Author Archives: Lindsay Griffiths

Legal Technology – What’s Next?

Today, I’m bringing you the final installment of my recaps from the Viewabill webinar (recording and audio available here). We’ve learned some really interesting things about what both inside and outside counsel are thinking these days in this climate of change, and the conversations around all of these issues should continue – the one lesson we should all take away from these is that communication among all of those involved in legal services is paramount.

Thanks to Viewabill for inviting me to listen in, and giving me the opportunity to get a preview from a couple of their panelists! I look forward to the next session.

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Fostering Collaboration Between Clients and Lawyers: The Transparency Piece

Building on Viewabill’s last webinar session (audio and presentation recording here), they moved into a discussion of transparency, and its impact on the inside/outside counsel relationship. Per their session agenda,

What role has sharing matters via Viewabill played in fostering collaboration throughout the legal process, and what overall impact has it had on your professional relationship with each other?”

The participants in this section include:

Panelists:
Daniel Baker, Sr. Operations Lead, LinkedIn Legal
Mike Haven, Senior Corporate Counsel, Legal Operations and Litigation, NetApp
Vincent Cordo Jr., Global Director of Client Value, Reed Smith, LLP
Rick Howell, Director of Financial Systems, Perkins Coie, LLP
Justin Liu, Associate General Counsel, MGM Resorts International
Karen Anzuini, Chief Information Officer, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Moderator:
Robbie Friedman, CEO + co-founder, Viewabill

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Week of January 19, 2015 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

I am bringing you today’s roundup from the Dolomites in Italy! It’s a beautiful crisp day here today, with almost no snow, but our ILNSki-ers are out on the mountainside. I am not a skier, so instead, I’m bringing you the roundup of the top posts from this week on ILNToday!

 

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The Buzz About Metrics

Following the first part of the Viewabill webinar, we headed into the next presentation, “Measuring Up.” Viewabill says:

It may come across as unseemly to acknowledge, but at its core, the practice of law is a business. What are some key performance metrics that firms use to determine whether they consider an engagement to have been “successful” and what is currently being done with those metrics in areas such as employee performance, operational efficiency, and predictive models?”

Clients apply their own set of metrics for determining quality, value, and success. What are some of the metrics they use when selecting outside counsel?”

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Yesterday is Not Today

Today, I’m bringing you a rainmaking recommendation from expert Jaimie Field!

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This morning, my father’s wife sent a picture of my father, Robert S. Field, Esq., going to court. My father has been practicing law for 50+ years. He is respected and well liked in the legal community, which was brought to my attention when I took him as my date to a recent county bar association event.

I also grew up with a grandfather who practiced for 62 years – he was a member of “The Greatest Generation” and it got me thinking about the difference between his generation, my dad’s generation and today’s generation of practicing attorneys and how to get clients.

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Interplay Between Inside Legal Departments & Law Firms

After hearing about some of the trends inside legal departments during the first part of Viewabill‘s webinar last week, the moderator opened it up to all of the panelists for their thoughts. Since panelists included both those inside legal departments, and those in law firms, it was a fascinating look at the push and pull of their relationships. 

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Trends in Inside Legal Departments

On Monday, I listened in on Viewabill’s inside/outside counsel webinar – it was a long one (two and a half hours), so I’ll be breaking up my recaps by session to share with you.  I love listening to inside counsel speak about the dynamics of their relationships with their legal services providers, and there were some great thoughts shared by all sides in these sessions. 

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Week of January 12, 2015 – A Roundup!

It’s another Friday here, and that means, it’s time for a roundup! Let’s take a look at our top posts from ILNToday.  Tune in later today for the first of my series of recaps from the Viewabill inside/outside counsel webinar from earlier this week as well!

 

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ILN Firm of the Month – Davis & Gilbert, New York!

Founded more than a century ago, Davis & Gilbert LLP is one of the largest single office law firms in New York City with more than 110 lawyers. They serve the legal needs of their clients both throughout the United States (since many of their clients have multiple U.S. operations) and internationally as clients’ needs dictate. Their practice reflects the leading industries driving New York’s economy. These include such dynamic service sector businesses as financial services, marketing communications, new media, fashion and retail, cosmetics and luxury goods, publishing, technology, hospitality and sports and entertainment. Their industry concentrations, combined with their sophisticated subject matter expertise, allow their lawyers to provide practical and specialized advice to businesses whose key assets are people and their ideas.

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Two for Tuesdays: Pro-Networking in 2015

One of the things I’m always thinking about is how to network better or differently. A lot of the articles I read offer the same tips, spun in a different way – and that’s important, because I can always get something out of implementing the tried and true.  But when I find something unique, I’m definitely excited to share it!

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