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 Anatomy of a Law Firm Merger (2004) (Table of Contents)
ABA Law Practice Management Section
A well-planned merger can bring many benefits for the merging firms—regardless of size or specialty. This newly revised Third Edition is a clear, concise step-by-step guide to the art and science of the merger deal, covering everything from making the decision to merge, to analyzing whether the merger makes sense, to arriving at the decision, to integrating the two firms. Central to the book are dozens of exhibits (also on the accompanying CD-Rom) that provide a structured framework for successfully designing and executing the merger, including a strategic merger checklist, pro forma schedules—even sample meeting agendas.

Attorney Liability in Bankruptcy (2006) (Table of Contents) 
Corinne Cooper and Catherine E. Vance
This new and comprehensive book will give you exactly what you need to understand and comply with the law. It provides an overview of the provisions for the new Bankruptcy Reform Act including new sanctions provisions in Chapter 7 cases; regulation of attorneys as debt relief agencies; heightened requirements for reaffirmation agreements.

Being Prepared—with CD (2008) (Table of Contents) 
Lloyd D. Cohen and Debra Hart Cohen
Being Prepared is the essential workbook and guide for protecting your law practice against casualty or other unexpected event. If you haven’t started thinking about, or formulating, and action plan to properly protect your law firm, your clients, and your family in the event of temporary disability, incapacity, or other unexpected event, this book will jump start the process! It is a “how-to” workbook designed to lead you through a series of active and immediate steps aimed at establishing your protection plan. Use this book to safety-net your financial and professional liability.
BONUS: This book is accompanied by a companion CD-Rom, which contains a wealth of material with easy-to-use checklists, questionnaires, forms, sample agreements, blog site, and website links to state-specific resources. It provides an effective way to communicate vital information to family, friends, colleagues and clients. Use both the workbook and CD-Rom to get your protection plan started today! Then continue to use it to quickly and effectively organize your entire practice.

Beyond the Big Firm (2007) (Table of Contents) 
Alan B. Morrison and Diane T. Chin
This succinct paperback will fill a major information void for students and recent graduates who are interested in a legal career outside the typical large, corporate law firm. "Beyond the Big Firm" offers more than 30 engaging profiles of lawyers who have chosen to follow nontraditional legal careers, in a wide range of subject areas, practice settings, and types of work. This distinctive book explores the many possibilities open to graduates of law school through the use of profiles -- written primarily by students interested in public interest law -- of lawyers who made "alternative" career choices. The editors of this informative compilation are long-time public interest lawyers; the actual authors of the profiles are primarily students who capture the personalities of their subjects in a way that is sure to resonate with the audience because they share the same questions about career choices. The subjects of the profiles have been out of law school 10-15 years, they represent 18 law schools, and they work in 15 states. The lawyers profiled have jobs in governments, non-profits, and small private firms; both civil and criminal law are covered, including prosecutors and defense counsel. Some of the fields that the lawyers work in are civil rights, civil liberties, immigration, personal injury, and human rights. In addition to the fascinating lawyer-profiles, special features include: a special resources chapter to help students determine and follow their career choice; a final chapter with mini-profiles of 3 lawyers who are not practicing law, but for whom their legal training is vital to their work; and short essays by current and former Stanford Law School deans Larry Kramer and Kathleen Sullivan.

Building a Practice (1992-1995) (Table of Contents) 
ABA Small Firm Resource Center
Compilation of articles from an array of sources including ABA Journal, Compleat Lawyer, Flying Solo, Focusing on Profitability, and more.

Business Interruption/Disaster Recovery Part 1 (2008)
Association of Legal Administrators

Business Interruption/Disaster Recovery Part 2 (2008)
Association of Legal Administrators
Beth Chiaiese

This Webinar focuses on issues that involve protecting and recovering a firm's records in the event of a disaster. The speakers will discuss where files are and should be stored and some best practices for storing records and files.

