Month: February 2017

#LegalMosaic: How to Become an Innovative Lawyer

Mark Cohen: Legal Insights and Industry Commentary Our #LegalMosaic Series collects insights from the brilliant mind of Mark Cohen. These pieces may also be found at There is no single path to becoming an innovative lawyer. Every lawyer has a unique set of personality traits, skill sets, passions, and priorities. Successful lawyers draw from their personalities and exposure, fusing it with legal expertise. Innovative lawyers understand that legal expertise is only one facet of legal delivery. They devise and deliver legal services from new models that combine legal acumen with advanced technology and management skills. The goal is to provide...

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My Way Or The Highway Is Over For Legal Sector As Tech, Data, Finance Future Blossoms.

My way or the highway. We’ve all heard this phrase and there’s a curious correlation to how so many businesses operate – that is, until they come to an inflection point. May I suggest that legal services is coming upon its own inflection point – and this is where the path divides – to the past or to the future. Note: Follow this and other interviews, articles about the legal industry here on High Performance Counsel. We feature the leaders of tomorrow’s industry – the individuals, organizations and solutions that are creating the technical and professional framework around which...

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#FearlessLaw: Niki Black

Cloud computing is coming of age in the legal profession and we’ve reached a tipping point where lawyers not only understand its benefits, but also recognize that its many benefits greatly outweigh its perceived risks.

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Nancy May: Breaking Up is Hard to Do

The new year, and setting resolutions, such as improving oneself, arrive together.  For me this includes taking stock of all the top of mind individuals in my life and business.  Relationships with those who have helped me along, have been good friends and allies, and the ones who have my trust, I nurture and support.  Those who have been especially irksome, even toxic, I move aside.  This process can be difficult, and takes more courage than one might think.  However, cutting through tough emotional attachments and letting go, if done right, can be quite cleansing.  It also opens new...

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#LegalMarketing: Niki Black

Who are you and what is your role?  Nicole Black, lawyer and Legal Technology Evangelist at MyCase, law practice management software. From who or what do you draw inspiration as a business leader in the legal marketplace? Inspiration comes from my colleagues and peers in the legal technology space. Their innovative spirit and ideas help to shape my perspective on how lawyers can successfully use technology to improve their law practices.  What is the most enjoyable aspect of your role – and what is the greatest challenge? My favorite part of my work is that I get to focus...

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Kinnear: A Decade Of Change In Law Getting Underway

The legal industry is embarked upon a decade of truly unprecedented change. Contrary to popular belief, it’s only just beginning. The level of disruption we will see – driven by a combination of data, finance and a shift in consumer perception – will be substantial. Best advice? Don’t get left behind. Sound and visionary leadership – in all its many aspects – will be critical. High Performance Counsel provides a sounding board – for the many voices and perspectives that comprise the industry both now and in our collective future. It also serves as a leader-board – bringing into...

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Business Development: Teams That Collaborate Together, Win Together. Period.

“Teams that collaborate together, win together.”  My theme is business networking. Many sectors, including law & legal services, have become increasingly focused on the bottom line – so many professionals (both young and older) are re-evaluating and re-training in the area of social networking and business development skills. How can you add new connections – and how can you tap into the value of the ones you already have. There is some good news. A new company, Envoy, has created a way to not only manage all your connections but also help you collaborate with professional colleagues. Together, you...

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Nancy May: What is Diversity and Do Boards Really Care?

With this post, I’m probably jumping into a boiling cauldron of trouble with some people.  As most involved in some way with governance already know, there is a huge push, domestic and international, to recruit women to boards.  The topic of diversity on boards (and even in the workplace) evokes a lot of emotion.  In the boardroom, when directors are asked independently if  diversity is important, I’ve heard: It’s important for many reasons (none specified, though) It’s important, but it takes five to six years to make an impact on a board I think so, but our board is still...

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#LondonCalling: The Rule Of Law – What Are We Fighting For?

“No-one remembers who came in second.” So said Walter Hagen, or perhaps Charles M Shultz. Maybe this isn’t always quite so true in the courtroom as on the sports field. After all, the US Supreme Court has a distinguished tradition of dissenting opinions – pungent, saddened, witty, progressive, principled – which has both illuminated and driven the law.  We read with admiration the dissents of Justices from Curtis and Harlan, through Holmes and Brandeis to Stevens, amongst others.  (I’ll leave any assessment of the contribution of Justice Scalia to others with the benefit of far greater knowledge than me.) Not...

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