As I kept a watchful eye on my iPhone as my partner Brian’s wife Katie started into her 36th hour of labor, I felt a twinge of concern. “How is she handling all that labor?” “How is Brian holding up through all those contractions?”
And then it occurred to me. I quickly picked up my iPhone and sent Brian a text. “Are you sure Katie is not billing by the hour?”
I laughed to myself raptured in my own wit. The more I thought about it, the more I laughed. In many ways, practicing law to a set of minimum hourly billings is like endless labor. You and your client endure the pain of it. But the baby never seems to come.
Congratulations to Brian and Katie who welcome a beautiful little girl into the Traverse Legal Family!
According to an article in The New York Times, use of blogs are declining as social networking groups such as the well-known Facebook and Twitter attract more and more users.
The Pew Internet and American Life Project at the Pew Research Center found that blogging among all age groups continues to decline, according to report. The bad news is that lawyers are sharing less of their expertise online. The good news is for those lawyers who continue blogging, or those lawyers who wish to share their expertise online, the competition is diminishing.
We are just about to embark on our very first SEO project. One of the interesting things I discovered is that our traverselegal.com and tcattorney.typepad.com website blogs contain over 3500 pages of content showing off our expertise across a variety of internet issues ranging from trademark infringement, copyright infringement, cybersquatting lawsuits, stolen domain names, patent infringement, trade secret theft, internet defamation, website agreements, and a host of other practice areas.
Obviously, the internet attorneys at our firm like showing off their expertise. Moreover, our law firm prioritizes quality niche content as part of its online marketing efforts.
"During the criminal trial, while acting as jury foreperson, plaintiff posted on various occasions on his Facebook page to advise his friends that he was serving on jury duty. He occasionally posted updates that he was 'still' on jury duty and, on one occasion, posted a comment that he was bored during the presentation of cell phone record evidence."
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has adopted new rules regarding juror communication and the use of social media during the course of trial, as discussed in this previous post. Is your state keeping up with technology?
Oftentimes, attorneys are so focused on minimum billables and hourly billing that they forget that their clients can’t pay them if their clients don’t do well. There’s a big difference between responding to a client’s phone call for help, and actively helping a client protect and grow their business. Providing value to a client means much more than simply putting out a fire which grew so hot that it started to burn.