June 25, 2012

Client Empowerment 3: Advice you need from your lawyer

In my last blog post, “Finding the Right Lawyer,” we focussed on making sure you get to a lawyer with the right skill set for your legal matter. In this post, we will focus on making sure you get the right advice. Recently, John, a client, came to visit me. He wants to invest $5,000 in a start-up business and asked me for the cost and process to form a corporation and document... Read More


December 19, 2009

what a third grade holiday celebration can teach us about connecting with clients

The other day, I attended my son’s holiday celebration in his third-grade classroom. To capture the true spirit and meaning of the season, the kids took turns standing up in pairs and reading narratives about one another. These weren’t fill-in-the-blank recitations. They were insightful and moving reflections. With their teacher’s guidance, the kids had taken the time to... Read More


December 7, 2009

seeing matters through your clients’ eyes: an intervention for lawyers

My longtime client, artist Pamela Lawton, recently showed her abstract paintings of New York City’s modern architecture at an exhibit called Liquid City. Describing her work, Pamela says: “It’s almost an ‘intervention,’ that’s sort of an art term that people use to talk about taking something ordinary and conventional and altering it in some way.... Read More


November 24, 2009

What President Obama can teach us about client relationships

This isn’t a post about politics. It’s about human relations. As I’ve written here before, as lawyers, we’re in the business of human relations. To do our job well, we have to connect with the people behind the legal matters we take on and provide meaningful solutions to their problems. Connecting with clients in this way is not an opt-in exercise in cutting-edge legal service... Read More


November 12, 2009

continuing legal education through self-study

When it comes to continuing legal education (CLE), most of us think in the very black and white terms of meeting our state’s mandate. But, my thinking has been colorized a bit by the convergence of three forces: A Ms. JD post on extending legal education Recent coverage of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s new ACC Value Index (allowing/encouraging... Read More


October 2, 2009

the legal sanity mentor: kathleen brady

Due to the summer posting hiatus, it’s been a little while since the last installment in my series of posts on redesigning legal services around the client experience.   I’ve always been a proponent of the idea that it’s really hard for unhappy lawyers to provide great client service. To put it another way: The lawyer experience and client experience are two... Read More


September 21, 2009

why it’s a great time to be a village lawyer

As we were driving from one weekend activity to the next in our small New York suburb, my middle child looked up from her cell phone and, in an iPod-induced-too-loud-voice, said, “I love this town. It’s pretty, friendly and makes me feel safe.” I think she gave voice to what many of us feel and experience in our personal and professional lives. When people engage lawyers... Read More


July 11, 2009

where’s the “wow” in law firm legal service delivery?

I think that most people would answer this lead question with a rousing, “There is none!” Or, if prone to sarcasm, they’d say that the only “wow” is the overwhelm they experience every time they open their lawyer’s bill. And, really, this should come as no surprise. The legal profession has yet to produce the law firm equivalent of Zappos; Southwest Airlines (note:... Read More


June 29, 2009

the legal sanity mentor: jason mendelson

My introduction to Jason Mendelson came by way of a compelling how-to blog post he wrote titled: Quick Ways To Get Fired as a Lawyer. From the first read through, it’s clear that Jason knows what he’s talking about. As a self-proclaimed “recovering lawyer” and successful VC with his own company, Foundry Group. he’s gained insight into the best and worst of legal service... Read More


May 23, 2009

on the path to better client care, love the people who don’t love you

Chrysler has let me down big time. I know, you’re probably thinking, “take a number and get in line, it’s a long one.” The company’s financial woes are already old news. But, that’s not what this is about. This about the 2008 minivan that my kids practically live in. The subject of multiple recalls, it’s currently without A/C due to a defective hose. Chrysler knows... Read More



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