Lawyerist is home to the largest online community of solo and small-firm lawyers in the world.Their goal is to help lawyers build better law practices by bringing together a group of innovative lawyers to share ideas, experiments, and best practices.
In this episode with David Colarusso, we talk about Suffolk University Law School’s Legal Innovation and Technology Lab, what it is and what it hopes to achieve, as well as a concept known as “Chesterton’s fence” and how you can better use risk assessment tools in your firm.
TimeSolv’s project management features help you balance matters and budgeting for better efficiency and accountability in your practice.
TimeSolv is a cloud-based time tracking and billing solution with project and budget management features to help you run a more efficient and accountable practice. With its project management features, TimeSolv can also help you manage matters to keep you within budget and provide better insight for your billing.
Many attorneys have been in situations where they undercharge for their services, either because flat rates were set too low or they worked more hours on a project than anticipated. It’s hard to keep track of multiple tasks and budgets at a time, which is why TimeSolv has provided the perfect tool to help you maximize your time and stay within your client’s budget so you can charge what you deserve.
With its project management features, you can create tasks and subtasks, assign those tasks to attorneys, and set limits by hours or fees per attorney or task to ensure no one goes over time or budget.
Set limits by time, fees, or expenses.
You’ll even get real time notifications if you go over your set allotments.
“Plan Task Assignment fees and hours budget exceeded”
Once you’ve hit milestones or completed certain tasks within a project, you’ll be able to easily generate invoices to send to your clients, or have invoices generated automatically once certain milestones have been met.
Set milestone triggers to automatically send invoices to clients.
By keeping tabs on how much time you’re spending on a project, you’ll be better able to anticipate flat fees, time, and expenses for particular matters, providing a clearer picture for you and your clients.
What’s more, after you’ve completed a matter, you can create templates from previous tasks and subtasks, saving you even more time as you take new cases. Or create templates before you even get started.
Select a template
How to Get It
Learn more about how TimeSolv and its project management features can help you run a more efficient and productive law practice by visiting their website where you can sign up for a free demo or free trial.
He has used his many years of experience in international crisis and high-stakes negotiations to develop a unique program and team that applies these globally proven techniques to the business world.
Prior to 2008, Chris was the lead international kidnapping negotiator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the FBI’s hostage negotiation representative for the National Security Council’s Hostage Working Group. During his government career, he also represented the U.S. Government at two international conferences sponsored by the G-8 as an expert in kidnapping.
In this episode with Mark Britton, we talk about how he started Avvo, his vision for the company, and how it changed over the years. Mark also shares his thoughts on rating lawyers and how he would advise the next startup hoping to rate lawyers.
Mark is the founder and former CEO of Avvo, the world’s largest community for legal guidance and services. Prior to founding Avvo, Mark was the executive vice president of Worldwide Corporate Affairs of InterActiveCorp Travel (IACT) and Expedia, Inc. (NSDQ: EXPE).
Currently, Mark spends as much time as possible with his family and then takes on small projects that relate to investing and advisory work as a Strategic Director at Madrona Venture Group. With Avvo’s success, Mark regularly speaks around the country on technology, consumer and legal issues.
Mark’s favorite quote is from Albert Einstein:
“Everything in life should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
In this episode with Allison Shields, we pick up where left off in Episode #22, talking about productivity mindset, delegation, and how better organization sets lawyers up for success.
Allison Shields helps lawyers create more productive, profitable, and enjoyable law practices. She works with lawyers on the business side of their practices. She builds marketing and business development skills to help lawyers identify and attract the right clients. And she helps lawyers improve processes, operations, billing, and productivity, which improved client services.
Allison wants to help lawyers enjoy the practice of law again and to help the profession to retain good lawyers rather than losing them to burnout or overwhelm.
Allison shares her hard-earned wisdom:
There’s no such thing as perfect. You need to know when good enough is good enough. You’re no good to your clients, your family, or anyone else if you’re burned out.
Right now, Allison is working on a series of webinars on essential business and communications skills for lawyers and will be starting a series of online courses on how lawyers can use LinkedIn more effectively.
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In this episode with ABA president Robert M. Carlson, we talk about what it means to lead a large and multifaceted legal organization in a time of technology change and innovation. We also cover the ABA’s new membership dues structure, what it hopes to achieve, and what a much-diminished ABA membership would mean for the practice of law. Lastly, we talk to Bob about some hot-button ethics issues like non-lawyer ownership and advertising regulations. You’ll also get a glimpse of Robert’s plans after his term as ABA president is over.
