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Why Law Firms Shun Merger Offers Plus All the Inside Baseball From the Past Week

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Coming today to BigLaw: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the inside baseball announced by America's largest law firms during the past week in an easy-to-scan format. You'll also find must-read analysis, rankings, trends, etc. about large law firms.

This week's inside baseball sections link to:

68 press releases about lateral hires, mergers, internal promotions, and all other significant business news.

59 press releases about notable law firm and practice group accolades.

68 press releases about notable individual lawyer accolades.

Congratulations to Joseph B. Altonji of LawVision Insights on winning our BigLaw Pick of the Week award: Top Three Reasons Law Firms Shun Merger Offers. Here's a sampling of of some other industry analysis from this issue:

Ceding the Stage: Lessons in Leadership

Every Jersey Tells a Story in This Office

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BigLaw keeps you apprised of lateral hires, internal promotions, mergers, new offices, accolades, and other inside baseball at America's 300+ largest law firms by linking directly to their press releases. Thanks to a clever design, BigLaw takes just a few minutes to scan yet its comprehensiveness makes it the only source you need to stay on top of this self-reported news. Each issue of BigLaw also links to insightful articles, statistical reports, podcasts, and videos about large law firms published elsewhere as well as to our detailed product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. The BigLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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Review of Word for iPad by a Lawyer Plus 125 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 126 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

A Guide to Speech Recognition Software

How Word for iPad Manages Your Documents

Review: Fantastical 2.0

Top 10 Takeaways From ABA TECHSHOW 2014

Congratulations to Jeff Richardson of iPhone J.D. on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Lawyer and iPad Guru Jeff Richardson Reviews Word for iPad

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The Five Best New Large Law Firm Mobile Apps Plus More Doom and Gloom

By Matt Gross | Monday, April 14, 2014

Originally published on March 24, 2014 in our free BigLaw newsletter. Instead of reading BigLaw here after the fact, sign up now to receive future issues in realtime.

While large law firms have bought into mobile websites, most remain skeptical of mobile apps. However, some firms have launched apps. In this issue of BigLaw, LawFirmMobile Blog co-founder Matt Gross (with help from co-founder Neil Rosenbaum) shares his picks for the five best new large firm mobile apps based on criteria such as content, design, and innovation. All five apps are free so you can take a closer look without having to submit an expense report. Also, don't miss the BigLaw Pick of the Week (newsletter only) for yet another report on large firm revenue shrinkage.

THE FIVE BEST NEW LARGE LAW FIRM MOBILE APPS

At LawFirmMobile Blog, we see a lot of large law firms attempt to build mobile apps. Some of these apps provide useful content or services, while others fall fairly flat. In our recent report, we combed through the Am Law 200 and Global 100 to see which firms have apps.

Despite the fact that the majority of US consumers have a smartphone (and likely nearly all corporate counsel), few law firms have developed a mobile strategy. As you know from your own use, a native app provides a better and faster experience than a mobile website. For example, on your smartphone do you use the calendar app or its web counterpart, the email app or webmail, your bank's app or its website, an airline's app or its website? You get the idea.

Here are the statistics:

• 36 firms in the AmLaw 200 have built an app.
• 28 firms in the Global 100 have built an app.

By contrast, the mobile web has steadily made gains at large law firms. Large firms continue to implement mobile websites at a much faster rate than mobile apps. This is likely because mobile websites present an easier to understand value proposition to law firms than apps. A mobile website works on all smartphones.

The Five Best New Apps

Despite the fact that very few law firms have built mobile apps and that many of those apps suffer from poor design, there is a bright side. The total number of apps produced by large law firms is up 62% year over year. And some of them are very good.

In this issue of BigLaw we highlight the five best apps. Our criteria include design and innovation. We especially like those apps that fill a gap or experiment with a new approach to provide value to users. These law firms will benefit as existing and prospective clients discover use their apps. Keep in mind that while we focused on the iPhone versions of these apps here, many are available on Android and other platforms.

1. Bracewell & Giuliani: ShalePlay

Who would have guessed that a law firm with a famous New York mayor among its partners would build an app solely focused on fracking. My family lives in Marcellus Shale territory, so I actually follow this issue with some interest. Bracewell & Giuliani has combined a sharp graphical look with deep knowledge about the gas shale industry. By focusing on a niche area, they delivered a differentiated app that could prove very useful.

2. DLA Piper: Rapid Response

Having just finished watching the finale of Breaking Bad, I can understand that paranoid feeling that the federal authorities might be lined up across the street ready to break down my door. DLA Piper has designed an app for just this scenario and many others. In all seriousness, there is a wealth of information here on civil liberties and personal rights that could prove valuable for many people.

3. Latham & Watkins: Anti-Bribery & Corruption Laws

In this app, Latham & Watkins has produced a reference guide for anyone with business dealings overseas worried about over-stepping legal boundaries. By diving deep into the definitions of bribery and other forms of corruption, this app provides a lot of useful information about how to navigate in geographic regions with different cultural and legal norms.

