marketing plan:

  • Play to Your Strengths and Personality.
  • Be Consistent with Firm Goals and Objectives.
  • Focus Your Attention – strategically in activities that will enhance your credentials and allow you to build relationships with key individuals. A plan helps you be more proactive and eliminates distractions.
  • Be Simple and Realistic and Achievable.
  • Be as Specific as Possible.
  • Motivate Yourself – do the things you need to do in order to achieve long-term success.
  • Change Over Time – Make adjustments as needed.

Business development takes time, and it’s a necessary, ongoing process to create a continuous, constant flow of new business.

About: On Balance Search Consultants

On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises experienced attorneys at every stage of their career to take them to the next level. From making the lateral partner move to succession planning.

Shari takes a proactive approach to advising law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm. On Balance Search identifies opportunities that exist today, not down the road.

Contact us today. Call 516.731.4300 or visit our website at https://www.onbalancesearch.com.

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader. Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your specific circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law.

Remote Work Best Practices in The Legal Space

During this COVID Crisis, lawyers have been working remotely. Most experts think working remotely is here to stay, as the new normal. The technology is not new, but the need for more work-life balance is.

Working remotely may negatively impact traditional office-life and personal life, as the line between the two become blurred. Many find remote work ideal. The only real Con is you.

Today’s technology is affordable. It provides lawyers with the ability to draft and review legal documents, get them signed electronically—and ensures that the client’s records are secure in the cloud.

There are top-rated virtual law firms that do everything remotely, including estate planning, business law, and real estate. It’s all done online, from virtual video depositions and many other important services.

Remote work requires discipline, focus and commitment. You can create a work culture at home that represents you, not just the culture of your organization. Follow these best practices to successfully work from home:

BEST PRACTICES FOR REMOTE WORK

Designate a specific place for a home office.

  • Store all work-related files, reference materials and supplies in your space.
  • Ensure that your workspace is consistent with work environment at the firm.

Keep sharp – stay focused and avoid distractions.

  • Set office hours, and make it clear to loved ones that you are not to be disturbed.
  • Plan your day. Take and make phone calls during business hours and keep the paperwork for after-hours.
  • Be available during office hours.
  • Clearly communicate and plan what communication channels are available for clients, staff and family.
  • Create protocols and guidelines for how meetings will take.
  • Go offline, don’t take calls or check emails during crunch time to maximize productivity.
  • Get organized by creating filing systems, schedules and to-do lists.
  • Plan your kid’s day with activities or child-care to limit the need to put out fires.
  • Collaborate and deepen the connections with your clients, colleagues, and other staff.
  • Walk the walk: dress professionally every day.

Create a work/life balance: improve productivity, health and well-being.

  • Take breaks. Schedule time for regular exercise and remember to drink a lots-of-water.
  • Build in some flexibility to your routine to reduce stress and to have more control over your time.
  • Get out of the house. Set up outside meetings instead of zoom calls. Go down to the local coffee house for meetings on and offline.

Invest in technology.

  • Make sure you have all the tools to run your office from home.
  • Make sure you have a highspeed internet connection.
  • Consider buying a backup generator so you can work through the storm.
  • Set up a backup system to store legal documents in the cloud. Don’t store any sensitive material on your computer.
  • Reduce down time, know thy computer. A broken-down computer or Internet connection can set you back days if not weeks.
  • As an attorney you need to ensure your devices are encrypted and secure.

“Working remotely may negatively impact traditional office-life and personal life, as the line between the two become blurred. Many find remote work ideal. The only real Con is you. Be sure to draw boundaries between your personal and business life” – Shari Davidson, President, On Balance Search Consultants.

Virtual law offices are luring talented attorneys, mostly working mothers, from big firms offering work-life balance and flexibility to work in the evenings and on weekends.

About: On Balance Search Consultants

On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises experienced attorneys at every stage of their career to take them to the next level. From making the lateral partner move to succession planning.

Shari takes a proactive approach to advising law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm. On Balance Search identifies opportunities that exist today, not down the road.

Contact us today. Call 516.731.4300 or visit our website at https://www.onbalancesearch.com.

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader. Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your specific circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law.


Thriving in the Age of Disruption

Wow 2020 was rough. Did anyone think it was going to be this bad?

December 21st is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. As we emerge from the darkness into the light, it’s high time to get back on track from this tumultuous year.

Relationships have never been tested like they have during this COVID Crisis. Never before have many of us done so much under such extraordinary circumstances. Time itself has been compressed, consequently our personal and business relationships have been strained.

Trends Shaping the Legal Industry

Many of us have been hard hit by the coronavirus, things have changed. Competition is fierce, what worked in the past will not get it done, in this new normal. Make the necessary adjustments to thrive in this age of disruption.

