Meet Smokeballer: Emily Wood

//Meet Smokeballer: Emily Wood

One of the fantastic features we offer here at Smokeball is creating a legal website specifically designed to fit small law firms. Whether your current website is out of date, you’re tired of paying way too much, or you just haven’t had the chance to create one, Emily Wood is here to help.

Emily is our Compliance Attorney and Client Websites Manager. She has built over 90 websites and published 82 while receiving nothing but great feedback. After spending just a few minutes with Emily, you’ll know that she’s a knowledgeable and well-spoken professional who can take a blank slate and turn it into a beautiful website to showcase any attorney’s practice. I had the chance to chat with Emily and learn the ins and outs of her role here at Smokeball and also to find out whose job she’s gunning for!

As Smokeball’s Compliance Attorney and Client Websites Manager, what are your main responsibilities?

I correspond daily with clients in order to discuss their website needs, design, host and publish their websites and provide any support necessary thereafter.

Prior to Smokeball, you were a practicing attorney and you were doing something different than your current role here. What were you doing and how has that helped transition to your position as Client Websites Manager?

My previous position was as a Federal Regulatory Compliance Attorney for D.R.L Enterprises, Republic Tobacco. There were a lot of moving pieces in that job that required me to multi-task and keep on track when it came down to my deadlines. This is also very important in my current role as there are constant new deadlines popping up and an endless supply of new website clients in varying stages of the website process.

What piqued your interest to move into this role?

I’ve always had an interest in learning new languages and that is exactly what coding is. The idea that I could learn to code and build websites while simultaneously utilizing my compliance background in helping other attorneys was very appealing to me. I also missed working in downtown Chicago. ????

What are some of the most rewarding parts of your job here?

Creating a client website that the attorneys are truly happy with. They also save thousands of dollars frequently utilizing Smokeball’s free website design and hosting which is always something that shocks them and thrills me.

If you could switch roles with anyone else within Smokeball, whose job would you choose and why?

Jane’s job. I want to say I was President!

Three words to describe Smokeball…GO!

Fun, rewarding, and spontaneous.

Outside of Smokeball, what hobbies/activities do you participate in?

I am an active volleyball player year-round. I also enjoy soccer and hot yoga, taking my dog, Riley, to the dog beach, vacationing in Michigan at one of the many lakes and traveling whenever I can. I’m in the process of becoming a dog trainer/volunteer at the Anti-Cruelty Society.

Want to learn more on what’s included in Smokeball’s Law Firm Websites? Please email to get started!

By |June 1st, 2017|

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.