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Curmudgeon's Perspective

A Successful Legal Career

By | Jul.07.15 | 0 Comments

Otto Sorts

“What is the most important thing to your successful career?” Shelly asked earnestly.

It was flattering to be asked. This young associate was interviewing the more successful senior attorneys in the firm to help her figure out how to manage her own legal career. But I asked her to come back later, so I had time to think on it.

I’ve had a good life, not so different from others. But what is success? How do I measure it? … READ THE REST


Think Your Firm Is HIPAA-Compliant? Steps to Make Sure

By | Jul.06.15 | 0 Comments


If any of your clients are involved with health care, you know how highly regulated the field is. You may think you are complying with all the regulations and have lock-tight security measures in place at your firm. But you could be wrong.

Consider that there have been 92 breaches involving personal health information (PHI) so far this year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights’ database. Thirty-two percent of those breaches were caused by IT incidents or hacking. Either due to lax security practices or cyberattacks, personally identifiable information such as medical records and payment history was open to unauthorized third parties.

When you work with PHI, you need to keep your firm steps ahead of hackers and away from accidental data breaches — and be aware of your responsibilities. As a law firm “business associate” handling PHI, you need to understand what the government expects of you, and where you may be vulnerable. … READ THE REST

The Friday Five

Publish on LinkedIn Pulse to Establish Expertise

By | Jul.03.15 | 0 Comments

Friday Five

Lawyers often lament: “I’ve been on LinkedIn for years, but I’ve never experienced any benefit from it.” What most mean is: “I’ve never gotten any work from it.” Lack of LinkedIn success is due to two factors. The first is lack of understanding of the platform’s tools. The second, more important factor is lack of understanding of its purpose.

Many lawyers aspire for connections, with the “500+” designation considered a benchmark for success. But LinkedIn isn’t about building connections, it’s about building relationships. Don’t get me wrong — connections are important, but only as a means to an end. The “end” is creating meaningful, lasting relationships with your connections. And this requires more than simply extending and accepting invitations.

As in all facets of life, the best way to build relationships is to give of oneself. You give your wisdom, and your connections give their time and attention. Over time, as you produce and share great content, you’ll be thought of as a resource, not a connection. So what’s the best way to expand your reach and your relationships on LinkedIn? Start posting articles using LinkedIn Pulse. … READ THE REST

Hello Solo!

Not Just for Solos: Seven Startup Tips

By | Jul.02.15 | 0 Comments


In a few months, I will celebrate my third anniversary as a solo practitioner. Without question, this experience has been the most rewarding of my nearly 16 years practicing labor and employment law. In reflecting on this arbitrary milestone, I realize that I’ve amassed a few nuggets of useful information to share with others who are thinking about taking the leap to their own solo practice. Here are seven tidbits I hope you find useful.

Well Said!

Keep Your Referral Sources Vibrant

By | Jul.01.15 | 0 Comments

Well said 3_Attorney at Work

Business development trainer Mike O’Horo is rarely at a loss for words. His new column for Attorney at Work is dedicated to helping you find just the right business development words to use, too.  Last month in “Well Said,” he explained “How to Stimulate Referrals. Today: How to say “thank you” — and maintain those good relationships. 

Now that your referral source has generously plugged you into her network, what must you do to show proper appreciation and respect? READ THE REST

Clio Partner Spotlight

The Benefits of Integrated Legal Research

By | May.28.15 | 0 Comments

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Legal research has come a long way in the digital era. Today’s attorneys have access to a wealth of previously unavailable research tools, and the ability to streamline and automate large chunks of the legal research process.

Two fast-rising stars in the legal technology world have teamed up to address attorney legal research pain points. Via an exclusive integration, law firms using Fastcase (voted the number one mobile legal app two years running by ABA members) and Clio (the number one cloud-based practice management platform) are now able to streamline their legal research workflows and take advantage of the following benefits … READ THE REST