2018 Legal Outlook: Immigration, Patents, Employment, Compensation & Pensions, Data Privacy & Cybersecurity

(By Andrew Dick, Cindy Ansbach, Robert BlasiHeather MorganSandra CohenCarol BuckmannMike Regitz, Dustin Mauck)

Knowing what the future holds for your business depends on recognizing trends as they unfold. Trends begin by a confluence of events that can be identified by experienced practitioners who can connect the dots.

Changes in laws, regulations and technology have come at a rapid pace over the past year. These developments signal what lies ahead from a legal perspective in immigration, patents, compensation & pensions, employment, and data privacy & cybersecurity.

We asked lawyers who are part of the Select Counsel network, which features prominent boutique firm attorneys across the nation who formerly practiced at premier Big Law firms, to discuss the trends that will be shaping key practice areas in 2018 and beyond.  Continue reading “2018 Legal Outlook: Immigration, Patents, Employment, Compensation & Pensions, Data Privacy & Cybersecurity”

Legal Network Meets Changing Demands

By Andrew Dick, Founder and President, Select Counsel (selectcounsel.law) in San Francisco, California

Legal networks are a common way for law firms to expand their client service capabilities to new markets while retaining their independence. The standard model tends to be a club-like group where firms simply buy in to the organization. The member firms’ dues are then used to support some minimal infrastructure and an annual get-together or two. From there, member firms are encouraged to offer their clients in-network referrals. This can be a helpful resource for the law firms, but it may or may not be an actual client benefit.

The legal services market has changed dramatically. High-end boutique law firms are increasingly in demand as a cost-effective alternative to the big firms. This presents a new opportunity for legal networks, but these networks need to adapt to the needs of the client and diversify the historically member-centric approach.

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In-House Counsel Find Big Law Experience Outside the Big Firms

By Andrew Dick, Founder and President,Select Counsel (selectcounsel.law)

Big Law traditionally has been the go-to answer for general counsel who need outside legal advice, but Big Law experience isn’t exclusive to big firms. Since the economic downturn a decade ago, the legal landscape has changed. In recent years, many prominent lawyers with niche practices have been leaving big firms to launch or join small firms.

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How Small Firm and Solo Attorneys Can Benefit from a Robust Legal Network

By Andrew Dick, Founder and President, Select Counsel (selectcounsel.law)

You’ve branched out from Big Law to start your own practice. You may be hanging out your shingle for the first time or maybe you made the leap several years ago. Perhaps you joined forces with some of your colleagues to create a lean, boutique law firm.

Whether you’re new to the game or a small firm veteran, a broad-based legal network can bring enormous value to your practice.

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Big Law Experience – Why It Matters

By Andrew Dick, Founder and President, Select Counsel (selectcounsel.law)

Lawyers who come from Big Law backgrounds take pride in their experience – and with good reason. Associates and partners who survive the high pressure, long hours and complex work during their foundational years in large firms come away with top-notch training and a deep appreciation of client service and standards of excellence that last throughout their legal careers.

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