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Gateway Practices Promise Premium Law Firm Rates for 2011 – and More

Gateway Practices are a law firm’s exclusive invitation into an elite club. They not only provide intimate insights into a client’s most sensitive, high-value needs, but also offer priority access to new business opportunities in other areas (such as high-rate, high-growth opportunities). Gateway Practices are, in essence, the equivalent of a hidden shortcut to the king’s treasures.

BTI Premium Practices Forecast 2011, based on input from more than 250 corporate counsel, predicts there are 4 Gateway Practices for 2011. These are:

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Investigations
  • Bankruptcy
  • IP Litigation

Opportunities in Gateway Practices, however, are not abundantly available. In terms of market size, they are smaller than most other practice areas. Fewer companies have existing matters—for example, just 24.2% of companies have an active bet-the-company litigation at any given time—and the growth prospects for Gateway Practices, most of which are negative, mean competition is intense.

The only way to win new business in a shrinking practice area is to (1) take work from a competitor, or (2) be first in line for new opportunities.

Three best practices to position your firm to capture—and keep—this high-powered, top-rate work are:

  1. Be the driving force behind new thinking in how to use legal strategy for business advantage
     
  2. Take a bullet for your client. Commitment to help is the single most powerful differentiator when hiring for Gateway Practices.
     
  3. Host regular online or live events which anticipate major risk factors in Gateway Practices 
©2021 The BTI Consulting Group Wellesley, MANational Law Review, Volume I, Number 83
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About this Author

Marcie L. Borgal Shunk, Lead Analyst, BTI Consulting
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Marcie Borgal Shunk is a Principal with BTI and also serves as BTI’s Lead Analyst. Ms. Shunk brings more than 10 years of experience of strategic analysis and all aspects of client relationships at professional services firms.

Ms. Shunk drives BTI’s analytical strategies to uncover the most compelling insights from BTI’s proprietary research with more than 6,000 key individuals who acquire and manage professional services. Ms. Shunk’s research includes an in-depth analysis of more than 2,500 interviews with key clients, including nearly 1,700 corporate counsel at Fortune 1000...

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