Law Firm Networks – Everything You Need to Know

Compiled by Laura A. Kresich, Membership Director, The LawMarketing Portal,lkresich@lawmarketing.com.The Advocacy Group(www.theadvocacygroup.org) is an international inter-firm network focusing on public affairs and government relations. TAG provides a diverse array of professional advocacy services through its members. TAG works with firms in all fifty states, Washington, D.C. and six countries. It is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Contact: David K. McCloud, Managing Director, 1655 North Fort Myer Drive, Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22209, Tel: 703.740.3801, Fax: 703.351.5298.ALFA International (www.alfainternational.com),formerly known as the American Law Firm Association, is an international association of independent law firms. ALFA has 9,000 lawyers in 132 member law firms throughout the United States, North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. Member firms provide a wide variety of legal services and, through the network, aid clients in retaining counsel in foreign jurisdictions. The organization also stresses the value of continuing legal education and offers seminars and publications on a wide range of topics. Contact: Amy Sammon, Director of Events & Member Services, 980 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1180, Chicago, Illinois 60611, Tel: 312.642.5244,asammon@alfainternational.com.

Commercial Law League of America (www.clla.org) is the oldest and largest organization of attorneys and other professionals who represent the credit industry in debt collection, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Members have access to an informative interactive website with credit, collection and bankruptcy news, and a searchable database of CLLA members. The organization holds various regional meetings and one national convention per year. A membership application can be completed online athttps://www.clla.org/membership/membership_registration.cfm. Contact: 70 East Lake Street, Suite 630, Chicago, IL 60601, Phone: 312-781-2000, Fax: 312-781-2010, email: info@clla.org.

Counsel-Alliance ( www.counsel-alliance.com) is an international network of law firms providing legal service to many Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies. Members have access to the alliance’s proprietary databases. Contact: info@counsel-alliance.com.

Eagle International Associates (http://www.eagle-law.com) is an international network of law firms, adjusters and claims-related service providers throughout North America and Europe. Members provide clients (primarily insurance companies and self-insureds) with legal and adjusting services. Member firms handle litigation and claims focusing on areas such as Product Liability, Professional Liability, Toxic Liability, Premises Liability, and General Liability. Contact: Frank L. Napolitani, Executive Director, 601 South Seventh Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101, Tel: 702-221-1399, Fax: 702-221-2295, email form available at http://www.eagle-law.com/contact.php?lg=en.

Globalaw (www.globalaw.net) is a worldwide network of 5,000 lawyers located in more than 93 firms. The organization provides members with local expertise, lawyer exchanges, connections with local business networks and meeting facilities. Contact: William “Buz” White, Vice President & Chair, Membership Nominating Committee, Hill Farrer & Burrill, 300 South Grand Avenue, 3rd floor,Los Angeles, CA, 90071-3147, Tel 213.620.0460, Fax 213.624.4840,WWhite@hfbllp.com.

International Lawyers Network (www.iln.com) is an association of 91 law firms with over 5,000 lawyers worldwide. Member firms offer service in a wide range of practice areas including corporate and commercial law, securities law, taxation, commercial litigation, dispute resolution, employment law, government contracting, intellectual property law, administrative law and estate planning. Contact: Lindsay Griffiths, Director of Network Development, 179 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, NJ 07675, Tel: 201-594-9430, Fax: 740-594-9765, lindsay.griffiths@iln.com.

IMMLAW (National Consortium of Immigration Law Firms,www.immlaw.com) is a network of attorneys concentrating exclusively on immigration law. IMMLAW has 17 members located throughout the United States. Contact: Jay I. Solomon Suite 1350, 900 Circle 75 Parkway Atlanta, Georgia 30339-3095, Tel: 770.955.1055, Fax: 770.955.9303, JSolomon@USimmlaw.com.

INTERLAW (www.interlaw.org) is a global organization consisting of more than 5,000 attorneys in approximately 120 cities. The network offers member’s listservs organized by geographical location, practice groups and industry areas. INTERLAW also produces a number of publications. Membership is by invitation only. Contact: for membership information contact the Secretariat atSecretariat@interlaw.org or complete the prospective member questionnaire athttp://www.interlaw.com/AboutInterlaw.asp#PMember.

The Interlex Group (www.interlexgroup.com) is a global association of 40 leading law firms providing a range of business and legal services to clients. Members are located in such diverse regions as Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the United States. Member firms are encouraged to develop personal relationships through the organization’s annual meeting and periodic meetings of specialized practice groups. Membership is highly selective. Contact: Lawrence B. Swibel, Secretariat, 321 North Clark Street, Suite 3300, Chicago, IL 60610, Phone: 312.224.1214, lswibel@fhslc.com.

