CEO of Legal Startup Responds to Yesterday’s Post

    27 May 2016, 11:36 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Yesterday I published a post about Derek Bluford, CEO and founder of QuickLegal, and his recent agreement to have a judgment of $559,330 entered against him to settle a lawsuit charging him with impersonating a lawyer, forging legal documents and fraudulently swindling two clients. Bluford had not returned my call to him before I published […] The …

    2015 Annual Review issue of LAWPRO Magazine

    27 May 2016, 10:17 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Stable. Advice. Trustworthy. Security. Professional. Coverage. The words that appear on the cover of the May 2016 issue of LAWPRO Magazine describe how LAWPRO served its insureds in 2015. An insurance company can call itself a success if it provides stability in an unpredictable environment. Insurance allows the economy to grow by providing a place …

    Impact of Rule of Law Portrayed in Interactive Tool from LexisNexis

    27 May 2016, 7:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The phrase “the rule of law” has never rung right to me. It sounds onerous and oppressive. Yet its meaning is exactly the opposite. It represents the principle that no one should be above the law — not governments, not corporations, not the rich, not anyone — and that the system of laws is fair, […] The post Impact of Rule of Law Portrayed …

    Make It Easier to Get Paid with Clio’s New Trust Requests Feature

    27 May 2016, 5:30 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Clio-using lawyers get paid on the same day they issue a bill. Most law firms wait an average of three months for clients to pay their bills. Clio-using lawyers have an advantage over these law firms because they don’t have to spend time tracking down clients and dealing with collections. Instead, Clio provides tools that make it easy for clients …

    On Deck: Pro Tips for Creating Masterful Presentations

    27 May 2016, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    For Friday Five+ Tech Tips, we invite a dream team of law practice technology experts to give their best advice for tackling the everyday tech quandaries that plague us all, to help your practice run just a bit more smoothly. This month’s question: "What's your best advice for making better presentations?” Heidi Alexander, Jim Calloway, Simon Chester …

    On Deck: Pro Tips for Creating Masterful Presentations

    27 May 2016, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    For Friday Five+ Tech Tips, we invite a dream team of law practice technology experts to give their best advice for tackling the everyday tech quandaries that plague us all, to help your practice run just a bit more smoothly. This month’s question: "What's your best advice for making better presentations?” Heidi Alexander, Jim Calloway, Simon Chester …

    What Lawyers Should Know About Cloud Computing Security Standards

    When I speak to lawyers about cloud computing, I still often get the question "But how do I know who is holding my client's information and whether I can trust them?" Generally speaking I tell them there are contractual safeguards...

    CEO of Legal Startup Settles Lawsuit Charging Fraud, Forgery and Impersonating a Lawyer

    26 May 2016, 9:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The plaintiffs hired California Legal Pros after seeing this webpage. Bluford is second from left in the front row. [Update 5/26/16, 6:25 p.m.: I just received this update from ALM: “ALM recently learned of the developments regarding QuickLegal and can confirm that QuickLegal won’t be participating in Legaltech West Coast. ALM works with CodeX, …

    Retired solicitors – Do you have enough insurance to fight “ancient” or recent claims?

    26 May 2016, 7:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    In 2002, a plaintiff sued lawyers A and B, and lawyer B’s law firm, alleging that the two lawyers failed to competently represent the plaintiff, and negligently advised him to settle his personal injury claim for an inadequate amount in 1977. The judgment dismissing the action against the solicitors was rendered on September 22, 2008,... Read More …

    Future Now Certain for Oyez SCOTUS Archive; Finds New Home at Cornell’s LII

    26 May 2016, 5:20 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    In 1996, Jerry Goldman, then a professor at Northwestern University, assembled a few dozen recordings of Supreme Court arguments and made them available through a website originally called The Oyez Project. Today Oyez, as it is now known, has grown to become the authoritative source for all of the Supreme Court’s audio since the court […] The post …

    My Clients Say They Only Want Me!

    26 May 2016, 4:09 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    It is a common lament: “My clients say they only want me. How do I introduce colleagues or juniors in a way that creates trust?” And like so many business obstacles lawyers struggle to overcome, it’s one they create themselves. Which means it’s one that can easily be eliminated. Why do clients insist on you, and only you, doing their work? …

    My Clients Say They Only Want Me!

    26 May 2016, 4:09 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    It is a common lament: “My clients say they only want me. How do I introduce colleagues or juniors in a way that creates trust?” And like so many business obstacles lawyers struggle to overcome, it’s one they create themselves. Which means it’s one that can easily be eliminated. Why do clients insist on you, and only you, doing their work? …

    New Blogs & Podcasts at Lawblogs.ca

    25 May 2016, 1:19 pm | From Law Firm Web Strategy | Fellows Blog

    It’s been a while since our last update listing the newest blogs added to lawblogs.ca, and there are quite a few of them to share! Brandon’s Blog (Ira Smith Trustee & Receiver) Canadian ERA Perspectives (McCarthy Tetrault) Criminal Meditations…

    Are Lawyers Relying on a False Premise to Buy .law, .lawyer and .attorney Domains?

