The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Success

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Unbillable Hour Podcast Highlights Our 2010 Success Resolutions on Legal Talk Network

January 22, 2010 By: Reid and Dan Category: Announcements, Client Service, Ethics & Professionalism, Firm Management & Operations, Fraud prevention, Making (more) Money, Marketing and Client Development, Wellness and balance

We are big fans of the UnBillable Hour podcast on the Legal Talk Network so we were really pleased that podcast host Rodney Dowell, director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, asked us to be his guests this month to expound on our Top Ten Tips for a Successful 2010 we blogged on New Year’s Day.

Take a listen to the podcast, that also features Judd Kessler of AbacusLaw, and take in our tips in a whole new way.

The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Success Now Available for Kindle

January 06, 2010 By: Reid and Dan Category: Announcements, Technology

We are pleased to announce that our book was one of the first two books published by the American Bar Association to be made available for Amazon’s blockbuster Kindle e-reader. The Kindle is changing the way people buy and read books: Amazon reports they sold more e-books on Christmas Day than physical books–the first time that has ever happened.

And you don’t need a Kindle either to get our book electronically. If you have an iPhone, you can now download the Kindle for iPhone app from the App Store for free, then download our book or just about any other favorite book. Best of all, the “Kindlized” version of our book will save you a few bucks over the printed book, and it can go with you wherever you take your iPhone or your Kindle.

UPDATED & EXPANDED–The 2009 Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers

December 10, 2009 By: Reid Category: Announcements, Uncategorized

I had the opportunity to hit the mall on Black Friday, visit New York City stores on Sunday, and snoop around the Internet on Cyber Monday, so I have added several new gift ideas to the 2009 Gift Guide for Lawyers, at my other blog. The new additions include a cool new dual screen laptop computer, a surprisingly good Christmas album from a surprising source, and several items from lawyer owned and operatedThe Billable Hour Company.

Holiday Gifts from the ABA

December 09, 2009 By: Reid Category: Announcements

ABA Publishing has created a holiday gift promotion featuring books that make great gifts for lawyers this holiday season. The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Success is included on the short list of books that would be a welcome gift for any lawyer this year.  Other books in their gift guide include The Little White Book of Baseball Law, The Little Green Book of Golf Law, The Little Red Book of Wine Law, and more.

Free MP3 of LAWPRO’s Special Webinar: Fraud-How You Can Avoid Being Its Next Victim

July 17, 2009 By: Dan Category: Announcements, Ethics & Professionalism

On May 26 LAWPRO put on a special webinar aimed at helping lawyers to avoid being the victims of fraud. It was hosted and broadcast by the Ontario Bar Association.

You can now listen to a free MP3 of this program, and follow along with the program PowerPoint.

While frauds targeting lawyers have not been widely reported in the US, they are clearly happening and US lawyers need to be on the lookout. Fraud is a real and growing problem for Ontario law firms and lawyers. Prior to the May 24 holiday weekend, we saw an apparent organized fraud that targeted 19 different lawyers for a total amount of $5.4 million. We continue to get almost daily calls from lawyers that are finding themselves in the middle of handling a matter that is clearly, or appears to be, a fraud. And all too frequently we see situations where fraudsters successfully “trick” lawyers and law firm staff, in practices large and small, into helping make a fraud happen. These claims have been costly for LAWPRO.

How can you protect yourself and your firm from being a victim? This webinar will help you become familiar with the common fraud schemes and scenarios, recognize the “red flags” of a fraudulent deal, and show you the steps you can take to lessen the likelihood you will be a victim of fraud.

I moderated the program, and two of my fellow LAWPRO employees were the speakers: Rosanne Manson, Claims Counsel, and Lisa Weinstein, Director, National Underwriting Policy, TitlePLUS.

The topics covered in the webinar include the following:

  • Why fraud is a concern
  • Current fraud trends and claims numbers
  • The common fraud schemes and scenarios
  • The types of bad cheque fraud
    • Commercial loan matters
    • Collection matters
  • The different types of real estate fraud
    • Identity theft
    • Power of attorney fraud
    • Value fraud
    • The role of title insurance
  • Red flags for a problem client or transaction
  • How to protect yourself and your clients
  • Internal fraud: when trusted staff go bad
  • What to do if you think you are about to be victimized

Listen to the MP3 of the program and follow along with the program PowerPoint.