Compendium of Professional Responsibility Rules and Standards (1997) (Table of Contents) 
American Bar Association
The 2006 Compendium of Professional Responsibility Rules and Standards provides immediate reference to the essential legal ethics materials needed by lawyers and judges in their daily practice, law students in their exploration of the standards of their new profession, and legal scholars in their analysis of the changing currents that influence professional regulation. This single volume includes: ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, 2006 Edition, the ABA Model Code of Professional Responsibility, and the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct. In addition, the Compendium includes various Formal Ethics Opinions issued by the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, sample questions and analysis for the MPRE, the status of the adoption of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and other rules, regulations and document that will assist lawyers and students.

Compensation Plans for Law Firms 5th Edition (2010) (Table of Contents) 
James D. Cotterman (Editor)
This one volume provides you with your primary research source leading you to auxiliary sources for further information as appropriate. They can support your current compensation system, or help you reevaluate your current methods of compensation. Careful advance consideration is essential to the success of your compensation plan. Using this valuable reference you can develop a compensation plan that conveys fairness, simplicity, and flexibility and strike the perfect balance within your firm.

The Complete Guide to Contract Lawyering (1999) (Table of Contents)
Deborah Arron and Deborah Guyol
The Complete Guide to Contract Lawyering tells how—as a practicing lawyer, law firm administrator or recent law school graduate—you can take advantage of the benefits of contract work while avoiding its drawbacks. It includes: 2 chapters on rate-setting, marketing tips for contract lawyers, selection criteria and management pointers for hiring lawyers, advice for new admittees, detailed discussion of ethical questions raised by the contract lawyer relationship, a survey of insurance coverage for contract legal work, and profiles of contract lawyer placement agencies nationwide.

The Complete Guide to Designing Your Law Office (2005) (Table of Contents)
Suzette S. Schultz and Jon S. Schultz
Your office space is part of your firm’s image, but it must also be functional. Whether you’re planning a new office or remodeling your current office (with or without the assistance of a design consultant), you’ll learn how to create or change your space while avoiding needless disruption, chaos, and cost overruns. The authors set out the best approaches for designing every area in the law office, including offices and work stations, conference rooms and reception areas, and more. You’ll be guided through every step of the process, from determining your optimal square footage, to selecting the right security systems and technology, to hiring and working with movers. In addition, helpful checklists, schedules, and other documents are included on an accompanying CD-Rom to make your renovation or relocation as easy as possible.

Constructing Core Competencies (2006) (Table of Contents)
Heather Bock and Robert Ruyak
A competency model is an invaluable tool for law firms seeking a way to improve their career development programs and retain key associates. This book, written by the director of professional development at Howrey LLP and the firm's chairman and CEO, lays the groundwork for creating a competency model, which can be used to optimize associate development and build a firm-wide high-performance culture. Competencies provide consistent guidance to associates regarding firm expectations, as well as continuity for development processes across the spectrum - in hiring, training, performance evaluations, and promotions. The book goes beyond issue spotting and offers practical advice on gaining support, defining competencies, and integrating them into a firm's culture.

The Corporate, Securities, and M&A Lawyer’s Job (2007) (Table of Contents)
Daniel Lee and Matt Swartz
Busy, experienced deal lawyers do not always have the time to teach new deal lawyers the basics. This guide is a head start on those lessons, speeding the learning of everyone who uses it. New corporate lawyers are assigned a number of tasks for which law school provides no preparation. For example: How should you organize and execute the closing of a transaction? What are the main components of an acquisition agreement? How should you conduct and report a due diligence investigation? What are the basics of drafting board minutes and resolutions? What are the key documents of a venture capital financing and how do they work? What tasks should you expect to receive if you are assigned to work on a public securities offering? These and many other issues are addressed in this guide.

The Creative Lawyer (2007) (Table of Contents)
Michael F. Melcher (Michael Francisco)
The Creative Lawyer is a self-help book for lawyers. It is a practical, fun, inspirational guide to building and maintaining a life that is personally and professionally satisfying. The book responds to a huge and completely unsatisfied need: the desire of lawyers to be more fulfilled, by showing how lawyers can design an optimal career and life that corresponds to who he or she actually is.

Direct Examination (2010) (Table of Contents)
Jill Eckert and Kathy Morris
The pursuit of happiness is an unalienable right, but one that not all lawyers exercise as they work day in and day out to protect the life, liberty and interests of their clients.
Now, an easy-to-use workbook helps bring attorney career planning into focus, with exercises from and insights of long-time legal career counselor Kathy Morris, and her colleague, Jill Eckert, J.D./M.B.A., legal Career Specialist of the ABA Career Resource Center.

Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Planning for Law Firms (2007) (Table of Contents)
Edward Poll
This book offers guidelines on how lawyers and law firms can prepare to minimize the debilitating impact that disasters of all kinds can have on their law practices and the clients they represent. The issue isn't if a disaster will occur, but rather when a disaster occurs, what should we do in order to recover quickly and effectively. Topics covered include defining "disaster," then creating a plan that deals with the various types of disasters that might befall us including fire, earthquake, burst water pipes and, yes, even planes crashing into our buildings. This new book also deals with insurance, financial planning, data recovery, and most importantly, personnel (our "human capital") planning.

Do-it-Yourself Public Relations (1995) (Table of Contents)
David E. Gumpert
Some lawyers have used their own wits and energies to establish do-it-yourself PR programs for their firms. Now, you can do the same. David Gumpert, an experienced public relations expert who has worked with numerous lawyers, lays it all out for you in this book: Do-it-Yourself Public Relations: A Success Guide for Lawyers. He tells you the secrets of good media relations, insider tricks of the trade, and practical suggestions for implementing a workable public relations program in your office.

Down But Not Out (2009) 
Association of Legal Administrators
Lee Innocenti

Employees are being asked to do more with less in the face of work hour reductions, pay cuts, or layoffs. How do you help your employees remain productive and your managers focused on growing your business? Learn how to respond quickly to declining motivation and plummeting morale with tips from Lee Innocenti, founder and Principal of Performance Strategies, Ltd.

Emerging Companies Guide (2005) (Table of Contents)
Robert L. Brown and Alan S. Gutterman (Editors)
This book attempts to bring together current thoughts on how to establish, organize, develop and eventually sell an emerging company. Over 15 chapters, we have tried to address basic organizational issues, tax and non-tax planning issues, employment issues, as well as how to grow the business through distribution, licensing and sales. We have also included chapters on protecting your intellectual property rights and how to handle media and public relations.

The Essential Formbook Volume 1 (Table of Contents)
Gary A. Munneke and Anthony E. Davis
The purpose of this work is to help individual lawyers, and law firms of all sizes, accomplish a fundamental goal: to serve clients better. That may seem redundant—don’t lawyers always try to give good service? In our experience the answer to that question is both “yes” and “no.” “Yes” because lawyers aspire to give good service; “no” because the level of service even individual lawyers give to different clients often diverges greatly, whether in solo practice or in large, multioffice law firms. One client may receive optimum attention and quality at all times, while another may feel—and sometimes may be—neglected or, worse, ignored. This book is intended to help you structure and manage your law practice to achieve two fundamental goals: service to clients and making law practice profitable.

The Extraordinary Law Firm (2007) (Table of Contents)
Charles E. Stinnett
What is it about a law office or law firm that makes it an extraordinary place to work? What makes an extraordinary law firm something more than just a weekday morning destination for employees?
This book aims to equip professional law firm managers with the knowledge and desire to transform their offices into remarkable workplaces, delivering not only superior client service, but also the utmost satisfaction for each and every person who is part of that effort.
Case studies, sample policies, checklists and other materials offer real-world guidance for what it means to be an extraordinary law firm. Use these best practices to discover how to make your own firm a great place to work.

Getting Started (1996) (Table of Contents) 
Arthur G. Greene (Editor)
As with other LPM Publishing titles, Getting Started: Basics for a Successful Law Firm provides practical advice from lawyers and consultants who have experienced and dealt with the problems associated with the formation of a new law practice. The first steps for lawyers in any law practice is to accept the idea that many, if not all, of the problems a firm may encounter can be anticipated and addressed in advance, avoiding serious disputes and potential litigation later. In this light, editor Arthur G. Greene and his steering committee of Robert J. Arndt, Ezra Tom Clark Jr., Richard Feferman, and Gerry Malone have fashioned an invaluable resource for all lawyers who practice law together as owners of a legal business.