    25 May 2016, 12:38 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Are lawyers relying on a false premise to be lured into buying the new .law, .lawyer and .attorney domains? That is the conclusion reached in a blog post published today by Conrad Saam, principal of Mockingbird Marketing. Some domain resellers are heavily marketing the new domains, the latest of which, .law, went on sale last October. […] The post …

    Use Body Language When You Negotiate

    25 May 2016, 4:26 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Lawyers negotiate all the time — with other lawyers, partners, staff and clients. Even at home, you’re probably negotiating to get someone in your family to do what you want. One key to successful negotiation is creating a deep feeling of connection with the person you are communicating with. Think about it. Don't people say yes much more often …

    Excess coverage: Does the work of my present and former partners and associates, and that of employees in my current firm and any past firms, expose me to claims now and in the future?

    24 May 2016, 9:39 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    The following are some of the questions you may want to ask yourself to help assess whether or not you should secure additional insurance coverage limits. When reviewing these questions and assessing your exposure, remember to factor in both potential defence costs and interest payments, as well as actual damages. Depending on how long it... Read More …

    Breach of IP agreement scam using the names Chiaki Itoh and Yokogawa Electric Corporation

    24 May 2016, 8:50 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Chiaki Itoh looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a copyright infection. This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into... Read More »

    Working from Home? Use the Right Tools

    24 May 2016, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Working from home — even for part of the time — has many advantages. It saves money on office space, reduces time wasted on commuting, and can help you achieve greater work-life balance. According to the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Survey Report, the percentage of lawyers with virtual practices has more than doubled since …

    With Features Upgrade Out Today, CosmoLex Targets Larger Law Firms

    23 May 2016, 10:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    A firm can choose to enable UTBMS code sets and set which codes to allow or restrict. The cloud practice management platform CosmoLex today rolled out a set of upgrades designed to extend its suitability to larger law firms. The upgrades include the incorporation of LEDES 1998B billing codes and ABA UTBMS task management codes, […] The post With …

    Exclusive: Web-Capture Site Page Vault Closes $1.75M Funding Round

    23 May 2016, 7:15 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Capturing and preserving web and social media pages as evidence is an increasingly common need for legal professionals. But doing it in a way that is forensically defensible and that preserves the chain of custody is a challenge. Enter Page Vault, a company whose software accurately captures and archives web pages to be used as evidence […] The …

    At CodeX FutureLaw, Another List Debuts of Legal Tech Companies

    20 May 2016, 2:16 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    As regular readers know by now, I recently started building a list of legal startups, in an attempt to develop a more-accurate list of these startups than was then available. Today, another such effort — and a much more sophisticated one than mine — is being unveiled at the CodeX FutureLaw Conference hosted by the […] The post At CodeX FutureLaw …

    Matthew Bender Seeks to Become Amicus in Georgia Copyright Suit Against Public Resource

    20 May 2016, 7:56 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    There was a flurry of activity this week in the copyright lawsuit by the state of Georgia against Public.Resource.Org over publication of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated. Both the plaintiff, the state of Georgia’s Code Revision Commission, and Public.Resource.Org filed motions for summary judgment. And Matthew Bender & Company, the LexisNexis …

    The Future is Now

    19 May 2016, 10:20 am | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫ The future is here inside my hands As I travel the unknown…♫ Lyrics, music and recorded by Coldrain.   William Gibson coined the phrase: “The Future is already here – is just not very evenly distributed.” Well a very telling sign that the future is arrived is the appearance of a robot inside a law […]

    Today’s Additions to Legal Startups List: 5/19/16

    19 May 2016, 7:37 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    A few weeks ago, I began compiling a list of legal startups. Almost every day now, I receive suggestions of other startups to add to the list. From the initial 408 companies I listed on April 28, the list is now up to 540. As I was adding the latest updates this morning, it occurred […] The post Today’s Additions to Legal Startups List: 5/19/ …

    LAWPRO Magazine archives: Lawyers on client boards- Handle with care!

