Billable Hours vs. Non-billable Hours and Expenses Jaliz Maldonado

Billable Hours vs. Non-billable Hours and Expenses

Timekeeping for an attorney seems to be a dreaded affair. Billable hours vs. non-billable hours is not something they go into at great length in law school, if they touch on it at all. But as the seasoned mavens will tell you, keeping track of all of your billable hours is important, especially if you […]

Chain of Custody for Evidence | Using Blockchain Technology Jaliz Maldonado

Chain of Custody for Evidence Using Blockchain Technology

Most of those familiar with blockchain technology are familiar with it within the context of cryptocurrency. However, there are several more uses beginning to wind their way through the evolution of blockchain technology – especially in the legal industry. With blockchain technology, we’re now able to point to the origin along the chain of custody steps, revolutionizing […]

California Aligns New Rules With ABA Rules of Professional Conduct Jaliz Maldonado

California Aligns New Rules With ABA Rules of Professional Conduct

On May 10, the California Supreme Court issued an order that approved 69 Rules of Professional Conduct for California attorneys, rejecting just one. These new rules go into effect Nov. 1, 2018, and they closely follow the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, especially in organization and structure. The order finally allowed California to join […]

Law-Firm-Econ-First-Year-Billable-Hours Jaliz Maldonado

The First-Year Associate’s Guide to Managing Billable Hours

According to the National Association for Law Placement, the average number of billable hours required from a first-year associate is 1,892 hours for the latest year listed, which is 2016. But the average number of billable hours required for first-year associates at firms with more than 700 attorneys is 1,930 hours. The lesson is that […]

Disaster Preparation: Attorneys' Guideline to Professional Conduct, Liabilities, and Ethics Jaliz Maldonado

Disaster Preparation: An Attorney’s Guideline to Professional Conduct, Liabilities, and Ethics

We’ve all seen the horrific images of wasted buildings and landscapes after a disaster has hit. Despair and hopelessness may be the first thing that comes to mind. But it doesn’t have to be. With foresight and careful planning, understanding the Rules of Professional Conduct in regards to the American Bar Association, some of the […]

How This Law Firm Lost over 10 Million in Billable Hours Jaliz Maldonado

How This Law Firm Lost over $10 Million in Billable Hours

The legal industry has experienced a lot of changes in standard practices, especially in the process of reducing costs while maximizing revenue. Delegating the legwork of complex litigation – such as routine document review, privilege logs, and more – to less-costly interns, associates or temporary contract attorneys is now considered standard billing practice. But at […]

Retargeting Ads for Law Firms

Legal Marketing: Retargeting Ads for Law Firms

The Internet is an undoubted gateway to the world, enabling interactions and experiences that may never have happened otherwise. The possibilities presented by the Internet can, however, present a somewhat paradoxical problem: the hordes of professionals and business who take advantage of the power of the Internet in disseminating messages can render it an overpopulated […]

New in Artificial Technology, Ethics, and the Practice of Law Jaliz Maldonado

New in Artificial Technology, Ethics, and the Practice of Law

During the last few years, the use of artificial intelligence by law firms has surged. Slow to adopt forward-motion change, the field of law is nevertheless coming around to acknowledging the tremendous power and assistance of Artificial Intelligence (AI), sometimes known as cognitive computing. More lawyers are recognizing that the technology is a formidable tool […]

Hurricane Prep: the Ultimate Checklist to Keep Your Firm Safe

Hurricane Prep: The Ultimate Checklist to Keep Your Firm Safe

No law firm, regardless of size, practice area, or longevity, is immune from all of the negative ramifications of inclement weather. Unfortunately, the strength of your history in advocacy has minimal bearing on the likelihood that your firm will emerge from a hurricane or natural disaster unscathed and unaffected in any way. There are an […]