With 2018 winding down we are reflecting on what a great year 2018 was! We’ll have a bigger announcement soon but our Blog recently won The Expert Institute’s Best Legal Blog for the Legal Tech category! We’ve heard the “12 Days of Christmas” repeatedly this month so as 2018 comes to a close here are Nimble’s Top 12 Blog Posts from 2018:
We write about trends in the legal industry and one trend in 2018 are the various claims of gender bias in the legal industry in 2018. The most recent piece of evidence is the partner announcement at Paul Weiss that optically is about as tone deaf as you can get…
Here’s what’s trending in the legal industry: (1) 5 Simple Business Development Strategies, (2) Law firm revenue is up in 2018, (3) Artificial Intelligence outperforms lawyers, (4) Top Legal Blog Nomination, (5) Associate Bonus Season, (6) Law Departments are sending less money to Big Law, and more!
On September 26th at TalentLaunch in suburban Clevelad, we gathered 9 legal industry thought leaders (in-house counsel, law firm partners, law firm CFOs, and Plante Moran’s law firm practice partner) to discuss the pressures law departments and law firms face and how they can work together better. In attendance were various General Counsels, in-house counsels, Managing Partners of law firms, law firm pricing analysts, and members of various alternative legal service providers and legal technology companies.
Here are the highlights:
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Here's what's trending in the legal industry:
- Is 2018 the year of the mega law firm merger?
- Recently announced law firm mergers.
- GDPR advice and guidance from the European Union.
- Advice for interviewing in-house.
- A recent study says that law departments want to add more lawyers but will they get the budget to do so?
- And, much more.
An successful in-house lawyer does more than just legal work. They stretch themselves outside their comfort zones. Nimble recently hosted a forum on "Building the Modern General Counsel" with panelists Jason Sussman, General Counsel for The Lubrizol Company, Ed Blakemore, Assistant General Counsel for Rockwell Automation and Sunny Nixon, Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Counsel at The Unify Project. They were facilitated by Nimble's own Jeff Barlow.
In the last 15 years for in-house counsel, "the days have gotten longer, the sophistication of the work has increased," according to Jason Sussman, General Counsel at Lubrizol. Sussman, along with Sunny Nixon, Senior Corporate Counsel, Unity Project, and Edward Blakemore, Assistant General Counsel, Rockwell Automation, were our 3 amazing panelists at the March 1, 2018 Nimble Forum: Building the Modern General Counsel. The conversation at the Forum was so insightful and covered many areas including, what being an in-house lawyer is really like. Sussman added, "[We are] looking for partner quality work/work-ethic [in an in-house environment]. I f applicant wants to reset their work-life balance, they need to re-calibrate [their expectations of an in-house position]."
Here are some other key insights from our panelists: