March 2020

How Law Firms Are Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic

How two firms have prepared to keep working during the outbreak.

Nicholas Gaffney
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A young businesswoman sits at a desk, noting something on a paper document with a cell phone and laptop next to her.

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In this roundtable discussion about the impact of the coronavirus on law firms, two managing partners discuss how their firms are responding to the coronavirus pandemic and what measures they are taking to prepare for the challenges going forward.

Our Moderator

Nicholas Gaffney is the founder of Zumado Public Relations in San Francisco and a member of the Law Practice Today Editorial Board. Contact him at ngaffney@zumado.com or on Twitter @nickgaffney.

Our Panelists

Jana Gouchev (JG) is a managing attorney of Gouchev Law. She advises both growing and large businesses. She is also known as a top negotiator for structuring deals for her clients.

John Harrity (JH) is the co-founder and managing partner of Harrity & Harrity, LLP, a boutique IP law firm focused on patent preparation and prosecution.

What kind of relevant preparedness plans did the firm already have in place prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus? 

JG: Our firm’s technology is completely set up so that our team can work remotely if ever need be.

JH: We have previously thought about disaster recovery preparedness and what that would entail. In recent years, we have implemented an optional remote policy for all attorneys and allow in-office employees to work from home once a week. This allows us to ensure that everyone in the firm is equipped and fully able and accustomed to remote work. If the building closes, if there is an emergency incident, if there is a health concern, we are fully prepared to have both attorneys and staff telework.

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