Smokeball’s Josh Taylor Featured on Ari Kaplan’s “Reinventing Professionals”

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Smokeball’s Lead Content Strategist, Josh Taylor, sat down with legal tech expert, journalist, and podcaster Ari Kaplan for a great discussion on May 3, 2019.

Ari’s Reinventing Professionals podcast is meant to “offer ideas, guidance, and perspectives on how to effectively navigate a perpetually shifting professional landscape, with a unique focus on the legal industry and the technology that is driving its evolution.”  With that in mind, Josh sat down with Ari to discuss the changing legal tech landscape, the lagging behind of the U.S. legal industry when it comes to adoption of technology, and the various ways that certain legal technology capabilities are changing law practice for the better.  Josh discussed his own journey from litigator to the legal tech space, and what he wished he had as far as legal tech tools during his time in practice.

To listen to the podcast, visit  Let us know where you are in your technological journey by visiting  Smokeball wants to help modernize your small law firm and reinvent the legal profession in a useful, intuitive, and profitable way.

By |May 3rd, 2019|

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.