Lawyer Using Chrome (All In)



My computer died yesterday for the last time. A 2011 MacBook Pro, the machine has been put through its paces for quite some time.

Still, shouldn’t a computer that cost nearly $2,000 survive for longer than 3 1/2 years? Especially in light of the fact that the logic board has been replaced twice already?

So I was left with a decision – spend another $2,000 for a similarly-upgraded MacBook or go with a Windows 8 machine.

The latter gave me chills, and the former made my wallet weep.

So I’m opting for a third choice. I’m going Chrome OS.

Chrome OS is the operating system put out by Google, and used in a variety of small laptops and desktop machines.

The machines are designed to run web-based applications, but are exceptionally inexpensive relative to Windows and Mac OS machines.

No I-Got-Notices, no BestCase, no Microsoft Word. If you ask whether a particular program can be installed, the answer is always negative.

In these days of shrinking bankruptcy work, the cost savings associated with going Chrome OS is tempting.

One interesting note: I’m going to a brand new system less than 24 hours before I’m scheduled to leave for Fresno, where I’m speaking about violation of the automatic stay and discharge injunction for the Central California Bankruptcy Association.

This means I’ve got to figure out a way to get a PowerPoint presentation onto a laptop that cannot run PowerPoint.

This is going to be fun. Watch me succeed or go up in flames.

The boxes arrive today. Check back and I’ll give you an update.

Can Ignorance Help Improve Your Law Practice?

man having  Alzheimer's disease on birthday

It’s been a long time since I’ve had to say, “I don’t know,” in my practice.

I hated owning up to my ignorance, especially to court personnel and other lawyers.

But once I did, I came away with some valuable insights.

Ignorance is sometimes a powerful tool to making you a better lawyer. Listen in on the audio to hear what I learned.

13 Years Ago Today

WTC Reflecting Pool
Everyone in New York City has a 9/11 story. This one’s mine.

I was back there last week, staying at a hotel across the street from the World Trade Center. I spent the better part of an evening standing on the corner of Church and Dey, remembering.

Lunch with my friend in the summer by Fritz Koenig’s “Sphere” sculpture.

Looking out the window of my dad’s office as a kid, marveling that I was in the tallest building in the world (at the time it was true) and believing that my father was important just because he got to go to work there.

Heading into the first day of my summer internship with the New York Stock Exchange Division of Enforcement (I did no actual work that summer).

Going with my dad to the Chemical Bank to cash in some bonds during his lunch break.

Browsing in Borders before going to my office.

Swiping an empty magnum of champagne from Windows On The World at the end of an evening. Two separate times (yes, I still have the empty magnums in my house).

Spending time in the concourse until it was time for me to go to my SCUBA lessons in Jersey City.

My story doesn’t involve lost loved ones. I don’t dare compare my experience with those who were trapped in the buildings, those who died, and those who suffered loss due to the events of the day.

But 9/11 changed my life – and my law practice – forever.

I know where I was at 8:46am on a brilliant Tuesday morning in September. And I always will.

Listen to the audio to hear how it went down for me, and the ways in which it impacted me.

Using Avvo Paid Ads To Market A Bankruptcy Practice

Legal Practice Pro Podcast GraphicAvvo offers a paid advertising platform, but use it at your own risk.

My fingers are tired and I’m not in the mood to type, so I broke out the microphone and recorded an audio episode for you.

Call it an audio blog post, a podcast or a radio show – whatever you choose, it’s the same thing.

Play the audio and learn what I’ve got to say about Avvo paid ads. I’ll tell you why they don’t work, what you should do if you want them to pay off for your practice, and some other things.

I sometimes forget how much I like podcasting – I hope you enjoy it as well.

If I end up doing more of it, we may need to sit down and have a conversation about a show title. Not yet, though. For now, just listen and enjoy.

Time To Start Building


Like it or not, business is a game of numbers. Yes, even the law business.

Facebook had 1.32 billion active users as of June 30, 2014. 63% of the those users log in each day, and the average American spends about 40 minutes per day on the site.

Twitter’s got 271 million users.

As for Instagram, it has 200 million active monthly users.

I’ll stop there, but add to that all the people on Pinterest, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Vine … well, you get the point.

Those are a lot of people who could see your blog post, your video, or just your words of wisdom.

A lot of people who could, without costing them a dime or more than a few seconds of their day, share your message with their friends and colleagues.

The problem? Unless you’ve built a network of people to share the message with, it won’t go anywhere.

Time to start building.