Jun 30, 2011 0
When virtual law offices start getting recognized by industry organizations for the quality of life they enable, you know a trend has hit stride.
That’s just what has happened with Virtual Law Partners. The Bar Association of the District of Columbia presented the virtual law firm with its annual Constance L. Belfiore Quality of Life Award. Constance Belfiore called Virtual Law Partners a “new type of law firm that offers an appealing alternative for lawyers. VLP is exploring a new frontier and is doing so successfully.”
The award recognizes legal employers who demonstrate innovative efforts to promote quality of life, both professional and personal, within the firm. The award honors the firm for providing an exceptional quality of life in the workplace through policies that support significant flexibility and autonomy for its attorneys and staff.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the BADC,” says Cathryn Chinn, CEO of VLP. “Our firm was founded with a goal of creating a new type of law firm that provides a platform for our attorneys to have sophisticated legal practices while maintaining balance between their professional and personal lives.”
Since 2008, Virtual Law Partners has been working to create a firm that allows its attorneys to pursue their individual interests while practicing law at the highest level. The BADC pointed to the firm’s innovative compensation model as one reason for the recognition. Virtual Law Partners attorneys determine when and where they work and how much they work.
BADC also noted the firm’s “state of the art” technology platform that promotes collaboration. Virtual Law Partners’ model allows attorneys to work from the office location of their choice. For attorneys who choose to work from home, this eliminates commute time and gives the firm’s attorneys and staff more flexibility to balance their client work, business development activities, pro bono and community projects, and personal time.
“Working for VLP has increased my quality of life by giving me control over my practice,” says Lisa Stone, an Energy and Environmental Law attorney based in D.C. “Without minimum billable hours, office ‘face time’ requirements, and with compensation that is directly tied to my receivables according to a set formula, I find that I am able to truly focus on practicing law for my clients.”