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Confessions of a Smartphone Addict

I have a confession to make.  I’ve been getting in a lot of trouble for my smartphone usage with my family.  And I know deep in my heart I’m setting a terrible example for my children. The embarrassing thing is I know better.  I’ve spoken about the risks overdependence on connectivity at CLE conferences.  I’m […]

New Conflict Checking, Interest Fees, and Convenience Charges in Rocket Matter’s Office 365 Release

Rocket Matter’s announcement yesterday of their Office 365 Integration overshadowed some other, powerful new tools the practice management software rolled out. Yes, two-way calendar and contact sync from Macs, PCs, and Smartphones is wonderful. And yes, saving documents directly from Word, PowerPoint, and Excel to Rocket Matter makes the lives of lawyers a whole lot […]

Understanding CIA Hacking and What it Means for You

Earlier this week Wikileaks released “Vault 7”, a massive trove of information about CIA hacking activities, raising fears about Big Brother surveillance programs and sending computer security experts in search of antacid medication. Here are the most important takeaways: One: The CIA Did Not Break Encryption. Encryption algorithms are highly mathematical complexities involving very large […]

The Remarkable Power of LinkedIn for Hiring Legal Professionals

If you haven’t tried LinkedIn to bring on a critical hire for your firm, you’re missing out.  Recruiting without this powerful professional social channel is like playing tennis with the racket in your mouth:  You’re making things way too hard, and you’re going to end up with a headache. LinkedIn is an overwhelmingly productive recruiting […]

It’s Great to Go Paperless – But Make Sure You Back Up

It’s one thing to go paperless, but it’s another thing to make sure your business can continue in the event of a disaster.  If all of your documents are scanned onto hard drives in your office, but your office burns down, you missed an easy layup to continue operating uninterrupted. One of the first attorney […]


Start Training for ABA TECHSHOW’s Inaugural 5K

ABA TECHSHOW will feature its first-ever 5K run/walk on Friday, March 17th, departing from the lobby of the Chicago Hilton and passing some of Chicago’s most famous sites on the lakefront.  The event is co-sponsored by Rocket Matter and Ruby Receptionists, two leading legal technology companies committed to fitness. Participants will get a free headband […]

The Most Valuable Piece of Advice When Starting a New Law Firm

I recently had the honor of being interviewed by Bob Ambrogi for his Law Technology Now podcast about my adventures starting Rocket Matter and how, out of all possible things in the universe, I ended up running a legal technology company. One of Bob’s many excellent questions had to do with what advice I would […]

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Who Are the Heroes Fighting Trump's Immigration Ban? Lawyers.

Before I started Rocket Matter, I didn’t really know the first thing about lawyers. I’m a software engineer, and I only started a legal tech company because my lawyer friends were complaining about their terrible software options.  With only slight exaggeration, I can say my only exposure to the legal profession was unflattering jokes and LA […]

How to Get Your iPhone Battery to Last Three Days

How to Get Your iPhone Battery to Last Three Days

I’m sure you’ve been there: You are cruising toward a hearing or a deposition, and your iPhone is teetering on the brink of death. You forgot to charge it overnight, and you’re going to be incommunicado. I kid you not, I can go three whole days without charging my iPhone. Gone are the days of […]

Adapt or Die: The Report on the State of the Legal Market in 2017

You know that when Charles Darwin appears in an introduction of an industry status report that times aren’t great. “As an analogy for the challenge faced by law firms in today’s radically changed market environment,” write the authors of The Report on the State of the Legal Market in 2017, “the survival of the most adaptable […]