Posts By: Jordan Furlong

Mergers or acquisitions?

Posted by & filed under Big Firms.

When Ogilvy Renault announced last fall that it was joining the Norton Rose Group, I went on record as saying I thought this was a watershed moment for the legal profession in Canada — that the world had finally arrived on our doorstep, more global firms were surely coming, and the law firm marketplace would… Read more »

Presidential CLE, ABA Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON

Posted by & filed under Speaking Engagements.

I’m honoured to be part of a Presidential CLE event, co-sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems and the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in Toronto on Friday, August 5, 2011. The working title of the presentation is: “Modern Family & Modern Attorney: How… Read more »

The 21st-century solo

Posted by & filed under Innovation, Solo & Small Firm.

(Author’s note: Read to the end to learn about a scholarship contest for sole practitioners.) During my recent webinar on legal marketplace trends with Susan Cartier Liebel of Solo Practice University, I raised a point about solo law practice that’s been bothering me for a while. Almost every lawyers’ association in North America, I noted,… Read more »

Are you selling the lawyer or the firm?

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Marketing, Solo & Small Firm, Talent.

From England and Wales, the newest hotbed of innovation in the current legal marketplace, comes word that the first nationwide solicitor franchise is on its way. Legal Futures reports that Face2Face Solicitors “is initially aimed at small private client law firms and will provide franchisee solicitors with centralized back-office systems – including accounts, IT and… Read more »

Follow Friday

Posted by & filed under Publishing.

I’ve been on Twitter for nearly two and a half years now, but I’ve yet to take advantage of one of its better features, Follow Friday. If you’re not familiar with it, #FF is an opportunity to recommend one (preferably) Twitter stream to your followers, along with a brief explanation why. The main reason I… Read more »

The new price wars

Posted by & filed under Billing, Clients, Innovation.

Their World Series victory last fall wasn’t the only surprise the San Francisco Giants sprang on the baseball establishment. Throughout the 2010 season, the team engaged in “dynamic pricing,” changing the price of single-game tickets according to demand. The same seat for a Monday night yawnfest in May against the Washington Nationals, for example, would… Read more »

The year of the free-agent lawyer

Posted by & filed under Talent.

Thomson’s acquisition of Pangea3 last November capped off what I think we can fairly call the year of law firm outsourcing. Among 2010′s LPO highlights, in chronological order, were: the departure of Rio Tinto’s GC to take a top position with CPA Global, Microsoft’s move to send general legal work to India, WilmerHale’s outsourcing of… Read more »

Here and elsewhere

Posted by & filed under Law21.

It’s time for my semi-regular roundup of articles and items that I’ve written for other websites and publications recently. I hope you enjoy the following entries as much as I enjoyed writing them. 1. Contributing to Stem Legal’s Law Firm Web Strategy blog, as a senior consultant to Stem, is a welcome opportunity for me… Read more »

The future of lawyer associations

Posted by & filed under Governance, Innovation.

Thomas Wolfe says you can’t go home again; nevertheless, I’m returning to my alma mater Queen’s Law School tomorrow to give a presentation on the future of the legal marketplace. While preparing slides for my section on networking, I noticed that examples of old-line bar associations (the volunteer kind, not mandatory or regulatory bodies like… Read more »

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