Lawyers have always done project management. They haven’t called it that nor done it in a systematic way. But if you’ve ever managed a legal matter (project) you have done project management, more so if you managed a team, worked within a budget, and on deadline. But, as I mentioned, it’s was likely done in

Obviously, pricing is an important part of marketing your legal services. There is no question that price sensitivity is real; and that clients, particularly in these economic times, are feeling the pressure to minimize legal costs.

Some argue that the cost of legal services should be driven solely by what the client is willing to

In a telephone conference earlier today with a client talking about legal project management and alternative fee arrangements, I was struck by a statement by one of the partners on the call. Although he recognized clearly that AFAs, especially fixed fee matters, makes project management more urgent in today’s legal world. He went on to

Do you procrastinate in your practice by delaying drafting that motion, or answering those interrogatories, or reviewing your pre-bills? If so, then I’ll bet you aren’t doing much better with your marketing activities either. Right? Then you beat yourself up at the end of the day for failing to progress on many of them.


It comes as no surprise that legal project management is a hot topic. What did surprise me was the emphasis it got in the recent 2010 ACC/Serengeti Managing Outside Counsel Survey Report released last week. The summary/press release I saw mentioned project management or matter management 12 times.

“Controlling spending on outside counsel remains the