Does multitasking shortchange clients?

January 31st, 2012

Yes, says a partner at a law firm, speaking at LegalTech.

There was a lively debate regarding the ways younger employees are reshaping the practice of law.

Sorensen simply said, “They are not.” The general consensus seemed to be the millennial style of extreme multitasking is not conducive to law firm work. Levy equated it to partial attention, and he said too much multitasking “shortchanges clients.” (If that’s the case, it’s a good thing Above the Law editors are not practicing lawyers. While I wrote this, I was also juggling knives and riding a motorcycle.) For the time being anyway, panelists said employees will have to adapt more than overall organizations.

But everyone realized the need to move forward technologically. Sorenson said some of the best opportunities for legal tech companies right now are with independent, entrepreneurial attorneys, who have more leeway to experiment.