@London_Law_Firm

July 21st, 2009

christopherjsherlikerChristopher J Sherliker

Founding Partner of Silverman Sherliker LLP

Fly fisherman and one of the “coolest lawyers on Twitter”

Today we’re tweeting with @London_Law_Firm aka Chris Sherliker, fly fisherman and one of the “coolest lawyers in London”

  1. @London_Law_Firm thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is @London_Law_Firm?
    Hi, Lance! I am the ‘voice’ of our firm on T. Lawyer, Husband, Father, Web Marketer, Dog Owner, Fisherman, Artist. Renaissance Man!
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    Silverman Sherliker is a full-service law firm in the City of London. Founded 1980.Now 30 lawyers strong and growing fast.
  3. Congrats on nearly 30 years of success. What type of clients do you represent?
    Our client base is very diverse.Many US and EU clients.A huge range of SME’s.We have all kinds of clients all over the globe
  4. What is the single most important legal issue affecting those clients?
    Diverse issues!The world is changing fast affecting clients in different ways.The need for effective legal services endures
  5. Indeed. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    “What are you trying to achieve?” – Until you know the answer to that one you cannot hope to give an effective service.
  6. Tell us about one of the more significant client representations you’ve had.
    We broke the UK Opticians Cartel for US client, changing UK law on eye prescriptions opening up a new multi-million $ market.
  7. That *is* significant…. Why do your clients hire you?
    We are a down-to-earth, no-nonsense, entrepreneurial firm. WYSIWYG. No pomposity. No surprises.(Well…only good ones!)
  8. Good surprises = the best kind. What’s the most active area of your practice at the current time? Is that typical?
    Very busy in IP-Just been accepted for Chambers Directory for IP work(hooray!) also litigation, labo(u)r ;-) and family law
  9. Your firm also provides services in Mallorca as Mallorca UK Legal. How does it differ from Silverman Sherliker?
    Mallorca UK is srvce fr expats who move to the Balearics but still have assets in the UK needing mngemt- its a service brand
  10. How will the reforms of the Legal Services Act affect your practice and firm?
    The LSA = deregulation and intense competition in the UK legal market.Big & ‘High St’ firms will suffer bt gd 4 niche firms
  11. From this side of the world the changes appear revolutionary. How do you market your practice?
    Politically motivated! Best ad is a happy client! Also client seminars, e-wire newsletters, speaking engagements, networking..prayer
  12. How does Twitter fit into the traditional BD / mktg you’ve done since you founded your firm nearly 30 years ago?
    ..(these lights are killing me…my face needs powder…also a drink would be nice..Oh! how kind :-)
    We were 1st UK law firm to do TV marketing (horror ;) We are No 1 London firm to TWEET. It pays to be first and its huge fun
  13. Perhaps we’ll see those TV adverts on YouTube one day…? Besides Twitter, what other Web 2.0 tools do you use?
    LOL Hope not! We hve a rolling website dev program. We hve about 12 micro-sites now ..3 more in development..also a new blog
  14. Interesting. What specific impact on referrals and/or client engagements have you realized from Web 2.0 activities?
    Web is the single biggest source of new clients and new work. No question. The web referral model is also growing fast in UK
  15. Nice validation of your efforts. How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
    I spend 110% (or more) of my time enhancing the business( hot under these lights, isn’t it? Hi Mom! … Hi Dad! :). )
  16. Let’s switch gears: what is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    The Legal Services Act will kill off 50% of trad UK law firms. Significant enough? Many ‘000’s of new niche firms will arise instead
  17. So what will the legal landscape look like in 10 years, then?
    Total sea chng in the next 2 yrs.Institutions will tk much of market from trad law firms.Niche firms and brands will be born
    …any chance of a drink …its 9.25pm here..Mrs London_Law_Firm is on the prowl :-(

    We’ll have you out of here and on your way soon….
    …no problem….I enjoy a good game of tennis! :-)
  18. Sounds like significant opportunities for many…. How do you want to be remembered?
    He was a brilliant lawyer and a good guy ..and he could mix a really mean Vesper Martini #twepitaphs (I invented this, BTW)
  19. More cutting-edge stuff on 22 Tweets…. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    I wld write, fish, TWEET, spend more time with Mrs London_Law_Firm. Maybe a real estate developer or travel writer or both.
  20. That reminds me – still waiting on that report from the Dordogne… What do you do when you’re not working?
    You will *not* believe that Report! I spend time with my wife, family and my dogs. I fish. I paint in oils and watercolors. I tweet.
  21. What advice can you pass along to lawyers currently under- or unemployed due to the economic crisis?
    Recgnse the legal world has chngd forever. Its not you. Its progress.Find the need. Meet it. Become a referrer of legal work
  22. That’s a positive message. What advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    Learn web marketing skills. Do your own thing. Do something different.Take joy in service. Love your clients, (even the mad ones!)

