@fredabramson

March 26th, 2009

fred_02Frederic Abramson

New York Civil Litigaton Attorney

Author of Frederic R Abramson’s New York Law Blog

 

 

 

 

Today, we’re tweeting with business lawyer @FredAbramson, a trial attorney based in New York City and author of a business law blog

  1. @FredAbramson, thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is the person behind @fredabramson?
    I am a dad, a foodie, a huge reader, music fan that is passionate about business.
     
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    I am a New York business law attorney. My practice entails litigating cases and drafting legal documents.
     
  3. What type of clients do you represent?
    I represent entrepreneurs, business owners, consultants and individuals. Many of my clients are in tech.
     
  4. What’s the most important legal issue affecting those clients?
    Every business has its own issues. Some don’t have proper contracts. Others have problems getting paid. Its varied.
     
  5. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    I will give them a detailed plan of how their case will proceed. All correspondences will be answered w/in 2 hours.
     
  6. How is the economic crisis affecting your clients?
    Entrepreneurs and small biz owners are having a difficult time raising funds. Credit has dried up for many.
     
  7. What’s the most significant client representation you’ve had?
    Representing a hedge fund that invested in a complicated startup venture.
     
  8. Why was it significant?
    There were many parties involved, the product was unique, complex ip issues, and significant sums of $ were on the line.
     
  9. Significant sums have a way of raising the stakes…. Why do your clients hire you?
    Reputation. I am experienced, tech savvy, innovative, accessible and diplomatic. I could also be a bulldog if need be.
     
  10. That’s a pretty good calling card. How do you sell your practice?
    Referrals, social and in person networking, e-newsletter, community involvement, Google adwords and friends
     
  11. How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
    newsletter: 2hrs/wk, networking events 1 eventwk, blog: 2hrs/wk and tweet all the time for fun.
     
  12. You publish the “New York Business Law Blog” (http://bit.ly/56o8r). How would you describe it? Why do you write it?
    I write about legal issues facing businesses, highlight what is newsworthy for biz owners and provide Twitter tips for esq.
     
  13. What benefits have you realized in blogging?
    as per @kevinokeefe blogs work together with Twitter. Tweet a link to your blog + write a detailed post. Long form tweet
     
  14. What value have you seen as a result of being on Twitter then?
    I have been able to connect with some fascinating people, share information, help others and have learned quite a bit
     
  15. Beyond Twitter and your blog, what other social networking tools do you regularly use?
    I use facebook and linkedin. FB has been more usefull bc 95% of my connections are friends, family and reconnections
    only 5 of my facebook friends are on Twitter and none use it extensively. Totally different audience.
     
  16. That’s interesting re FB. What do you see as the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    Law firms, both big and small are downsizing due to the economy. Lawyers need to be creative to thrive and survive.
     
  17. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    Law firms may shed the overhead of the office due to tech advances. Lawyers using social media to create virtual law firms
     
  18. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    I would be an entrepreneur/chef/musician/artist.
     
  19. A fairly unique job title, I’d have to say…. How do you want to be remembered?
    as someone who helped others, made people laugh, made them smarter and made a difference.
     
  20. I have an inkling of what your answer will be, but I’ll ask anyway. What do you do when you’re not working?
    I tweet! Family time with wife and 2kids, cook, read, explore NYC, run, watch sports, spend time with friends
     
  21. Sounds like you maintain a full schedule. What languages do you speak?
    I speak English and Twitter. 6 yrs of spanish classes didn’t help. I can read the 4 questions in Hebrew and culinary terms.
     
  22. Our last question for you: what advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    Lawyers don’t just practice law. Your value increases if u can bring in cases. Rainmaking is not taught in law school.

Sound advice. Thank you so much for tweeting with 22 Tweets and answering our questions today

thank you for tweeting with me! Great idea Lance.

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@lawyerben

March 24th, 2009

ben0608Benjamin Qualley

Associate Attorney at Gerbers Law, S.C

 

 

 

Today, we’re tweeting with @LawyerBen, a commercial transactions and planning lawyer from Green Bay, Wisconsin

  1. Thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is the person behind @LawyerBen?
    Happy to be here. Minnesota native living in the heart of Packer country. Ex-volleyballer, lover of fishing & MN sports.
     
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    I work for a small Green Bay firm. My practice is transactional, focused on mergers along with business and estate planning.
     
  3. What type of clients do you represent?
    My typical client is a small to medium sized business owner who wishes to grow. More blue collar than white here in WI.
     
  4. What is the most important legal issue affecting those clients?
    I’d say flux in capital gains and estate taxes; they are controlling timing and structure of deals, and lack predictability.
     
  5. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    Expect honesty. I will not sugarcoat reality on your options, and if I don’t know an answer, I will tell you so & find out.
     
  6. I’m sure they appreciate that. What was the most significant client representation you’ve had?
    Most significant personally was emergency estate planning for a client and friend having brain surgery the following day.
     
  7. Tell us what happened and what you did
    Claim privilege :-) She had guardianship, trust, and power of attorney issues. Feels good to help when they are issues that matter.
     
  8. It must be satisfying to know you’ve made a difference. Why do your clients hire you?
    We do little advertising. Our clients are almost all referrals from those who have had good experiences with the firm.
     
  9. Slightly different take on the question: Why *should* your clients hire you?
    Big firm research skills, but small firm relationships. Green Bay is tight-knit and we are well connected to the community.
     
  10. How is the economic crisis affecting your clients?
    They have slowed down on the merger side. Now more clients come for estate planning to protect what they see flitting away.
     
  11. What are you and your firm doing to respond to the difficulties your clients may be experiencing?
    We’ve shifted to match the desire for asset protection. We work with more CFP’s than ever to harmonize investment plans.
     
  12. How do you sell your practice?
    A soft-sell has always been our approach. We are friends with many of our clients before they ever set foot in the door.
     
  13. How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
    Today more than most :-) With social media, client lunches and after hours networking, probably 2+ hours/day on average.
     
  14. Thanks for letting 22 Tweets monopolize that time today! Why are you on Twitter?
    Both to interact directly with local people, and on a national level, to keep up with the ever-changing practice of law.
     
  15. Are you achieving that objective?
    Definitely. I have learned so much in a short time from my colleagues on Twitter, and have strengthened local relationships.
     
  16. Beyond Twitter, do you use other social networking tools (blog, FB, LI, etc)?
    I am on LinkedIn http://bit.ly/VP1BY We have long written on business but just launched a firm blog http://bit.ly/weaD2
     
  17. Congrats on the blog. What is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    As much as the economy, the proliferation of online self-help legal services performed by bots is a threat to the profession
     
  18. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    I suspect with big firm layoffs & availability of basic legal materials online, specialization and boutique firms will grow.
     
  19. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    I was a physics major in undergrad (dont tell) so I would likely be doing scientific research; at a particle accelerator hopefully.
     
  20. Your secret’s safe here…. Perhaps you could be a lawyer at LHC for CERN. How do you want to be remembered?
    As a good friend, great family member and touched lives in big ways or small; as dedicated to those causes I believed in.
     
  21. What do you do when you’re not working?
    I can golf for a couple months per year in Green Bay; the rest of the time I fish, hunt, play volleyball, dote on my niece.
     
  22. What languages do you speak?
    Fluent in English and Poker-speak. Speak broken French (enough to navigate Paris) and I am trying to learn Spanish…slowly
     
  23. Our last question of the day: What advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    Take skills-based classes! Mediation, trial advocacy, drafting etc have helped me immensely. Substantive law changes anyway.

Thank you so very much, @LawyerBen, for tweeting with 22 Tweets and answering our questions today

[Ed. note: due to an oversight, @lawyerben got an extra question….]

