@MShermanEsq

June 16th, 2011

Michelle Sherman

White Collar and Social Media Law Attorney

Special Counsel, Sheppard Mullin

Author at Social Media Law Update blog

Former Los Angeles County Assistant Public Defender

Today we’re tweeting with BigLaw trial / social media attorney and former LA Country Ass’t Public Defender @mshermanesq

  1. @mshermanesq Welcome to 22 Tweets and thank you for joining us today. Tell us, who is @mshermanesq?
    A Calif. native, Smith College undergrad, UCLA law grad, litigation atty, writer and speaker on social media legal issues
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    Complex business litigation, and social media legal consulting to businesses – if they are on Facebook, they want to talk to me
  3. What type of clients do you represent?
    Mostly medium size to large businesses, including government contractors
  4. And what would you say is the single most important legal issue on the minds of those clients?
    Resolving business disputes cost efficiently w/a great result for the co. & its shareholders. No one benefits from long litigation
  5. Indeed. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    I am always available to them, don’t hesitate to call me w/any question, concern. My job is to take most of the worry off of them
  6. Am sure they appreciate. Tell us about one of the more significant client representations you’ve had.
    Getting a criminal case dismissed 4 an innocent man who had gone thru the Midnight Mission rehab/job program http://t.co/MZ48sfG
  7. Why do your clients hire you?
    They know I am smart, will work tirelessly 4 them, get good results, and be invested in their companies like they are
  8. What’s the most active area of your practice at the current time? Is that typical?
    Litigation – it is generally the most active practice area in a firm especially in slower economic periods like we are in right now
  9. How does your experience as Assistant Public Defender early in your career help your clients today?
    Being a public defender sharpens trial skills. Dealing w/bad facts often & winning, only sharpens outside the box litigation skills
  10. What will be the next battleground in social media law? Who should be concerned?
    Privacy and whether companies r following their terms of use, and protecting the private info that they gather from their users
  11. That’s definitely an issue of concern…. How do you describe what you do to people you meet at a cocktail party?
    “Have u heard of Facebook? I am the person who helps businesses w/the legal issues for being on FB & having employees who r on it”
  12. When did you become active on Twitter? What were your objectives then? Have they changed?
    About 8 mos ago, providing useful info, staying more current w/news & legal developments, & connecting 2 people w/related interests
    My objectives have stayed pretty much the same once I became active. I received great advice 4 my Twitter activity from @changesq
  13. You blog at Social Media Law Update (http://t.co/Alfp0TG). Who do your write it for? Why should they read it?
    Target audience is businesses who want a non-legalese discussion of social media legal issues & practical suggest’ns from a SM user
  14. Have your Web 2.0 activities led to any additional referrals or client engagements?
    Biggest benefit has been people finding me = invitations 2 speak, journalists quoting me, a book in the works & a monthly column
  15. Pretty big benefits indeed. What does your firm leadership think about your active online presence?
    They are very supportive of my online presence, & w/out my social media blog at the firm, I would not have made it this far
  16. That’s great. Let’s switch gears a bit now. What is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    The shrinking of the legal market, less jobs & opportunities for new attorneys. I don’t see this as a temporary state of affairs
  17. What then will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    That is one crystal ball that is very foggy to me. My hope is that alternative dispute resolution will be used more, and early on.
  18. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    A career counselor, social worker, journalist, chef, food writer – I am doing what I love and dabbling in all of the above
  19. How do you want to be remembered?
    I would like to be remembered as a great tennis player, but since that is not likely to happen, I will settle 4 being a nice person
  20. :-) What do you do when you’re not working?
    See movies, visit w/friends, cook, hike w/my dogs, go to the theater, try a new restaurant, take a spinning or pilates class, blog
  21. What advice can you pass along to lawyers currently under- or unemployed due to the economic crisis?
    Use social media to network with as many people as possible, become involved in bar association and legal groups, and don’t give up
  22. And the final question of today’s interview: what advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    Use social media to network w/as many people as possible, become involved in bar assn & legal groups, and find time for internships
    ABA sections and other legal groups are very receptive to law students who want to get involved early.

Good, consistent advice. :-) Thanks very much for tweeting with me today; I enjoyed getting to know you better

Thank you! I enjoyed myself and appreciated the thought you put into your questions.

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@adrianos

June 16th, 2009

europe_07_031_2Adrianos Facchetti

Los Angeles Internet Defamation Lawyer

Mnemonist

Author of California Defamation Law Blog

Today we’re tweeting with Los Angeles Internet defamation attorney / blogger / mnemonist / bankruptcy attorney @adrianos

  1. @adrianos thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is @adrianos?
    Los Angeles Internet Defamation Attorney, Adrianos Facchetti http://twurl.nl/cqugib
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    70% litigating commercial disputes – key areas include real estate and Internet defamation. 30% bankruptcies.
  3. What type of clients do you represent?
    Mainly clients who have been defamed on & off the internet. Also represent individuals with fairly significant real estate holdings.
  4. What’s the single most important legal issue affecting those clients?
    Evolving nature of Internet law including courts’ interpretation of the CDA; dealing with negative customer reviews w/o filing suit.
  5. I hadn’t considered the reviews / defamation connections. What do you tell new clients before you start working for them?
    “I will always you tell you the truth even when you don’t want to hear it.”
  6. They prob appreciate that when it counts… Tell us about one of the more significant client representations you’ve had.
    Represented entity in religious discrimination case against city of L.A. Took it all the way 2 the U.S. Supreme Court . Cert denied
  7. Why do your clients hire you?
    Enthusiasm, dedication, expertise, and youth. They want someone who gets the Internet, unlike my 40year old + competitors ;-)
  8. You write a lot about defamation in the context of blogging. Is this something every blogger should be thinking about?
    Yes! Every blogger as a publisher is open to defamation, some more than others. Avoidance is the key: http://twurl.nl/8q1wn2
  9. I am told that you ran with the bulls in Pamplona. Is that true? What was it like?
    Yes.I ran with the bulls on 7/7/07 which was a dream of mine since I was 12-IT WAS SCARY! But I did it despite almost being clipped
  10. Wow! What lessons did you learn from that experience that you are able apply to your law practice?
    No lawyer or judge is as scary as a 600 pound bull running after you. Think it also psyched out opponents when I told them about it
  11. Makes sense to me…. Your bio says that you are a mnemonist. What exactly does that mean? How does it work?
    A person with the ability to remember and recall unusually long lists of data, such as unfamiliar names, lists of numbers, etc….
    …for example, I can memorize a deck of cards in about 5 mins. or 100 digits in about the same. Sounds dorky but is totally fun!
  12. Dorky? Maybe. Impressive? Absolutely. How do you market your practice?
    I don’t market my practice like most lawyers. Blog. Twitter. LinkedIN. JDSupra. Repeat. Word of Mouth, too.
  13. Welcome to Web 2.0 law mktg…. Who is your CA Defamation Law Blog for (http://bit.ly/hk1bz)? Why should they read it?
    For those who’ve been defamed on the Internet & elsewhere.It has more info on CA Def law than any other resource on the web, period
  14. I’m sold. Why did you decide to join Twitter? Has it been a worthwhile use of your time?
    Yes!Twitter has helped me expand my reach & create real relationships w/super interesting/influential ppl ,e..g. @grantgriffiths
  15. Can you cite specific referrals and/or client engagements that your Web 2.0 activities have provided?
    I can’t cite names/businesses, but I can tell you that Web 2.0 activities have resulted in 5 new paying clients for me this year.
  16. Those are impressive results! How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
    1-2 hours per day, at least. An hour in the morning and an hour or two at night.
  17. Let’s switch gears: what is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    Obsolescence due to accessibility to “legal type” services and technology that expands options.
  18. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    Have no idea what it’ll look like in 10 years.Think we’ll continue 2 see hyperspecialization & more folks working frm home, though.
  19. That certainly appears to be the trend. How do you want to be remembered?
    I want to be remembered as a trusted advisor and good friend
  20. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    If I wasn’t a lawyer I’d raise Alpacas (http://twurl.nl/lgsaqc) & enter the occasional Memory Championship, a la bobby fischer ;-)
  21. Don’t know about alpacas, but Memory Championships could be exciting…. What do you do when you’re not working?
    hang out with the g/f, friends, family, read A LOT, play the guitar and memorize stuff :-)
  22. LOL. Out last question for you: what advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    RUN while you still can. But if you insist in becoming a lawyer, at least do it your own way; be interesting! (u can DM me 4 advice 2)

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

Thanks, Lance. I really enjoyed answering your questions.

