December 8th, 2009

n20206529_30822158_8580Walker Lawrence

Chicago-based Employment lawyer

Associate, Maduff & Maduff, LLC

Today we’re tweeting with labor & employment lawyer @FLSALawyer, who also tweets as @gourmetlawyer

  1. @FLSALawyer thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is @FLSALawyer?
    I am a pssionate individual w/ a drive to help people. I love to cook, and learn something new everyday.
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    Civil rights firm in the emp. sector. We do everything. Inc. contract negotiations 4 execs 2 collective action litigation
  3. What type of clients do you represent?
    Ranges from 7-figure executives to blue color, on the line, steel manufacturing workers.
  4. That is a broad range of employees. What is the single most important legal issue affecting them?
    Job security & being pd wht they R owed; Some emp. believe it is more cost effective 2 break the law, rather than follow it.
  5. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    Litigation is a long, hard process. I expect every client to work closely with me to achieve their goals.
  6. Tell us about one of the more significant client representations you’ve had.
    We represent over 750 employees at US Steel in Gary Works seeking unpaid wages. We just defeated SJ. We hope to go national.
  7. Good luck with that. Why do your clients hire you?
    We’re experienced, diverse, friendly, & client goal drive. We adapt & provide affordable options 2 meet needs.
  8. What’s the most active area of your practice at the current time? Is that typical?
    Severance negotiations and non-competes are more active than usual. Unpaid wage actions continue to be a trend as well.
  9. How is the evolution of the workplace changing the legal status of the employee / employer relationship?
    It’s becoming less of a partnership. Emp. R look 2 stretch the boundaries at ee’s expenses. Need 2 work tgthr. (cont) …
    … A happy employee is one that will be much more productive and cost less in the long run.
  10. How do you market your practice?
    Significant online presence, large network of similarly minded attys, and word of mouth
  11. And how do you describe what you do to people you meet at a cocktail party?
    I help employees get paid what the law says they should.
  12. You also tweet as @GourmetLawyer. Why two accounts? How do your tweets differ?
    W/ ths acct I’m focusing on my professional, lawyer side. My other acct lets me explore my other interests w/o interfering.
  13. How does your firm’s leadership view your active Twitter presence?
    Good & bad. There’s some concerns, but it’s all about being open and frank about it. It’s a good thing.
  14. What specific impact on referrals and/or client engagements, if any, have you realized from Web 2.0 activities?
    I’ve received clients from fantasy gaming friends and a few other attys on the web (cont…)
    I’m in a unique biz where literally every1 is a potential new client, both those employed and not
  15. How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
    15/30 mins a day. We’re in the process of developing a more interactive updated website.
  16. Sounds like good ROI for your efforts…. What is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    Imo, atty conduct. So much money is wasted b/c of a ridiculously mindless and pointless atty bickering.
  17. Interesting perspective. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    More online filing. More attys crossing state lines as legal issues become more national. Possibly a federal bar.
  18. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    I’d own and cook in my own espresso bistro on the streets of northern Italy
  19. How do you want to be remembered?
    I want everyone I meet to leave knowing I made a difference, no matter how small.
  20. I’m guessing I know at least a partial answer to this one…. What do you do when you’re not working?
    haha, i bet u cn. Cook w/ my wife. Prepare 4 ou new baby. I luv just being w/ my wife, family & friends w/ gd food & wine.
  21. I knew it! What advice can you pass along to lawyers currently under- or unemployed due to the economic crisis?
    Be diligent, work hard. Never give up. Network. The attys getting jobs typically know the people that are hiring them.
  22. And our last question for you this afternoon: what advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    Treat law school like a job. Set a schedule so you can get all your work done (e.g. 10 hour days, 5-6 days/wk). Don’t stress

That’s good advice. Thank you very much for tweeting with me today; I enjoyed learning more about you and your practice.

A huge thanks and to @22twts and @lancegodard for the opportunity to participate in this unique and gratifying twitterview.

Congrats too on the baby news — one more demanding client on the way….

Ain’t that the truth.

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