Attorneys are high powered people with dull clothes and dark shoes. They are also considered successful. But with that success comes stress, anxiety, and expensive dark shoes. While booze and a high-cap credit limit can tamper down problems with success, they are not always good choices nor do they generally lead to positive change. Merely shifting your perpective, however, and adopting a “limited success” model can pay a modicum of dividends. If you are suffering from success, reconsider your approach and adopt these few key strategies to help you achieve more limited success. [Read more...]
As Big Legal Brain’s resident futurist, I am often asked about the future. People have recently asked me about Shpoonkle, the new Yiddish-language lawyer matching and bidding service. While even mentioning Shpoonkle can risk an attorney getting tarred, feathered and immediately disbarred, some shmoe out there needed to take a closer look at this thing and report back about it. Lucky for you, I’m that shmoe. [Read more...]
We occasionally highlight innovative practices by innovative attorneys we’ve come across during our law practice marketing and rebranding seminars. One attorney we recently met is T. “Scotch” Reynolds, an attorney in Idaho who is considered one of the foremost authorities on Third Amendment law. While we’ve advised attorneys to dabble in certain areas, third amendment law is not one of those areas. It’s an arcane and oft-misunderstood amendment dealing with the quartering of soldiers. We recently sat down with Scotch to talk about Third Amendment law and his practice. [Read more...]
You probably have not been following the dustup between male and female attorneys about who does what better, who works harder, and how each prefers to be insulted or ignored. It started with a blog post on Crime and Federalism, written by a guy, and it grew from there. Carolyn Elefant asked a series of questions about what it means to be a lawyer mom, which prompted a Huckleberry reply from a lawyer dad, which prompted more comments, which prompted a bunch of tweets. Prompted by this, I thought I’d lay out the challenges I face as a lawyer dad, contrasting the other lawyer dad’s experience for continued one-upmanship. [Read more...]
In every practice except mine, you are going to get a bad result in a case. It’s inevitable. But, while frustrating, you can make it worse by failing to inform the client in a timely and professional manner. It’s a tough thing to do, but luckily there are an abundance of resources and approaches that can help. For instance, Twitter, a faxed note, or a letter dropped into the mail on a Friday morning are good examples. But for a truly personal touch that will engage the client and help them consider you for future work, you should try the singing telegram.
[twitter float="right"]Don’t let anyone tell you differently. What’s on your walls and in your office bathroom matters. And these days the best investment for your office space is Successories, a company that specializes in motivational products for all situations. But with more than 10,000 products to choose from, what is best for a small law office? Here’s our advice for the five successories no law office should be without. [Read more...]