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Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. Over the course of his 35-year career he was a solo practitioner, corporate lawyer, legal editor, Legal Aid staff attorney and insurance risk manager. Today he helps lawyers and firms put more mojo in their practice through marketing, work-life balance and reclaiming passion for what they do. He is available for consultations, retreats and presentations.

Trials and TRIPulations is Perfect for Lawyers on the Road

If you’re traveling to another county for a case, your main concerns are probably locating the courthouse and making it inside before your case is called. Now you can enhance the pleasure of your trip, thanks to a book written by a long-time North Carolina attorney. Trials and TRIPulations: Observances … Read More

Your Office Calendar Is Your Best Friend

The best defense against a malpractice claim is to keep a close eye on your calendar. That’s because most claims are the result of administrative errors like missing a key deadline or not filing a document on time. “Although attorneys typically devote significant effort to ensuring that they get t… Read More

Judge Calls Fee Request Highway Robbery

Here’s a free risk management tip: it’s never a good thing when the judge calls your request for attorney fees “an April Fool’s Joke” and “highway robbery without the six-gun.” It happened in New York, where a judge slashed a $464,000 fee request from Greenberg Traurig… Read More

2018 on Record Pace for Big Law Mergers

Long gone are the days of law firms with histories that date back a century or more and plans for staying intact for years to come. The reason is clear – large firm mergers and acquisitions – and it’s a trend that is continuing in full force. In the second quarter of 2018 alone, there were 2… Read More

Urgent-Important Matrix Brings Order to Chaos

If you’re having trouble accomplishing everything you need to do in a given day, it might not be because you’re overloaded with work or you’re a poor time manager. It could simply mean you need a refresher course in the Urgent-Important Matrix. “What is important is seldom urgent, and … Read More

What is the Managing Partner’s Role in Your Firm?

Close to 90 percent of the NC law firms that participated in this year’s Managing Partner Summit have a designated Managing Partner or Managing Committee. That shouldn’t be terribly surprising. It was a Managing Partners gathering, after all. But two-thirds of those firms don’t have a formal… Read More

Time to Stop Thinking Like a Lawyer?

Is thinking like a lawyer an overrated skill – and would the profession be better served if law schools added courses on EQ, moral decision-making and social justice? These questions are being raised against the backdrop of a rapidly-evolving legal education landscape. In recent years, a handful of for-… Read More

6 Ways to Make Your Law Firm Stand Out

In an environment where change happens overnight and new competitors emerge every day, law firms have to differentiate themselves to survive. Yet, many lawyers are unable to articulate a reason clients should choose them over the firm across the street. “When asked if their law firm projects a distinct … Read More

ABA Retreat to Focus on the Whole Lawyer

Talking less and doing more is the focus of a first-of-its kind ABA retreat that will emphasize personal and professional growth. On October 4 and 5, lawyers and their staffs will gather at Vail, Colorado for the inaugural ABA Lawyer Retreat. Sessions will include “Crucial Conversations,” “De… Read More

Do you have a transition plan?

Lawyers’ identities are often wrapped up in their profession. For many lawyers it’s hard to imagine doing anything else other than being a lawyer. However, there comes a time when attorneys have to start thinking about their transition out of practice. What does transition look like? What does trans… Read More

Did you know today is World Emoji Day?

There might just be a day to celebrate everything! Today has been declared "World Emoji Day." World Emoji Day was inspired by the actual calendar emoji that highlights July 17th. How does one celebrate such a holiday? Follow the hashtag #WorldEmojiDay to check out celebratory posts all over the world. In light … Read More

Lawyers in Transition Part 12- Build Deep Bench

A key to succession planning for your law practice is to develop a deep bench of in-house talent. That way, when a major player departs, there will be a strong supporting cast to continue the firm’s legacy – and perhaps even expand it into exciting new realms. “To keep your firm healthy and … Read More

Lawyers In Transition Part 11- Time to Quit, But Don’t Want To?

You know it’s time to step away from full-time practice, but you’re having trouble doing it. And the longer you’ve practiced, the harder it is. It might help to change your perspective. First, cut yourself some slack. Stepping away from something that’s been a major part of your life i… Read More