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Month: August 2017

HPC COMMENTARY: LEGAL EFFICIENCY IS LIKE CAKE THESE DAYS. YOU CAN HAVE IT – AND EAT IT.

While two nations may be divided by the same language nothing divides the US and UK like the relative popularity of fruit cake. Giving someone a fruit cake gift in the US is, essentially, the equivalent of un-friending them on Facebook or blocking them on Twitter. It’s a clear statement that you (a) don’t like them or (b) you don’t really understand gifting. Don’t even get me started on the politics of re-gifting a fruit cake. Legal efficiency is a lot like cake. But it’s not a bad thing. Let’s unpack that.

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Mplace CO-FOUNDER CALEB KING ON THE MODERN WORKFORCE, TECH AND MORE – IN THE INFAMOUS #BAKERSDOZEN

The greatest challenge the industry faces is adjusting its business model to continue to deliver the high level of service that blue chip clients have come to expect, while engaging and retaining today’s millennial work force. On the forefront of change in workforce deployment, co-founder of Mplace, Caleb King tackes the issues of modern law and leadership – in the #BakersDozen.

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LEGALSIFTER CEO KEVIN MILLER – LEADING LEGAL TECH PIONEER – ON THE #BAKERSDOZEN

It must be curious and somewhat unique – the feeling that astronauts have before lift-off – knowing they’re doing something that others can’t and won’t. In our view, there is a new pack of legal technology entrepreneurs, founders and CEOs that are ripping up the rule-book and they’re lifting rockets off the deck. Kevin is one of them. In his role as CEO of LegalSifter, here he tackles the searching questions of the (now) infamous #BakersDozen.

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BEST OF THE BEST ON #FEARLESSLAW: SUCCESSFUL CLOC CO-FOUNDER & GENERAL PARTNER OF UPLEVEL OPS, STEPH COREY

Steph Corey is the kind of bright, smart, energetic individual who makes stuff happen – and she’s definitely “one to watch” in the Legal Ops space. She is the General Partner and Co-Founder of UpLevel Ops, LLC, a multi-service Legal Operations consulting firm, and co-founder of CLOC, Corporate Legal Operations Consortium. We’re delighted to share her thoughts and insights here on #FearlessLaw.

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Cybersecurity: A Quick Summary of Recent Trends & Developments That Businesses and Law Firms Should Know

According to market research firm Gartner, global spending on information security is expected to reach nearly $87 billion in 2017 — an increase of around 7 per cent over 2016 – and is expected to top $113 billion by 2020. In this helpful article, our Cybersecurity Expert Contributor Chuck Brooks highlights a few items every law firm and business should know.

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HPC Analysis: On Legal Costs And Expectations – The Road Ahead Calls For Confidence In Closer Collaboration

The best way to tackle a difficult subject is to understand it – and talk about it. Legal costs and expectations would seem to be a good example. We see some great conversations ahead and even stronger business relationships emerging as clients and their legal service providers engage around data, embrace change and realize the benefits of greater transparency in helping one another succeed.

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James Joyce And The Legal Sector Myth

As the industry faces cost pressures and business interjections from outside – from the C-suite, from new technology and new legal service providers, from data and automation – we may yet see a new and greater symbiosis between these communities around what unites us, not what divides us. In my various conversations with leaders, I see a shared passion for “better” – not just for cost reduction though that is a consideration for every business. I see a genuine “fire” in the eyes for advancement in how we do things, the purpose it serves and the value it creates or adds to our clients. The future will come soon enough, as they say, and it will bring mighty change. Of that there can be no mistake. But on both sides of this discussion – and looking further afield into the growing array of participants – I see encouraging evidence of great innovative and forward-thinking individuals that will carry the torch and take the opportunity to champion “better”.

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HPC Analysis: Market Forces and Smart Leadership Shape Successful Technologies Like Mplace

Ford observed that his customers would have asked for faster horses but he saw the need – and opportunity – for the car. In modern law, it may be said that the co-founders of Mplace have a similarly bold view. The opportunity for something better, like Mplace, far outweighs the incremental changes others may suggest. Caleb and Aden are onto something – you can feel it. But even moreso, when you run the numbers, you know it. This may explain why several major customers and partners have signed on to work with them this year.

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Farming And Law – Worthy Professions Responding To The Unforgiving Voice Of Innovation.

“A moment – poised atop the vast field in the dark. Barely in our seats as the vast array pulls us steeply downward. Our powerful spaceship hovered, engine hungry – then plunged deep into the dark – only pierced by the sharp arc lights – and that was plenty. This is not the farming of my childhood. It is better, far better. And the same will be true of law.”

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PRESS RELEASE: Litigation Services, LLC Announces Strategic Partnership with Litigation Consulting Firm, Blueprint Trial Consulting

Litigation Services, LLC announces it has entered into a strategic partnership with litigation consulting firm, Blueprint Trial Consulting.  Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, Litigation Services is one of the largest litigation support providers in the United States, and has experienced revenue growth of 280% in the past 3 years. The partnership will enable Litigation Services to expand its offerings and continue its rapid growth by providing clients with Blueprint’s jury research, litigation consulting, and graphics consulting and production services.

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LEGAL SECTOR BANKING EXPERT JAY BENEGAL OF CITIZENS IN INTERVIEW – ON HIGH PERFORMANCE COUNSEL

There is banking – and then there is banking for the legal sector specifically. Jay Benegal is a senior leader and ground-breaker in the field – with years of experience understanding and meeting the needs of legal clients. In a sector that is undergoing landmark change on so many levels, Jay Benegal of Citizens is a voice of experience. Here he tackles the infamous #BakersDozen.

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Mark Cohen Speaks: ‘Legal Innovation’ Is Not An Oxymoron — It’s Farther Along Than You Think

Mark Cohen writes: The legal industry is known for adherence to precedent, not innovation. While precedent remains a guiding principle in the practice of law, innovation is transforming the models, methods, and players involved in the buy/sell process of legal services. Mark A. Cohen is  both a Forbes and HPC Contributor. A widely-recognized and respected industry observer, he is also a valued member of the HPC Advisory Board.

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