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THE INTERNATIONAL ISSUE

 

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July/August 2008 Issue | Volume 34 Number 5| Page 4
FROM THE EDITOR

Notes from Editor-in-Chief David J. Bilinsky

Paris, New York, Rio, London, Dubai, Rome, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Mumbai—and beyond to nearly every nook and cranny of the world. In the 21st century, it’s a global marketplace filled with clients that increasingly need cross-border legal services. In response, the practice of law is taking on an international flavor.

Law firms are opening foreign branch offices, joining international referral networks, homing in on cross-cultural marketing strategies, studying the regulations of foreign jurisdictions, and more—much more—in their efforts to court prospects and retain clients doing business in far-flung regions. All of this creates new challenges for firm leaders, administrators, lawyers and staff.

In considering international work, there are myriad practical questions to examine, cultural and marketing implications to mull, ethics considerations to ponder, and the inevitable questions of how much any particular initiative will cost and how soon it will produce a reasonable ROI. To help you consider some of the key points, this issue of Law Practice features insights from a stellar cast of authors versant in the ways of going global (with many of them, in fact, writing for us while abroad, from locations including England, Italy, France and India).

In her feature on establishing international offices, E. Leigh Dance discusses the typical missteps firms make and provides top strategies for avoiding the potholes. Janet Moore explains the whys and hows of developing cross-cultural acumen for global rainmaking. Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell give us their expert take on collaborative technologies that level the playing field across borders. And you’ll also find tips on how to choose and use an international network, as well as a bounty of advice in this issue’s Case Study on whether—and how—to pursue different types of international work.

In addition, we have a special feature covering how the words “going global” are affecting the practice of law in another kind of way: Editorial Board member and issue editor Bill Gibson immersed himself in the topic of outsourcing legal services overseas to give our readers an extensive taste of this growing phenomenon. Plus, writer Steve Taylor tells us about one 36-lawyer firm’s hands-on, bottom-line use of Indian outsourcing services.

This issue is result of the efforts of our great editorial team and writers—with particular thanks going to issue editor Bill Gibson. I hope these pages prompt you to consider what the global market means today and how you might add an international flavor to your practice as well. Ciao!

About the Editor

David Bilinsky is a practice management consultant who focuses on enhancing law firm strategy, finance and technology initiatives, as well as Editor-in-Chief of Law Practice magazine. He blogs at www.thoughtfullaw.com.

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