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Taking Lessons from SeyfarthLean

Posted by ilta on 13th August 2015

Nearly 10 years ago, Seyfarth Shaw blazed a trail as the first major law firm to apply Six Sigma and Lean process improvement methodologies to better serve the needs of their clients.

Starting with process improvements in law firm operations, Six Sigma and Lean thinking have become pervasive throughout the culture of Seyfarth and changed the way Seyfarth’s legal teams deliver services to clients. Seyfarth used these process improvement methods to drive value for their clients through more efficient delivery of legal services, better quality of services, lower cost and greater budget predictability. Spurred by overwhelming demand from their clients, Seyfarth is again breaking new ground with the formation of SeyfarthLean Consulting, a dedicated team of 30 technologists, legal project managers, data analytics specialists and process improvement professionals who work with clients and law firm partners to improve the delivery of legal services.

James Kittle spoke with SeyfarthLean Consulting directors Kim Craig and Andrew Baker to learn more about their efforts. (Read the article in the Summer 2015 Peer to Peer)

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Ask the Expert: Improving Today for a Better Tomorrow with Angela Dowd

Posted by ilta on 13th August 2015

Leaders within law firms and legal departments have identified that business and legal process improvements are mandatory to stay competitive in an ever-changing market. This topic is a great fit for ILTA's Law2020 initiative that focuses on ways in which legal organizations must adapt to thrive in the future. We enlisted three of your ILTA peers to share their thoughts on improvements to make today for a better tomorrow, and they shared visions of the future. You can read the article that includes all three perspectives in the Summer 2015 edition of Peer to Peer.

Here is our interview with Angela Dowd, Director of Practice Innovation at Burns & Levinson, LLP.

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Ask the Expert: Improving Today for a Better Tomorrow with Toby Brown

Posted by ilta on 13th August 2015

Leaders within law firms and legal departments have identified that business and legal process improvements are mandatory to stay competitive in an ever-changing market. This topic is a great fit for ILTA's Law2020 initiative that focuses on ways in which legal organizations must adapt to thrive in the future. We enlisted three of your ILTA peers to share their thoughts on improvements to make today for a better tomorrow, and they shared visions of the future. You can read the article that includes all three perspectives in the Summer 2015 edition of Peer to Peer.

Here is our interview with Toby Brown, Chief Practice Officer at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P.

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Ask the Expert: Improving Today for a Better Tomorrow with Ted Theodoropolous

Posted by ilta on 13th August 2015

Leaders within law firms and legal departments have identified that business and legal process improvements are mandatory to stay competitive in an ever-changing market. This topic is a great fit for ILTA's Law2020 initiative that focuses on ways in which legal organizations must adapt to thrive in the future. We enlisted three of your ILTA peers to share their thoughts on improvements to make today for a better tomorrow, and they shared visions of the future. You can read the article that includes all three perspectives in the Summer 2015 edition of Peer to Peer.

Here is our interview with Ted Theodoropolous, President of Acrowire.

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ILTA - We Aim To Please: New Client Service in Legal - Interview with Chris Sweet

Posted by ilta on 4th March 2014

"The customer is always right” is a mantra most of us are familiar with, but providing exemplary service to clients within legal requires direction, advice, transparency and much more. In an increasingly competitive landscape, law firms need to recognize the needs of their clients and how every aspect of their operations affect clients. Four members of ILTA's Business and Financial Management Peer Group shared their insight on this topic. Here is our interview with Chris Sweet, Vice President of Outside Counsel & Engagement Management at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Visit the ILTA website to hear each participant's interview.

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ILTA - We Aim To Please: New Client Service in Legal - Interview with Michelle Mahoney

Posted by ilta on 4th March 2014

"The customer is always right” is a mantra most of us are familiar with, but providing exemplary service to clients within legal requires direction, advice, transparency and much more. In an increasingly competitive landscape, law firms need to recognize the needs of their clients and how every aspect of their operations affect clients. Four members of ILTA's Business and Financial Management Peer Group shared their insight on this topic. Here is our interview with Michelle Mahoney, Director of Legal Logistics at King & Wood Mallesons.

Visit the ILTA website to hear each participant's interview.

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ILTA - We Aim To Please: New Client Service in Legal - Interview with Stuart J T Dodds

Posted by ilta on 4th March 2014

"The customer is always right” is a mantra most of us are familiar with, but providing exemplary service to clients within legal requires direction, advice, transparency and much more. In an increasingly competitive landscape, law firms need to recognize the needs of their clients and how every aspect of their operations affect clients. Four members of ILTA's Business and Financial Management Peer Group shared their insight on this topic. Here is our interview with Stuart J T Dodds, Director of Global Pricing and Legal Project Management at Baker & McKenzie.

Visit the ILTA website to hear each participant's interview.

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ILTA - We Aim To Please: New Client Service in Legal - Interview with Vincent Cordo

Posted by ilta on 4th March 2014

"The customer is always right” is a mantra most of us are familiar with, but providing exemplary service to clients within legal requires direction, advice, transparency and much more. In an increasingly competitive landscape, law firms need to recognize the needs of their clients and how every aspect of their operations affect clients. Four members of ILTA's Business and Financial Management Peer Group shared their insight on this topic. Here is our interview with Vincent Cordo, Global Director of Client Value at Reed Smith LLP.

Visit the ILTA website to hear each participant's interview.

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ILTA - Project Management Methodologies: One Size Does Not Fit All - Interview with Skip Lohmeyer

Posted by ilta on 28th June 2012

With the creation of project management offices (PMOs) and the hiring of full-time project managers, some organizations are experiencing formal project methodologies, intensive paperwork, more meetings, etc., which can significantly increase the amount of time it takes for projects to get designed, proposed, approved and implemented. There are also issues with projects that don’t involve in-depth methodologies. ILTA recently sat down for a “virtual roundtable” with industry thought leaders to get their insight in these areas. Our interview with Skip Lohmeyer, Chief Technology Officer at HunterMaclean, can be heard in its entirety on the accompanying podcast.

Visit the ILTA website to hear each participant's interview.

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ILTA - Project Management Methodologies: One Size Does Not Fit All - Interview with Matt Davidson

Posted by ilta on 28th June 2012

With the creation of project management offices (PMOs) and the hiring of full-time project managers, some organizations are experiencing formal project methodologies, intensive paperwork, more meetings, etc., which can significantly increase the amount of time it takes for projects to get designed, proposed, approved and implemented. There are also issues with projects that don’t involve in-depth methodologies. ILTA recently sat down for a “virtual roundtable” with industry thought leaders to get their insight in these areas. Our interview with Matt Davidson, Project Manager at Qualcomm, can be heard in its entirety on the accompanying podcast.

Visit the ILTA website to hear each participant's interview.

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