Handy legal technologies
A brief survey of your bar colleagues
Which technology has altered
your practice the most?
SUPER LAWYERS / LEGAL MARKET TRENDS SURVEY*
Legal & office
Top changes due to
Top challenges that persist
despite tech advances
41% Electronic files
32% Less need for a physical office
10% Flex hours
8% Working more hours
5% Less travel
9% Overwork and stress
9% Managing clients expectations
12% Managing firm operations
20% Competition with other firms
26% Not enough time in the day
Google Apps for Work
iOS, Android and Windows
$5 per month, or $10 with unlimited storage
It’s a great platform for lawyers to use with
all the different tools that are available. It
helps make you more responsive, more on
top of things. Google provides my number.
If you call me and I’m at my desk, then your
phone call appears on my computer. And if
I’m not at my desk, it goes to my cellphone.
Google Calendar is very useful to me. When
I’m in court, I make a notation on my phone
on the calendar, and I’ll put in my client’s
information as an invitee. We never have an
issue of when court is.
THE LAW OFFICE OF
SOFIA BALILE; NEW YORK;
FAMILY LAW, CONSUMER LAW
Adobe Acrobat Pro DC
iOS, Android and Windows (web and mobile)
$14.99 per month
For anything that I need in terms of
organizing documents, motion preparation,
preparing discovery—the list goes on and on
and on. It’s an extremely versatile program.
If I need to get a specific document to
somebody in a format that I know they’re
going to be able to recognize and open
without any hitches, I use that. If I am doing
invoicing, I will very often use Adobe to attach
a cover letter to the invoice and then send out
everything as one gigantic package. You have
to use PDF files for e-filing, so I certainly use it
for that. I use it in so many different ways.
Elan E. Weinreb
THE WEINREB LAW FIRM;
CIVIL LITIGATION: DEFENSE
I help clients develop data strategy and
mitigate privacy risk for the apps they develop.
For this, my favorite app is Apple’s TestFlight,
which lets my clients share their own apps with
me before they hit the app store—allowing
me to provide advice pre-release. Basically,
it helps developers run private beta-testing
programs. So a client will send an invitation
to me for legal review and general feedback;
I get the invitation via email and from the
TestFlight app itself on my iPhone. If I accept,
it downloads the developer’s app to my phone.
It then runs like any other app. All of this
happens outside the app store.
Mason A. Weisz
*Survey of 4,653 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars selectees (December 2015)
feel the biggest challenge facing them today
is not enough time in the day
Would the above be any different
from 15, 20, 50 years ago?