A Look Inside a Modern Entrepreneurial Law Practice

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Today, small law firms face fiercer competition than ever before. With so much business conducted online, clients are not limited to firms in their geographic area, and can easily choose to work with larger, more established law offices. To stay modern and competitive, small firms must implement streamlined processes and make use of the right tech tools.


Modern, entrepreneurial law firms often work with clients with diverse needs and backgrounds. These clients may be large and small businesses, other organizations, or individuals. All of them will expect top-notch service and speedy response to their needs. In order to fulfill the expectations of all clients, successful small firms streamline their basic tasks with templates and tech tools to maximize efficiency. With the simplest tasks automated, the firm’s staff can step up their client service and focus more than ever on the task at hand.

Small firms make the most of their resources by allocating tasks sensibly and keeping careful track of where work on each matter stands. This way, no work is duplicated and everyone’s efforts serve a purpose. To ensure that this process runs smoothly, modern firms use tech tools to consolidate files and clearly track progress on every case.


A modern law firm must be up-to-speed with the latest tech tools. The firm takes appropriate security precautions when using cloud-based technologies, and chooses one appropriate to legal work, such as Smokeball. With these tech tools in pace, a small firm can move at the speed of business, whether its lawyers work in a traditional office, travel to meet clients or are based throughout the country.

The Law Office of Brenda Murzyn implemented Smokeball to organize the many documents the office generated, and has not looked back. Smokeball allowed the firm to file documents in a better way, and automate basic tasks such as the calculation of closing statements. The firm was able to increase productivity and efficiency.

By |January 6th, 2015|

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.