@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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@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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@erikjheels

May 14th, 2009

erikjheels-avatar-313x313-157kErik J. Heels

Trademark, domain name, patent lawyer and more

Founder, Clock Tower Law Group

Avid blogger

MIT Engineer

Today, we’re tweeting with @erikjheels: lawyer, electrical engineer, columnist, Red Sox fan, former Air Force Captain and more

  1. @Erikjheels, thank you for joining us today on 22 Tweets. Tell us: who is @Erikjheels?
    Trademark, domain name, and patent lawyer; MIT ’88. Red Sox fan, music lover, author. See http://ErikJHeels.com for details.
     
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    @ClockTowerLaw helps startups acquire and defend US and foreign trademarks, domain names, and patents. This is our 9th year.
     
  3. What type of startups do you represent?
    @ClockTowerLaw‘s clients are mostly high-tech startups, and 3 clients have been acquired by public companies, which is nice.
     
  4. What is the single most important legal issue affecting your clients?
    #Twittersquatting, the equivalent of cybersquatting. Trademarks are being hijacked on Twitter and other social networks.
     
  5. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    There are good and bad lawyers at big and small law firms. We like to think we’re good lawyers at a small law firm.
     
  6. Your track record supports that statement…. What was the most significant client representation you’ve had?
    All clients are significant. But http://RightMedia.com was acquired by @Yahoo, http://Inceptor.com by http://Verizon.com.
     
  7. Agreed. Why do your clients hire you?
    Because we understand how IP works in the real world. We understand entrepreneurs because we’ve started our own companies.
     
  8. Hard to argue w/that! How are you and your firm responding to financial difficulties your clients may be experiencing?
    Our established clients are doing fine in this recession. For new clients, we offer http://FreeTrademarksForStartups.com.
     
  9. How did your life as an engineer prepare you to help clients as a patent / trademark attorney?
    Like other @MIT_alumni, I learned how to break complex problems into smaller solvable ones. IP law is a lot like engineering.
     
  10. That’s an interesting perspective. What led you to found your own law firm, @ClockTowerLaw, in 2001?
    I was fortunate to be able to ride out Web 1.0. When that wave crashed (or bubble burst), I decided to be a full time lawyer.
     
  11. Your resume reads like an adventure novel. What’s the next big adventure you’re planning?
    Most technology that is foisted on lawyers sucks. I’m going to spin out a software project or two to try to fix that.
     
  12. Look forward to hearing more about that. How do you market your practice?
    I believe in a balanced marketing portfolio. A little bit of everything. Twitter is hot now, but it’s not the be-all end-all.
     
  13. How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
    I get up at 5:30am each day to do stuff like this Twitter interview. Probably an hour per day before I get to the office.
     
  14. Time well spent…. You’ve been blogging since 1987 (not a typo) at http://bit.ly/oNAlP. What keeps you going?
    I do add legacy stuff to my blog, hence the 1966-present copyright notice. I enjoy writing, so blogging is a good fit for me.
     
  15. You’re clearly actively engaged in social media. Who should read your blog / follow your tweets / subscribe to your feed?
    I don’t really care who reads my blog or tweets. I write for my own edification. If others benefit from it, that’s gravy.
     
  16. Beyond general branding, what’s been the impact of your social media activities on your law practice?
    Since launching http://FreeTrademarksForStartups.com via Twitter in 11/2008, we’ve been adding one new client per week.
     
  17. Wow. That is impressive. Let’s switch gears: what is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    Learning to speak Plain English. The @creativecommons copyright licenses are a good example of anti-legalese legal writing.
     
  18. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    Smaller firms in the AmLaw 100. More focus on international issues such as PCT for patents, Madrid Protocol for trademarks.
     
  19. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    I’d teach startups to grow by using balanced marketing portfolios. In my spare time, I’d be rocking with http://MCatsBand.org.
     
  20. Looks like you’re doing some of that already! How do you want to be remembered?
    @ErikJHeels was a good friend.
     
  21. Other than rockin’ with the MCats band, what do you do when you’re not working?
    Hacking with computers, writing, baseball, and seeking the perfect Hammond B-3 sound on my keyboard.
     
