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Question: I'm aware this has been discussed several times in the past, but I am curious about current secretary to attorney ratios. Can you share your ratios? Does it differ between litigation and transactional?
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Disclaimer: The Editor's response in this study is not intended as legal advice. Readers are encouraged to seek appropriate legal and other professional advice. Some responses have been edited for grammar and clarity, but not for content.
Members on the Move
Barbara Brill, a member of ALA's Houston Chapter, is the Administrative Manager for Paul Hastings LLP's new office in Houston, Texas.
The firm of Dean Mead Egerton Bloodworth Capouano & Bozarth, PA announced that Patricia M. Chin, CLM from the Central Florida Chapter has joined the firm as their Executive Director. In her new role, which is based in the firm's Orlando office, Chin is responsible for leading the administrative team and overseeing the regional, multi-faceted operations of the law firm.
Wendy Rice-Isaacs, CLM, a former ALA President and current member of the Orange County Chapter, recently joined Bryan Cave, LLP's Irvine office as the Director of Administration.
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Update from the Business Partner Relations Committee
As the Business Partner Relations Committee (BPRC) grows in recognition, we are often asked about the value of business partners. For many, the answer is quite simple. A good business partner makes our firms run smoother, allowing us to focus on other important firm business. For others, the BPRC works to help members and business partners understand the value.
Value is not easily measured. The merit of business partners is more than the intrinsic value of their services — the value is in the relationship. Successful business partner relationships, like any relationship, are built upon mutual trust, respect and open communication.
The BPRC is currently working on several initiatives with the Business Partner Advisory Panel (BPAP) that will help business partners, chapter leaders and members develop more successful relationships going forward. Some of our plans include online orientation opportunities for business partners and chapter leaders as well as assistance to chapters leaders who are looking to start or enhance local business partner programs.
And remember, if you allow your business partner to collaborate with your firm, you will have moved from getting service to having a true partnership. It is at that point that you begin to find the value of ALA's business partners.