September 20th, 2011 → 8:47 am @ Ari Kaplan
When Matt Homann told me that he occasionally sends his client an invoice that says simply: pay what you think my services for this project/speech/consultation were worth, I was intrigued. When I read this post on Lawyerist.com by Alex Bajwa, a Minnesota estate planning attorney in St. Paul, Minnesota, I was both surprised and yet not surprised at all. Bajwa is a creative solo practitioner with whom I had the privilege of speaking about reinvention in small firm practice. His video discussing the firm’s “Name Your Own Price” campaign and our interview are below:
September 16th, 2011 → 2:45 pm @ Ari Kaplan
In my continuing series about reinvention in the legal and other professions, I recently had the opportunity to interview David DePietto, the CEO of NexFirm, a company that helps lawyers create their ideal law firm by providing all of the supporting resources, strategic planning and administration necessary to achieve their goal as efficiently as possible. Watch our discussion below:
September 9th, 2011 → 7:04 am @ Ari Kaplan
Larry Port, the co-founder and CEO of Rocket Matter posted an interesting series of suggestions about generating ideas in a group, ranging from buying lunch to using mind maps. 6 Ways to Generate Ideas in a Group on the company’s Legal Productivity blog offers a variety of ideas for creating forward momentum in an organization. One of the most compelling is #6 — Regularly Schedule Start, Stop, Continue Meetings. Port explains that every two weeks, his team meets for 15-30 minutes and answers the following questions:
* What should we start doing that would help us?
* What’s not working that we should stop?
* What have we recently implemented that we should continue?
These three questions are just as applicable to individuals as organizations. They prompt reflection and action.
August 23rd, 2011 → 7:25 am @ Ari Kaplan
With the 2011 International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) conference on everyone’s mind, I thought it would be interesting to speak with Chris La Cour, the founder and executive director of the most recent law-related tech conference, the Carmel Valley E-Discovery Retreat (called the CVEDR for 2012). La Cour describes the event as a conference for e-discovery professionals at all levels in various disciplines. We discussed his background, the genesis for the initiative, his team’s goals and the challenges of producing a conference in this environment, among other topics.
Our full video conversation is available here:
August 15th, 2011 → 7:26 am @ Ari Kaplan
I have been a fan of Lawline.com and its CEO, David Schnurman, for many years. He is always striving to build a better product by cultivating a culture that imbues it with passion. This ode to his commitment made me smile, but also prompts the viewer to ask how (if) your employees would pay tribute in the same way.
August 10th, 2011 → 4:49 pm @ Ari Kaplan
With the stock market on everyone’s mind, it seems appropriate to share the insights of an industry expert on securities. During my recent visit to Boston, I had the chance to interview Gary Levine, the talented founder and CEO of Two Step Software, which makes Corporate Focus. The tool provides legal and finance professionals greater insight into their corporate transactions from start-up to exit. Technology has transformed the nature of this type of record-keeping and Levine characterizes that shift in our discussion below:
August 3rd, 2011 → 7:38 am @ Ari Kaplan
Their thought leadership adds to the transformation of the entire industry. I had the chance to speak with e-discovery authority Gabe Acevedo of Gabe’s Guide during the BigHand tour, who shared his thoughts about that evolution in the interview below. “E-Discovery is an industry that is constantly reinventing itself,” he says highlighting that the key theme of 2011 is predictive coding, which he describes as Watson-like in its impact on document review.
July 27th, 2011 → 11:50 am @ Ari Kaplan
David Snow, ALM’s editorial director for technology, shared a great recap of Corporate Counsel magazine’s annual Survey of In-House Technology in- Small Surprises in the 2011 In-House Tech Survey. He notes that in addition to providing insights on mobile security policies and cloud computing, the survey highlights variable success with requiring law firms to use e-billing systems selected by their clients to organize bills, reduce confusion or human error, and realize immediate savings. It seems like a clear road toward greater efficiency, but Snow reports that only 35 percent of the companies surveyed require e-billing, citing law firm objections to paying vendor fees.
I had a second opportunity to speak with Jay Shepherd, the visionary founder of Prefix, LLC, while on the BigHand reinvention tour in June (our first interaction was in connection with this research report: The Evolution of the Legal Profession: A Conversation with the Legal Community’s Thought Leaders on the Front Lines of an Industry in Transition, sponsored by DiscoverReady). He discusses the reinvention of billing in profession services below:
July 18th, 2011 → 8:16 am @ Ari Kaplan
In my new book, Reinventing Professional Services: Building Your Business in the Digital Marketplace (Wiley, 2011), I profiled, among many other ideas, Zipnosis, a web-based services that allows you to interact with a live doctor and receive a diagnosis (and associated prescription) in about 10 minutes for $25. And, for $9.95/month, LawyerUp will provide you with “a top-notch, pre-screened lawyer working for you within 15 minutes.” LawyerUp (discussed more fully in – NYT: Delivering a Lawyer Within 15 Minutes (Soda Extra)) and Zipnosis represent a new breed of companies reinventing once closely protected professional practices.
July 14th, 2011 → 7:36 am @ Ari Kaplan
Recently, productivity software maker, RocketMatter, introduced a free e-book called: The Law Firm of Tomorrow! – Part One: Marketing 2.0 and Legal Tech Savviness (click on the link to download), which provides –
In reinventing your practice, business or profile, what type of information can you provide in an e-book format to help your audience? RocketMatter will be hosting a free webinar – Reinventing your Law Practice in the Recovery (click on the link to register) – on July 28th from 12-1pm ET during which I will provide a few suggestions for sparking some of these ideas.
I had the opportunity to interview RocketMatter founder, Larry Port, a few years ago. Our discussion highlights many of the trends that have continued to develop and a number of techniques that have helped make the company successful in this environment. Listen below: