Future-proofing your law firm
Developed from feedback received at last year’s session, Michael Mills from Kraft & Kennedy, Inc., Gerard Neiditsch from Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Jeffery S. Rovner from O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and Ron Friedmann from Integreon led a lively panel discussion on the major trends impacting information management, technology and more.
These days the only thing changing faster than technology is client expectations. Boundaries between firms and the outside world are dissolving, and lawyers are facing a loss of control as clients demand more transparency and have access to information, such as fee structures, that had previously been kept under lock and key.
Another hot topic was the increasing need for mobility among the work force, and a glance at all of the iPads around the room definitely helped reinforce the case that lawyers are demanding these type of changes like never fore. Not only does IT need to provide ways for attorneys to be able to fully function outside of the office but they need to make it simple.
Overall, it’s clear that there’s not going to be one simple answer on how to prepare your law firm for the future. An ending comment from a panelist pretty much summed it up when he said that if you have partners that want something fool-proof, you won’t be able to future proof your firm.
We want to hear from you, what do you think future proofing your law firm looks like?