How is it Lean Lawyering Implemented?

To implement this “Lean Lawyering” philosophy, Mr. Walsh will utilize the following strategies:

Litigation Mapping:  At the start of every attorney-client relationship, Mr. Walsh will work closely with the client to answer the difficult question, “What specifically are we trying to accomplish with this litigation.”  This is not an easy question to answer at the start of a lawsuit, especially when the parties may not have all of the relevant information.  But time and effort must be devoted to this question early in the process if the business client is going to be resolved efficiently.  Once the client’s objectives are determined, Mr. Walsh will then map out the most efficient path through the five stages of a lawsuit, which are delineated in detail below.  And when the client’s objectives are to avoid this process altogether, Mr. Walsh can then fashion another path to resolving the litigation by utilizing various “alternative dispute resolution” methods like binding arbitration, mediation, moderated settlement conferences, mini-trials, and summary jury trials.   

For details on how to map each stage of a lawsuit, click here.

“Block” Work Flows:  To avoid the waste associated with starting and stopping work on a project before the project is completed, Mr. Walsh will implement a system of uninterrupted “blocks” of time to work toward a client’s objectives.  When he is working on your case, he will not permit other clients to distract him from completing this “block” of work. 

Cumulative Work Product:  For each client, Mr. Walsh will maintain two primary documents: (1) an ongoing legal memorandum and (2) an extensive timeline of events and discovery.  The legal memorandum will begin with an outline of the legal elements necessary to establish a claim or defense.  As various parts of the case develop and additional legal research is conducted, Mr. Walsh will record this research in the legal memorandum.  The goal is to never repeat any work already completed on the case.  As the legal memorandum is refined throughout the case, Mr. Walsh will also be refining and developing the underlying theory of the case.  The same will apply to the timeline, which will record any event or document in an excel spreadsheet so that this evidence can be recalled and analyzed efficiently.  In essence, every time work is performed on the case, it will be recorded in either the legal memorandum or the timeline to ensure that no work is repeated. 

Weekly Updates:  To keep a client updated on the status of a case, Mr. Walsh will email a status report weekly that will delineate what was done in the previous week and what is expected to be done in the upcoming week.  It will also remind the client about any actions that it is responsible for so that the client can have sufficient time to plan and prepare for the tasks. 

Technology:  Mr. Walsh will invest in the necessary technology to ensure an efficient operation, including, for instance, technologies like Dragon Voice Recognition technology and online legal research.