25% of Law Firms Have Been Breached

What We Learned in 2021 In December 2021, Dave Ries, a frequent co-presenter with the authors, wrote an excellent summary of the cybersecurity portion of the ABA's 2021 Legal Technology Survey Report. You can find his summary here: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_practice/publications/techreport/2021/cybersecurity/. Perhaps the most striking statistic is that 25% of the survey's respondents reported that their law [...]

Quality Control in the Practice of Law

Back in the 80’s, Wendy’s aired a commercial that has remained a personal favorite and can still bring a smile to my face to this day. Here’s the gist of it. An elderly woman with two cohorts in tow are in a burger joint. This woman lifts the top of a very large fluffy burger [...]

6 Software Patch Management Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)

This blog post is in partnership with LMG Security. With professional hackers and cybersecurity criminals posing a constant threat to law firms big and small, the reality is that your firm’s sensitive data will always be a target. The good news? This risk can be averted by a few simple and cost-effective security strategies which you’ll [...]

By |2021-12-23T11:39:00-07:00December 28th, 2021|Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

6 Aspects of Attorney Departure Every Firm Must Know

A number of books have been written on the topic of attorney departure, many of which provide a plethora of valuable information on everything from partnership law and the fiduciary duty of loyalty to whether or not a firm’s client list is a trade secret. While good stuff, I suspect many attorney departures occur without [...]

ALPS In Brief – Episode 61: A Dirty Little Secret About Conflict Resolution Claims

ALPS Risk Manager Mark Bassingthwaighte shares the illuminating story of a law firm, their longstanding wealthy client who couldn’t close the deal on a massive project that would have netted the law firm millions in billables, and the unfortunate circumstances that followed when the firm moved the project forward with a different client to secure [...]

Microsoft Teams for Lawyers

Background Thrust into the Work-From-Home (often seen online as WFH) environment, many lawyers scrambled to learn the technologies that would allow them to continue their practice of law during the pandemic. Finding solutions that would allow lawyers to continue to take client meetings, albeit virtually, became a priority. The pandemic way of life was new [...]

How To Address The Shadow IT Problem

What is shadow IT? Let me start with a story I heard recently.  A law firm had in place a written policy that set forth a list of approved services, software and tech devices that could be used by staff and attorneys.  During a network security assessment conducted by an outside vendor, the question “Does [...]

Insider Threats: How to Reduce the Risks From Within Your Organization

This blog post is in partnership with LMG Security. With professional hackers and cybersecurity criminals posing a constant threat to law firms big and small, the reality is that your firm’s sensitive data will always be a target. The good news? This risk can be averted by a few simple and cost-effective security strategies which you’ll [...]

By |2021-12-06T13:21:47-07:00November 2nd, 2021|Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

The Risks That Come with Serving on a Corporate Board

Underwriters in the legal malpractice insurance space often exercise caution when reviewing applications of firms that have one or more attorneys serving as an officer or director of a for-profit, non-profit, or closely held corporation. Of course, additional scrutiny will come into play if one of more of the entities also happens to be a [...]

Why It’s Important To Keep Your Emotions In Check After Learning a Malpractice Claim Is In The Works

It’s quite normal for an attorney to have an emotional response after learning a malpractice claim is on the way.  Problems arise, however, if the emotional response happens to be an irrational response that doesn’t get worked through. Sometimes the situation is viewed as a personal affront. “How dare my client do this” or “How [...]

By |2021-09-29T14:12:00-06:00September 22nd, 2021|Managing Your Practice|0 Comments
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