  22. Last question for you: what advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    Be yourself. That’s what my mentor (Tom Bohan of http://mtcforensics.com) told me. Be yourself, and you’ll be fine.

That’s great advice. Thank you very much for answering our questions today; this was a great twitterview

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@dinayin

April 9th, 2009

yindDina J. Yin

Associate at Baker & Daniels (Beijing and Indianapolis)

International transactions and patent / trademark lawyer

Author of Indiana China Lawyer

 

Today, we’re tweeting with @DinaYin, a transactional lawyer currently based in the Beijing office of an international firm

  1. @DinaYin, thank you for joining us today at 22 Tweets. Tell us: who is the person behind @DinaYin?
    Thanks for having me. In no particular order, int’l business lawyer, foodie, traveler, blogger, creative thinker.
     
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    cross-border transactions, IP enforcement, U.S. import & export controls.
     
  3. What type of clients do you represent?
    Fortune 500 to startups. Clients come to B&D for international service at reasonable midwest rates.
     
  4. What is the most important legal issue affecting your clients?
    At the moment, how to handle downsizing operations in China yet still work with the recent Chinese labor law changes.
     
  5. Sounds like uncharted territory…. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    When it comes to China, I always tell clients to be VERY patient. Focus on relationship building, not the result….
    You’d be surprised at how a change in focus will help in obtaining results.
     
  6. What was the most significant client representation you’ve had?
    Setting up my first subsidiaries in China and India for a client.
     
  7. Why was it significant?
    It was my first substantive “international business attorney” experience….
    It had all the right ingredients: cross jurisdictional legal issues, players from different countries, time zones…
     
  8. Why do your clients hire you?
    Lawyers at my firm have a reputation for being practical, cost-effective problem solvers…
    But as a “China lawyer,” you have to understand the problem from both a legal and cultural perspective and EXPLAIN it.
     
  9. How is the economic crisis affecting your clients?
    Not much. It’s made them more creative in finding business opportunities worldwide and not focus on the U.S.
     
  10. Have you and your firm had to respond to financial difficulties your clients may be experiencing?
    Tailor fee structure to legal budget, provide set quotes if necessary, work with the client’s time line for payment.
     
  11. How do you market your practice?
    Twitterviews! Web 2.0, seminars, face to face meetings. But most of all, continue doing quality work for existing clients.
     
  12. Can never go wrong with that! How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
    Sometimes all day… and now all night… No, probably 3 to 4 hours a day on average.
     
  13. What value have you seen from being on Twitter?
    It keeps me connected to my Indy network, meet new tweeps re China law, updated on developments on China and Int’l matters.
     
  14. Your blog, Indiana China Lawyer (http://bit.ly/jJDsA)=your China experiences. How did U sell a non-legal blog to your firm?
    The firm approached me! The blog is about my experience in China from all facets (legal and non-legal)….
    Clients want to know how to do business in China. That’s the day-to-day, networking, AND legal. My blog=all those views.
     
  15. Interesting take; had not thought of that – How important are your Web 2.0 activities to the marketing of your practice?
    It’s increasingly important to use new mediums for networking and potential clients, especially in an international setting.
     
  16. What is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    I agree with @Jayshep on this. There’s an increasing need for the legal profess. 2 think abt alt. fee arrangements.
     
  17. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    Lower billing rates, more regional firms rather than gargantuan firms. Stronger networks amongst firms to cross-sell.
     
  18. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    At this moment: probably be a traveling journalist and spend at least a month in Yunnan, China.
     
  19. I liked your blog post on Yunnan; makes me want to visit. How do you want to be remembered?
    Wow. That’s a loaded question. I think for now, just someone who can adapt to any challenge.
     
  20. You’re no doubt getting a lot of practice at that these days. What do you do when you’re not working?
    Trying to see as much of China/Asia as I can this year!
     
  21. What’s been the most difficult thing about the move to China?
    The night vs. day time zone change is the biggest challenge for effective communication….
    Local system works better 4 u when here.. But a Chinese solution for American clients can be hard for them to accept.
     
