The Law Firm of Your Dreams with John Fisher

Uncategorized Sep 08, 2022

Most lawyers start their own law firms with a lot of dreams and hopes for the future. But all too often, those dreams slowly fade away as the realities of owning a law firm set in. The truth is, it’s hard to run your own business and make it successful. But with some carefully planned systems and effort, you can create the law firm of your dreams.

Joining us in this episode of Profit with Law is John Fisher, a medical malpractice attorney and author. He shares his journey in building a law firm and the lessons and tips he learned to grow a successful firm. He also talks about the power of systems and processes.

Don’t miss this episode to gain valuable insights and bring your firm to new heights!

Here are three reasons why you should listen to this episode

  1. Understand the importance of documenting your policies.
  2. Learn how to grow your law firm and improve your business development.
  3. Find out how to create processes and implement them in your firm.

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Episode Highlights

Documenting Policies

  • In June 2010, he parted ways with the law firm he was working for.
  • He wrote every single policy that a law firm should have and it took two ½ years before he put all of that into The Power of a System.
  • He wrote the book because he wanted a game plan for how to run a law firm.
  • Document the processes of your law firm.
  • He adds their policies, systems and processes, and team members to Fisherpedia.

How to Grow Your Law Firm

  • Become an expert in an area of law that makes you stand out.
  • Hire amazing people and delegate everything you can.

John: “Essentially, I’m trying to take myself out of doing the stuff that I don’t like and focusing on the things that I love doing. So delegate almost everything that you possibly can.”

  • Master marketing and business development.
  • Learn from other experts.

Delegating Tasks vs. Taking Ownership

  • If something isn’t being done right, get involved.

John: “Your name is on the door. So if something’s not getting done the right way, you’ve got to own it. You’ve got to take responsibility. You can’t blame other people for what happens. And so if something’s not done correctly, you have got to be involved.”

  • Focus on your passion.
  • Decide if you want to be in the field or oversee everything.
  • Differentiate a small mistake from a big one.

Navigating Business Development

  • Learn about all areas of marketing.
  • Set aside at least two hours every week dedicated to business development.
  • Hire a marketing director.
  • Write quality content with 1500 to 2000 words.

John: “When you share your knowledge with other people, they will pay you back in spades by calling you. And then it’s just simply a matter, at that point, mastering the intake process.”

Moshe: “If we look at when to hire somebody based on whether we can afford it, that is what keeps us stuck. That’s what keeps us from moving forward. The reality is, is you have to look at what is possible if I bring somebody like this onto my staff.”

Getting Processes in Place

  • They compile all their procedures on Fisherpedia, which is a WordPress website that costs $1000 with no recurring fees.
  • Lead Docket makes it easier to track and organize leads.
  • You can copy policies from The Power of a System, but it’s better to make your own.

John: “If you have a recurring task that you’re doing more than once, then it should be a system. And it’s got to be documented. And it’s got to be shared with your team.”

  • Monitor your systems and processes and encourage your team to get involved.
  • At their firm, they have daily huddles every day for goals alignment and accessibility.

Implementing Systems

  • Their lien resolutions and medical record retrievals are outsourced.
  • If your processes can be done better by other people, then outsource those processes.
  • Delegating doesn’t mean delegating only within your law firm; outsourcing tasks to people who perform those tasks better than you is also delegation.
  • Focus on you’re unique ability.

John: “If that’s your unique ability to do certain things, that’s where you should be spending 80 to 90% of your time. Most people spend about 5 to 10% of their time on their unique ability and that’s a damn shame.”

About John

John Fisher is the owner and founder of John H. Fisher, P.C. Over the last 20 years, John has limited his practice to catastrophic injury law for injury victims in New York State.  He has been cited as a legal expert multiple times by TRIAL magazine and the New York Law Journal.

He often speaks for the New York State Bar Association, the National Trial Lawyers, Great Legal Marketing, and more regarding law practice management and internet marketing for lawyers. He is the author of two books, The Power of a System and The Law Firm of Your Dreams.

If you want to know more about John and his practice, you may visit his website or connect with him on LinkedIn.

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