Please also download and share with your staff LAWPRO’s new Fraud Fact Sheet for a more complete list of the specific red flags to look out for on the various types of fraudulent matters.

There are even more resources on fraud prevention on practicePRO’s fraud page (

Cross-posted on SLAW

How to Succeed in the Practice of Law When You Are “Suddenly Solo”

July 15, 2009 By: Dan Category: Announcements

The latest issue of Law Practice Today (, the ABA Law Practice Management’s webzine was published today. This blockbuster issue has all sorts of great articles for the “suddenly solo” lawyer. This is new lawyer starting out as a solo because they didn’t get a job at a firm, or someone leaving a firm to continue a practice on their own. Many of the top names in law practice management have contributed articles to this issue: Dennis Kennedy, Jim Calloway, Andy Atkins and Mark Robertson.

Read the Law Practice Today “Suddenly solo” issue here.

Law Practice Today is the ABA LPM Section’s online publication. Anyone can subscribe to it (i.e. you don’t have to be an ABA member to get it). Subscribe to LPT here.
Each issue has at least a dozen articles and it goes to almost 30,000 people monthly. Hundreds of articles from past issues are available in the online archives.

Cross-posted on SLAW (

Success is Now 20% Off

June 30, 2009 By: Reid Category: Announcements

ABA Publishing just announced a special 20% discount on all ABA books, including The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Success: Essential Tips to Power Your Practice, now through July 24, 2009. The price of Success has never been lower.  Of course, while price is important, the we believe the value readers get out of our book is worth many times the price!  Go to and enter discount code PAB8MPUB1234 during checkout.

Now is the time to stock up on a few titles for profitable summer reading!

The Busy Lawyer’s Guide Makes a Great Gift for Dads and Grads

June 09, 2009 By: Reid Category: Announcements

The ABA has included The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Success: Essential Tips to Power Your Practice in their “Dads & Grads” gift promotion for June.

Thanks, ABA! We think it makes a great gift too.

The Digital Edge Podcast Features The Lawyer’s Guide to Success

May 20, 2009 By: Reid Category: Announcements, Technology

Dan and I are pleased to be guests of Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson on the May edition of their monthly podcast, The Digital Edge. Jim and Sharon are prolific bloggers and authors, so where they find the time to produce a first-rate monthly podcast I do not know. Dan and I have known Sharon and Jim for years, and have collaborated on numerous tips presentations throughout the US and Canada, so we had fun recording the podcast.

We invite you to listen to the interview here or, better yet, subscribe to the monthly podcast and listen to past editions of the podcast too.

The Digital Edge is featured in each issue of the free webzine, Law Practice Today. If you are not a subscriber, you should take a minute to subscribe today. Each month it features valuable articles and information of interest to lawyers in all types of practice settings–from true solos to large firm partners.

Calling all innovative lawyers! Now’s your chance to get the recognition you deserve

May 09, 2009 By: Dan Category: Announcements

The June 1 deadline for applying for the College of Law Practice Management’s 2009 InnovAction Awards is fast approaching. I have posted on SLAW twice about this award, but thought there might be some innovators amongst readers.

Is your law practice or firm one of the profession’s leading lights of innovation? Have you or someone within your firm with vision and courage led a groundbreaking effort to practice law differently? Have you developed a new and better way of serving clients, a breakthrough way to find new business, a truly innovative way to value and sell your services? If so, then you deserve the recognition of lawyers and clients in your region and worldwide. And if so, the College of Law Practice Management ( wants to hear from you.

The College of Law Practice Management is now accepting entries for the 2009 InnovAction Awards at Awards are presented for law practice innovations within law firms and legal departments that have never been done previously, or that take an existing innovation to the next level of originality and performance.

See the Hall of Fame for previous winners.

The goal of the Awards is to demonstrate to the legal community what can be created when passionate professionals with big ideas are determined to solve the business challenges faced in today’s competitive markets. Award entries will be judged on the basis of four primary criteria:

  • Absence of precedent (never been done or done quite this way before)
  • Evidence of action (the innovative idea was transformed into action and not merely reflective of best intentions)
  • Effectiveness of innovation (there is some measurable outcome that indicates the innovation is accomplishing what it was intended to do)
  • Action must have taken place within no more than three years prior to this entry.

Complete contest rules and application forms can be found at

If you are or know someone that is truly innovative – please apply or get them to apply before the June 1 deadline.