The Lawyer’s Guide to Legal Project Management

The Lawyer’s Guide to Legal Project Management is an invaluable asset for any firm looking to capitalise on the strategic gap in the market; whether it be through introducing the fundamentals of LPM, or by bolstering existing functions to incorporate process improvements and to support Knowledge Management initiatives.

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Details

  • Publication date: February, 2017
  • Pages: 105
  • ISBN: 978-1-78358-276-1

Description

Effectively implementing project management has become a key ambition for many firms across the world. The interest project management has garnered from the legal sector is not surprising; the range of benefits it offers are extensive and impactful; including reducing costs, enabling more efficient commodity work, and creating more accurate budgeting forecasts.

However, despite the general consensus on its value, adoption rates have been slow across the sector – only a handful of top firms have successfully implemented LPM into their practices, and are reaping the benefits. The slow adoption rates create a real opening for a competitive advantage through Legal Project Management, even at a basic starting level, as according to Jim Hassett even “glacial progress can produce new business when you are competing with firms that are making no progress at all”.

Featuring expert analysis on the form and function of LPM from leading industry experts, and case studies from top law firms on effective implementation and take-up, this title offers a robust overview of project management functions in the legal sector.

Contents

The Lawyer’s Guide to Legal Project Management includes:

  • Case Studies from two leading law firms on the implementation and take-up of LPM.
  • A complete overview of the founding principles of project management.
  • Expert analysis on how LPM can directly support, and be directly supported by, other law firm functions; such as knowledge management.
  • Includes an overview on how LPM can be combined with process improvement to amplify benefits.

Featuring case studies from:      

  • Seyfarth Shaw on how LPM has made an impact of client services
  • Piper Smith Watton on encouraging fee-earner support for IT-based LPM systems

Authors

Jim Hassett
Author and Founder, LegalBizDev.
Karen Dalton
Senior enterprise project manager at Seyfarth Shaw.
John Duggan
John is senior legal project manager at Seyfarth Shaw.
Helen Bunker
Helena is a divisional director of private law at Blake Morgan.
Barbara J Boake
Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP.
Rick A Kathuria
National director, projectmanagement office and legal logistics, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
Antony Smith
Founder of Legal Project Management Limited.
Zena Applebaum
Director of competitive intelligence at Bennett Jones LLP.
Lann Wasson
Lann Wasson is the associate director of legal project management at Husch Blackwell LLP and is both a certified project management professional and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. For the past 18 years he has worked closely with client teams and practice groups in their use of technology, legal project management and approaches to business model and product design. Over the years, Lann has also worked with in-house counsel to discuss how to adapt the firm’s technology platforms to their needs, as well as suggest how legal project management could augment law department programs and strategies. In 2017 and 2018 the ACC recognized two of these client projects as Value Champions.
Catherine Alman MacDonagh, JD
Catherine is a former corporate counsel and law firm executive. She now teaches and provides training and consulting services with a focus on marketing and business development, strategy, process improvement, project management, and operational and process excellence. In her practice, FIRM Guidance, she serves as “trusted advisor to the trusted advisors,” whether training, coaching, or developing competitive advantages. She is also Chief Enthusiasm Officer of Mocktails LLC, which offers experiential networking training programs, including The Legal Mocktail. A Legal Lean Sigma® Black Belt and a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, Catherine is the CEO and a Founder of the Legal Lean Sigma Institute, which offers consulting and the first and only process improvement and project management certifications, courses, and workshops designed specifically for the legal profession. Catherine is an adjunct professor at Suffolk Law School and at George Washington University (Master’s in Law Firm Management) and a frequent guest lecturer at other academic institutions. She is the author of Lean Six Sigma for Law Firms and the co-author of The Woman Lawyer's Rainmaking Game and The Law Firm Associate's Guide to Personal Marketing and Selling Skills. She is a contributing author to six books: Redefining Matter Management: A Best Practice Guide to Improving Processes and Profitability; The Lawyer’s Guide to Project Management; The Bigger Picture: Driving Client Value Through Collaboration; The Lawyer’s Guide to Process Improvement; and The Procurement Handbook. Catherine is a founder of both the Coalition of Professional Services Providers and the Legal Sales and Service Organization, which presents the annual LSSO’s RainDance Conference. Honors and awards Catherine has received include: Fellow, College of Law Practice Management; Legal Marketing Association Hall of Fame (the association’s highest honor); Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40; two years on the prestigious MLF 50 (Marketing the Law Firm Top 50) List; and several Legal Marketing Association Your Honor Awards. 

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