Useful advice to close this great twitterview. Thank you very much for answering our questions today

C’etait un vrai plaisir!…Vive le .!.. goodbye Legal Tweeps….see you on the other side! Have a great evening, one and all!

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@JeenaBelil

July 16th, 2009

head_shot_for_twitterJeena R. Belil

Long Island Auto and Motorcycle Accident Attorney

The Law Office of Jeena R Belil PC

Former Managing Counsel, AutoOne Insurance, and First Party New York Regional Coordinator, Travelers Insurance

Today we’re tweeting with Long Island auto & motorcycle accident attorney and adoption advocate @JeenaBelil

  1. @JeenaBelil, thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is @JeenaBelil?
    Former insurance co. managing counsel – downsized in ’07. Now, solo home-based litigator. I haven’t looked back.
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    40% Personal Injury, 50% Insurance Coverage Litigation, 10% Other Disputes
  3. What type of clients do you represent?
    NYers who have been injured through the negligence of others & heath care providers who are denied No-Fault payments for services.
  4. What is the single most important legal issue affecting those clients?
    The complexity and instability of New York No Fault Law and Serious Injury Threshold. New court decisions come out daily
  5. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    That no outcome is guaranteed and that settling a matter is not the same as losing the case.
  6. Tell us about one of the more significant client representations you’ve had.
    At my former gig, I had my name on more than 10,000 active cases in NYC & Long Island.
  7. Wow – significant indeed! Why do your clients hire you?
    Clients have said that they like my personal approach & that I break down the litigation process for them into bite-sized pieces.
  8. What’s the most active area of your practice at the current time? Is that typical?
    I’m knee-deep in bill of particulars & discovery responses. Want to help? Very typical. I’m creating the blueprints for trial
  9. You’ve been on both sides of the personal injury case, having worked in-house w/2 insurers. Isn’t that contradictory?
    No. It’s like an ADA going into criminal defense after a few yrs. I’m comfortable arguing either side of an insurance issue.
  10. What’s the *real* value of your in-house experience for your clients today?
    I offer an inside perspective on insurance claim handling, decision-making and defense to my clients….a look under the hood.
  11. I image that’s a very valuable perspective. How do you market your practice?
    I use high and low tech. Today, I struck up a conversation with a person in the post office who owns laundromats….
    He offered to put my cards on his bulletin boards, networking with other small biz owners, and, of course, Web 2.0.
  12. Besides Twitter and your blog (http://bit.ly/mTOCL), what other Web 2.0 tools do you use?
    3 FB pages, LinkedIn, JD Supra, list serves, e-zine, guest blogs, AVVO. Also, I’ll be on future episode of www.bearockstar.tv
  13. THREE FB pages? Hmm. What are the strategic objectives driving your Web 2.0 activity? Are you meeting them?
    Concurrently create interest in my legal services & give a peek at my personality. Folks will know me before they may need me. Yes.
  14. Makes perfect sense. What specific impact on referrals / client engagements have you seen from your Web 2.0 activities?
    About 50% of my clients come directly from my Web 2.0 marketing efforts.
  15. That’s very impressive. How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
    I consider it my 2nd job & I weave it through my work day. I’m either learning something new or applying it
  16. Clearly that effort is paying off. What is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    In my line of work, it is the staggering amount of time lawyers spend in court waiting around.
  17. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    We are going retro & techno at same time: > solos & home offices. My wish: Video-conference cases w/ judges, web-based depositions.
  18. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    I’d be doing stand-up comedy and starving. : )
  19. Good thing you went to law school, then…. How do you want to be remembered?
    As one of my daughter’s role models.
  20. What do you do when you’re not working?
    Adoption education and awareness, having lots of fun with my kid, getting psyched for kid number 2. Oh yeah…dinner & laundry!
  21. What advice would you pass along to lawyers currently under- or unemployed due to the economic crisis?
    Stop saying “I can’t….”
  22. And our last question: What advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    Take as many clinics as you can. You will get practical experience & you will help those in need…
    and during your career, don’t forget to say “please” & “thank you”

That’s great advice to close this great twitterview! Thank you so much for answering our questions today

Thank you so much for the opportunity.