The International Society of Primerus Law Firms(www.primerus.com) is a nationwide alliance focused on promoting the professional integrity of its members. Members are carefully screened before being admitted to the organization. Questions are asked of the candidates, their clients, other lawyers and local judges. Nominees are evaluated for integrity, excellence of work product, reasonable fees, continuing education, civility to bench and bar and community service. Contact: Mr. Scott Roland, Senior Vice President of Membership Development, 171 Monroe Avenue, NW, Suite 750, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, Tel: 800.968.2211, Fax: 616.458.7099,sroland@primerus.com.

Legal Counsel International (www.lcilaw.com) has member firms in 13 countries offering legal services in broad range of practice areas. Members must be fluent in English and have significant experience in international business matters. Membership is by invitation only. Contact: Legal Counsel International, One SW Columbia, Suite 777, Portland, OR 97258, Tel: 503.997.2200, Fax: 503.226.2201,admin@lcilaw.com.

Legal Netlink Alliance (www.legalnetlink.net) is a network of midsize general practice firms. The alliance has more than 1,500 members from 80 firms. Members have access to legal professionals familiar with local policies and practices in 17 countries. Contact: Jay A. Frank, Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa, One IBM Plaza, Suite 3000, Chicago, IL 60611, Tel: 312-828-9600, Fax: 312-828-9635,jfrank@agdglaw.com.

Legal Network International (www.lninternational.com) is an alliance of 36 independent firms throughout Europe, the United States, Mexico, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, South America and Russia. Members have access to the network’s bulletin boards, chat room and publications, as well as LNI conferences. Contact: William J. Flynn III, Chairman, 501 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1700, Tampa, FL 33602, Tel: 813-228-7411, Fax: 813-229-8313,wflynn@fowlerwhite.com.

Lexwork International (www.lexwork.net) is a network of 31 independent law firms located in Europe, the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Asia. Lexwork members hold an annual meeting is held each autumn, as well as a number of conference calls to provide opportunities for networking and sharing expertise. Various working groups also hold regular conference calls focusing on specific areas of law. Contact: Lawrence C Rubin, Chair, North America, 111 East Wacker Drive, Suite 2800, Chicago, IL 60601.Tel: 312.836.4017,lrubin@shefskylaw.com.

Lex Mundi (www.lexmundi.com) is a worldwide association of 160 independent law firms with at least one member law firm for each country, state or province. Members have access to current business and legal information through a variety of association publications including Lex Mundi’s Guides to Doing Business Series, eWorld Reports, and the International Business Transactions Checklist. Lex Mundi members exchange information through a quarterly internal newsletter (the Lex Mundi Reports), four regional conferences each year, 29 practice groups and committees, and a partner exchange program. Contact: Melinda Eggenberger, Vice President, 2100 West Loop South, Suite 1000, Houston, Texas 77027, Tel: 1.713.328.4520, Fax: 713-626-9933,meggenberger@lexmundi.com.

Meritas (www.meritas.org) is a global network of 170 firms in 60 countries. Members have access to a searchable online lawyer qualification database providing profiles, legal practice experience, career histories and contact details of other Meritas member firms and practitioners. Quarterly requests for written evaluations from referring firms are used to monitor members’ performance. Membership is by invitation only. Contact: Sandy Ake, Member Relations Manager, 800 Washington Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401, Tel: 612.604.0082, Fax: 612-337-5783, sake@meritas.org.

National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys(www.netplanning.com) emphasizes continuing legal education and practice development. Founding members of the organization have published more than 25 books on estate planning. The alliance offers members a wide range of seminars and workshops, including a two-year Practicum Transformation Experience. Members also have access to practice tools and information on new technologies. Contact: Tel: 800.638.8681, info@nnepa.com.

Network of Leading Law Firms (www.nllf.com) has member firms in 22 countries and 32 U.S. states. The alliance was originally created to provide a reliable referral network but also focuses on sharing information and practice management strategies. The network has one annual meeting and four regional meetings per year, and provides members with access to an extensive library of publications. Membership is strictly limited by geographical area. Contact: Sandra J. Boyer, President, 3135 South State Street, Suite 350 I, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, Tel: 734.929.6948, Fax: 734.929.6952sandra.boyer@nllf.com.

The Network of Trial Law Firms (www.trial.com) includes 5,000 attorneys in 23 firms throughout the U.S. and Canada. The network offers a database of member firms, continuing legal education programs and the latest litigation news and important court decisions. Contact: Ellis R. Mirsky, Esq., 303 South Broadway, Suite 222, Tarrytown, NY 10591, Tel: 914.332.4400, Fax: 914.332.1671,emirsky@trial.com.

Pacific Rim Advisory Council (www.prac.org) is a Canadian-based global alliance of 32 top-tier law firms with substantial business in Asia and the Pacific Rim region, including South America, Australia, India, Mexico, the Philippines and the United States. Members have access to semi-annual conferences, public seminars and alliance publications. PRAC also sponsors a lawyer exchange programs among member firms. Contact: Ms. Susan Ianetta, Director,susan.iannetta@prac.org.

