Who we are
Ernie Svenson is a New Orleans commercial litigator who began practicing law dependent on secretaries and paralegals to manage bulky paper files. Then he discovered how to leverage technology to create a paperless law practice.
In 2006, Ernie left a well-respected 50-lawyer firm to start a Ninja-efficient, solo practice. As a nationally recognized speaker, author, and blogger, he’s helped hundreds of other lawyers in small firms use technology to cut overhead, boost profits,attract ideal clients,and outmatch adversaries in big firms with massive resources.
Andrew Legrand went straight out of law school into a solo practice, which was completely virtual. He’s represented local businesses, and national ones —always making strategic use of technology to work smarter and do a better job.
Andrew has gained media attention from Forbes, and Business Insider. He recently joined forces with another innovative lawyer to form SperaLaw, which represents his latest vision of what the most client-focused modern law firm should be.
Parker Layrisson is an attorney and author who built a big personal injury practice in small place by writing the book on it. His law office is located in Ponchatoula, Louisiana (Population 6,596) but clients often find him via his strategically crafted website.
Parker’s internet marketing strategy generates a steady stream of quality car accident cases (he completely shuns traditional advertising, including tacky TV ads). His practice – 100% personal injury – has grown to include satellite offices in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. He recently created a monthly mentoring group for young lawyers, helping them learn the nuts and bolts of building a successful law practice.
Adriana Linares is the founder of LawTech Partners, a company that offers legal technology training and consulting. What does that mean, exactly?
As one New Orleans managing partner put it, when she finishes working with a law firm “lawyers are functioning more efficiently… staff begin performing higher functions… and everyone is happier.” In other words, she gets amazing results, quickly.
Adriana is also part of the Legal Talk Network, where she hosts a popular legal podcast called New Solo. When she’s not podcasting or tech-whispering, she helps the American Bar Association, and other bar associations, through speaking and consulting. Her #1 mission is to help lawyers upgrade their law practices in the smoothest and least stressful manner.
Craig Bayer is the founder of Optiable, which helps small law firms with practice management software such as Amicus Attorney, Clio, Worldox, TimeMatters, and PCLaw as well as cloud services such as NetDocuments, Dropbox, and Google Apps. He’s been doing law-related tech consulting for over ten years, and has worked with hundreds of law firms.
Craig frequently speaks to bar associations, and is sought after because he not only has deep knowledge of law-related technologies, but can also explain it in a straight-foward manner. Craig’s advice is always based on what’s best for the client, even if it winds up being a solution he doesn’t provide.
Megan Hargroder founded Conversations, LLC,which does social media consulting and web-strategy for businesses of all sizes, and especially enjoys helping lawyers in small firms.
She agrees that “social media” is an annoying word, but emphasizes that strategic use of social media helps lawyers attract better clients.
Clients who appreciate your diligent work, and are easy to work with…, who can be annoyed with that?