New Ways, New Issues
With the revolution in both law firm technology and economics over the past generation, many lawyers have increasingly moved to a “virtual office” model. Some virtual office practitioners are solos and others are firms that practice in whole or in part “virtually.” Although individual practices vary, most include cloud-based file
storage and email and a physical location that is not a traditional “brick and mortar” office.
While opening new opportunities for lawyers, this developing way of practicing also poses
new challenges for law firm risk management. In this column, we’ll look at three of the most
common: marketing, confidentiality, and supervision.
One of the central features of a virtual office is, as the name implies, a physical loca-
tion that differs from traditional law firm space. In some instances, virtual office practi-
tioners work out of their homes. In others, they practice in shared office suites or other
by Mark J. Fucile
LAW FIRM RISK