Distance can create unique challenges for practice chairs who operate outside the firm headquarters, whether those involve managing complex litigation or internal problems with personnel. While advancements in technology and telecommuting alleviate some of these challenges, personal interactions remain important and attorneys are still learning to strike the right balance between face time and screen time.
For Joseph Kincaid, a partner at Swanson, Martin and Bell and a founder of the Chicago firm’s commercial litigation and business disputes practice group, winning a $40,000 judgment for his client was the beginning. The end was a 1972 Dodge Charger the same model, but not year, as the Duke boys’ General Lee.
Michael Resis determined very early in his career that he wanted to do something greater to contribute to the practice of law instead of just working for billable hours. So, very shortly out of law school and into full-time private practice, he joined the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, a nonprofit committee of defense attorneys dedicated to improving the judicial system and practice throughout the state.
Perspective is everything to 29-year-old Seyfarth Shaw associate Kevin Fritz. Having a form of muscular dystrophy presents him with a “unique perspective” he leverages when working with employers to settle labor and employment disputes. He also acts as the vice chair of the firm’s All Abilities Affinity Group, an advocacy group for the disability community.
According to partner Kevin Clancy, Lowis & Gellen’s move to a new office was like buying a new suit. The former space was becoming more of a problem everyday — staff grew to the point where they had to be split between two floors. Lack of productivity was the big winner. The main goal of moving into its new office space on the 19th floor of 175 W. Jackson Blvd. was to bring everyone together on one floor.
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