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@steigerlaw

June 9th, 2009

ls_20081Lowell Steiger

Personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Lowell Steiger

Author of Lowell Steiger’s Personal Injury Law Blog

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Today we’re tweeting with Los Angeles personal injury lawyer @steigerlaw, who treats his clients with the respect they deserve

Hi How are you today?

  1. @steigerlaw, thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is @steigerlaw?
    A lawyer who loves representing injured people, caretaker by nature. Fighting the good fight for my clients :-)
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    I represent people who were hurt by vehicles (cars, motorcycles, buses, etc.) defective products, slip/trip & fall accidents.
  3. Can you tell us a little bit more about the clients you represent?
    Anyone who has been physically hurt by someone else’s negligence (fault). Also rep workers who haven’t been paid OT, meal breaks
  4. What is the single most important legal issue affecting those clients?
    There are 2 important legal issues/Q’s for injured people: (1) Who was at fault and (2) did this event actually cause the injuries?
  5. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    I care what happened 2u, UR not a number. Your job is to get better, I’ll handle the legal part & guide you thru the entire process
  6. I’m sure that is reassuring to hear. Tell us about one of the more significant client representations you’ve had.
    Yng motorcycle rider paralyzed when car turned left. We settled 4 just under $8 million 4 lifetime care BUT it was heartbreaking
  7. Why do your clients hire you?
    Other than the bowl of candy on my desk? Zealous representation, thorough explanations, no BS, respect 4 client as a person in pain
  8. People do seem to gravitate toward the desks with candy…. How has your practice evolved since you became a lawyer?
    At 1st it was just me. Now I have lawyers & staff working on cases so that clients get all the attention that their cases require
  9. What would you say is the most difficult aspect of being a personal injury lawyer?
    Insurance companies denying fault or that my client is actually injured! That attitude infuriates me and I FIGHT them to the end.
  10. I’m sure your clients appreciate that. How do you market your practice?
    Nontraditional marketing. Clients come thru referrals, social media, my blog, word of mouth. I do what I love, that brings clients
  11. You blog at Lowell Steiger’s Los Angeles Law Blog (http://bit.ly/3VNJRy). Who do you write for? Why should they read it?
    An eclectic group who read it because they’re interested in the topics at hand. I include other points of view, relevant links, etc
  12. You’ve been blogging since 2006. What led you to start blogging about personal injury law?
    Blogging is #1 way to start a dialogue w/that great big world out there. Personal injury law is my passion, that’s what I blog about
  13. Why did you decide to join Twitter? Has it proven to be a valuable effort?
    I joined Twitter without a clue and found idea and resource exchanges, professional connections. Twitter is an incredible tool.
  14. It certainly is (& you clearly have a clue now). Beyond Twitter and your blog, what other Web 2.0 tools do you use? Why?
    I subscribe to a lot of legal and medical blogs and newsletters to keep me current and give me ideas that help me advise my clients.
  15. What specific impact on referrals and/or client engagements (if any) have your Web 2.0 activities provided?
    My clients’ cases benefit from my access to so many incredible people whose ideas and experience help me think & act outside the box
  16. That’s an interesting perspective. How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
    Tweet for about an hour with my morning cup of Joe & throughout the day. I guess it’s branding but I think of it as communication
  17. It’s both, isn’t it? Let’s switch gears: what is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    Big business trying to block consumers’ access to the courts through “tort reform” under myth of frivolous lawsuits (see next Tweet)
    Frivolous lawsuits are, in my opinion, a myth and the forces stating otherwise must be addressed http://tr.im/nVXi
  18. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    Hard to say (no crystal ball). We have to fight to maintain current rights & restore those lost during the last administration
  19. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    That’s tough – I’d write about law (Grisham doesn’t need to worry too much yet) & work w/animal rescue organizations.
  20. How do you want to be remembered?
    As a loving partner, son and friend, someone who did good for others
  21. What do you do when you’re not working?
    Spend time with family, friends and dog, write, watch movies, go to open houses, drive around beautiful L.A. (I love L.A.)
  22. Our last question for you is: what advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    Find the passion in what you do. If you love what you do, good will follow. Law is a wonderful profession.

Thanks for inviting me. This was a wonderful experience. I appreciate what you’re doing @22Twts !

This was a great twitterview. Thank you very much for answering our questions today

You’re welcome!! Thank you, too. I’ve enjoyed the experience and look forward to reading other Twitterviews. Lowell Steiger

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