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Week of May 22, 2017 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupIt’s both the start of a holiday weekend here in the States AND the weekend before we head off for the ILN’s Annual Conference, so it’s a rather busy day here at ILN HQ! So without further ado, I’ll jump right into the top posts from this week on ILNToday!

Posted in Conference/Webinar Session Re-caps, Law Firm Client Service, Law Firms

Change is Not Just a Six Letter Word: CLOC Urges Lawyers to Put Ideas in Action

Change - Speedometer Races to RevolutionAt the recent CLOC Institute, Connie Brenton, CLOC President & CEO, along with Chief of Staff/Director of Legal Operations for NetApp gave us a challenge:

Stop thinking about how we can fit into the world around us. Start thinking about how we can change the world around us.”

For many of us, that change has started with sharing what we heard at CLOC with our own corners of the legal ecosystem, and keeping that drumbeat for change sounding. While I plan to recap some of the key sessions I attended, I first wanted to share with you some of the excellent articles that have come out following the conference, which should be further galvanizing the legal industry. Continue Reading

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Week of May 15, 2017 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupAfter missing last week’s roundup because I was catching up from CLOC, I am back today with the hottest updates from our lawyers on ILNToday (rather mirroring the temps outside this week in the northeast). Fingers crossed that the weather cools as promised tonight as I undertake my second half marathon tomorrow morning, and go for sub-two hours!

Without further ado, here is your roundup!

Posted in Conference/Webinar Session Re-caps, Law Firm Client Service, Law Firms, Legal

CLOC: Change is a Drumbeat

clem-onojeghuo-122041Any time you pick your head up from the daily work you’re doing in the legal industry, “change” is the drumbeat that you hear.

Nowhere was that more apparent to me than at last week’s CLOC Institute – for those of you who aren’t familiar with CLOC, it’s the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium. They’re a relatively new group in the industry, bringing together legal operations professionals for networking, education, to share best practices, and really, to drive change. But they’re more than just legal ops – in fact, their mission states quite clearly that this drive for change involves working with “other core corporate legal industry players” in addition to legal operations professionals. Their goal is to “optimize the legal service delivery models needed by small, medium and large legal departments to support their clients,” and they recognize that this can only be done together.  Continue Reading

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ILN Firm of the Month – Hellström – Stockholm, Sweden! 


The ILN is proud to announce our latest firm of the month, Hellström – Stockholm, Sweden!
Hellstrom was founded in 1991 by three young lawyers who left well-established law firms to focus on international actors in London, Paris and New York and supply these with advanced finance and transactional law services for their Swedish operations. A contender. Much has happened since, and today they are a well-established, full service law firm with expertise in a range of areas. Hellström is a large firm in a small format. They think it works better that way. Their approach remains the same as in the beginning. They are proud to have employees and procedures that enable them to compete successfully with the largest firms in Sweden. Hellström delivers international quality services with the availability, dedication, personality and client focus that a smaller firm can offer.
“Lawyers you want on your side” – what does that mean? For them, it means a promise of commitment and innovative solutions that meet their clients’ needs in all phases of their business processes. Ask their clients, they are the lawyers you want on your side!
Full descriptions of Hellström’s services, expertise, and lawyer profiles are available on their ILN profile.

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Week of May 1, 2017 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupThere’s much to discuss in this week’s edition of ILNToday, so without further ado, I bring you the roundup!

Posted in Law Firms, Legal Marketing, Social Media

Social Media & Lawyers: You’re Asking the Wrong Question

carl-heyerdahl-181868Does this sound familiar?

  • “I wrote a blog post, but no one called me to give me a case, so blogging must not work for business development.”
  • “LinkedIn is just a rehash of your resume, so it can’t work for business development.”
  • “Twitter is full of people talking about what they had for breakfast, so there’s no way I’m spending any time on there.”
  • “People only use Facebook to see what their friends and family are up to.”

Raise your hand if you don’t think social media works.

If you’re a long time reader of Zen, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of social media. I’m not here today to tell you that it’s the right tool for everyone – any more than I would tell you that public speaking or writing articles or attending networking events is the correct tool for everyone. But I AM here today to tell you that you’re asking the wrong questions about it.

All the time, I hear from my own lawyers, from marketers, and in the industry, people wanting to know whether anyone is “really getting business” from this “social media stuff.”  Continue Reading

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Week of April 24, 2017 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupWe’re bringing you another great roundup of posts this week here on Zen, and I can tell you that these are not to be missed – so grab your cup of coffee and read through these during your next break!

Posted in Lawyer Interviews

ILN-terviews: Juan Felipe Roldán Pardo, VGCD Abogados

JFR PICTUREWelcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose one of our newest ILN members, Juan Felipe Roldán Pardo, a senior associate with VGCD Abogados in Bogotá, Colombia

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Enhancing the development of clients’ projects while granting them the tranquility that their interests are not left unprotected.

Who would be your typical client?
Having a typical client is something unusual these days. There is an ample diversity on the type of clients that knock on your door, from large and mid-size local and foreign corporations, high net worth individuals and families to start-ups. However, the common denominator behind them, the typical client, would be hard-working, honest people. Continue Reading

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Week of April 17, 2017 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupGreetings from rainy and foggy New Jersey, where we’re bringing you this week’s roundup of top articles from around the ILN! Let’s hope it’s true that April showers bring May flowers, and at least in the meantime, you’ll have these substantive pieces to read through to bring you up to date in the latest in the law from our various jurisdictions: