Running the firm

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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Bar introduces business school for lawyers

August 15, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
The Business Law Section of the Indiana State Bar Association is addressing the growing need among lawyers to know good business practices like payroll, inventory, accounting and advertising in order to keep their firms open.
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Law firms embrace marketing geared toward the female client

July 18, 2012
Kelly Lucas
As women have claimed their place in executive and administrative offices, becoming key decision makers for small and large businesses, professional service providers have become creative in their approach to maintaining relationships with female clients.
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Big-firm attorneys find comfort zone in practice outside the office

June 6, 2012
Dave Stafford
Technology gives attorneys the ability to work almost anywhere, but working from home carries tradeoffs for the attorney and the firm.
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Making the most of online marketing

March 28, 2012
Jenny Montgomery
Firms invest more resources in web design.
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Starting an IP practice

March 28, 2012
Michael Hoskins
Patent attorneys face unique concerns in creating firms.
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The art of listening

February 1, 2012
Jenny Montgomery
Lawyers offer insight on how to better serve clients.
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Giving fee guidance

February 1, 2012
Michael Hoskins
Indiana Supreme Court decisions on fee structures lack bright-line rules and have caused questions about practicality.
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Prioritizing increases ease of mergers

January 18, 2012
Jenny Montgomery
When considering whether to merger your firm with another, several factors must be considered, including avoiding geographic overlap and being honest with employees.
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Super scheduling

January 4, 2012
Michael Hoskins
Law firms and courts in Indianapolis work to ensure smooth operations during Super Bowl week.
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Holiday gifts raise ethical concerns

December 21, 2011
Michael Hoskins
Revised attorney advertising rules broaden the scope of referral regulation.
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New ISBA committee promotes healthy living for lawyers

November 9, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
A committee formed by the new Indiana State Bar Association president wants to encourage attorneys to step away from their desks and find time for fitness and wellness.
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Bridging the generation gap

November 9, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
Young lawyers adapt to the profession by understanding tradition.
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Courts limiting workers' online conduct

October 26, 2011
Michael Hoskins
Workplace Internet policies go up against free speech concerns.
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Tie optional

August 17, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
Firms cite practicality and employee satisfaction in adopting relaxed dress codes.
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Registration goes online

August 3, 2011
Michael Hoskins
Entering the 21st century is no longer optional for Indiana lawyers. When it comes to attorney registration, paper forms are history to make way for a new web portal.
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Law firm managers plan for the worst

June 8, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
Like other businesses, law firms know it is vital to be able to serve clients during times of disaster. Locally, many firms have begun developing or have revisited business continuity plans – particularly after 2006 when a strong storm whipped through downtown Indianapolis and shattered the windows in a high-rise building, displacing several law firms.
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New advertising rules irk some lawyers

April 13, 2011
Michael Hoskins
Bloomington attorney Ken Nunn says he hasn’t been hurt by new attorney advertising rules put in place at the start of the year, but he’s hearing more disturbing stories from people who are feeling the effects.
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