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Andrea Hartley
It seems like money matters today more than ever. Even though the recession officially ended in June 2009, as reported by the National Bureau of Economic Research, law firms – like all businesses – remain concerned about the possibility of a further downturn. The anxiety is certainly understandable, but even during tough economic times, there are opportunities for growth. One way to ensure a firm is steady moving forward is to stop focusing on the problems and start creating solutions. A tried-and-true method that helps achieve that goal, and one that has proven successful for my firm, Akerman Senterfitt, is the effective use of practice group business plans. Whether for an individual, a small firm, a practice group, an industry group or large firm, a business plan can and should add dollars to the bottom line. In the words of Stanford economist Paul Romer, “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” So now is the time for law firms to be proactive in creating their own opportunities. It is a time when lawyers need to regroup not retrench. To guide you in your efforts, be sure to avail yourself of the many practice management resources available from the LPM Section. By developing sound economic solutions, you and your law firm can succeed and profit in 2011 and beyond.

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