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@AndreaGoldman

July 14th, 2009

andrea_sittin-croppedjpgAndrea Goldman

Construction, business and real estate disputes attorney

Law Office of Andrea Goldman

Author of Home Contractor v. Homeowner Blog and the Massachussets Builders Blog

Today we’re tweeting with construction, business and real estate disputes lawyer, arbitrator and mediator @AndreaGoldman

  1. @AndreaGoldman, thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is @AndreaGoldman?
    I am an advocate and neutral who uses all of my tools to resolve disputes, adviser to construction companies, exercise fanatic, mom.
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    I spend about 80% of my time litigating and negotiating settlements, 15% on arbitration and mediation and 5% on writing contracts.
  3. What type of clients do you represent?
    I represent builders, contractors, construction companies, homeowners and businesses resolving disputes and writing contracts
  4. What is the single most important legal issue affecting those clients?
    For residential contractors: staying in compliance with the law. All of construction-having good contracts that protect them.
  5. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    My job is to take a disaster in your life and turn it into something you can move on from. A lawsuit is not a good way to make $$.
  6. Tell us about one of the more significant client representations you’ve had.
    Represented Perini v. Missouri with my partner. Suit about construction of a bridge that was delayed due to concealed conditions…
    Represented four homeowners whose property was damaged by a mudslide caused by faulty excavation and grading by developer.
  7. Why do your clients hire you?
    I am known in my community as a business, construction lawyer and neutral. I am responsive to clients and mindful of their budgets.
  8. All very good reasons! What’s the most active area of your practice at the current time? Is that typical?
    Both homeowners and contractors/construction companies call about disputes that are too small to handle. It’s the bad economy
  9. How do you help your clients to decide the best way to resolve a construction dispute?
    It’s simple: likelihood of success on the merits combined with ability to collect on a judgment and the amount of potential damages
  10. You weren’t always a solo practitioner. Why did you make the leap? How long did it take to feel established?
    I had the opportunity to form a partnership. It dissolved and I had already established a practice. It took 18 months from scratch.
  11. That’s quite impressive. How do you market your practice?
    I run lawyer dinners, network, write two blogs, write articles, give presentations, belong to a builders’ association and web 2.0.
  12. Busy. You blog on contractor disputes (http://bit.ly/wIPUD) & MA builders (http://bit.ly/16pcIX) Who reads them? Why?
    Contractors, builders, construction firms, lawyers and consumers. They are intended to be the “’go to” sites for construction in MA.
  13. Besides Twitter and your blog, what other Web 2.0 tools do you use?
    Well, I have two websites, one of which is a consortium of construction lawyers that I am developing. LinkedIn, Facebook, etc
  14. What specific impact on referrals and/or client engagements have you seen from your Web 2.0 activities?
    I get about 40% of my clients from the Internet, so the impact is huge. More people are finding their service providers on the web.
  15. Wow – that IS huge. How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand then?
    Too much time! I need to find more balance because I need to write more blogs posts, make a Facebook fan page and write articles.
  16. Seems to be a widespread problem…. What is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    Changing our billing practices. I believe that hourly billing is unproductive. Clients prefer value billing and knowing fees.
  17. Indeed. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    People will continue to specialize. There will be fewer lawyers but they will be happier because they want to be in the profession.
  18. Interesting perspective. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    I would open a dessert and dancing café and make all of the desserts. Would showcase local talent and offer games, puzzles for use.
  19. That sounds like fun! How do you want to be remembered?
    As a genuinely caring person who helped a lot of people, raised fabulous kids and was really fun to be around.
  20. What do you do when you’re not working?
    I exercise every day, which takes a lot of time. I hang out with my kids, read, love to cook and sew. I also love movies /theater.
  21. What advice would you pass along to lawyers currently under- or unemployed due to the economic crisis?
    Keep your hand in the profession by volunteering. Learn new skills. Stay up on new developments in your field. Network like crazy.
  22. And our last question for you: what advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    A law school education teaches you a new way to think. Make sure you love it. Law is a business, learn how to run a business .

This was a great twitterview; thank you very much for answering our questions!

Thank you Lance! This was really fun and forced me to think more about my practice.

