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ALPS In Brief Podcast — Episode 29: Falling in Love with the Cloud

On this special Valentine’s Day episode of ALPS In Brief, Mark sits down with Joshua Lenon, lawyer in residence and data protection officer for Clio, to hear firsthand how cloud products can make your law practice more secure and efficient. Fall in love with new features of law practice management and growth software that will [...]

Creating More Productive Days

Here’s the scenario…as you read the next few lines, ask yourself, “What would I do?” It’s 4:35 pm, on a Thursday afternoon. It’s not raining or snowing outside, but there’s still a winter chill in the air. Your email inbox notification just blinked, there’s a file on your desk you haven’t looked at all day, [...]

By |2019-02-12T18:04:50+00:00February 13th, 2019|Attorney Wellness, Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

Since the Aging Process Never Stops, the Day Will Come When…

In the middle of a conversation with one of our insureds on the topic of the difficulty of learning to say no, the fine gentleman I was conversing with did a jump shift on me. For whatever reason, he felt it was important to acknowledge that he was cognizant of his age and he wanted [...]

Lawyer Advertising, Ethics, and Geo-fencing

In the good old days, plaintiff lawyers hoping to find a few new clients would place ads on billboards located near hospitals. From an ethical perspective, as long as these lawyers followed through with their obligations set forth in the advertising rules of their respective jurisdiction’s Rules of Professional Conduct (RPCs), it was all good. [...]

Data Security and All the Other Lawyers

During a presentation at the ABA’s 44th National Conference of Professional Responsibility last year, a CLE panelist threw out the following. Given that a lawyer has an ethical duty to verify that any vendor a firm works with has in place appropriate safeguards to keep the lawyer’s data secure, why wouldn’t the same duty arise [...]

When It Comes to Civility, JFK Got It Right!

An invitation to speak on the topic of lawyer civility came my way recently and two things about the request caught me a bit off guard. One was that the initial time slot was three hours and the other was a desire for the focus to be on sharing practical tips on how lawyers could [...]

Finding Time to Be a Lifelong Learner

"I just need extra time to implement that email organizing process you taught me." "When I have the time, I'll use that delegation process you shared with us." "Next week, when things are a little less busy, I'll get to process and study those materials you sent." I could keep going...on and on. But, I [...]

By |2018-12-07T15:07:57+00:00December 12th, 2018|Attorney Wellness, Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

The False Sense of Security that Comes with Redundant Calendaring Systems

In my experience, almost all lawyers have redundant calendars in place. Often there’s a primary master calendar and some sort of backup, which could be anything from a digital backup to a secretary’s paper calendar. Some attorneys go even further. For example, in addition to a primary master calendar and some sort of backup, there [...]

ALPS In Brief Podcast – Episode 25: Avoiding Claims – 6 Practices Every Lawyer Should Implement

In this episode of the ALPS in Brief podcast, ALPS claims attorney Kobi Gibbs sits down with ALPS Risk Manager Mark Bassingthwaighte to offer examples and advise on best practices to implement to avoid finding yourself dealing with claims. ALPS In Brief, The ALPS Risk Management Podcast, is hosted by ALPS Risk Manager, Mark Bassingthwaighte. [...]

Document, Document, Document

A lot of legal malpractice claims come down to a he-said-she-said between the lawyer and the client and, despite ethical obligation of candor imposed upon lawyers, more often than not those type of disputes go the way of the client absent that documentation. Imagine the client who negotiates a business deal and comes to you [...]