Beyond the Ping-Pong Table: Lessons for Lawyers From Startup Companies
Law firms could learn a lot from Silicon Valley to foster innovation and boost revenue.
As the startup world has shown, given the chance, associates and even summer associates can contribute value well beyond their years. With the firms' interests aligned with the clients', things like training and retention — which get lip service but not much else — would become paramount to success.
We must create work environments that cultivate energy and innovation. At our firm, first-year associates weigh in on litigation and management strategies. Summer associates voice their opinions on bettering the summer program. All lawyers are polled about compensation, hiring and viable cases to pursue.
The question we routinely ask is simple: If this were your firm, what would you do? The trick is meaning it.
Jay Edelson is the founder and managing partner of Chicago-based Edelson LLC, which focuses on plaintiffs' class action work.