Time Management Handbook for Lawyers puts time-saving tips in a lawyer's hands for just about every aspect of a lawyer's work life. Topics include Personal Organization, Managing Interruptions, Delegating, Client Communications and Billing, Matter Management, Producing Documents, and Meetings with clients and matter teams. Practical steps a lawyer can put to immediate use make up the 74 time-saving ideas in 14 chapters. Each time-saving idea is explained clearly including why it works and how to implement it.You will learn when and how to professionally exercise your right to be unavailable, and how to professionally decline when you must without offending. The book's 194 pages are chock-full of clear descriptions and examples to make it an easy reference, sprinkled with 17 supporting figures. There are 47 pages of check lists, sample documents, and practical scripts for immediate use. Each tactic description explains clearly how it saves time, reduces stress, improves client relations, or helps you find time to repurpose to whatever you like. Most readers will be able to find ways to reduce the number of work hours required to meet income goals. In short, this book can help you regain that feeling of being on top of things!
Gary Richards has over 30 years' experience developing and conducting Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars on professional effectiveness and practice management for lawyers. Participants in his courses have received CLE and ethics credits from 18 state bar associations. Gary has addressed the ABA's national convention in Hawaii and the Young Lawyers' chapters in Chicago and New Orleans. His CLE programs have been offered by State Bar associations, including Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Colorado, Nevada, North and South Carolina, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Washington State. He also presents national webcasts for American Law Institute-CLE. Gary coaches individual lawyers in the US, Canada and Australia on practice effectiveness skills such as business development and legal project management in his role as Principal, LegalBizDev. He also designs and instructs training programs for a wide range of corporate and government clients, including U.S. Forest Service, Gen. Services Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, Pfizer, Ford, GM, PWC, Exxon and Sprint. Besides his workshops in the US and Canada, Gary has conducted training in the UK, Belgium, Holland, Brazil, and Egypt. His consulting background began with project management training at KPMG/Peat Marwick, where he was manager of employee benefits consulting for 7 regional offices. Gary lives in white Lake Michigan.