@richardjaffe

January 14th, 2010

me-and-the-kidsRichard S. Jaffe

Partner, Cohen & Jaffe, LLP

Volunteer Paramedic

Firefighter

Author of Medic Interrupted blog

Today we’re tweeting with @richardjaffe, who is “living life as a paramedic beneath the epidermis of an attorney”

  1. @richardjaffe thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is @richardjaffe?
    Tx for having me Lance. A father, son, medic, firefighter, attorney, and soulful insomniac.
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    I rep injured accident victims, and doctors against ins carriers who try to deceive them.
  3. What type of clients do you represent?
    healthcare providers- doctors, chiros, dentists, etc. and accident victims- anyone cheated by insurance industry.
  4. What’s the single most important legal issue affecting those clients?
    the insurance industry threat of bending the law to kill healthcare
  5. That’s an issue of importance to all of us…. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    I make sure they know I will tell them what they need to know, which is not necessarily what they want to hear.
  6. Tell us about one of the more significant client representations you’ve had.
    Pro-bono millions 4 extended family whose sole income was the salary of a young woman who died in 9/11. we cried alot.
  7. Wow. That must have been a great moment. Why do your clients hire you?
    my grasp of medical nuances as both art and business , my notions of sympathy, corporate accountability n responsibility
  8. What’s the most active area of your practice at the current time? Is that typical?
    insurance companies, especially no fault carriers, R refusing 2 pay doctors more aggressively lately.
  9. It must be extremely challenging to balance an active legal career and work as a volunteer paramedic How do you do it?
    lots of coffee, no sleep, heartfelt ‘thank yous’ from clients, and the adrenaline from my medic calls
  10. How does your work as a paramedic help you be a better lawyer? Are you a better paramedic because you’re a lawyer too?
    i revive my adversaries after I anhiliate them in court. Lol
  11. Job security…. How do you describe what you do to people you meet at a cocktail party?
    I tell them I speak softly and carry a big stick in one hand, and trauma shears in the other.
  12. You blog at Medic Interrupted (http://bit.ly/514b9r). Who is the blog for? Why should they read it?
    theres some atty, medic and dad in each post, blend of which I hope helps readers contrast life’s ironies with its realities
  13. Besides Twitter and your blog, what other Web 2.0 tools do you regularly use to market your practice?
    avvo, list serves, and linkedin. I also like skype and email w/old hi school classmates. we are a small closely knit bunch
  14. What specific impact on referrals and/or client engagements, if any, have you realized from Web 2.0 activities?
    after seeing me on the web, clients seem much more decisive in retaining me. they feel good talking about EMS w/me too
  15. Others have said the same (not the EMS part…) How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
    I get brand epiphanies randomly. Im always looking and listening for new ideas to incorporate into my practice
  16. Let’s switch gears a bit: what do you think is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    State Court system inefficiency and court administration red tape, and the govt’s apathy towards both.
  17. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    mostly product of the age of internet- less handshake deals, faster transactions, more international jurisdictional issues
  18. Maybe we already know the answer to this one? What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    Medic or kids summer camp director by day, inventor of Ralph’s Ices flavors by nite. Luv Ralphs! http://bit.ly/51XPA8
  19. Now I’m hungry for a snack…. How do you want to be remembered?
    An inspirator of connection, compassion and humanity who gave my kids more life opportunities than I ever had
  20. What do you do when you’re not working?
    family time, EMS, and occasionally I smoke a nice cigar with close friends in a clandestine location
  21. What advice can you pass along to lawyers currently under- or unemployed due to the economic crisis?
    Learn to speak at least one new language- clients and opportunities will increase exponentially
  22. What advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    to quote my talented, esteemed attorney colleague Anthony Collelouori (….)
    “Go ‘cuz U R called 2 the law. Don’t go 2 get rich, or 2 help others, Go ‘cuz it’s vital 2 U! If U do, the rest will come”

That’s valuable advice. Thanks so much for answering our questions today; was great to learn about you & your practice

thanks for the privilege of being your guest. Loved it.

