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Risk collars: A great way to start offering alternative billing
Posted on 3 Mar 2010 by Jim Hassett

Whenever I give speeches about alternative fees, lawyers who are just starting to consider this approach are fascinated by the idea of risk collars. These arrangements are essentially the same as hourly billing, with one giant exception: risk collars... Read More

The Revenue Impact of Alternative Fees (Part 1 of 2)
Posted on 2 Mar 2010 by Jim Hassett

Last month, Of Counsel, the Legal Practice and Management Report, published an article based on The LegalBizDev Survey of Alternative Fees , which they described as "the most lucid and comprehensive study that we have seen on this topic." This... Read More

The Revenue Impact of Alternative Fees (Part 2 of 2)
Posted on 2 Mar 2010 by Jim Hassett

Last month, Of Counsel, the Legal Practice and Management Report , published an article based on The LegalBizDev Survey of Alternative Fees , which they described as "the most lucid and comprehensive study that we have seen on this topic." This... Read More

More On The Reality of Alternative Fees
Posted on 19 May 2010 by Tom Kane

During Jackson Lewis ' annual corporate counsel conference, as reported in The National Law Journal and on Law.com's Small Firm Business , alternative fees are "putting down deep roots." This got my attention, because although there... Read More

An Interesting Point in Support of AFAs
Posted on 3 Mar 2010 by Steven B. Levy

Anthony Tijan's article in the Harvard Business Review about bundling services and goods goes on to make an intriguing point about Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFAs): "I remember receiving a legal bill that carefully showed the breakdown... Read More

In-house lawyers admit some resistance to alternative fee arrangements, but blast law firms, perhaps unfairly
Posted on 9 Apr 2010 by Rees W. Morrison

A survey of corporate lawyers conducted by Serengetti asked them to scale their own resistance to alternative fee arrangements (AFA) and their perception of law firm resistance to AFAs. On the scale given, a 1 means "no resistance"; a 3 presumably... Read More

What every lawyer needs to know about project management, Part 1 of 5
Posted on 24 Mar 2010 by Jim Hassett

This five-part series is an expanded version of an article I published last week on AmericanLawyer.com entitled "Teaching Lawyers How to Manage: Can It Improve the Bottom Line?" When I interviewed AmLaw 100 chairmen, senior partners and C... Read More

A Qwest for fair billing arrangements – four arguments against fixed fees
Posted on 22 Mar 2010 by Rees W. Morrison

Richard Baer, general counsel of Qwest Communications, recently made several points against fixed fees. He gave four reasons for his opposition to them in an interview by Corp. Counsel, March 2010 at 18. His points don't persuade me. Baer begins... Read More

Legal Project Management (Part 6) – Budget problems and solutions
Posted on 28 Apr 2010 by Jim Hassett

Many lawyers believe that it is simply not possible to predict the costs of complex legal matters. As the managing partner of a firm with more than 1,000 lawyers put it in The LegalBizDev Survey of Alternative Fees : [Some] litigators say [a fixed... Read More

  • Blog Post: The Revenue Impact of Alternative Fees (Part 1 of 2)

    Last month, Of Counsel, the Legal Practice and Management Report, published an article based on The LegalBizDev Survey of Alternative Fees , which they described as "the most lucid and comprehensive study that we have seen on this topic." This post reproduces the first part of the article....
  • Blog Post: The Revenue Impact of Alternative Fees (Part 2 of 2)

    Last month, Of Counsel, the Legal Practice and Management Report , published an article based on The LegalBizDev Survey of Alternative Fees , which they described as "the most lucid and comprehensive study that we have seen on this topic." This post reproduces the second part of the article...
  • Blog Post: Risk collars: A great way to start offering alternative billing

    Whenever I give speeches about alternative fees, lawyers who are just starting to consider this approach are fascinated by the idea of risk collars. These arrangements are essentially the same as hourly billing, with one giant exception: risk collars align the interests of lawyers and clients. If work...
  • Blog Post: An Interesting Point in Support of AFAs

    Anthony Tijan's article in the Harvard Business Review about bundling services and goods goes on to make an intriguing point about Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFAs): "I remember receiving a legal bill that carefully showed the breakdown of all the expenses. As the buyer of these services...
  • Blog Post: A Qwest for fair billing arrangements – four arguments against fixed fees

    Richard Baer, general counsel of Qwest Communications, recently made several points against fixed fees. He gave four reasons for his opposition to them in an interview by Corp. Counsel, March 2010 at 18. His points don't persuade me. Baer begins with the view that a firm operating under a fixed...
  • Blog Post: What every lawyer needs to know about project management, Part 1 of 5

    This five-part series is an expanded version of an article I published last week on AmericanLawyer.com entitled "Teaching Lawyers How to Manage: Can It Improve the Bottom Line?" When I interviewed AmLaw 100 chairmen, senior partners and C-level executives for a recent survey of alternative...
  • Blog Post: In-house lawyers admit some resistance to alternative fee arrangements, but blast law firms, perhaps unfairly

    A survey of corporate lawyers conducted by Serengetti asked them to scale their own resistance to alternative fee arrangements (AFA) and their perception of law firm resistance to AFAs. On the scale given, a 1 means "no resistance"; a 3 presumably means moderate resistance; and a 5 a "great...
  • Blog Post: Legal Project Management (Part 6) – Budget problems and solutions

    Many lawyers believe that it is simply not possible to predict the costs of complex legal matters. As the managing partner of a firm with more than 1,000 lawyers put it in The LegalBizDev Survey of Alternative Fees : [Some] litigators say [a fixed fee] just doesn't work at all, because who knows...
  • Blog Post: More On The Reality of Alternative Fees

    During Jackson Lewis ' annual corporate counsel conference, as reported in The National Law Journal and on Law.com's Small Firm Business , alternative fees are "putting down deep roots." This got my attention, because although there has been much written about the subject including...