Who was the first to certify legal project managers?

There's been some controversy lately about who was the first to offer certification in legal project management. There does not seem to be any dispute about the facts. Last November, when we announced the start of our demanding Certified Legal Project Manager TM program, we called it "the...

Four ways lawyers should improve project management – A litigator’s view

This guest post was written by Jonathan Cooper , a partner and trial lawyer at Tucker Ellis & West . It is an edited version of an essay he wrote as a participant in our Certified Legal Project Manager TM program, after completing readings from several leading project management textbooks. ...

What’s different about LEGAL project management?

A few weeks ago, Three Geeks and a Law Blog ran a post entitled "Is it 'legal' project management or just project management? ," which included very interesting comments by a who's who of thought leaders in the field, including Pam Woldow , Tim Corcoran , Steven Levy , Toby...

How to define legal project management

When I give speeches, I usually include a slide that defines legal project management. But until recently, I had not been satisfied with my own slide. Legal project management is an emerging area, and no one can be sure what it will look like in a few years. Which makes it hard to define the term...

LPM Case Study: Fasken Martineau’s bottom-up approach

A few weeks ago, I gave a presentation at the Toronto office of Fasken Martineau , a firm with over 675 lawyers in Canada, the United Kingdom, France and South Africa. The topic was Legal Project Management (LPM): What law firms are doing today, and what each individual lawyer should do to get started...

An introduction to legal project management (Part 3 of 3)

This series of posts is a slightly extended version of an article that appeared in the July 2011 issue of Managing Partner magazine . To download a PDF of the published version of my article, click here. Firms that are looking for more affordable solutions sometimes start by focusing on the...

Should you use social networking to develop new business? – Part 1 of 2

Of all the topics discussed in my new book on legal business development , the role of social networking in legal marketing is the most controversial. Some experts believe that social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogging and more are transforming the way lawyers develop new...

Should you use social networking to develop new business? – Part 2 of 2

The internet is full of testimonials and case studies from lawyers who have had marketing success with social media (online tools for sharing and discussing information) and social networking (groups of people with common interests mixing together on social networking sites to build relationships...

Pricing (Part 1 of 6): What lawyers need to know and why

Some law firms are going to large companies and offering to do all their legal work for one fixed price, but the firms don't know how it will work out in the long run. I suspect in some cases it will come out really ugly. This prediction was made in 2009, by a senior partner from an AmLaw...

Pricing (Part 2 of 6): The cost-plus approach

A few weeks ago, when I gave a speech at the retreat of a 1,000 lawyer firm, a senior partner asked: "In your experience, how do large firms determine costs?" I replied: "Mostly, they don't. Until recently, most firms were making so much money they didn't need to precisely...