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Six New Law Business Models & Why They Matter for Legal Tech

When we talk about innovation, technology is only one piece of the puzzle. Many times, it’s also necessary to innovate underlying business models to enable the technology to gain traction. I learned this lesson in my “day job,” representing alternative energy developers. Back in 2005, wind power was all the rage. Meanwhile solar remained mired…

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40 Legal Practice Areas That Didn’t Exist 15 Years Ago

Almost a decade ago,  Richard Susskind’s book. The End of Lawyers  predicted that many traditional lawyers, particularly solos and smalls would soon be rendered obsolete. And while Susskind wasn’t wrong — jobs in the legal sector decline steadily  every year, with a loss of 100,000 jobs predicted by November 2017 – the glass is also…

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Why Won’t The ABA Advocate for Solo & Small Firms On Interests on Tax Reform

Note: Post substantially revised at 3 pm 12/4/2017 to include additional explanation of proposed legislation This week, businesses of all sizes – from behemoths like Google and Amazon to tiny mom & pops will have their eyes on tax reform, particularly the provisions on tax rates levied corporations and pass-through income from LLCs. Most solo…

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Future Fridays: Can Legal Technology Innovation Be Transformative?

Although I owe my career to legal technology (after all, it enabled me to continue to practice law while staying home with my girls ), truth is, the nuts and bolts and latest and greatest don’t interest me  unless I can find a way to employ those tools to help my clients. In other words,…

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Starting a Law Firm To Serve Clients Just Like You

Fed up with his law firms’ inefficient and costly practices, serial-entrepreneur Justin Kan decided to take matters into his own hands. Now, Kan isn’t a lawyer, so  he couldn’t start his own law firm. And given the size of his companies, my guess is that DIY wasn’t an option.  But what Kan could do is…

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Certifiably Niche

Today’s headlines are rife with plenty of tech topics that could conceivably form a niche practice. From sci-fi sounding topics — like  internet of things , wearable tech ,  bitcoin and crypto-currency ,  micro-chip implants on employees — to changes in existing trends such as a rise in Hispanic-owned businesses to newer and less costly…

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Too Often, Bar Associations Solve the Symptoms, but Not the Sickness

 Correction (8/9/2017) – I’ve been informed that Law Charge, previously mentioned in this post, does not pay for endorsements and so I have removed any reference to that from this post. Skimming through my aggregator, I came across a ludicrous article entitled Five Ways to Be Secretly Productive At a Meeting . Suggested activities included…

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How To Be a Successful Jack-Of-All-Trades

With the complexity of today’s legal needs, today’s small law firm attorney needs to be a jack-of-all-trades. Thomson Reuters has the answer.