Posts By: Jordan Furlong

A few thoughts about Wall Street

Posted by & filed under Purpose.

Ottawa is a long way, literally and figuratively, from the financial core of the United States, and my wife is the economics major in the family. So I’m not going to pretend to have any insights to offer on the sucking chest wounds opening up on Wall Street these days. If you’re looking for good… Read more »

We are all solos

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

Law firms ask a lot from their lawyers: work hard for long hours, respond immediately to clients and colleagues, accept and promote the firm’s culture, support overall firm profitability, and so forth. But law firms give a lot back, too: steady income and predictable bonuses, centralized resources, shared overhead costs, exposure to clients, and general… Read more »

Insights from the College of Law Practice Management

Posted by & filed under Innovation.

As usual, my trip to the annual meeting of the College of Law Practice Management was more than worth it (even considering that Chicago broke an all-time record for single-day rainfall while we were there). Listening to and exchanging ideas with so many thought leaders in law practice management was exhilarating –  a full-morning session… Read more »

Fear and loathing in the law firm

Posted by & filed under Compensation, New Lawyers.

Many law firms’ insistence on treating their newest associates as adversaries continues to baffle me. Law firms know very well that the associates they hire fresh out of law school (or even after a year of articling) are sufficiently unskilled that they don’t merit the salaries they make or the rates they bill. Equally, firms… Read more »

Taking up Twitter

Posted by & filed under Technology.

Despite my earlier misgivings, I finally decided to break down and join Twitter. I’ve only been there for a few weeks, but so far, I have to admit it’s both a helpful resource and a fun diversion, and there aren’t too many tools out there that can tick both of those boxes. I’ve been directed… Read more »

An overlooked recruitment opportunity

Posted by & filed under Management, Talent.

At a certain point, a market’s inability to correct an imbalance becomes a competitive advantage for others within that market. In that spirit, allow me to illustrate an imbalance that innovative law practitioners can exploit right now. We’ve all heard and said a great deal about how law firms need to better address the treatment… Read more »

Repainting or renovating?

Posted by & filed under Clients, Innovation.

There’s repainting, and then there’s renovating. Innovation in the practice of law can take either of these forms, and while there’s nothing wrong with a fresh coat of paint or moving the furniture around, installing new support beams and ripping out the plumbing is a whole other order of commitment to change. As a useful… Read more »

5 blogs and 5 blawgers

Posted by & filed under Law21.

Eight months into this gig, and I’ve finally received my first “five things” meme! Colin Samuels at Infamy or Praise went and tagged me in his recent post to continue this game: “The idea is to post links to five great blogs (other than law blogs) on your blawg and tag five of your favorite… Read more »

Never mind the billables

Posted by & filed under Billing.

Steve Matthews of Stem Legal has a thoughtful post at Slaw that talks about The Economist‘s recent article on the demise of billable hours. As Steve points out, focusing on how a law firm bills its services obscures the more fundamental conversations around value and cost that are needed to frame the process of negotiating… Read more »

Casualties of the salary war

Posted by & filed under Compensation, New Lawyers.

Dan Hull at What About Clients has stirred the smouldering embers of the associate salary debate with a post suggesting that new lawyers should pay law firms to apprentice with them. It’s a provocative idea, and while I voiced my disagreement with it in a comment there, I do appreciate the frustration he and other… Read more »

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