Connecting on a deeper level.
Although technology has been a savior for many during this pandemic, human interaction has been lost. Many have been let go due to this unprecedented economic downturn. Now is the time to connect. Joining peer groups and meetings off and online are the best way to kickstart your job prospects.

Creating a powerful social sphere of influence.
Don’t get left behind, embrace social media and wield its power to influence and attract new opportunities. Engage with key stakeholders and garner testimonials to build trust and establish yourself as a thought leader in your area of law.

Remote work is the future.
Law firms are embracing a blended remote and staggered in office work schedule. New roles and responsibilities of a remote workforce gives firms a bigger pool of the best available talent who were impeded by raising kids or the challenges of commuting into the city each day.

Work with a legal recruiter.
Work with an expert who is on the bleeding edge of what is happening in the legal marketplace. From senior partners to those who have been let go, there will never be a better time to negotiate a better deal or join a new firm with a bright future as we emerge from this crisis.

“It’s chaos out there, and yet in the coming month new opportunities await. Question is, do you have the luxury of waiting this crisis out? Making a move now may be the best option.” – Shari Davidson, President of On Balance Search Consultants

Confessions of a Legal Recruiter

Confessions of a Legal Recruiter

About: On Balance Search Consultants

On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises experienced attorneys at every stage of their career to take them to the next level. From making the lateral partner move to succession planning.

Shari takes a proactive approach to advising law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm. On Balance Search identifies opportunities that exist today, not down the road.

Contact us today. Call 516.731.4300 or visit our website at https://www.onbalancesearch.com.

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader. Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your specific circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law.

 

Celebrating Our Bill of Rights: Government by The People

December 15th is the day we commemorate the ratification of the Bill of Rights first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

We the People of the United States.

President Thomas Jefferson argued: “A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.”

Inspired by Jefferson, James Madison initially presented 19 amendments for ratification, after much debate amendments three through twelve were ratified as our Bill of Rights. On December 15, 1791 the Constitution’s first ten amendments became the law of the land.

The Bill of Rights genesis beckons back to the days of England’s rule over its servants. The Barons signed the Magna Carta (1215) establishing the principle that everyone is subject to the law, even the king. The Magna Carta or ‘The Great Charter’ guarantees the rights of individuals, the right to justice and the right to a fair trial.

Then as now, it is clear that the Bill of Rights prevents any abuses of power that would impede upon our rights as citizens of the United States.

“The Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.” —John F. Kennedy (35th president).

The Bill of Rights protect our most fundamental rights—freedom of speech, protest, and conscience, and guarantees our equal protection under the law.

First Amendment
Right to freedom from religion, freedom of any religion or no religion, and freedom of speech, press, peaceable assembly and grievance petition.

Second Amendment
Right to keep and bear arms.

Third Amendment
Right to freedom from forced housing of soldiers without consent or law.

Fourth Amendment
Right to freedom from search and seizure without probable cause and sworn warrant.

Fifth Amendment
Right of accused in criminal cases to grand jury determination, no double jeopardy, no self-incrimination, and no private property seizure without just compensation.

Sixth Amendment
Right of criminal accused to fair and speedy trial by impartial jury, witness confrontation and compulsory process, and defense counsel.

Seventh Amendment
Right of civil litigants to jury trial, and fact determination by jury protected.

Eighth Amendment
Right to freedom from excessive bail, fine and punishment.

Ninth Amendment
Rights provided may not deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Tenth Amendment
Powers not provided federal government reserved to the states or people.

The United States became the first nation in history to constitutionally provide individual freedom of belief with no acknowledgment of dependency on a higher authority.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations (1948) was inspired by our Bill of Rights, “… everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion” and other individual liberties.

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights … stands as a landmark achievement in the history of human liberty.” —George W. Bush (43rd president).

America’s individual right to freedom of belief is our precious constitutional liberty. Every day, our civil liberties are threatened by existential challenges to our rights. The Bill of Rights is the standard for democracy around the world, we can rejoice that we are afforded these civil liberties.

The United States is a representative democracy. Our government is elected by citizens who can vote and take part in the decisions that affect the way their country is run.

 

About: On Balance Search Consultants

On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises experienced attorneys at every stage of their career to take them to the next level. From making the lateral partner move to succession planning.

Shari takes a proactive approach to advising law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm. On Balance Search identifies opportunities that exist today, not down the road.

Contact us today. Call 516.731.4300 or visit our website at https://www.onbalancesearch.com.

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader. Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your specific circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law.

 

 

Navigating the COVID Chaos: Emerging Trends, Options and Opportunities

Navigating the COVID Chaos

Many of us are planning for 2021, and not knowing what the future holds during these uncertain times makes it difficult to assess how to proceed.

