Adding Value to the Firm – Are you in or Out?

by Nora Boghossian Sr. Researcher and Executive Assistant Estrin Legal Staffing  We often talk about how to get a job but why don’t we talk enough about keeping a job? “You are going to have to kick me out, because I’m not going anywhere.” I remember saying that to my boss one day. They knew my loyalty to the firm. I showed it by...

Paralegal Jobs Are Vanishing According to New AP Analysis

Bad, Bad News for Paralegals Paralegal jobs are vanishing according to a recent analysis.  In fact, out of the top disappearing jobs, paralegal is in the top 7 positions.    For years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that the paralegal position was one of the fastest growing fields.  In fact, as recently as 2011, the BLS predicted that from 2010 - 2020, paralegals...

Wanna Buy a Watch? Legal discount deals space gets bigger

     The discount deals space just got a little more crowded with a niche site that offers deals specifically geared to lawyers. MyLegal.com, LLC, has introduced the world’s first Legal Vendor Deals Program where service providers from over 100 verticals offer deals to lawyers and other legal professionals.      The Legal Vendor Deals program is...

“National Firms Stake Claim in Phoenix’s Robust Economy”

Hmm, ever thought about moving to Arizona? Sounds like firms in Phoenix are heating up! "It may be a dry heat in Phoenix, but it's also a hot legal market for some national law firms moving into the desert city to take advantage of the region's flourishing economy. "Ranked the fifth-largest city in the nation with 1.5 million people at the center of a metropolitan area of 3.8 million,...

“Lawyers ready for a boom in bankruptcy”

Yeah, good news for lawyers & financial advisers maybe; other people not so much: "Business bankruptcy filings are down by 45 percent and corporate debt default rates remain near all-time lows. Yet bankruptcy pros are buzzing with anticipation."While they don't have crystal balls, call them cynical and firm believers in business cycles. Lawyers, consultants and financial advisers...

“Bankruptcy Boutique’s Lawyers Depart for Larger Firms”

Possible words of warning for people working in bankruptcy law firms, boutique or not: "If it's tough to be tiny, it's even tougher to be small and specializing in insolvency. "San Francisco bankruptcy boutique McNutt & Litteneker began shedding attorneys in the summer of 2005 in tandem with a drop in business. The firm several years ago had 10 full-time lawyers -- eight of whom...

“Sheppard Mullin Launches Fashion & Apparel Practice Group”

This sounds like a very interesting group! Hmm, wonder if they need any paralegals? "Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton is stepping onto the runway with the launch of its new practice group: fashion and apparel. "From negotiating contracts for TV reality show 'Project Runway' to fending off UGG boot knock-offs, the new group is marketing itself as the go-to firm for Los Angeles and...

Survey: IP & M&A Still Hot Areas

Good to know where law client needs (& $$$) are headed: "Intellectual property as well as mergers and acquisitions are still red-hot practice areas, while insurance coverage and environmental law are cooling off, according to legal consultant Robert Denney's 18th annual 'What's Hot and What's Not in the Legal Profession' report. "In addition, Denney said that interest in the Latin...