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@vbalasubramani

March 17th, 2009

venkat_-_linked_picVenkat Balasubramani

Principal of Balasubramani Law

Owner of online spices store, Nataraja Spices

Author / publisher of Spam Notes

Member, Board of Directors, South Asian Bar Association of Washington

Today, we’re tweeting with tech/internet lawyer @VBalasubramani, Seattle-based IP disputes lawyer & author of the blog “Spam Notes”

  1. Thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is the person behind @VBalasubramani?
    a low-key/hard working lawyer in Seattle who sits at his dining table for the bulk of the day, and spends too much time on Twitter
     
  2. Don’t we all…. Tell us about your law practice.
    internet-related disputes (copyright/TM disputes/domain name disputes)..a fun case I’m working on atm http://tinyurl.com/c5af9n
     
  3. What type of clients do you represent?
    businesses/individuals who conduct a significant portion of their activity on the internet; a good amt of pro bono clients also
     
  4. What is the most important legal issue affecting your clients?
    the internet = regulator’s paradise..DMCA/sec. 230; rules dealing with privacy/advertising loom large, but the landscape changes
     
  5. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    litigation is expensive (rarely “civil”), emotionally draining, and diverts your energy. If there’s a business solution, seize it.
     
  6. What was the most significant client representation you’ve had?
    represented an immigrant family (bz) who entered into an unconscionable lease/credit transaction agreement with a large company
     
  7. Why was it significant?
    faith in the US legal system (from immigrants) is great to see..also, people who could not afford a lawyer were represented
     
  8. Why do your clients hire you?
    top-notch work product, but I also tend to have a less than conventional way of approaching things (off-beat clients like this)
     
  9. What has been your greatest professional accomplishment?
    I took a fun (but tough) First Amendment case to the Washington Supreme Court (Rickert v. PDC: http://tinyurl.com/dbt33f
     
  10. How do you sell your practice?
    the old referral ntwk..hope to do more as far as writing white papers, giving presentations, contributing to @jdtwitt and @avvoblog
     
  11. How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
    oh!..you have to actually develop/enhance your brand? I thought it was enough to do good work :) [answer: not enough time!]
     
  12. You publish a blog, Spam Notes (http://bit.ly/TPvTU). How would you describe it? Why do you write it?
    it covers issues related to spam/mktg, privacy, data protection; I enjoy writing, hashing out ideas, and connecting w/others
     
  13. What benefits have you realized in blogging?
    increased exposure/cred. (see http://tinyurl.com/86bjvd), contact with other thinkers/journos/academics in the space
     
  14. When and why did you join Twitter?
    @internetcases (widely cited/read law blogger) left a comment on my blog – thanks for that @internetcases !
     
  15. What are your thoughts on Twitter and social media as business development tools?
    great way to connect with people–I’ve made interesting connections [you, for example]–but it’s not a cure-all & takes time
     
  16. What is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    from the pub standpoint a loss of confidence in the system; internally, burnout, leverage, time-based billing, client revolt
     
  17. Big issues to resolve…. Switching gears somewhat, what has been your greatest personal accomplishment?
    probably being the favored grandchild of all four of my grandparents :D
     
  18. We only get 22 tweets but would love to learn about THAT story! What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    that’s an easy one :), I’d open up a gourmet pickle and spice shop (or online store ?_? http://natarajaspices.foodzie.com/
     
  19. How do you want to be remembered?
    isn’t it a little early to think about that? Seriously, as someone who contributed, and gave more than took 
  20. Good point…. What do you do when you’re not working?
    travel/get out of dodge a couple of times a year..swimming + Yoga when I can, both are great for the stressed out lawyer
     
  21. What languages do you speak?
    legalese for starters :) (kidding) Malayalam and Tamil, two dialects from South India..my Spanish is passable
     
  22. Final question: what advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    put in 110% percent, but realize there’s much more to life than law..also, don’t listen to the crowd/echo chamber

Good advice indeed. Thank you so very much, @VBalasubramani, for tweeting with 22 Tweets and answering our questions today

I really enjoyed that < http://twitterfall.com/22twts >- thanks for taking the time!

