Law Firm Marketing & Management

If you’ve read my prior articles for CEB, you may have recall my first post on reframing your relationship with your rules of professional conduct. I specifically discussed California Rules of Professional Conduct, rule 1.1, “Competence,” encouraging readers to pay close attention to the concept of “legal services.” Legal services incorporate everything that a lawyer utilizes to represent their clients and run a law firm. On March 22, the California Supreme Court adopted new language in comment 1 to include a lawyer’s duty to have competence in their use of technology. Comment 1 specifically states: “The duties set forth in…
When was the last time you read your engagement letter line by line, from beginning to end? No, really, when did you do this last? Do you recall the last time you updated your engagement letter? You can answer honestly, because you’re probably reading this in the comfort of your office. Maybe updating your engagement agreement has been at the top of your to-do list for a while. Well, now is as good a time as any. My general advice to clients and friends is to read your template engagement letter from beginning to end, line by line, at least…
Evan Walker, a Southern California personal injury attorney, is still paying the rent on his law office in La Jolla, but he hasn’t been there since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the United States. His wife is an infectious disease physician, and they have two young boys, so he isn’t taking any chances. Working from home was an adjustment at first, especially with young kids at home. But eight months into the pandemic, Walker, who’s a solo practitioner, thinks he might be getting a lot more done than when he was going into the office every day. “That’s one…