Partners have real concerns about their future. Many law firms are weathering the challenges associated with the pandemic offering cuts in compensation, furloughs and layoffs.

During this pandemic, the legal industry has embraced technology working straight through this crisis. Several new trends in the legal industry have emerged.

Succession plans, and retirement have all been accelerated as COVID as impacted every aspect of our lives. The demand for legal services will continue to grow.

Time is indeed precious. Making a move now, may be the best option. For others, it may be prudent to let the market even out and look to the next chapter in your career in 2021.

Question is, do you have the luxury of waiting this crisis out?

The following provides insights into emerging trends that will guide you to assess what options and opportunities lie in the coming months.

TRENDS

Law firms are focused on deepening trust with clients and staffing up specialized areas of the law. As a consequence of COVID, businesses have an increased need for counsel for labor and employment, bankruptcy, matrimonial, tax, and litigation. Another area that has seen an uptick in movement is health care.

Attorneys who specialize in these areas are well-positioned to negotiate better terms or secure a post with a new firm.

Moves by Practice Area, 2020 Legal TrendsAttorney Moves by Practice Area.001

 

Markets with Partners Making Lateral Moves

The number of moves by the market has declined during the pandemic. There are markets with the most movement per capita is notable. Texas, Florida, and California have experienced more activity compared to the other states. Overall, the movements are consistent over the past few years.

Industry experts project many attorneys are looking to make a move in 2021. The need for due diligence has never been more important. Experts predict that only half of the lawyers onboarded will be able to bring along their book of business.
Work with a legal recruiter who can advise you of the top candidates who can make it rain in this new normal.

Trends 2020, Moves by Market Intra City

Trends 2020, Moves by Market Percentage

Most Active Markets with Partners Making Lateral Moves

Notably, Philadelphia has seen a jump in lawyers relocating from other markets. Given the need for many firms to work remotely, relocations may continue to rise in many markets.

Insiders report that several AM law firms are considering having their attorneys share office space. The lawyer will alternate each week working in the office while the other works remotely. This will be a permanent arrangement to offset the fixed operating expense of running an office while giving lawyers more flexibility in their work, life balance.

Trends 2020 On Balance, Locations, Relocations

Trends 2020 On Balance, Locations Moved From

PREPARE

The coming months are certainly going to be volatile and uncertain. Be prepared. Talk with a legal advisor to map out your plans for 2021 and beyond. Those who will thrive in a chaotic environment must be able to act quickly. Be careful not to burn bridges. Transparency is necessary.

What has worked in the past may no longer make sense. Be open and consider being proactive, not reactive to the challenges ahead.

Several significant changes are occurring right now. Capitalize on these opportunities. Consider that staying put may be the best course of action. And for some, while making a move now may be your best option.

Make 2021 your best year yet.

 

 

 

About On Balance Search

On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises experienced attorneys at every stage of their career to take them to the next level. From making the lateral partner move to succession planning.

Shari takes a proactive approach to advising law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm. On Balance Search identifies opportunities that exist today, not down the road.

Contact us today. Call 516.731.4300 or visit our website at https://www.onbalancesearch.com

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader. Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your specific circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law.

 

Virtual Law Firms: More Control Over Your Work-Life Balance

The technology is not new, but the move to the virtual world is. Remote, virtual law offices have been around for some time, but during this COVID Crisis many lawyers have been working remotely and that trend may be the way forward for those who are looking for more flexibility for more work-life balance. 

Virtual Law Firms: More Control Over Your Work-Life Balance

Virtual Law Firms: More Control Over Your Work-Life Balance

 

The Pros and Cons of Practicing Virtual Law 

As it stands now, many law firms are staggering their workforce to limit in-house staff to half to a third for safe social distancing during the pandemic. A virtual firm doesn’t have to be completely online, some only go into the office for in person client meetings or when face to face interaction is necessary to get deals done.  

No one scenario works best for attorneys nor law firms, here are the pros and cons worth considering. 

PROs of a Virtual Law Office 

  • Lower monthly overhead by eliminating or moving to a smaller office space resulting increased profits.  
  • Flexibility with the hours you work to reduce stress and have more control over your time including eliminating commuting.   
  • Better work/life balance improving productivity, health and well-being.  
  • Eliminate geographic barriers to penetrate new markets while attracting a larger talent pool of attorneys.  
  • Eco-friendly and possibly paper-free by bundling technology services and outsourcing services such as payment processing, marketing, and legal research. 
  • Collaborate more freely with clients as well as deepen the connections with attorneys, paralegals, and other staff.  

“Many Attorneys I speak with are hesitant to go to a true virtual law firm.  While many of the CONs maybe be a concern, however there are several virtual law firms that have overcome these challenges.” – Shari Davidson, President, On Balance Search Consultants.  

