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24 Secrets to Manage a Law Practice Revealed by Experienced Legal Advisor
RJon Robins, the Florida Bar Law Firm Management Advisor, and national CLE Tour speaker sponsored by both LexisNexis and Microsoft, shares practical keys to running a successful law firm like a business.
Founder of How To Manage A Small Law Firm, a legal management and marketing advisory service, RJon intended to provide crucial and practical information regarding proven systems that can be implemented to significantly impact results and relationships in a law firm.
The lack of traditional business training in law schools across the country and around the world is something of an embarrassment to the profession, explains Lincoln Caplan, a Harvard Law School graduate and current president of Legal Affairs, a law magazine geared toward attorneys as well as non-lawyer readers. “Their missions have become muddled, with a widening gap between their lofty claims about the profession’s civic responsibility and their failure to provide lawyers with sufficient preparation for practical work,” says Caplan of the law university system.
RJon agrees saying: “Lawyers are not trained to keep a firm grasp on finances, or any aspects of management, and even less marketing. Many just go through the motions and don’t treat their practice as a business, until the initial excitement is replaced by financial strains that put them in survival mode.”
Statistics from the American Bar Association underline Caplan’s and Robins’ claims, as a recent report shows that only 55% of over 43,000 law school graduates in 2011 were employed in any capacity in the legal sector just nine months after graduation, while 28% of graduates were either unemployed or underemployed.
“Too often lawyers run their law firms like it is a hobby - that’s why they work hard and never achieve the financial and professional success they deserve,” stated Robins. To provide a counterbalance, RJon works to provide attorneys with advice and training on how to manage a law firm like a successful business, coaching them on how to implement systems for effectively communicating and regularly recording information, saving time and ensuring all parts are engaged in each of their capacities.
In addition to the successful live broadcast, Robins also hosted a How To Manage A Small Law Firm special meeting, when members and their guests from all over the country gathered in Atlanta, GA, to discuss current topics, share notable achievements as business owners, and prepare for the new year. “Our members will be roaring into 2013, instead of starting the new year with a whimper,” guarantees RJon. Information on how to become a member of How To Manage A Small Law Firm can be found at www.HowToManageASmallLawFirm.com.
About How To Manage A Small Law Firm:
Founded by RJon Robins, a member of The Florida Bar since 1998 and the first and only lawyer to ever serve as a Law Practice Management Advisor with The Florida Bar Law Office Management Assistance, the legal management and marketing advisory service currently has 100+ members. How To Manage A Small Law Firm helps attorneys across the country with virtually every aspect of starting, marketing, managing, buying and even selling a successful and sustainable small law firm. More information can be found at www.HowToManageASmallLawFirm.com.