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Category: Managing Law Firm Partners

Oct 08, 2013

Managing Law Firm Partners – How to Herd the Cats


I have just been elected as the firm's first managing partner. We are a 9 attorney firm in El Paso, Texas. After a month I am already frustrated and wish I had declined the role. I have two partners that are simply not producing, do as they please, and I am powerless. I would appreciate your thoughts.


Non-productive partners always pose a challenge. They are usually the “nice – easy to get along with folks” which makes it difficult to confront and deal with them as well. However, the longer that you let such problems fester the harder these situations will be to deal with in the long term. Layout performance expectations and deal with them in real time.


You will need to sit down with your other partners and get their support and commitment to stand behind you and support you before you embark on this journey.

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John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC


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