State Capital Global Law Firm Group (www.statecapitallaw.org) is an organization of firms located in each of the fifty U.S. capital cities and in other capital cities and major commercial centers around the world. Members share information and expertise about the practice of law before various legislative, judicial, administrative, regulatory and executive bodies in the represented capital cities. Members are admitted based on their ability to practice law before all the branches of government in the represented cities. The group produces Lobbying, PACs, and Campaign Finance: 50 State Handbook, published annually by West Group. Membership is by invitation only. Contact: Kristen E. Held, Meeting & Member Services Coordinator, 1747 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006, 202.659.6601, mailto:kheld@statecapitalgroup.org.

TAGLaw (www.TAGLaw.com) is a network of more than 140 law firms in nearly 100 countries. Its 7500+ lawyers work out of 300 offices to provide a full range of legal services to clients all over the world. The organization is divided into more than 20 Specialty Groups to provide members with contacts to others in similar practice areas. Groups include competition and European law, corporate law and mergers & acquisitions, employment & labor law, environmental law, immigration law, insolvency and secured transactions, intellectual property and information technology, and litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Contact: Kenneth Mayers, Director, Member Relations, 150 Second Avenue N., Suite 710, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Tel: 505.466.6954, Fax: 505.466.6925, KMayers@TAGLAW.com.

Techlaw Group, Inc (http://www.techlaw.org) has 18 member firms in more than 31 countries. Members offer legal services in industries that range from advanced materials, medical devices and biotechnology to telecommunications, electronics, semiconductors and software development. The group offers continuing legal educational programs, joint research projects and publications, and lawyer exchanges among member firms. Contact: Lisa Skinner, Executive Director, Tel: 865.588.7456, lskinner@techlaw.org.

Terralex (www.terralex.org) is a worldwide network of independent law firms practicing in international legal matters. The group consists of approximately 139 member firms in 88 countries. The organization is divided into 12 practice groups such as banking and financial services, maritime and trade and competition law. Terralex holds three regional meetings and one general annual meeting per year. Membership is by invitation only. Contact: S. Rafael Almanzar, Member Services Manager, 7300 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 203, Miami, FL 33126. Tel: 305.858.8825, Fax: 305.858.8986.

United States Law Firm Group (www.uslfg.com) is a national network of 19 U.S. law firms headquartered in major cities in the country’s leading commercial states. The organization has 19 committees (including an International Practice Committee) representing its various practice groups. ULFG’s group of 19 trustees meets three times a year. Contact: Michael J. Spector, Executive Director of USLFG, c/o Quarles & Brady LLP, 411 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4497, Tel: 414.277.5879, Fax: 414.271.3552, mjs@quarles.com. USFN (http://www.usfn.org/) is a nationwide network of mortgage banking attorneys. The organization offers referral services, educational seminars, industry news, publications, a listserv and training resources. Full membership is open to law firms and trustee companies; USFN also offers associate memberships to businesses that provide related services such as title services, property valuation, document retrieval, and commercial property management. Contact: Thomas P. Dore, Membership Committee Chair, 14471 Chambers Rd., # 260, Tustin, CA 92780, Tel: 800.635.6128, Fax: 714.573.2650, tdore@cbddlaw.com.

Virginia Law Network (no website available) is a statewide network of 10 independent law firms with over 300 attorneys. Contact: Calvin W. Fowler, Jr., Williams, Mullen, Clark & Dobbins, Two James Center, 16th Floor, 1021 East Cary Street, Post Office Box 1320, Richmond, VA 23218-1320, Tel: 804.783.6442, Fax: 804.783.6507,wfowler@wmcd.com.

Worklaw Network (formerly known as LABNet, www.worklaw.com) is a nationwide network of law firms exclusively representing management in all areas of labor and employment law. Member firms practice exclusively in labor and employment matters for employers. The network has 339 lawyers, in 40 offices in 26 states. Members have access to a shared database containing research memoranda, briefs, election campaign materials, and other pooled information. Membership is by invitation only. Contact: Ralph Abbott, Member Recruiting, Phone: 413.737.4753, Fax: 413.787.1941,ralphabbott@skoler-abbott.com.

World Law Group Ltd. (www.theworldlawgroup.com) is an international network of 47 member firms located on 6 continents in more than 250 global commercial centers. The organization holds semi-annual meetings and provides members with publications on a range of topics including antitrust, e-commerce and health law. Membership is by invitation only. Contact: Beth J. Castro, Administrator, P.O. Box 3045, Westfield, NJ 07091, Phone: 908.233.2497, bcastro@theworldlawgroup.com.

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