4. Sutherland Asbill & Brennan: SALT Shaker

With a novel design, the Sutherland SALT Shaker app provides a resource on important state and local tax (SALT) developments. Features include tax developments searchable by state or topic, interactive US maps, and alerting of new SALT developments. The most interesting feature is the Pet of the Month award for firm members and their friends.

5. Fox Rothschild: Data Breach 411

I'll preface this one by saying that the design and implementation of this app are not perfect, but we included the app for the content. Data breaches occur more frequently yet the state by state patchwork of laws makes this area of law extremely difficult to understand. The app lists 46 states with data breach laws, HIPAA/HITECH statutes, and links to related information such as COPPA and credit monitoring services.

Matt Gross is co-founder of LawFirmMobile.com Blog and founder of Mobile Monday Boston.

Neil Rosenbaum (a.k.a The App Guy) is co-founder of LawFirmMobile.com Blog.

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Thomson Reuters Solutions: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Friday, April 11, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers four suites of popular legal software and services accessible from a single login (see article below), a word processor with an iPad counterpart, a cloud legal billing application, and a utility for the iPhone's Mail app. Don't miss the next issue.

INTEGRATED LEGAL TOOLS FOR INTEGRATED LAW FIRMS

Integration gave rise to today's multinational law firms. Lawyers with complementary legal and other skills teamed up beginning about a century ago and continue to team up practically every day. Each of these firms consists of a multidisciplinary group of lawyers under one global roof. If you're going to integrate lawyers on this scale, you should also integrate the tools of their trade.

Thomson Reuters Solutions … in One Sentence

Launched last month, Thomson Reuters Solutions consists of four integrated suites of software and services designed to expedite legal workflows in midsize and large law firms.

The Killer Feature

Thomson Reuters Solutions' four product suites consist of Current Awareness Solutions (services for staying on top of your practice areas, Corporate Practice Solutions (information and software for creating deal documents), Investigative Solutions (public records research), and Litigation Solutions (information and software for the entire litigation cycle). You can access one or more suites with a single login.

"The market has been demanding more product integration," Thomson Reuters Vice President of Large Law Firms Brian D. Knudsen J.D. told us. With Thomson Reuters Solutions we're providing a more holistic approach to streamlining legal workflows."

Other Notable Features

Current Awareness Solutions' Practitioner Insights "turns your inbox into a sophisticated, up-to-the minute news resource" according to Knudsen. Once you fine-tune your selections, your entire practice group and even your clients can receive these customized email newsletters with your firm's branding. Other services in this suite include several tracking tools on WestlawNext to remain apprised of active litigation and newly filed lawsuits.

Corporate Practice Solutions includes Practical Law's checklists, forms, and model documents. You'll also find "one of the largest collections of private placement offering memoranda" in addition to public deal documents and other SEC filings. The proofreading software included in Corporate Practice Solutions helps you find and correct inconsistent use of abbreviations and other common errors in your documents.

PeopleMap on WestlawNext resides at the heart of Investigative Solutions. As reported in TL NewsWire earlier this year, this public records service now includes advanced search templates you can save, Google Maps integration, relevancy ranking, filtering tools, and a graphical display of records to help identify non-obvious connections. Investigative Solutions also provides access to Company Investigator for researching organizations.

Finally, Litigation Solutions puts WestlawNext's collection of briefs, motions, pleadings, and supporting memoranda at your fingertips. It also includes Case Notebook for creating case chronologies, and software that works within your word processor for creating tables of authorities, formatting citations, and more.

What Else Should You Know?

Pricing depends on factors such as firm size, number of users, etc. Learn more about Thomson Reuters Solutions.

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Replacing Your Outdated Technology; Review of Tablemike; Partial OCR Tip; Blog Backup; Best Fax Service

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, April 10, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Donald Coker, Nine Secrets of a Successful Law Firm Technology Implementation

Mark R. Ensign, Review: Speechware Tablemike Plus Thoughts on NaturallySpeaking

Tom Trottier, How to OCR a Portion of a Page; NSA and Open Source Software

Pamela Coleman, Creating a Local Backup of Your Blog/Website

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

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Create an Elevator Pitch for Your Firm Plus 83 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 84 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week.

Disclosing Confidential Client Information

Increase Your Online Banking Safety

Create a Disability-Friendly Website

Online Reputation Management

Congratulations to Randolph Gaw of California Lawyer on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How to Create an "Elevator Pitch" for Your Small Law Firm

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Small law firm, big dreams. Written by successful small-firm founders, managing partners, administrators, and legal technology and practice management experts, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in solo practices and small law firms. Additionally, SmallLaw features comprehensive reviews of legal products with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles, podcasts, and videos about solo practices and small law firms. Please subscribe now.