Robert Carlson became president of the American Bar Association, the world’s largest voluntary professional organization with more than 400,000 members, in August 2018 and will serve in that role until August 2019.
He is a shareholder with the Butte, Montana, law firm of Corette Black Carlson & Mickelson, P.C. where his civil trial and mediation practice primarily involves insurance defense, products liability, and insurance coverage.
As ABA President, his mission is to serve equally our members, our profession and the public by defending liberty and delivering justice as the national representative of the legal profession.
In this episode with Kim and Kate, we talk about B Corporations, including what they are, what problem Kim and Kate were trying to solve that they couldn’t with a regular corporation, and what they know now about B Corps that they wish they had known when they first started their law firm.
Kimberly Pray and Kate Kilberg
Kate Kilberg and Kimberly Pray are the managing partners and founders of Catalyst Law LLC, a boutique law firm and certified B Corp specializing in social enterprise, philanthropy, trusts and estates, business, taxation, and nonprofit law.
With an advanced degree in taxation and an interdisciplinary background in law, business, and non-profits, Kimberly’s practice includes taxation, estate planning, trust and estate administration, and advising businesses, tax-exempt organizations, and social enterprises.
Kate’s practice focuses on non-profit and tax-exempt organizations, social enterprise and impact investing, philanthropy, and complex estate planning and administration.
I recently read a book in which the author surmised that most readers would describe Thomas Edison as a lone tinkerer working on his many inventions in a small workshop in isolation. I must admit that when I pictured Edison, I pictured him exactly that way.
I was surprised to learn that in fact, rather than being a solitary genius working in isolation, Edison worked in a state of the art facility, and a large group of scientists worked in collaboration with him on each of his inventions.
Teamwork in the Law Firm Environment
What about you? Are you trying to go it alone? Many lawyers I’ve worked with, especially solo practitioners, think that they must do everything themselves. They do not like to ask for help or to admit that they do not understand some aspect of running their law firm or serving their clients. They feel that they have a responsibility to resolve every problem on their own.
Yet for the most successful lawyers, the contrary is true. As we’ve seen with Thomas Edison, even those we consider to be geniuses or superstars often have others working with them behind the scenes to achieve success through teamwork.
Studies have shown that isolation leads to decreased productivity and can be harmful to your physical and mental health. Regardless of the size of your law firm, when you collaborate with others, the exercise in teamwork will improve your practice by boosting efficiency, motivation and/or performance.
Teamwork and the Solo Practitioner
Even solo practitioners can build teams by identifying strategic partners, creating mastermind groups, working with coaches or consultants, hiring experts when necessary, or outsourcing work to others. Some of these people may be personal friends or family who act as supporters or cheerleaders; others may be business associates, employees or peers who serve a more direct business function.
What do your teams, coaches, strategic partners, and support networks provide for your practice?
If you’re starting or growing a small or solo law firm and looking to enhance your teamwork and support network, you absolutely must join Lawyerist Insider. And if you’re interested in getting a powerful snapshot of your firm’s strengths and weaknesses right now, take the Small Firm Scorecard.
Originally published 2010-06-17. Last updated 2019-04-11.
In this episode with Zach Pousman, we talk about the design process and how it relates to law practice. Zach walks us through Helpfully’s innovation process step-by-step, including how to pinpoint a client or customer’s needs and how to test whether or not your solution meets that need.
Zach Pousman has built a career pursuing tomorrow’s best ideas. Zach founded Helpfully, an R&D consultancy that focuses on understanding emerging social trends and technology leaps to power new business ideas.
Zach has keen eye on the way that AI techniques, big data, and new ways of working will affect both work and everyday life. Zach’s past projects include work at First Data, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, UCB Biopharma, Allstate, Kroger, iShares, and Google. Zach holds a Philosophy degree from the University of Chicago, and did advanced graduate work at Georgia Tech, blending anthropological techniques, design, and technology studies.
In this episode with Ed Walters, we talk about his book Data Driven Law, and why law firms should care more about data. We also talk with Ed about some of the bad or pointless uses of data, and how to use your data efficiently.
Ed Walters is the CEO and co-founder of Fastcase. Under Ed’s leadership, Fastcase has grown to one of the world’s largest legal publishers, currently serving more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world. Before founding Fastcase, Ed worked at Covington & Burling, in Washington D.C. and Brussels. He worked in the White House from 1991-1993, first in the Office of Media Affairs and then in the Office of Presidential Speechwriting.