In advance of today’s talk on Twitter at LegalTech West Coast, I sent out a request on Twitter and also asked some LexBlog clients who use Twitter to share any client development and/or networking success stories.
The response has been pretty overwhelming — attorneys and legal professionals from firms large and small have shared their positive stories of what an active Twitter presence has done for them.
Here are some of their stories and anecdotes:
- Connecticut employment attorney Daniel Schwartz (@danielschwartz) of Pullman & Comley. “Twitter story: Got invited to the ABA Diversity summit and speaking engagements bc of my use of Twitter.”
- California defamation attorney Adrianos Facchetti (@adrianos), has gotten several speaking gigs and connections with local reporters, attorneys, and consultants (more details after the jump).
- Washington DC LEED AP and construction attorney Chris Cheatham (@chrischeatham) of Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP, a 200-attorney firm, has made connections with huge names in green building, including United States Green Building Council executive committee member Rob Watson (more details after the jump).
- Cleveland health care and private equity attorney Jayne Juvan (@jaynejuvan) of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff, LLP, a large Ohio firm: "Even more so than my blog, I’ve used Twitter to demonstrate that I’m knowledgeable about business news and the economic crisis, as well as developments in corporate law" (more details after the jump).
- Both California attorney-mediator Victoria Pynchon (@vpynchon) and California civil litigator H. Scott Leviant (@hsleviant) wrote: "I’m speaking at LegalTech b/c I met @heathermilligan on twitter."
- New York Internet and intellectual property attorney Deena Burgess (@DeenaEsq): "Twitter has been great for my business. Developed many client relationships through it."
- New York law professor and technology attorney Jonathan Ezor (@ProfJonathan): "I’ve had quite a bit of success with Twitter, in terms of meeting new folks, getting prospective clients and good PR…Beyond that, using Twitter has helped me counsel about the risks of using Twitter."
- John Smith (@JohnKellenJames) VP/Partner at Kellen James, a National Performance Consulting firm: “Had several good meetings today as a result of connections made through Twitter at #LTWC”
- Michigan estate planning attorney Howard Collens (@howardcollens): “Made a nice contact with a local title company through the power of Twitter.”
- Patent and trademark attorney Erik J. Heels (@erikjheels) shared this summary of his successful Twitter campaign.
- Texas appellate lawyer D. Todd Smith (@dtoddsmith) writes: "The TX AmLaw affiliate called and asked me to write another article about Twitter."
See more stories and details after the jump:
1. Got a speaking gig at the Los Angeles County Bar Association 6/25: "Social Media For Lawyers: A Roadmap to Success."
2. Got another potential speaking gig which is the planning stages and will be held in San Diego in October (can’t share details on it yet).
3. Met an older attorney who is now my mentor and put me in contact with a writer at the ABA Journal (I actually spoke to the reporter today).
4. Same attorney above and I will probably be writing a piece in the Los Angeles Daily Journal later this summer.
5. Met a consultant who wants to speak with me regarding teaching young lawyers (like myself) how to get started with a practice when they get out of law school.
I have been on Twitter a fairly short time but I am completely convinced it is an extremely powerful networking tool.
I write about green building legal issues. My prospective clients are in the green building industry. Through twitter, I have met the following:
1. Elaine Lipman Barnes (@elbarneshouse). Elaine is one of the original green builders and now manages a $1 billion green schools fund in Ohio for the State. One Billion. I made direct contact and have since had conversations with someone who manages a one billion dollar green building fund. I even did an interview blog post on Elaine: http://www.greenbuildinglawupdate.com/tags/elaine-lipman-barnes/
2. Ron Sims. Ron Sims (@ronsims) was the King County Executive. As you all so nicely mentioned on your blog, Ron tweeted that he liked my blog and had shared it with all of his King County attorney’s and staff. By the way, Ron is now serving in some executive role in the Obama White House. Not a bad connection to make through Twitter.
3. This one might be my favorite. When I first started my blog, I sat down with my fiancee, who knew more about green building than I and asked her who I would want to talk to if I could talk to anyone in the industry. She mentioned Rob Watson, the Father of LEED. Rob helped establish the United States Green Building Council, he is on the Council’s executive committee and Rob is also in China as some sort of green building ambassador. Anyways, I quoted him in one of my blog posts from a previous interview he had done. I then realized he was on the twitter as @kilrwatt. So I asked him to take a look at the post. He had some criticisms, which resulted in an email exchange to clarify some points. All of a sudden, through Twitter, I was talking to the Father of LEED about one of my blog posts. Here is the string of posts I did from my interview with Rob.
I started using Twitter only weeks ago. The first week following my launch, a gentleman spoke at our firm about social networking and highlighted both my blog and the fact that I’m on twitter to all attorneys in our firm. Since then, I’ve been the twitter "go to" person, answering questions for many of my colleagues, even including our firm’s executive chairman. Additionally, even more so than my blog, I’ve used twitter to demonstrate that I’m knowledgeable about business news and the economic crisis, as well as developments in corporate law. I work with private equity funds in health care, but also am very interested in financial regulation. I’ve since received several calls from acquaintances wishing to discuss the state of the economy. I’ve been stopped at the elevator and on the side walk to talk about my tweets. And today, I landed a new client because of my blog and my twitter page! I was linked up with an old high school friend who was on my speech and debate team, we found that we have a lot in common, and we’ve decided that we may collaborate in the future. Twitter and blogging are both very powerful, and I couldn’t imagine my practice without them and without LexBlog!