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Solo and Small Firm Conference puts focus on future of law

June 18, 2014
Dave Stafford
With a focus on “The Future of Law” and highlighted by a healthy dose of ethics and a look at coming changes and challenges, the Indiana State Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Conference at the French Lick Resort drew the second-largest crowd in the event’s history, organizers said.
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Quarles & Brady latest large firm to expand to Indianapolis

June 4, 2014
Dave Stafford
Larger firms see enough promise to set up shop in Indianapolis - not through merger or acquisition - but by expanding with the launch of a branded office. And then expanding some more.
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Longtime Barnes & Thornburg leader stepping down

May 28, 2014
Scott Olson, IBJ Staff
Barnes & Thornburg LLP announced Wednesday morning that the firm’s longtime managing partner, Alan Levin, will step down from his leadership role later this year. He will relinquish the top position he's held for 17 years to Robert Grand, effective Nov. 1.
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Lawyers question enforcement of advertising rules

May 21, 2014
Dave Stafford
One of Indiana’s most familiar legal names – a frequent flier on buses, billboards and TV commercials – says enforcement of disciplinary rules governing attorney advertising is a mess and needs an overhaul. The Indiana State Bar Association is considering preapproving ads.
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Tough Talks: Having difficult conversations about delicate situations

May 21, 2014
People – regardless of the industry – avoid having tough conversations.  They haven’t had “the talk” because there just hasn’t been the right time, or the issue hasn’t affected his or her work. But it may be best to rock the boat today, because tomorrow or next week or next month, it’s going to rock the entire company.
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Law firms should be concerned about cybersecurity

May 7, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
The real dollars are paid on the black market for inside details about possible mergers and acquisitions, new public policy, and information about cutting-edge technology. In short, the kind of private, confidential information that many law firms hold in their client files.
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Finney: 8 steps to evaluating and selecting your firm’s software

May 7, 2014
Deanna Finney
Oftentimes firms select software based upon performance during a software demonstration rather than evaluating what will provide the best results for specific firm needs. Finding the right software requires identification of job requirements including process workflows prior to selecting the tool.
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Law firms fight ‘onerous’ proposed tax change

April 9, 2014
Dave Stafford
Lawyers representing Indiana’s legal profession are heading to Washington, D.C., with a message for their congressional delegations – kill a proposal that would change the way many law firms report income-tax obligations.
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Cox: Time records and billings are important risk management tools

April 9, 2014
Dina Cox
It’s sad but true: The work product of an attorney that clients study most closely is the attorney’s bill. Dina Cox says because of this close scrutiny, coupled with your own standards of professionalism, it is important that your time records and any invoice for services sent to the client be clear, detailed and accurate.
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Firm restructures for growth

March 26, 2014
Dave Stafford
The quest for expansion at Bingham Greenebaum Doll and other large firms in Indianapolis may signal more mergers.
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Midwest firms are forgoing headquarters

December 4, 2013
Dave Stafford
The recent Taft merger shows that expansion leads to a shrinking of traditional "home office" roles.
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Mid-sized firms work connections

December 4, 2013
Dave Stafford
A small circle, including an Indiana lawyer, helped to build and sustain the global network Legal Netlink Alliance.
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Professor outlines how technology is changing the practice of law

September 11, 2013
Dave Stafford
As robots and computers entered factories, manufacturing became “advanced manufacturing,” bringing increased production at a lower cost.  That upheaval, the result of innovations in technology, is now being felt within the legal profession. William Henderson, professor of law and director of the Center on the Global Legal Profession at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, explained that the growing legal services industry, populated largely by nonlawyers, is mechanizing and automating the work attorneys do, creating products that can be sold for a relatively cheap price.
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Lawyers talk about considerations in leaving firms, opening new practices

July 31, 2013
Dave Stafford
Several attorneys recently have departed established firms to form their own practices, leveraging their legal talents, goodwill and loyal clientele to satisfy entrepreneurial longings.
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Bell/Gaerte: 3 things to know about fixed fees arrangements

July 31, 2013
James Bell and Michael Gaerte discuss things to know before entering into a fixed fee arrangement.
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Attorneys rewarded by focusing on narrow areas of the law

July 17, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
Lawyers build niche practices in franchise law, and representing clients in eminent domain cases.
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Ice Miller, Bingham Greenebaum Doll reduce downtown office space

June 20, 2013
Scott Olson
A couple of Indianapolis’ largest law firms are giving up space in two downtown office towers, exemplifying how the legal profession is shifting the way in which it conducts business.
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Cox: Implement a system of checks to avoid conflicts of interest

June 5, 2013
Dina Cox
Loyalty and independence of judgment are essential to the effective representation of a client. A conflict of interest may make it impossible to exercise these essentials, or it may create an appearance that is injurious to the health of the lawyer-client relationship.
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Close calls, complex cases highlight need for attorney surrogates

May 8, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
The attorney surrogate rule protects clients when lawyers are suddenly unavailable due to death, disability, disbarment or disappearance.
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Big tech tips for small firms

April 24, 2013
Dave Stafford
When advising small firm and solo lawyers recently at the American Bar Association Tech Show in Chicago, Indianapolis attorney Marc Matheny said he ran out of time before he ran out of tips.
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Firm branding efforts foster cultures and help drive business growth

March 27, 2013
Dave Stafford
Branding sets firms apart from the competition, but it also reflects, shapes and defines a firm’s culture, marketing experts say. The dividends extend beyond forging an identity.
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Hybrid office solutions giving attorneys new ways to practice

December 5, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
Attorneys are opting out of the long-term commitment of buying and renting space for "virtual" offices they use a few times a month.
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From Indy, Ogletree Deakins goes global

December 5, 2012
Dave Stafford
Managing shareholder Kim Ebert drives strategy as the firm joins international practitioners.
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More companies planning holiday parties, survey says

November 30, 2012
Scott Olson
More companies seem to be in the holiday spirit this year. Survey results released this week by Chicago-based employment consultancy Challenger Gray & Christmas Inc. show 83 percent of companies polled plan holiday parties this December.
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From iPhones to networks, law firm spending on systems ticks up

October 10, 2012
Dave Stafford
If your firm hasn’t bought you a new smartphone, provided better remote access options, or replaced an aging monitor lately, you might nudge the purchasing department.
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