November 16th, 2010

Brian J. Nash

Medical Malpractice and Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

Head of Nash & Associates, LLC

Contributing author to the Eye Opener legal blog

Today we’re tweeting with DC medical malpractice / personal injury lawyer and legal blogger @Nashlawfirm

  1. @Nashlawfirm, thank you for joining us on Twitter. Tell us, who is @Nashlawfirm?
    Lawyers & staff who luv their job of helping others, care about people are smart as hell & bring passion 2 the job every day…
    Peeps who inspire ea other 2 luv what we do & be the best we can be, 2 use the skills we have to assure victim’s rights
  2. Please tell us about your law practice.
    Boutique law firm in MD & DC w many yrs of successful exper. in civil litigation (med mal, catastrophic injury)…
    …former defense lawyers, who now represent people who are severely injured by bad healthcare and conduct of others.
  3. Tell us a little more about the clients you represent? Who are they?
    Mainly we represent victims & families of victims – real people, whose lives have been devastated by medical malpractice.
  4. What is the single most important legal issue affecting those clients?
    So many cynics think it’s all about money. It simply isn’t! Clients just want 2 know-what happened? Why? Can they have their…
    …voices heard and their cases judged by fair minded people. Are you surprised to learn – that’s what it IS about?
  5. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    We make our philosophy clear: bad outcomes do NOT equal malpractice. However, when people are injured by care that is simply bad…
    …we will bring our skill and experiences 2 make sure their voice is heard. We’re very clear – it is not just about monetary…
    …compensation. It’s about having people who cause injury be held accountable & then change their ways so others don’t suffer
  6. Tell us about one of the more significant client representations you’ve had.
    Too many to count, frankly. It’s been a great career. I’ve represented so many wonderful people. In some small way…
    …I hope I’ve touched their lives 4 the better. People w injured kids or who lost children or a spouse, great folks with…
    … serious injuries & needs that we’ve been able to help in some small way. How do you pick one or two out? You can’t
  7. Understood. Why do your clients hire you?
    For our experience, trial skills, knowledge of law, medicine, the courts and not least – the passion we being to their case
  8. What’s the most active area of your practice at the current time? Is that typical?
    Representing people when they or family member has been severely injured by medical malpractice. Yes, that’s our specialty-
  9. Makes sense…. We hear a lot of talk about a “patients’ bill of rights.” What exactly does that mean?
    4 brevity, here’s a link: “what” – http://bit.ly/cTmH9Q. What started as a broader bill covering not only accessibility…
    ..but rights and FREEDOMS- http://bit.ly/aGE3Af -became a law stopping insurance company abuses in terms of coverage
  10. Doesn’t health care reform address many of those same issues? Is that enough?
    It addressed coverage issues mostly. It never really addressed core issues such as “refusal of care” “informed consent”…
    …meaningful protection of privacy rights – basically some of the key elements of the contract b/w a doctor & patient…
    …which is the type of interchange, responsibilities & partnered care-giving that is missing many times and leads to lawsuits
  11. How do you see your practice evolving over the next few years? Will you still be fighting the same battles?
    One would hope that bad care will end and people won’t be devastated..then I could be a full-time blogger (smile)…
    …but why do I suspect that won’t happen soon? So yes, I’ll still be here fighting 4 patient & victim rights. God willing!
  12. How do you describe what you do to people you meet at a cocktail party?
    Much the same thing I’m telling your audience: I represent people who are the victims of real medical malpractice and real…
    …wrongdoing. We don’t sue people because of bad outcomes; we represent people who are victims of bad, negligent care
  13. Your firm has a blog, Eye Opener (http://bit.ly/bqnokj). Who is it for? Why should they read it?
    Our mission is to be an aggregator 4 all – medicine & law, issues affecting your daily life. Trends, news, warnings to make people …
    …more knowledgeable about their healthcare rights so they can be smarter advocates for their own well-being and safety.
  14. In addition to the blog, you’re active on Twitter and have a Facebook page. What’s your social media strategy?
    multifactorial: getting the “word” out is our mission, networking w some incredible people (and we’ve met so many)…
    …sharing knowledge, thoughts, opinions. Getting known? Perhaps, but I’ve learned – that’s not the real value of social media.
  15. Have your Web 2.0 activities led to any additional referrals or client engagements?
    Yes, but again, that’s really not our goal. We do very well with our rankings thru blogs, SM – but not our SM objective…
    …when I started 1 yr ago, it was all about US. My eyes are now opened – it’s about connections…sharing, networking. Luv it!
  16. Sounds like a perfect strategy. Let’s switch gears: what’s the most sig issue currently facing the legal profession?
    Real access 2 justice 4 ALL! Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, litigation costs – they’re the insidious forms of tort reform.
  17. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    Hopefully caregivers stepping up and admitting fault when they should, early case resolution, creative fees – put the patient FIRST
  18. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    Teach, build my networking skills, be creative in this expanding world of sharing knowledge via SM and the web
  19. How do you want to be remembered?
    Someone who truly cared about the law and people’s rights. Someone who made a difference in others’ lives
  20. What do you do when you’re not working?
    Not sure when that is (smile) Traveling, catching-up w family & friends, learning new things, photography – quiet relaxation
  21. What advice can you pass along to lawyers currently under- or unemployed due to the economic crisis?
    Don’t give up your pursuit of what you worked so hard 2 obtain. There’s always work for GOOD lwyrs who care. Find it.
  22. And our final question for you: What advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    Understand that what you are studying is a living, breathing instrument to do so much good for so many people…
    …it’s not just a job; never take the responsibility of representing people for granted. Follow your dream!

