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A blog about a group of freelance attorneys who are changing the way lawyers practice law.

We Are in a Book

By Erin Giglia

Actually, as luck would have it, we are in two books.  We are happy and excited to share that Montage Legal Group is mentioned in two excellent books – Life After Law by Liz Brown and Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte.

Life After Law: Finding Work You Love With the J.D. You Have 

By Liz Brown

17801997Liz Brown is a former litigation partner at an international law firm.  She graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School and has practiced law in San Francisco, London, and Boston, advising senior executives at Fortune 500 companies on legal strategies and managing multi-million dollar cases from inception to successful resolution.  She is the former Executive Director in Boston of Golden Seeds, one of the largest angel investor networks in the United States.  She now teaches business law at Bentley University and is a frequent speaker on alternative law careers.  Liz specializes in helping lawyers transition the skills and training gained in law school and in legal practice into success in alternative careers.

In her book, Life After Law, Liz discusses and profiles former attorneys using their legal skills and training to succeed in other industries, such as baking, counseling, and entrepreneurship.  Liz explores the idea that law school and legal practice provides lawyers with valuable skills – negotiation, organization, attention to important details, communication, and strategizing – which are helpful in professions outside the legal field.  Lawyers are among the most educated and brightest people, yet statistically have low job satisfaction.  Law can be a fulfilling career for some, but it is not for everyone.  Liz Brown argues that lawyers need not feel stuck in the legal profession if they do not enjoy it.   Skills gained in law school and in practice can easily transfer into other industries and fields.

Liz discusses special challenges that women lawyers face including discrimination, difficulties making partner, and motherhood.  Liz profiles Montage Legal Group and other virtual practice models in the Chapter entitled, “Challenges And Alternatives For Women Lawyers.”  We are so honored to be included.  Liz states,

“They soon realized they were changing the way contract attorneys thought of themselves as well. By providing law firms with high-quality attorneys, whose photos and profiles appear on the Montage Legal website, Laurie and Erin created an attractive alternative for lawyers who wanted to do challenging work outside the confines of traditional firms.”

To read more of Life After Law, check out Liz Brown’s blog, or order the book here.


Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time

By Brigid Schulte

Overwhelmed-TPBookshot-201x300Brigid Schulte is an award-winning journalist for the Washington Post and Washington Post magazine, and was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize. She is also a fellow at the New America Foundation. As a professional writer and mother of two children, Brigid decided to study America’s workaholic culture.  She asks, “Where did all of our free time go?  Can we get it back?”

According to the Leisure Studies Department at the University of Iowa, true leisure is “that place in which we realize our humanity.” If that’s true, argues Brigid Schulte, then we’re doing dangerously little realizing of our humanity. In Overwhelmed, Brigid asks: Are our brains, our partners, our culture, and our bosses making it impossible for us to experience anything but “contaminated time?”

Schulte first asked this question in a 2010 feature for The Washington Post Magazine: “How did researchers compile this statistic that said we were rolling in leisure―over four hours a day? Did any of us feel that we actually had downtime? Was there anything useful in their research―anything we could do?”

Overwhelmed examines the stresses that have reduced and denigrated our leisure time, and a look at how to put the pieces back together. Brigid speaks to neuroscientists, sociologists, and hundreds of working parents to understand the factors contributing to our collective sense of being overwhelmed, seeking insights, answers, and inspiration. She investigates progressive offices trying to invent a new kind of workplace; she travels across Europe to get a sense of how other countries accommodate working parents; she finds younger couples who claim to have figured out an ideal division of chores, childcare, and meaningful paid work. Overwhelmed is the story of what she found out.

In a chapter entitled “When Work Works,” Brigid studies people and businesses trying to fix broken industries.  She looked for new models born out of industries otherwise entrenched in face time requirements and a 24/7 mentality.  Brigid argues that the only way to implement positive change is from top to bottom.  If the leaders change their own work habits and model behaviors that value personal time, then the culture will shift.  She profiles changes in the law and “The New Normal,” law firms and practice models using technology to create virtual practice, which lends itself to flexibility.  Brigid lists Montage Legal Group as a business fostering these positive changes – flexible virtual practice.  As the workforce shifts and fills with Millinneals willing to forgo money for time, more change is inevitable.   To read more, buy Overwhelmed here.

Montage Legal Group is excited to be a part of these positive changes – a safe space for exceptional attorneys seeking the balance and flexibility rarely found in traditional legal practice, and a resource for law firms seeking an edge against the competition.

Montage Legal’s Freelance Lawyers Named 2015 “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers Magazine

Montage Legal Group congratulates five outstanding lawyers within the Montage Legal Group network who were named Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine. Every year Super Lawyers selects attorneys from throughout the United States and London from all firm sizes and over 70 practice areas. The prestigious Rising Star honor awards top attorneys who qualify for theContinue Reading

Three Legal Mistakes Small Businesses Make

We recently had an article published in Hera Hub’s Magazine, the Hera Herald.  Hera Hub’s mission is to provide entrepreneurial women with a productive, professional work and meeting space, where they can connect with a like-minded community to collaborate and flourish, and we are honored to be featured in their magazine. Our article discusses mistakesContinue Reading

Suits for a Cause 2015 – #SFAC2015

We are ready to kick off the annual Suits for a Cause clothing drive! For the fifth year in a row, Suits for a Cause will take place in June and will unite the Orange County legal community for a good cause.  Law firms and legal businesses will join together to hold simultaneous clothing drivesContinue Reading

Montage Legal and The KFK Group Sponsor WHW’s “Happy Days” Luncheon

Montage Legal Group and The KFK Group are proud to sponsor WHW’s “Happy Days” Luncheon, which will be held at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach on Saturday, May 16th at 11:00am.  The 1950s themed luncheon will feature a silent auction, gourmet lunch and fun fashion show.  This year’s event will have a 50′s flare and promisesContinue Reading

Orange County USD Panel & Networking

Our colleague, Kimber Williams-Theel, will be a panelist at an upcoming University of San Diego event at The Center Club on 4/28 at 6:00 p.m. Kimber is President of KimberCo Recruiting, Ltd., a high-level recruiting firm for attorneys all over the country.  She will be sharing her personal stories, tips and tricks for navigating theContinue Reading

Law Student Spotlight – Riley v. California – The 4th Amendment Goes Digital

One our favorite community service activities is speaking with law students about the ins and outs of the legal industry.  Because law school and even legal practice can only take you so far, we try to fill in some gaps in between being a good lawyer and having a successful practice.  While we are notContinue Reading

Congratulations Lawpreneur Radio!

by Erin Giglia We always love hearing about exciting entrepreneurial ideas, so we were very pleased when our friend, criminal defense attorney Miranda McCrosky, started her new venture last year – Lawpreneur Radio.  Miranda started Lawpreneur Radio with the idea that she and many others have interesting stories about their own legal entrepreneurship to shareContinue Reading

Where Have All the Women Gone?

Where Have All the Women Gone?

Women are leaving law firms in ever increasing numbers.  These women leave for a variety of reasons, most commonly because of parenthood.  Although law firms are instituting family friendlier policies, law firms continue to lose women, leaving us to wonder if broader law firm culture will ever adapt. In the meantime, women are finding theirContinue Reading

Highlights from the “Night with Gatsby” Jubilee

Montage Legal Group congratulates the Anaheim Ducks Foundation and 44 Women for Children on a successful “Night with Gatsby” Jubilee held in benefit of the Orangewood Children’s Foundation.  Montage was pleased to attend and be one of the sponsors of the Jubilee, 100% of the proceeds of which were designated towards the Orangewood Children’s Foundation.Continue Reading