Simply put, we are your best and most cost-effective means to help you practice independently of the BigLaw mentality and still produce work product as if you were teamed with a larger law firm.
Reflect on the reasons why you decided to open or join a smaller law firm:
- Independence: Freedom in choosing your own work schedule, employees, and clientele.
- Control: You make your own business decisions, ranging from style of practice and culture, to how to perform certain tasks, to processing workflow.
- Financial considerations: How much cashflow you need to generate beyond meeting your operating costs and making a comfortable living to support your family and lifestyle?
You decided to practice law this way because you are independent, self-sufficient, and self-confident. You have your own business personality and you chose to hang out your own shingle or work in a boutique practice because you know you are good at what you do, whatever your specialization or practice area.
But by and large, your independence comes at a price in both time and money. Often you may be asked by a client to take on a case or a matter outside your practice area, and are faced with the question, Should I handle this? Alternatively, you can recommend the valued client to a professional colleague or acquaintance and just accept a referral fee in the hopes that the favored attorney will reciprocate at some point in the future. Sometimes this does makes sense, and sometimes not – especially if there’s a risk the client might move its legal business over to the other attorney or fuller service law firm.
This is precisely where Cognitive Legal Support enters the equation – to leverage your advantage. Imagine your time is being completely consumed on another large matter. Or perhaps the client’s need is beyond your area of expertise. Maybe you know something about it, but you simply do not have the time available to school yourself in a new practice area to do your client’s matter justice.
There is – and you do have – an alternative option to farming the matter out to a potential competitor: Use a CLS subject matter expert to work closely in concert with you to do your valued client’s work just the way you would do it yourself if you had the time and experience. You supervise, and your CLS lawyer will execute the task to your complete satisfaction, on time and on budget.
We do the work for a fraction of the cost you or your client would be charged by an outside firm to do it locally and the work product reflects your direct input, your professional imprint, and your management imprimatur. Our CLS lawyer will work in tandem with you to enable you to keep your practice just as you want it in terms of size and time commitment, while at the same time assist you to scale your productive output to satisfy your valued clients’ legal assistance needs.
Our costs to you and your markup to your client will not only be manageable and competitive, but also compelling – and we are always available to you, even if the matter at hand requires overnight turnaround.
Give us a call and to discuss how we can best assist you to maintain your precious independence while enhancing your workflow, your professional versatility, and your cashflow.