3 Old School Law Firms That Are Now Tech Savvy

//3 Old School Law Firms That Are Now Tech Savvy

Many attorneys are resistant to adding new technology to their firms, thinking the process will be confusing or that it will take much too long for their staff to adapt to a different way of doing things. But when firms choose to adopt technologies in a strategic and integrated way, the changes end up benefiting both the practice and the clients.

But don’t just take our word for it! Here are three law firms that made the transition from “old school” to tech savvy and reaping the benefits:

1. The Law Office of Brenda Murzyn

Brenda Murzyn’s real estate practice uses Smokeball’s software to manage documents and client communications. With the software, the team can automate many common tasks and spend more time on the actual legal work of the practice. This use of technology has streamlined the firm’s digital filing, allowing the lawyers there to turn their attention more fully to client service.

2. The Law Office of John J. Zachara, Ltd.

John Zachara, attorney, and Debbie Zachara, office manager, keep their law firm running smoothly with digital filing software from Smokeball. This technology allows the Zacharas to respond quickly to clients and potential clients. By storing data in the cloud, both John and Debbie are able to access and file important data exactly when they need to do so. In addition, they save time by creating new documents from saved templates.They say that clients have noticed the difference and business continues to improve.

3. Bailey Duquette

Bailey Duquette is a boutique law firm in New York, with lawyers with experience at major international firms. The small firm stays competitive with the big players through its use of technology. Bailey Duquette uses programs that cut down the time it takes to do due diligence research. The firm can pass this time savings on to clients in lower costs, and so enjoys repeated work with these clients.

What technology has your law firm integrated into the legal process? Where can your firm continue to improve?


By |October 14th, 2014|

About the Author:

For years, Josh has helped lawyers become more organized, productive, and profitable. A trained litigator, Josh came to Smokeball from a large east-coast law firm where his practice focused on franchise, insurance, marine, and general litigation. His work with Smokeball, and his continued passion for what he does each day, is driven by a desire to help lawyers and their staff do better in every way. Knowing well the stress and strain put on today’s legal professional, he regularly focuses on improving work and life in the law. He has traveled the country working with and learning from lawyers and their staff. Josh speaks regularly to bar associations about successful law firm practices and other legal topics. Recent notable engagements have been with the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. In addition to his work at Smokeball, Josh serves on the Writing Resource Center staff at The John Marshall Law School. Besides legal technology, his research interests include judicial decision-making, jury decision-making and psychology, and legal writing. He has written and overseen research exploring causal effects of sex/gender on federal appellate court decision-making, and assisted with research for a forthcoming textbook on judicial decision-making. Additionally, Josh sits on the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Community Activism Law Alliance and on the Board of Directors of Chicago Fringe Opera Company. Josh holds his J.D., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Wash. U. Law Review, held the prestigious Thompson Coburn Research Fellowship, served as Research Assistant to then-Vice-Dean (now Chancellor) Andrew D. Martin, and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.M. in Music Performance with Honors Scholar distinction from the University of Connecticut, making him a Huskies basketball fan through and through. Follow Josh’s activity on LinkedIn, and keep up with new articles on the Smokeball Blog.