    19 May 2016, 7:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    It is easy to understand why a corporate client might ask her lawyer to sit on the board of directors. The lawyer may have worked closely with the corporation’s founders to create the company, and will have a solid understanding of the corporation’s objectives, its relationships with industry partners, suppliers, customers and others, and the... …

    What are the Managing Partner, Practice Group Leader and COO Thinking? (Live from P3)

    18 May 2016, 1:56 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    This is a live post from P3, the Practice Innovation Conference. This session is What are the Managing Partner, Practice Group Leader and COO Thinking?.  I have appended the session description and speaker bio at the end of this post.  [I post this as a session ends so please forgive any typos or my misunderstandings of what speakers said.] Opening …

    Data Visualization for Law Firms (Live from P3)

    18 May 2016, 8:20 am | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    This is a live post from P3, the Practice Innovation Conference. This session is Data Visualization for Law Firms.  I have appended the session description and speaker bio at the end of this post.  [I post this as a session ends so please forgive any typos or of my misunderstandings of what speakers said.] Data visualization is about communicating …

    LAWPRO Magazine archives: Delegating responsibly and effectively

    18 May 2016, 7:26 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Delegating work, especially routine work, frees up the lawyer (delegator) to tackle more difficult and demanding work. It also better serves the interests of the firm and the client if these tasks are delegated to a lower level of competence in the firm. The delegatee (associate to whom the work is delegated) develops new skills... Read More »

    Coming Soon: An Online Network Exclusively for In-House Counsel

    18 May 2016, 7:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Launching this summer is an online networking community where only in-house counsel will be allowed to participate. Called In the House, the professional networking site will be the online companion to the eponymous In the House networking organization for in-house counsel that has been operating since 2011. The purpose of the In the House networking …

    Excess liability coverage: Frill or necessity?

    17 May 2016, 2:30 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    No one, no matter what area of law they practise, is immune to a claim. You also run the risk that the claims made against you in any one year could exceed the $1 million per claim/$2 million in the aggregate policy limits of the primary LAWPRO insurance program. Excess Liability Insurance provides you with... Read More »

    The Science of Data in Support of Pricing (Live from P3)

    17 May 2016, 10:15 am | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    This is a live post from P3, the Practice Innovation Conference. This session is The Science of Data in Support of Pricing.  I have appended the session description and speaker bio at the end of this post.  [I post this as a session ends so please forgive any typos or of my misunderstandings of what speakers said.] Issues with Quantity and Quality …

    LAWPRO Magazine Archives: Simultaneously acting for members of same family is more risky

    17 May 2016, 7:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Many lawyers assume that simultaneously acting for members of the same family and their business or corporate entities is relatively safe from fraud and conflicts issues. After all, the parties all know each other and everyone is on good terms. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. An analysis of LAWPRO claims files tell us... Read More »

    Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names James Cleary and J.T. CLEARY, INC

    16 May 2016, 1:21 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Three Ontario firms have notified us that they received an email from the purported James Cleary of J.T. CLEARY, INC looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers... Read More »

    Friday Round-Up: News, Updates, New Blogs and Blogs Renewed

    13 May 2016, 11:17 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    On this Friday the 13th, catching up on some of the week’s news and updates: How AI And Crowdsourcing Are Remaking The Legal Profession. Fast Company writer Sean Captain picks up on recent posts of mine about legal startups (here and here) and goes in deeper, looking at three of the startups leading the charge: […] The post Friday Round-Up: News …

    Fastcase Files for Summary Judgment in Casemaker Copyright Lawsuit

    13 May 2016, 7:30 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Legal research company Fastcase yesterday filed a motion asking for summary judgment in its lawsuit against rival Casemaker over copyright in Georgia  state regulations. The motion alleges that there is no genuine dispute as to any material fact and asks the U.S. District Court in Atlanta to enter a judgment declaring that Casemaker has no […] The …

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Uchida Taisho and Loon Steel

    12 May 2016, 10:11 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Eric Fu looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped... Read More »

    The Next Step in Large Law Firm Low Cost Service Centers

    11 May 2016, 6:37 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    Large law firms continue to open low cost service centers. That’s barely newsworthy after so many US and UK firms have done so. Firms with low cost centers in the US include Hogan Lovells, Littler, DLA Piper, Sedgwick, Kaye Scholer, White & Case, Pillsbury, and Wilmer Hale. From the outside, it seems the savings always come from labor cost and …

    Adobe Acrobat’s Integrations with Box and OneDrive Are Now Live

    11 May 2016, 10:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    I recently reported that Adobe would be rolling out Box and OneDrive integrations for Acrobat DC on the desktop. As of yesterday, those integrations are live. From the Home tab within Acrobat DC, click Add Account to add a Box or OneDrive account. You may have to download the latest version of DC to see this option, […] The post Adobe Acrobat’ …

    New Data, Companion Website, Score States on Access to Justice

    11 May 2016, 7:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    New data released today and a companion website rank the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico  on the degree to which they use best practices for ensuring access to justice. Compiled by the National Center for Access to Justice at Cardozo Law School, the Justice Index 2016 paints a dramatic picture of […] The post New Data, Companion …

    On Lawyer2Lawyer, We Look at the Legal Issues Around the Panama Papers

    10 May 2016, 7:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    An offshore investment scandal known as the Panama Papers has taken the world by storm. The controversy centers around the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca and its connections to high-ranking political figures, their relatives, celebrities, and business figures, including Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson. Recently, a German newspaper …