Before your firm buys that cool new technology, read this!

Before your firm buys that cool new technology, read this!

What To Look For In Law Practice Technology I get plenty of calls every week from vendors ready to sell me the “next big thing” that will revolutionize my practice.  Some of them even live up to their billing.  And we pass on almost all of them. Here’s why: Ours is a volume practice and, to… Read more »

The Lawyer Who Became the King of SaaS

The Lawyer Who Became the King of SaaS

From lawyer to tech start-up guru, and the undeniable thought leader for the SaaS movement in Silicon Valley, Jason Lemkin continues to build a following of founders, CEO’s and sales execs through his blog SaaStr. With the support of Storm Ventures, Jason recently wrapped up his first major event, SaaStr Annual, where 2,000 founders and execs met in San… Read more »

Lawyers Moonlighting as Entrepreneurs

Lawyers Moonlighting as Entrepreneurs

  So many articles have been written about how lawyers make terrible entrepreneurs. Lawyers are mischaracterized as risk averse, unimaginative and perfectionists to a fault. Most also believe that lawyers lack general business know how. While some of these may have been accurate in the past, lawyers today are entrepreneurial and innovative, mostly out of… Read more »

Young Lawyers, Move to Silicon Valley!

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Updated: January 31st, 2015. This article was originally posted on November 11, 2013.  This week it was announced that the Stanford Graduate School of Business, for the first time in its history, was sending more of its grads into tech than into finance. That’s a big deal. Just two years ago only 13% of students… Read more »

Time Management for Solo/Small Firms (Fast Read)

Time Management for Solo/Small Firms (Fast Read)

For an industry that spends most of its time billing in hourly increments many lawyers are very bad at time management. They know how to bill for the time they spend working on a case, but what about the time that they aren’t spending on a billable hour? Are they using it in their best… Read more »

Thoughts from a Paperless Lawyer (Fast Read)

Thoughts from a Paperless Lawyer (Fast Read)

My office uses plenty of paper.  Consumer bankruptcy, our specialty, requires — at a minimum — a signed forty page petition.  Added to the intake forms, reaffirmation documents, and errata, most of our clients have paper files exceeding 100 pages.  Because all law firms have some documents like these, going paperless simply cannot mean getting… Read more »

How Referral Relationships Will Help Your Firm Prosper

How Referral Relationships Will Help Your Firm Prosper

Like many attorneys, you’re probably hesitant to take on prospective clients who bring legal issues outside of your wheelhouse. But by turning away potential cases, you’re doing the individuals — and your firm — a major disservice. You might not know much about animal liability cases, but perhaps you know someone who does. Instead of closing… Read more »

Some LegalTech for the Litigators

Some LegalTech for the Litigators

Litigation may not be easily disruptable in the Silicon Valley sense of the word (Doc Brown was wrong about 2015), but it most certainly can be optimized. LegalTech startups that are focused on litigation, and more specifically legal process outsourcing (LPO), are nothing new. Pangea3, Mindcrest, LawScribe, are just a few of the more well-known… Read more »

Lawline: A LegalTech Success Story

Lawline: A LegalTech Success Story

    LI: The same year you graduated from law school you started Lawline. How did the decision to go into LegalTech win-out over a more traditional legal path? DS: After I graduated college I worked in online advertising sales for 4 years. I then decided to go to law school because I wanted to… Read more »