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@tysonsnow

July 9th, 2009

bw-smallTyson Snow

Employment and labor litigation lawyer

Associate, Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar LLC

Today we’re tweeting with Salt Lake City-based employment / IP litigator and self-described geek @TysonSnow

  1. @TysonSnow, thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is @TysonSnow?
    Despite the jokes, lawyers (even @ firms) are people–like us! I’m a husband, friend, goofy, reader, hopefully always smiler
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    Litigation. Management side employment law. Harassment. Discrimination. Etc. Mix in IP & commercial lit. And I’m at a firm
  3. What type of clients do you represent?
    Employers & business owners; whether big or small. I litigate and consult on employment and/or IP issues they may have.
  4. What is the single most important legal issue affecting those clients?
    The economy (obviously). Advice on managing workforces, payrolls, benefits, IP, etc, w/in massive state and fed regulation.
  5. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    I’m a litigator; I tell the truth: litigation is hard, real hard, but often necessary. We’ll get there but it will tough.
  6. Tell us about one of the more significant client representations you’ve had.
    How about a few: national retailers (Wal-Mart / Sinclair / Smith’s / IHC) – crazy stories and crazy facts – fun cases.
  7. Hmm. Our collective curiosity is piqued…. Why do your clients hire you?
    We left a “big” firm 12 years ago. We do “big firm” work, but w/ better service, more interaction, & Utah billing rates.
  8. Makes sense. What’s the most active area of your practice at the current time? Is that typical?
    Employment law, especially retainer clients; calls for advice & quick answers. More than usual. Also, more employees suing.
  9. You were News Director at BYU’s news outlet while in college. How does that experience make you a better lawyer today?
    Lots of ways: better at managing large volumes of info, delegating, working w/ people, & ensuring that the details get done.
  10. How do you market your practice?
    Sorry for delay — Partners… Sheesh… I do free employment & IP seminars , community involvement, networking, referrals.
  11. No worries. You blog at The Social Media Lawyer (http://bit.ly/RSvP4i). Why do blog about SocMed rather than labor law?
    My background = computer science. I’m a tech geek. I’m tech support around the firm. Tech / Social Media serve me & clients
  12. Play to your strengths… Besides Twitter and your blogs, what other Web 2.0 tools do you use?
    LinkedIn, Facebook, boosting my MH ranking – http://tr.im/g1u5 – helping clients use online solutions to solve problems
  13. Was it hard to sell your active Web 2.0 profile to your firm’s leadership?
    Our new site just up! http://mc2b.com – featuring pics by our attorneys! Yes, it was/is hard. Legal world is tech challenged
  14. Congrats on that! What specific impact on referrals and/or client engagements have you seen from your Web 2.0 activities?
    Perceived expertise: I refer out more work (employees calling me) = more work (IP, employment, etc.) referred back my way.
  15. Sounds like the effort is paying off. How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
    I spend a couple of hours/day developing my “brand,” legal knowledge, or touching base w/ friends & colleagues – aka playing
  16. Let’s switch gears. What is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    Confluence & divergence. People now know more about law (need fewer lawyers) but law gets more complex (need more lawyers).
  17. Interesting perspective. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    Similar to today. Same landscape (w/ firms) but new methods: Alternative billing. Boutiques. In-house attnys handling more.
  18. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    180 days: tram at Snowbird; 180 days: pro BMX park rider (or race Le Tour) I love writing/reading. Journalism most likely.
  19. Sounds like a good life! How do you want to be remembered?
    Hard ?: Good husband, father (some day), friend, always smiling/joking, nice to all (even plaintiffs). As a lawyer? Maybe.
  20. You’ve given us some hints already, but what do you do when you’re not working?
    I read depos in bed & dictate in my sleep. Read, ride, bmx, longboard, ski, music, watch Jeopardy (I’m a dork), church, etc.
  21. Busy man…. What advice would you pass along to lawyers currently under- or unemployed due to the economic crisis?
    Your JD very versatile. You have skills all employers need. Pretend your job hunt = getting onto Law Review. Same intensity
  22. That’s a helpful perspective. Our final question for you: what advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    My advice: enjoy it. My current best friends are law school friends. I met my patent-attorney wife in law school! … (1/2)
    … For 3 years, life is about law school, but ultimately, but the rest of life is about life. Enjoy it! (2/2)

That’s great advice! Thank you very much for answering our questions today

Thanks! I really enjoyed it. Everyone feel free to DM or follow-up w/ me if you want. Always happy to chat!

