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Business Development in the Digital Era: Manzama Webcast Tomorrow

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 3.11.42 PMAs a heads up, tomorrow I’ll be doing a joint webcast with Manzama on business development in the digital era. I’ll be joined by Manzama CEO and co-founder Peter J. Ozolin (@ozolincomments), and we’ll be covering how to drive business developments and strengthen client relationships in an age when it’s never been more challenging. Specifically, we’ll … Continue Reading

Building social media equity and meeting people at LMA

social media equityThere’s been a good amount of discussion in sessions at the Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference today about building social media equity as a lawyer and law firm. Nancy Myrland (@nancymyrland), a legal marketing and social media strategist, discussed raising social media capital before you have a crisis at hand. A press release, press conference, or … Continue Reading


Wisconsin basketballI was born in New York City, but lived most of my youth and my entire 17 years of practicing law in Wisconsin. We lived in La Crosse, a town of 45,000 people on the shores of the Mississippi River about 140 miles South of Saint Paul. Though us kids, knowing La Crosse was the … Continue Reading

When in doubt tell yourself the truth

Self criticismThis from marketer and author, Seth Godin, writing that no matter the amount of external validation nothing can undo the drone of self criticism. You’re beating yourself up so badly that “One little voice in the ether that agrees with your internal critic is enough to put you in a tailspin.” Seth’s post resonated with me. I … Continue Reading

Minneapolis Beer for Bloggers Wednesday evening

Beer for bloggersI will be in Minneapolis/St. Paul Tuesday evening through Friday meeting with LexBlog Network members and a few other folks. On Wednesday evening, March 18, the Legal Marketing Association Minnesota Chapter is having a Beer Bloggers at which, as Deb DuBois describes it, I’ll “Opine with lawyers and marketers on the State-of-the-Blog.” We’re getting together … Continue Reading

Bullish on Seattle

Bullish on SeattleCutting through the South Lake Union area of Seattle last Sunday, it looked like we had been awarded the 2016 Olympics. Construction everywhere. A  decade ago, Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, in the name of Vulcan Real Estate and Construction, had the wisdom to get out of dot-com like investing and start buying real estate in … Continue Reading

Emory Law School gets students blogging early with innovative new class

Photo Credit: Kate TomlinsonccThis January, Emory Law School started a class devoted to blogging in the legal profession. It’s a great initiative that’s getting law students thinking about how to best communicate themselves through blogging early. I spoke with Jennifer Romig, the teacher behind the class, and she was kind enough to answer questions about the class and … Continue Reading

Will I see you in New York City this week?

New York City LegalTech LXBNI will be in New York City this week from Tuesday through Saturday. I’ll be there attending LegalTech as well as meeting with LexBlog Network members. Please look me up if you’d like to get together. One thing I’ll be doing is brief video interviews of lawyers, companies, and organizations using blogs and social media … Continue Reading

What a great time to be a lawyer

Aric PressAfter 16 years, veteran journalist, Aric Press (@aricpress), is leaving ALM (f/k/a American Lawyer Media). Press served as the Editor in Chief of The American Lawyer and later, Senior Vice President, Editor in Chief of ALM. Yesterday, in a wonderful piece entitled, Big Law and Me (reg req’ed), Press reflected on the past 16 years … Continue Reading

Oh the places you’ll go…

Real Lawyers Have Blogs is 11My blog is eleven years old today. It’s been a wonderful ride. All I could think of on this anniversary of beginning a blog in my garage, was “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you … Continue Reading

Nuts and bolts of social networking and social media for Utah Bar Association

6607825369_3a8771309a_bDownload a copy of Nuts and Bolts of social networking and social media by Kevin OKeefe here (pdf).  Professional and business development in the law is all about relationships and word of mouth. Never before have lawyers been presented the opportunity to build relationships and word of mouth the way the Internet allows lawyers to … Continue Reading

Could you found a law firm at a Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend Legal Law FirmOn Sunday evening I had the good fortune of addressing a tremendous group of developers, designers, lawyers, law students and entrepreneurs at Seattle Legal Tech Startup Weekend. Founded in 2007, a Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas … Continue Reading

Social Media Summit for Law Firms this Wednesday in Chicago

Social Media Summit Law Firms75 law firm partners, communications and marketing executives will gather in Chicago this Wednesday, October 15, for a Social Media Summit for Law Firms.  The program hosted by BDI (Business Development Institute) will review the business dvelopment opportunities that await through the effective use of blogs and other social media. BDI’s half-day format will share case … Continue Reading

Putting Social Media to Work for You : ABA Webinar on Friday

MyCase LexBlog WebinarI have the pleasure of presenting at an ABA Webinar on social media this Friday. I’ll be joined by Nicole Black (@nikiblack), Director of Business Development at MyCase and a widely recognized authority on social media. We’ll cover social media principals, blogging, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. The focus will be embracing what is now ubiquitous … Continue Reading

Small is the new big in legal technology companies

Small versus big legal technology companiesBig used to matter in companies providing legal support, research, and technology based solutions to law firms. Lots of money, broad distribution networks, seasoned executives, elaborate conference booths, and fancy marketing collateral. Big was the safe choice. You didn’t get fired for buying from the big company from which every other law firm was buying. … Continue Reading

Join me at Clio Cloud Conference in Chicago

800What do you call it when one of Canada’s fastest growing technology startups puts a few hundred tech savvy lawyers in one event hall with mind–blowing sessions, awesome food and of course a few drinks? A Clio Cloud Counference. The two day program has a who’s who of speakers who are experts in their field … Continue Reading