CONs of a Virtual Law Office 

  • Working remotely may negatively impact traditional office-life and personal life, as the line between the two become blurred. Many find remote work ideal. The only real Con is you. 
  • There is no substitute for face-to-face interaction.  Many virtual law firms plan retreats to meet face to face as it is the best way to develop relationships nationally and internationally. That said, collaboration can be achieved in the virtual space. 
  • Join a virtual law firm that has the software platforms in place to mitigate the risk of compromising client’s privacy and data security 
  • Find a virtual law firm that invests in tech that foments collaboration with your legal team. 
  • Join a firm that has software programs that improve client communications by eliminating unnecessary emails while at the same time improving productivity. 
  • State regulations vary regarding attorneys being able to practice law in other jurisdictions. Find a virtual law firm that has resources in states where it can service your clients.  This way you can collaborate with other attorneys that are licensed in other states and still service your clients. You want to stay in control of all the legal matters, that way the firm and client view you as a trusted advisor and asset to the firm. 
  • Virtual firms tend to have a strong retention rate due to the flexibility of being to work remotely.   

Virtual law offices are luring talented attorneys, mostly working mothers, from big firms offering work-life balance and flexibility to work in the evenings and on weekends. Younger attorneys may want the flexibility that remote work affords.  

Senior partners may opt for a virtual firm giving them a way to monetize their book of business, while still being able to bring in new business working remotely part time.  

“Don’t just close your doors and leave all that money out there. Create a steady stream of retirement income from your book of business. Make sure you get paid at the end of the rainbow.” — Shari Davidson. 

There are top-rated virtual law firms that do everything remotely, including estate planning, business law, and real estate.  It’s all done online, from virtual video depositions and many other important services.  

Remote work will continue to evolve, and it isn’t going away any time soon. Virtual law firms can help you create the life you want to live.   

Deciding whether a virtual law office is right for you depends on if it aligns with your strategy, goals, and what you’re trying to accomplish. By working with a legal consultant, you can align your goals to the right firm. 

 

About On Balance Search Consultants
On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm. 

Contact us today. Call 516.731.4300 or visit our website at https://www.onbalancesearch.com. 

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader. Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your unique circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law. 

 

COVID Crisis Law Jobs: Don’t Just Put Yourself Out There

Why did you put yourself on the market in the first place? Were you were passed over for a promotion or you just don’t fit in? Does the money change things? Will the issues of the past continue to be a problem?

Law Jobs

During this pandemic . . .
Don’t just put your toe in the water. Law school doesn’t prepare you for how to manage your career. They don’t teach you how to strategically position yourself in an ever-changing marketplace.

“Do your research. Dig into the company’s financial health to assess job security. Look at where its funding comes from, and make sure the projects you’ll be working on seem stable.  Don’t lose sight of the long-term. Remember your career goals. Will this help you get there? Is the opportunity likely to come up again in the months to come?”

— Rachel Feintzeig, Work Life Balance writer for the Wall Street Journal, Do You Dare Switch Jobs in the Coronavirus Economy.

Should I stay or should I go?

Layoffs were commonplace in the legal industry during the Great Recession. For now, large firms are opting to cut pay, reduce hours and furlough lawyers. Law firms specializing in family, housing and criminal law have been hardest hit due to local government offices being closed. Many firms are asking for more lateral associates and staff.

Counteroffers are up. 

Interviewing and getting offers is not the way to negotiate a better compensation package. It’s a career killer. What you don’t want to do is create an environment of mistrust. You don’t want to put your career in jeopardy.

Your reputation at the firm will never be the same.  There will always be a question of your loyalty. They simply will not trust you anymore.

Accepting a counteroffer is likely to damage your relationship with your current firm. Think about it, you just told your firm you are leaving and are now only staying because they threw some money at you.

“In my over twenty years as a legal recruiter, accepting the counteroffer results in being pushed out the door 85 to 90% of the time. The candidate is either let go for someone less expensive, or the promises made did not pan out. About 3- 6 months after the counteroffer is accepted, I get a call.”  – Shari Davidson, President of On Balance Search Consultants.

Shari Davidson – “On Balance Search focuses on Law Firm – M&A, Lateral Partner & Associates and Succession Planning. It’s all about monetizing your book of business and planning so you and your firm can be prepared for the future.”

Ready to start you search? Visit OnBalanceSearch.com to schedule a consultation.

 

 

About On Balance Search Consultants
On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises experienced attorneys at every stage of their career to take them to the next level. From making the lateral partner move to succession planning.

Shari takes a proactive approach to advising law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm. On Balance Search identifies opportunities that exist today, not down the road.

Contact us today. Call 516.731.3400 or visit our website at https://www.onbalancesearch.com.

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