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Essential Computer Hardware for Law Firms on a Tight, Moderate, or Large Budget Plus Cheap Lawyer Horror Story

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: In this issue of SmallLaw, legal technology consultant Jack Schaller wraps up his two-part series on the technology required for a new law firm or an established firm that needs a fresh start. Jack covered software in the first installment. Today he covers the computer hardware to run that software. Desktop or or notebook? Which smartphone? Chromebook or iPad or Surface? Jack is back with all the answers for three budgets — tight, moderate, or large. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for a horror story about a small law firm that charged too little.

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Small firm, big dreams. Written by practicing lawyers who manage successful small firms and legal technology and practice management experts who have achieved rock star status, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in small law firms, as well as comprehensive legal product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles (and podcasts and videos) about solo practices and small law firms. The SmallLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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A Better Way to Create Pleadings in Microsoft Word Plus 10 Trial Presentation Tips

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, April 7, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Don't create another pleading until you read this issue of LitigationWorld. Microsoft Word trainer Deborah Savadra has written a step-by-step guide on how to create your own custom templates for pleadings. Your templates will save you time, ensure compliance with court rules, and prevent embarrassing mistakes from reusing existing documents. Once you have a library of pleadings templates, you'll want to create templates for all your litigation documents. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for 10 trial presentation tips from professional newscasters.

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All practice areas evolve, but none faster than litigation. Written by successful litigators and other litigation experts, LitigationWorld provides you with practical tips related to electronic discovery, depositions, litigation strategy, litigation technology, and trial presentations. LitigationWorld also features in-depth litigation product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings, as well as links to the most noteworthy litigation articles in other publications so that you'll never miss anything. The LitigationWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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Intractable Microsoft Word Problems; Home Sweet Home Office; Listen Up Software Companies; Arkon Stand and iPad mini

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, April 4, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Aaron Craft, Some Microsoft Word Problems Only Have Workarounds (Especially Old Versions)

Philip Franckel, My Home Sweet Home Office

Kurt Walberg, Two Modest Proposals for Software Developers

Jeremy Clark, Arkon Stand and the iPad mini

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

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Drafting Assistant - Transactional 2.0: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, April 3, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers software for drafting and proofreading transactional documents that works within Microsoft Word and WordPerfect (see article below), PDF software designed for the legal profession, a checklist creation application for your workflow processes, and a smart height adjustable desk. Don't miss the next issue.

TRANSACTIONAL DOCUMENT DRAFTING ENTERS A NEW ERA

For more than two decades, transactional document drafting has entailed a collaboration between lawyer and technology. Initially, this just meant using a word processor. But in recent years, legal proofreading software has emerged that can find inconsistencies, omissions and other errors in your documents. The next step in this evolution consists of having software help you with the substantive law in your documents.

Drafting Assistant – Transactional 2.0 … in One Sentence

Launched in March, Thomson Reuters' Drafting Assistant – Transactional 2.0 is legal proofreading software that works within Microsoft Word and WordPerfect.

The Killer Feature

Drafting Assistant – Transactional now integrates with Practical Law's Standard Documents and Clause library, if you have a Practical Law subscription. That means without leaving your document you can obtain help both drafting and proofreading your document.

Practical Law is a human-powered service that helps lawyers tap into expertise unlikely to exist within their firm. Free from the demands of working in a law firm environment, the attorney editors at Practical Law spend all their time performing research and creating continually updated checklists, model documents, clause libraries, and more for transactional practice areas.

While drafting, you click on the Practical Law icon in your word processor's ribbon. This opens up the "Viewer" in which you can search and open Practical Law's Standard Documents and Clauses. You can use Practical Law's model documents both as a base and as a benchmark for comparing your own work. And because each Standard Document includes embedded Drafting Notes, you also get clause by clause drafting guidance.

"The ability to access Practical Law from within Drafting Assistant – Transactional expedites the drafting process and mirrors the way that lawyers actually draft," General Manager of Business Law Solutions Steve Obenski told us. "You have your master document and a benchmark document side by side within your drafting screen, so you can easily crib language and compare your documents to make sure they reflect current best practices. This combination provides the only end-to-end drafting solution on the market. You get the best substance and proofreading in one place."

Other Notable Features

In addition to the Practical Law integration, Drafting Assistant – Transactional includes 300 model documents across different transactional practice areas. You can also search Westlaw or WestlawNext directly from the software via a button on the toolbar.

The heart of Drafting Assistant – Transactional remains its "Deal Proof" proofreading analyzer engine. The software reviews documents of any size for errors in definitions, cross references, inconsistencies, missing information, and more. The software then flags each potential error and enables you jump to it by creating a hyperlinked index. You can also generate a report listing all possible errors.

After more than 10 years of refining the proofreading engine to find the tiniest of errors while minimizing false positives, Thomson Reuters commissioned a study to evaluate Deal Proof. The study found that lawyers who use Drafting Assistant – Transactional reduce their review time by 60% on average and find errors that go unnoticed with other proofreading methods.

What Else Should You Know?

The new version of Drafting Assistant – Transactional works with Microsoft Word 2013 and WordPerfect X6 as well as with earlier versions (it runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8). You can use the Deal Proof component online or offline. Learn more about Drafting Assistant – Transactional 2.0.

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