Growing your Law Practice in Tough Times (2010) (Table of Contents)
Edward Poll, J.D., M.B.A., CMC
Following the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and facing a sea of change in clients’ demands and expectations, law firms must respond and adapt quickly and effectively. Law firms must choose the kind of law practice they will be; the marketing and business development tactics they will use; the overhead that is critical to their functioning; how to price, bill and collect for services; and how to manage the cash flow cycle. Success lies in identifying and capturing the right kinds of clients, providing the services those clients need in ways that add value, and ensuring prompt payment and the ability to grow profits. This book, based on the experiences of the author and his clients over 20 years of coaching and consulting, provides the keys to successfully thriving in the new era. 

Hillman on Lawyer Mobility (1998) (Table of Contents)
Robert W. Hillman
This book examines the law and ethics of lawyer mobility. It focuses on the disparate areas of partnership law, corporate law, agency law, tort law, and legal ethics, none of which alone yields an adequate picture of the degree to which lawyer mobility is subject to regulation. When considered together, the law regulating the relations of business partners and the rules applicable to the conduct of lawyers as professionals yield standards that are conflicting, fluid, and, to a considerable extent, ignored by many lawyers in their quest for better opportunities.

Inside Outside (2001) (Table of Contents) 
Larry Smith
A comprehensive analysis of the most important current developments in the delivery of legal services by large law firms, filled with pertinent pro and con arguments as to why and how law firms should consider modifications in their structure.
Smith trains his sights on how clients distinguish one firm from another and zeroes in on the key turning points in the decision-making process. His insights are a gift for every lawyer who wants to know what clients really think when it comes time to hire a firm.

Integrating Laterals (2007)
Association of Legal Administrators
Susan G. Manch
Learn how to develop a roadmap with ideas, approaches and alternatives - and pitfalls to avoid - in exercising administrative leadership in the vital role of successfully integrating lateral hires.

IPlanning the Orderly Succession of Lawyer Managers and Administrators (2007)
Association of Legal Administrators

Law Firm Partnership Agreements (1998) (Table of Contents)
Leslie D. Corwin and Arthur J. Ciampi
This book is intended as a means to contemplate and address the ethical and legal principles which generally govern the rights and obligations of partners to each other and to the law firm’s associates, clients and creditors. The text specifically addresses the ethical considerations, partnership law, contract law, and tort law issues which develop when there is a change in the relationship between a partner and a law firm caused by withdrawal, whether voluntary or involuntary, death, disability or retirement

Law Partnership Revisited (2002) (Table of Contents)
George H. Cain
The law of law partnership, like other branches of law, remains rooted in principles recognized by those operating under its benefits and strictures. However, it does experience modification, if not change. So it is worthwhile from time to time to see just what developments are worthy of note. Looking at the case law placed on the books since the second edition of Law Partnership: Its Rights and Responsibilities was completed at the end of 1998, one sees a good many cases dealing with the basic concepts of law partnership, what must happen in a dissolution, what valuation methods are appropriate in a divorce situation involving a law firm partner, and what rules apply to benefits and practice in withdrawal and retirement. Many of these cases are discussed in Law Partnership Revisited.

The Lawyer’s Guide to Buying, Selling, Merging, and Closing a Law Practice (2008) (Table of Contents)
Sarina A. Butler and Richard G. Paszkiet (Editors)
If you are considering buying, selling, closing, or merging a law practice, this book is a valuable resource for information on things to consider before and during the process.
The guide covers the following issues: The advantages of buying and selling a law practice; The ethical aspects of acquiring a law practice; Valuation of a law firm; Tax consequences of “retiring” a partner’s interest in a law firm taxed as a partnership; Merging law firms; Selling a niche practice; Business responsibilities in closing a law practice; The ethical aspects of winding down a law practice; File preservation; and Ending client and employee relationships.
The guide includes hand checklists, forms, sample agreements, and sample letters as well as a copy of the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (2008)
Association of Legal Administrators


Selling your Law Practice (2005) (Table of Contents)
Edward Poll
You will discover how to: Determine the value of your practice; Set your sale price; Evaluate and describe your practice’s unique characteristics; Negotiate the sale more effectively; Anticipate transition issues; and Review states’ Rules of Professional Conduct for selling a practice.