This is the second Interview Ed has done with Erik Pelton. Erik is founder of Erik M. Pelton & Associates, PLLC, a boutique trademark law firm in Falls Church, Virginia. Erik has been named a Top 10 trademark filer by NameProtect’s Trademark Insider two times and is the creator of Apptorney: IPSM, an iPhone® application for intellectual property attorneys (www.apptorney.com). This conversation centers around the topic of branding for law firms.
Rob Mattern is the president of Mattern & Associates, LLC a consulting firm that specializes in assisting law firms to develop strategies for their support services to reduce expenses and increase the realization of their soft cost recoveries. Mattern & Associates just recently published their 2010 Cost Recovery Benchmarking Report, based on a survey of 81 law firms in the US and Canada. Today Rob and Ed will be discussing the economics of running a law practice.
Ed interviews Jeff Davidson, “The Work-Life Balance Expert®,” who has written 56 mainstream books and is a preemiment authority on time management. He the author of “Breathing Space,” and “Simpler Living.” Jeff has been widely quoted in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, and USA Today. Jeff believes that career professionals today have a responsibility to achieve their own sense of work-life balance, and he supports that quest through his website www.BreathingSpace.com.
Erik M. Pelton, founder of Erik M. Pelton & Associates, PLLC, a boutique trademark law firm in Falls Church, Virginia, is our featured guest in this podcast. Erik has been named a Top 10 trademark filer by NameProtect’s Trademark Insider two times and is the creator of Apptorney: IPSM, an iPhone® application for intellectual property attorneys (www.apptorney.com). His conversation with Ed is focused on Iphone® Apps for Lawyers. Watch for our follow up conversation with Erik about branding for law firms.
Nerino Petro is the Practice Management Advisor for the State Bar of Wisconsin. In that position, Nerino helps attorneys throughout the State of Wisconsin to deal with process questions like: “What technology should I be using in my practice?”, “How can I improve my collections?”, “My client did X, what should my response be?” and a host of other issues which confront a bar practice management adviser on a daily basis. Our discussion today will focus on the issue of cloud based applications. What are they? How do they differ from traditional applications? And are they ready for the big time? Join Ed and Norino for this interesting discussion.
Audrey H. Rubin is president and founder of Rubin Solutions, Ltd., She designs and implements business processes which improve the financial performance and operations of corporate law departments and professional services firms. She talks with Ed about what lawyers need to know before they open their own law firm. In today’s world, this is a topic of great interest, especially to those increasing numbers of law school graduates who are starting their own practices right out of school. You can learn more about Audrey at www.rubinsolutions.com.
Ed interviews both Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek, principals of the nationally known computer forensics and legal technology consulting firm, Sensei Enterprises, Inc. Sharon and John are co-authors of The 2010 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide and The Electronic Evidence Handbook. Sharon is also co-author of the book, How Good Lawyers Survive Bad Times. They discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of today’s social media and how lawyers can most effectively use this new channel of distribution for their ideas and communicating their expertise to potential clients.
In the interview they discuss Corel’s new product, WordPerfect X5. This newest release of WordPerfect has several unique features including expanded powers from Adobe and a new alliance with Nuance’s Paperport.
Jack Newton is President and co-founder of Themis Solutions and the creator of Clio software. Clio is a fully integrated practice management solution for more efficient operation of the small law firm. Listen as Ed Poll and Jack Newton discuss the benefits of operating “in the cloud.”
Todd Gerstein is President of Smart WebParts. He talks about “time leaks” experienced by lawyers. His new product is called “Smart Time.” It’s designed to assist lawyers in capturing time they expended but failed to record. Studies have shown that time is “leaked,” lost or never recorded, to the tune of at least 100 hours per year. At $200 per hour, this is $20,000 in revenue per year that was never billed — and thus lost; simply because of careless lawyer behavior. Listen to more …..