Table of Contents VOL 36 NO 6 - NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010


Positioned to Profit: How Three Law Firms Are Riding High in Changing Tides

Here’s a look at three firms that serve as guideposts in how to stay financially and organizationally strong, come what may in the economy: Baker Hostetler; Shook, Hardy & Bacon; and Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer. What’s striking is not that these firms felt the heavy strain of the recession and revolutionized themselves—it’s that they positioned themselves to seize opportunities during the downturn.

By Steven T. Taylor


Balancing the Risks and Rewards of Alternative Fees
Professional Development: Building Talent for a More Successful Firm

Law firms large and small are trying to grasp how they can properly implement alternative fees. The key is learning how to fairly allocate the risks and rewards between the parties.

By Raymond E. Bayley


Product Watch

Quick and Easy Hard Drive Cloning

A dual-purpose plug-and-play solution for storage and backups.

By Nerino J. Petro, Jr.


Legal Web 2.0

Here, There and Everywhere: Web-Based Tools for Managing Nonbillable Projects

Web-based project management software can organize projects that keep getting buried in your haystack of to-dos.

By Erik Mazzone


Hot Buttons

Creating Secure Passwords: The Rules Have Changed (Again)

Cybercriminals are getting smarter—and faster. Use these tips and tools to achieve an effective balance between convenience and security.

By Sharon Nelson and John Simek



How to Work a Room to Expand Your Network

Attending any large events in the coming year? Follow these steps to connect with the people who can send you business.

By Susan Saltonstall Duncan


Networking Tips

Leveraging LinkedIn and More

Quick tips for successful social networking from Women Rainmakers’ Best Marketing Tips, Third Edition.



Strategic Talent Management: Top Issues and To-Dos for Firms

Terri Mottershead explains critical talent management issues facing firms in 2011.

By Marcia Pennington Shannon


Career Steps

Renegotiating to Improve Your Job Satisfaction

A few weeks into your dream job, it’s clear things aren’t working out like you’d planned. You may feel stuck right now—but here’s advice on making it better.

By Wendy Werner


Taking the Lead

Tips to Help Demystify the Numbers

Sifting through financial reports is a key part of the planning process for law firm leaders. Here’s advice on understanding the data that’s in front of you.

By Karen MacKay