Why Make Law Practice Management Software?
Have you ever wanted to learn about the starts of Rocket Matter, the first online legal practice management software?
The idea for an online legal billing and law practice management software came to us in 2006, when a few attorney friends complained to us about the lack of decent law office technology options.
We were in for a shock: back then, there simply wasn’t any online legal practice management software.
Sure, legal billing software existed, but it was cumbersome, frequently expensive, required continuous upgrades, and didn’t provide for all the other things a lawyer needs (e.g. calendar, task management, document assembly).
While the entire business world was moving into the cloud, lawyers were being left behind. In particular, the legal software needs of solo practitioners and small law firms just didn’t appear to be on anyone’s radar.
So Then We Got Started…
We observed our attorney friends in their day-to-day routines to understand their daily challenges. We wrote the first lines of code for our legal software application in January 2007. Then we coded around the clock for a while.
By August, we demonstrated our nascent product to a local law firm, Shiner and Sosin P.A., who decided to give us a try. We delivered “the product” to their office in November 2007, and gained our second and third beta customers over the ensuing months.
We went from literally nothing – just an idea – to a working product installed in a law firm in ten months.
We settled on the name “Rocket Matter” (after more perspiration than inspiration), because we wanted to communicate two things with our brand. First, we wanted to convey that our law office software was blazingly fast, hence we chose “Rocket”. Second, we wanted to speak to the legal vertical, so we chose the word “matter”, which is how attorneys refer to their cases.
We announced Rocket Matter, which at the time was the first online legal billing and law practice management software, in February of 2008. Immediately, the intuitive elegance of the software and the fast performance attracted Mac-using attorneys, and the number of lawyers using our law practice management software on Macs, iPhones® and iPads® grows daily. PC users quickly joined Rocket Matter as well, and now we have a happy community of both Mac and PC-using attorneys.
We Launched Our Software. Then We Had to Grow a Business.
Over the past several years, we’ve added thousands of lawyers to our community while we’ve continued to improve our legal software, adding major features such as phone messaging, unlimited document storage, trust accounting, document assembly, and most recently, our mobile iPhone® app.
We’ve integrated our online legal software with other popular cloud applications like Dropbox® and Evernote®, and our time and billing component can work well for lawyers using ABA Task Codes or LEDES 98 billing. We made “30-minute monthly billing” a reality.
Rocket Matter is upgraded continuously and the improvements are deployed automatically: no user action required. In addition, our e-books, webinar series, “Wednesday Wisdom” advice and our “Legal Productivity” blog have introduced attorneys to amazing new ways to be more efficient and profitable.
Rocket Matter is now used by thousands of attorneys all over the world, and more join our community each day.
Our amazing community of users helps us figure out where to go and how to improve our online legal software with their insightful participation and feedback.
Our corporate headquarters is in Boca Raton, FL. The technical name for our category of service is web-based time and billing and law practice management software. We’d love to talk to you. Please interact with us on Twitter, via Facebook, or email us directly.
Oh, and one last thing. We love our office pets, and so do many of our customers. Take a look at some of the furry companions that work with our customers. They’re so cute!
We are Hiring!
Take a look at our career opportunities and apply to join our amazing Rocket Matter team! Rocket Matter is a group of bright designers, marketers, programmers, writers, customer advocates, and software professionals making a difference in the world. We pioneered a cloud-based software system that is transforming the way attorneys practice law.