@douglasreiser

May 11th, 2010

Douglas Reiser

Founder, Reiser Legal LLC

Author, The Builders Counsel Blog

LEED Accredited Professional

Today we’re tweeting with LEED AP @douglasreiser, a Washington state construction lawyer and blogger

  1. @douglasreiser thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is @douglasreiser?
    So glad to be here today, thank you for having me on…..
    1st a husband, then a worker, idea monger, brewer, sportsman & worst of all – a Cleveland sports fan. these define me from 12 to 12
  2. Well this just might be your year…. Tell us about your law practice.
    a 24 hour shop in my head. i built a remote practice that follows wherever i go. goals = access, comm., efficiency & understanding
    ……and i hope you are right about the Cavs (presumably you didnt mean the Browns or Indians!)
  3. Very interesting. What type of clients do you represent?
    those inundated w. construction concerns. the focus is on the business, their risks & protection. I also rep breweries, my hobby
  4. Nice hobby…. What is the single most important legal issue affecting your clients?
    Risk. businesses dont understand its extent; it comes at all angles, in all they do. I locate those risks and eliminate/reduce them
  5. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    That im here when you need me. you can find me 24hrs/7 days a week. i’ll clear my table to help you, because i love the challenge.
  6. Am sure they appreciate. Tell us about one of the more significant client representations you’ve had.
    significance is in the eye of the beholder. i think its green builders that i help wade through liability. new challenge for all.
  7. Why do your clients hire you?
    im a person, like everyone. im tangible; im understood. i lived/breathed construction on & off the job. people feel comfort in that
  8. What’s the busiest area of your practice right now? Is that typical?
    public contracting. today’s only fish in the pond 4 builders. i help obtain jobs & preserve rights. its atypical; recent explosion
  9. Tell us about your LEED AP certification. What does it mean? Why is it important to your clients?
    LEED AP isnt a gold key 2 green building; attys should never hide behind it. A step to learning what should be uniform in building
  10. What’s the next big legal battleground in green construction law? How is it expected to play out?
    field is set to determine performance liability + GBCI LEED challenges & the Int. Green Const. Code could spawn work for attorneys
  11. How do you describe what you do to people you meet at a cocktail party?
    im myself. lawyers drink wine – i drink beer (Stout/IPA). Im approachable in that image. sports are the best icebreaker in building
  12. You blog at The Builders Counsel blog (http://bit.ly/aWm9R8). What’s your strategy? How do you decide what to write?
    i heard @kevinokeefe say “listen” is key word in social media. 100% agree. I found the best group of talkers; i listen + add my bit
  13. Indeed. Besides Twitter and your blog, what other Web 2.0 tools do you use to market your practice?
    I have two blogs + @Avvo, @LinkedIn, @legalriver, Plaxo, Justia, @consupo, LawyerLink, Legal Guru, etc. – i try & be everywhere.
  14. What specific impact on referrals and/or client engagements, if any, have you realized from Web 2.0 activities?
    People want an answer. Any atty can say you should consult an attorney/I need to see more. we’re transparent online; people like it
  15. How much time do you spend each day developing and enhancing your brand / marketing your practice?
    way too hard to quantify; its all the time. i try to listen to the online community all day & respond when i have a worthy thought.
  16. Understood. Let’s switch gears: what is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    progression v. ethical restraint. A lot of attys are afraid to go Web 2.0. They are missing out and i feel its not fair to them.
  17. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    trans. tasks by legal biz’s w/o malpractice, billable hr., the office & a suit. Court battles: less formal, less paper & less fight
  18. Interesting perspective. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    your easiest question. own a brewery, create a web of distribution 4 craft brewers around US & fight the 3 tier system. retirement.
  19. What do you do when you’re not working?
    go outdoors w/ my beer writer wife (@beerblotter). travel around the world. check out new buildings in SEA. agonize over CLE sports
  20. How do you want to be remembered?
    As a worker. someone who worked hard to find answers & innovate. dont need my name in gold; dont need a plaque. just happy clients
  21. What advice can you pass along to lawyers currently under- or unemployed due to the economic crisis?
    reinvent what you know about law. be innovative. find something you know and advocate for it loudly. people will find your voice.
  22. Our final question for you: what advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    dont look back at law, look ahead. At school, find a job/opp that gives you a 1st hand look at practice. go Web 2.0 now! dont wait

good advice, Doug. Thanks very much for tweeting with me today; I enjoyed learning more about you / your practice.

Thanks so much for having me on today. Your questions were great!

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@scottwolfejr

April 28th, 2009

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Scott G. Wolfe, Jr.