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@djillpugh

July 7th, 2009

green_jacket_crop_smiling__tilted_head_D. Jill Pugh

Seattle Employment Attorney

Law Office of D. Jill Pugh

Author of Employment Law Blog and Employee Handbooks blog

Today we’re tweeting with Seattle Employment Attorney @djillpugh, solo practitioner and author of 2 employment law blogs

  1. @djillpugh, thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is @djillpugh?
    <140 char?! Happily married atty passionate about empl law & helping others, my work is a calling, not just a job; animal lover
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    Only do empl law; I don’t handle ERISA or workers comp; I do discrimination to unpaid wages to unemp ins to severance to noncompetes
  3. What type of clients do you represent?
    About 75% individual employees; 25% small businesses. Litigation and plain ol’ negotiations.
  4. What is the single most important legal issue affecting those clients?
    Hard 2 pick. Most common right now is wrongful termination based on FMLA or maternity leave; non compete issues R on the rise
  5. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    Civil litigation is a slow process; be proud of yourself for sticking up for your rights, you are setting a good example
  6. That’s a positive message! Tell us about one of the more significant client representations you’ve had.
    Hard 2 choose! I’m proud of helping a woman with cancer get a good settlement for being fired for being ill
    her boss gave her a poor review b/c she “wasn’t who she used to be” before chemo (!!)
  7. That’s an amazing story; I imagine it validates everything you do…. Why do your clients hire you?
    Experiences like that are why I love what I do – it is absolutely worth the work
    They feel listened 2, feel understood & have confidence in my knowledge & legal skills; also usu. I was highly recommended to them
  8. What’s the most active area of your practice at the current time? Is that typical?
    Big increase in review of severance agreements (> than normal #s of requests); also increase in non compete issues.
    They are common areas, just a huge increase in traffic. Slow economy = busy employment lawyers!
  9. I’ll bet! You’ve been solo for nearly 8 years. Why did you make the leap? How long did it take to feel established?
    Ah, that’s a trick question; I was also a solo from 1996 to 1999, but needed better business management skills. (cont’d next twt)
    I had an all contingency fee case load the 1st time, hard to pay the rent that way!!
    I saw law firms were pyramid schemes; wanted control over choosing clients, cases, my time. At 3 yrs felt established – the 2nd time
  10. From the looks of it you’re doing it right this time. How do you market your practice?
    Thx! I market with my blog(s); personal face to face networking; speaking at CLEs; publishing articles; Twitter; Avvo; LinkedIn
  11. You mention your blogs: you have two on employment law (http://bit.ly/RrIti and http://bit.ly/SBu1R). How do they differ?
    The Employment Law Blog is primarily aimed at employees & the Employee Handbooks Blog is aimed at employers/business owners
  12. Why did you decide to become active on Twitter? Has it been worthwhile?
    Critical mass of folks I respect on the solomarketing listserve were singing its praises; it has definitely been worthwhile!
    Twitter is an infinite source of information, friends, networking – I love it!
  13. Besides Twitter and your blogs, what other Web 2.0 tools do you use?
    I keep Avvo profile updated & answer some questions there; try to be interactive on LinkedIn; active on several listservs
  14. What specific impact on referrals and/or client engagements have you seen from your Web 2.0 activities?
    In the aggregate I think it has increased my referrals tremendously; no direct clients from the 2.0 activities
    Makes sense though, my best referral sources are other attorneys, HR professionals, CPAs
  15. How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
    It’s not always conscious brand development, as a solo I am always “on”; but my timesheets reflect about 30 dedicated hrs per month
  16. Let’s switch gears. What is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    Ok! One big issue is how does the profession move into the 21st century? Technology outpaces legal developments & not just emt law
  17. Indeed. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    Hmmm; I think there will be fewer mega law firms; more personal interaction w/clients; hope technology will be tool not a weapon
  18. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    I always say I’d be a librarian! Archaeology is another love; or I’d be a professional animal sitter :-)
  19. How do you want to be remembered?
    As a passionate skilled advocate who fought with integrity; who found time to mentor, and made time for family & friends
    Preferably *not* remembered as just as the crazy cat lady! ;-)
  20. What do you do when you’re not working?
    Not working? Er? I do find some time 4 Rock Band on the 360, Mariners games, knitting, scrapbooking, Wii Fit, and 2 much pop culture
  21. Good point… What advice can you give lawyers currently under- or unemployed due to the economic crisis?
    My advice would be don’t give up hope; create an online presence even if unemp; find ways to be noticed and to be helpful, volunteer
  22. That’s helpful. We’re at our last question: what advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    Don’t take out student loans! Ha. Seriously? Learn the law stuff, but also learn 2 market (even if you don’t want to be a solo)

Excellent advice. This was a great twitterview; thank you very much for answering our questions today

Thanks for the invite! This was a terrific experience!

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