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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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@downtownlawyer

May 26th, 2009

jodie_hill_disk_1843aJodie L. Hill

Associate, Anderson, Murphy & Hopkins, L.L.P.

Author of Downtown Lawyer law blog

 

 

 Today, we’re tweeting with @Downtownlawyer: lawyer, writer, blogger, do-it-yourself-er, kickball-playing extraordinaire

  1. @Downtownlawyer, thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is @Downtownlawyer?
    I’m an associate at a small law firm in Little Rock, AR. I write a blog (Downtown Lawyer), which focuses on AR legal issues.
     
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    I handle a lot of cases regarding insurance coverage, construction defects, products liability, and MVAs.
     
  3. What type of clients do you represent?
    Most of my clients are insurance companies and their insureds.
     
  4. What’s the single most important legal issue affecting your clients?
    Bad faith claims. Once an insurer denies a claim, even if done with the best of intentions, . . .
    . . . they’re potentially liable for bad faith. There’s absolutely no room for error.
     
  5. That sounds risky…. How is the economic crisis affecting your clients?
    As far as I can tell, none. My firm is busier than ever.
     
  6. That’s good to hear. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    I explain that I have 2 clients—the insurer & the insured. I outline the limitations of my representation . . .
    . . . and explain that I cannot be involved in any dispute between the insured & the insurer.
     
  7. That’s a crucial point to make! What’s the most significant client representation you’ve had?
    My 1st client, as a law student, in litigation clinic. I helped a lady get guardianship of her grandson. . .
    . . . Helps me to remember that lawyers have a duty to help those in need.
     
  8. That’s a nice story. Why do your clients hire you?
    Because I take their concerns seriously, and I’m always available to answer their questions.
     
  9. How are you and your firm responding to financial difficulties your clients may be experiencing?
    My firm hasn’t made any changes because our referrals have increased.
     
  10. You talk about referrals as a source of business. How do you market your practice?
    Mostly by continuing to do excellent work. Also through networking (in-person & social media) & writing my blog.
     
  11. You blog at Downtown Lawyer (http://bit.ly/150PrA). Who is it written for? Why should they read it?
    AR lawyers & anyone interested in AR law. It’s concise without a lot of BS :D
     
  12. What was your objective when you started blogging? Has it changed?
    I wanted to do something I love (writing), which would provide me a marketing tool. That goal hasn’t changed.
     
  13. Has blogging made you a better lawyer? How?
    Yes. I know a lot more about what’s going on in AR, the region, the nation, and the world.
     
  14. How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand? 
    B/c I consider my work, my personality, everything about me to be my “brand”–so every minute of every day.
     
  15. Makes sense. Have your Web 2.0 activities had a direct impact on referrals / client engagements? 
    Not really. I haven’t been blogging long & I’ve been on Twitter even less. Relationships w/other attys have grown a lot.
     
  16. Am sure it will come. Let’s switch gears: what is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession? 
    Lack of legal representation for those who cannot afford it.
     
  17. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    I haven’t got a clue. I love reading/hearing what others think though.
     
  18. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    I’d be an English professor.
     
  19. Why did you become a lawyer?
    I was a paralegal for several years (at the same firm I’m at now). I loved what they did and wanted to do it too.
     
  20. Wow – that’s an even better story! How do you want to be remembered?
    As a fair attorney, who represented her clients well; and as a good friend, who was always ready for a laugh.
     
  21. What do you do when you’re not working?
    I read a lot, watch TV, and play on the internet. I have 2 Cocker Spaniels that I spoil & a house that I’m still renovating.
     
  22. Last question for you: what advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    Get some real-world experience before going to law school. It makes a world of difference in dealing w/stress of law school.

That’s great advice to close a great twitterview. Thank you very much for answering our questions today

 Thanks, Lance; I enjoyed it. 

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