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

Thanks to you, Lance. It was fun. I appreciate the opportunity very much. Be well…Brian

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May 5th, 2009

paul_gardnerPaul W. Gardner

Corporate and Entertainment Lawyer

Managing Partner, Gardner Law Group

One of the first lawyers to network on MySpace

Today, we’re tweeting w/ @pgardnerii: corp / entertainment lawyer & only 22 Tweets interviewee to attend a Kanye West B-day party

  1. @Pgardnerii, thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is @Pgardnerii?
    I am a corp. and entertainment lawyer, methodical thinker, loyal friend, chess player, serious accident survivor, shark, and 6’5″
  2. Wow – enough there for FIVE twitterviews! Tell us about your law practice.
    My practice is never boring! Deal with celebrities almost everyday. Long nights either in office or out with clients – VIP style
  3. Yes, I often see your tweets from the office very late at night. What type of clients do you represent?
    corporations, companies, rappers, singers, music producers, movie producers, managers, artists, models, street teams, media, etc.
  4. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    What I can do, and what I cannot do for them. I manage expectations. I rather under-promise and then over-deliver.
  5. Why do your clients hire you?
    because I deliver results, I can be reached on the phone, I manage expectations, I provide cigars, champagne and pool in my office
  6. You’ll probably get lots of resumes after that tweet… What was the most significant client representation you’ve had?
    in my career, all of my client representation has been significant!
  7. Very wise answer…. What is the single most important legal issue affecting your clients?
    ;-) Digital rights management and the ongoing hardcopy sales loss to digital music. I tell my clients 2 use www.gigcalculator.com
  8. What then is the single most important *business* issue affecting your clients?
    without hesitation – the RECESSION!
  9. You spent several years at BigLaw before founding your own firm. What led you to strike out on your own?
    I spent 4 years at DLA Piper. I struck out on my own because I figured out that I was a rainmaker and that I could keep my profits!
  10. Looks like you were right from here. How difficult was the transition from BigLaw to solo?
    VERY difficult. I would not have done it if I knew that the first couple of years were going to be so hard.
  11. Would love to hear more about that – could you come back for 2nd twitterview on that? How do you market your practice?
    yes, no problem – so long as you have a cigar and a game of pool on me!
    I market my practice via word-of-mouth; social networking; and some very strategic marketing opportunities
  12. How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
    At least 7 hours a day! Each decision I make on a clients’ case develops or enhances my brand. Sometimes, beyond that client.
  13. When and why did you become active on Twitter?
    I became active on Twitter about 2-3 months ago. I became active because I know social networking sites are good for my business!
  14. I believe you were one of the first lawyers to network on MySpace. Are you still active there?
    Yes, to both. MySpace is still VERY viable with over 110 million monthly active users around globe – (Entertainmentesq on MySpace)
  15. Social media / social networking clearly very important to your practice. What specific benefits have you seen from it?
    SIGNIFICANT increase to my bottom line! Properly utilizing social networking tools can generate a new revenue stream for people
  16. Let’s switch gears: what is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    Out of lack of minorities, age discrimination, judicial compensation, & client access to cheaper legal solutions – I say access
  17. Hard to argue with that. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    In my humble opinion, I think that you will see a globalization of the legal profession soon
  18. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    I would probably be an NBA player – blocking Shaq’s shots!
  19. At 6’5″, you might be able to do that! How do you want to be remembered?
    LOL, I would like to be remembered as a fair, but no-nonsense lawyer, a family man, and a cool, down to earth southern gentleman
  20. What do you do when you’re not working?
    I Twitter, play chess, exercise, watch 24 on TV, recite lines from TV commercials and movies, and play practical jokes on my kids!
  21. You are a busy man! What’s at the top of your iPod playlist?
    I listen to a lot of client music! But mainstream stuff too like Rick Ross, Jadakiss, Asher Roth, Los, Angel Lola Luv, Baltimore Snoop, etc
    did I mention that I play the trombone so I listen to classical music too? The Baroque period is my favorite! ;-)
  22. Hip Hop + Baroque = the new mashup? Final question: What advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    Hey, let me work on that! My advice is to do well in law school but also learn how to get clients and build your “book of business”

Thanks for the great twitterview! When you come back you can talk about that B-day party…. http://bit.ly/ZHssP

shhhhhhhhhhh, what happens at parties – stays at the parties! ;-)

Oops…. Did I say “party”? I meant “drafting session”. Really

LOL – now you’re getting how the entertainment world REALLY works!

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