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@nikiblack

March 12th, 2009
niki-black  

Nicole Black

Of Counsel to Fiandach & Fiandach, a Rochester, New York law firm

Co-author of Criminal Law in New York, a Thompson-West publication

Author of Daily Record Column (Dolan Media)

Author / publisher of Legal TweetsSui GenerisPracticing Law in the 21st CenturyWomen Lawyers–Back on Track, and Legal Antics

Winner of the first Shorty Award in #law 

For our 1st interview, we’re tweeting w/ @nikiblack, Shorty Award in #law winner and arguably 1 of the best known lawyers on Twitter

Not just a practicing lawyer, she’s a prolific blogger, a legal writer, a law tech consultant & author of “Twitter 101 for lawyers”

  1. Thank you for helping launch @22Twts. Tell us: who is the person behind @nikiblack?
    Hi there. My pleasure–looking forward to it. Simply put, I’m a lawyer, author, & legal blogger.
     
  2. What type of law do you practice and where?
    Criminal defense. I’m of counsel to Fiandach & Fiandach, a DWI defense firm in Rochester, NY.
     
  3. Who do you represent in your practice?
    People who have been charged with Driving While Intoxicated.
     
  4. What is the most important legal issue affecting your clients?
    Protecting their rights after they’ve made a common mistake-operating a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol.
     
  5. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    Our office will do the best that we can for you.
     
  6. What is the most significant client representation you’ve ever had?
    I was an asst public defender for 4 yrs-While working in appeals dept., I was successful in appeal of a murder conviction.
     
  7. Tell us about the case and how it turned out the way it did
    People v. Sierra-47 NYS2d 89-Client was charged w/ shooting innocent bystander when defending himself from shots…cont.
    by his brother. Jury instruction re: self defense=confusing & erroneous-charges dismissed & client released from prison.
    Client re-indicted-plead to manslaughter, more appropriate charge for his conduct & mental state-received no more jail time.
     
  8. Congratulations on that outcome. Why do your clients hire you now?
    DWI defense clients hire our office in order to receive arguably the best defense in the Upstate New York area…cont.
    Lawyers hire me 2 learn how 2 use Web 2.0 technologies in their practices, save $, reduce stress & better serve clients.
     
  9. What would you say has been your greatest professional accomplishment in your career so far?
    The appellate win described above and co-authoring the Thomson-West treatise “Criminal Law in NY”–http://bit.ly/7oZpL
     
  10. How do you sell your practice?
    Speaking at seminars and using Web 2.0 technologies: the internet, blogs, Twitter and other forms of social media.
     
  11. How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
    Approximately one hour or so. It varies.
     
  12. You publish four blogs. That’s a lot. Why so many?
    I have a variety of interests that I enjoy exploring & each blog serves a different purpose for me. And, I enjoy writing;)
     
  13. What would you say is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    Accepting technology, incorporating technology into legal practices and staying on top of technological changes.
     
  14. Switching gears, what has been your greatest personal accomplishment?
    Becoming a mother. It changed me more than I ever thought possible.
     
  15. Why did you become a lawyer?
    Although it sounds cliché, to make a difference in the the world and make it a better place.
     
  16. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    Something involving creativity and/or technology-perhaps a graphic designer, web designer, or author.
     
  17. How would you like to be remembered?
    As a kind, interesting person who laughed at life, made a difference and left her mark.
     
  18. Where did you go to school?
    University of Rochester for undergrad and Albany Law School.
     
  19. Just a few more questions, Niki. What do you do when you’re not working?
    Spend time with my family, cook & enjoy wine. I also spend a lot of time on the computer-can’t seem to stay away from it;)
     
  20. It must be the influence of Twitter! What languages do you speak?
    English with basic understanding of Spanish and some knowledge of Italian. I can also read Hebrew, but don’t understand it.
     
  21. What’s one thing you’ve done that no one would ever imagine?
    White water rafting in Jackson Hole, WY. I’m not at all outdoorsy, so people that know me would be surprised to learn that.
     
  22. And the 22nd question: what advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    Your law degree is just one weapon in your arsenal. A law degree does not limit your options-it expands them.

That’s useful advice in today’s economy. Thank you so very much, @nikiblack, for doing this interview to help us launch 22 Tweets

Thanks for speaking with me. Enjoyed it very much;) 

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