  22. One last question: what advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    Don’t let the rat race in school bog u down. Connect ur life skills to ur legal knowledge when interviewing — all 1 package.
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@bretttrout

April 1st, 2009

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Brett J. Trout

Iowa Patent Attorney

Author since 2003 of BlawgIT

Author of Cyber Law: A Legal Arsenal for Online Business

 

Today, we’re tweeting with @BrettTrout, a patent lawyer, award-winning blogger and author from Des Moines, Iowa

  1. @BrettTrout, thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is the person behind @BrettTrout?
    My lovely wife. She reins in my motorcycle racing, cage fighting and general nerdery
     
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    Patents, Trademarks, Software Licensing, Terms of Use, Document Retention Policies. Counselor for all things nerdly
     
  3. I’m beginning to detect a theme…. What type of clients do you represent?
    I typically represent smaller clients: individuals, inventors, start-up ventures and small software companies.
     
  4. What is the most important legal issue affecting these clients?
    Volatility of the law. IT laws are constantly changing. Clients need to be able to rely on the underlying rules of the game.
     
  5. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    We are in this together. I provide you the appropriate legal advice to help you make your business decisions.
     
  6. What’s the most significant client representation you’ve had?
    I just wrapped up a 5yr patent infringement trial. We not only won, but the court awarded us treble damages & atty fees.
     
  7. You must have many infringement trials. Why was this one most significant?
    Patent infringement litigation typically runs over $1.5M per side just in atty fees. We did this one for about 1/10th that.
     
  8. That IS significant. Why do your clients hire you?
    Most appreciate my ability to communicate. Communication is the most important aspect of the atty/client relationship.
     
  9. Why *should* they hire you?
    Not every client *should* hire me. Every client is unique. Sometimes I refer them to an atty better matched to their needs.
     
  10. How is the economic crisis affecting your clients?
    I have not noticed the economy affecting my clients. People are still inventing. Small companies are still growing.
     
  11. That’s great for them and you. Switching gears a bit: how do you sell your practice?
    Iowa is the most restrictive state when it comes to *selling* your practice. I rely mostly on atty & client referrals
     
  12. How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
    Too much time. I love interacting with people, so it is more “fun” than “work.” Probably a couple hours per day.
     
  13. What value have you seen from being on Twitter?
    Des Moines’ Twitter community is powerful & vibrant. Twitter connects me w/a lot of great people both locally & abroad.
     
  14. You publish an award-winning patent law blog, “BlawgIT” (http://bit.ly/QdAe). What led you to start blogging in 2003?
    Fellow Des Moinesian @ChrisPirillo got me hooked on blogging. He’s always way ahead of the curve, so I knew it would be big
     
  15. Has blogging made you a better lawyer? How?
    Yes. Blogging forces me to stay up to date on important issues & be able to communicate them succinctly to clients
     
  16. You’re also a published author. How did you come to write a book on CyberLaw?
    I wanted a CyberLaw desk reference back in 2000. When I couldn’t find one, I wrote one. Currently working on the 4th ed.
     
  17. In your spare time, no doubt… What is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    Transparency. The Internet breaks down barriers b/t clients & lawyers, forcing lawyers to be more honest, open & responsive
     
  18. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    I see smaller firms gaining ground as they interconnect w/one another to offer clients much more customized legal services
     
  19. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    I’d love to race motorcycles, but I’m too big. I’d love to fight MMA but my wife wants me in one piece. Probably an inventor
     
  20. How do you want to be remembered?
    He was good at what he did.
     
  21. What do you do when you’re not working?
    I attend a lot of my kids’ sporting events. I read. I cook. I travel. I drink wine. I connect with friends & family.
     
  22. Our last question of the day: What advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    I found law school was fun & interesting, but I may be the only one. Most importantly, choose quality of life over money.

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

Thank you. It was a pleasure. @22twts is a great series

I hope you’ll consider a second twitterview one day to talk about motorcycle racing and cage fighting!

Ha. I crash a lot & take a lot of punches, but what I lack in skill, I make up for in entertaining hyperbole.

As long as you keep entertaining your tweeps like me, we’ll be happy with whatever you do in your non-Twitter time!

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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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