Construction lawyer and Member, Wolfe Law Group

LEED AP

Serial Blogger: author of Blogging is Speaking, Brazil Construction Law, Chinese Drywall Blog, Construction Law Monitor, Construction Lien Blog, and Louisiana Green Building Law

Entrepreneur and a whole lot more

Today, we’re tweeting with @scottwolfejr: lawyer, entrepreneur, and New Orleans City Business Magazine 2008 Innovator of the Year

  1. @Scottwolfejr, thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Who is the person behind @Scottwolfejr?
    Thnx for having me. So, this 1st Q is very easy or hard. Easy: Me Hard: Husband, entrepreneur, attorney & student.
     
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    We focus exclusively on construction law, w/ offices in SEA, WA and N.O., LA. We’re 4 yrs old, do smart work, young & fun.
     
  3. Sounds like you like what you do…. What type of clients do you represent?
    We do. Generally builders, suppliers, trades & others in constr. industry. Size varies; we rep multi-million $ co.’s – mom & pops
     
  4. What’s the single most important legal issue affecting those clients?
    Those who installed Chinese Drywall in N.O., this stuff carries big consequences. http://www.chinesedrywallblog.com ….
    More generally- Obama Employment Law and Immigration changes. http://bit.ly/oJNvQ
     
  5. What then is the single most important business issue affecting your clients?
    In SEA w/ recession, many need business, & are trying to transition from private sector to public sector in light of stimulus…
    In NOLA, recession hasn’t hit hard. Payment & cash flow is always problem here, & keeping good documentation on projects
     
  6. Striking how diff those two markets appear to be. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    I tell them thank you, that I want to learn about their business & try to prepare them for legal process.
     
  7. What was the most significant client representation you’ve had?
    Hard ?. Post-Katrina, we helped a lot of people get right-side up. That had rewarding moments.
     
  8. Can only imagine what it was like trying to pick up the pieces then. Why do your clients hire you?
    I think we do a good job distinguishing our firm from the crowd, and people react to that. Plus…
    Plus, via the web, we are constantly conversing with potential clients, & they see us as an authority on construction law.
     
  9. How are you and your firm responding to the financial difficulties your clients are experiencing?
    We try to help them make good decisions about settlement v litigation & we try to contractually put them in safe positions
     
  10. Am sure they appreciate. Congratulations on your recent certification as LEED AP. What does it mean for your clients?
    Thank you. Many of our clients are interested in growing into the green market, and it means we can be a source for them
     
  11. You’re actively challenging the LA Bar’s attorney advertising rules. Why are they bad for clients and the profession?
    100 reasons. Most basic: bar regulated a medium (the net) it doesn’t understand & based on how it worked 5 yrs ago…
    Think of reasons why Internet is good for clients and profession. The new La. ad regs compromise those reasons
     
  12. Good luck with that effort. On that note, how do you market your practice?
    Exclusively through our website, blogging, SEO & social networking. Very little paid ads. Virtually 0 traditional ads.
     
  13. How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
    We have great help at WLG. I still spend 10% of my day on it. I figure branding req. either 10% of my day or 10% of my money.
     
  14. You have 7 (yes, seven!) blogs (see list @ http://bit.ly/t8d3). How do you manage them in the 10% of your time window?
    Its tough, but helps that I enjoy it. I get help from WLG partner @douglasreiser, our law clerk @sethsmiley and wife @emwolfe.
     
  15. Clearly you’ve embraced Web 2.0. How have your Web 2.0 activities impacted your practice?
    It makes a bi-coastal practice painless, increases our efficiency, & keeps us connected to colleagues & clients
     
  16. It’s exciting to watch and learn from you. What is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    Staying relevant. ‘Good boys club’ isnt relevant on a global scale; automation is real; & litigation trivialities are transparent.
     
  17. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    I defer to Richard Susskind’s “The End of Lawyers” http://tinyurl.com/9qupcz
     
  18. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    No doubt, I would simply dedicate more time to being an entrepreneur.
     
  19. Guess THAT was the easy question…. How do you want to be remembered?
    Big Q. Re: Family, I just want to be remembered fondly. Professionally, as a valuable mind.
     
  20. What do you do when you’re not working?
    My wife & I love travel & enjoy wine, & freq combine the 2. Pre-WLG, I would fly my Cessna, but recently, it just sits
     
  21. You might be the first pilot on 22 Tweets…. What languages do you speak?
    Unfortunately, only English. I can stumble through basic Spanish conversation.
     
  22. I’m pretty sure stumbling counts…. Final question: what advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    Ignore the competition for grades. Learn the law & plan to be hard-working and innovative post-grad.

Valuable advice indeed. This was great; thank you very much for tweeting with 22 Tweets and answering our questions

That was lots of fun. Thanks for having me.

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