Smokeball – 2017 Year in Review

//Smokeball – 2017 Year in Review

2017 has been an amazing year for Smokeball and we want to thank our clients for helping us deliver the best case management software in the market. Smokeball has empowered our clients to focus on what they do best – practice law. Don’t believe us? Take a look at how we did in 2017 below in our “Smokeball Year in Review.”

Smokeball by the Numbers

We measure our success by sharing in the success of our clients – and from these numbers, our clients are having a great year.

Key Smokeball Features Released in 2017

Automatic Time and Activity Tracking

You told us that a major pain point was tracking your time and activities to bill your matters. Hours were being lost to non-billable administrative tasks.

We developed Smokeball with automatic lawyer time tracking software to eliminate this painful non-billable task. Every task, document, email, meeting, or memo created in Smokeball is tracked and made available for invoicing with no user interaction. If you created a letter or motion in Smokeball, we track the actual time spent on that document and associate it to the matter. There’s no need to keep contemporaneous records or to “reconstruct” your timesheets at the end of the week or month. Smokeball does it all for you.Smokeball automatic time and activity tracking


Time and Billing

We introduced our legal time and billing feature in 2017. With Smokeball, you can track your time, expenses, and then send your clients invoices through Boost Billing. Our integration with Boost Billing enables you to maintain ethical legal accounting practices, staying on top of your operating and trust accounts. You are able to accurately capture your time, invoice clients faster and get paid faster by accepting credit card payment using our LawPay integration.

Profitability and Firm Insights

Profitability and Firm Insights

Smokeball is the first and only legal practice management software to provide insights into your practice with a click of a mouse. We introduced matter profitability, analyzing your employee costs and fees billed. New dashboards were released revealing your firm’s performance, lead analysis, fee analysis, and usage statistics. Simply using Smokeball enables you to obtain data for you to make data-driven decisions.

How Well Did Your Law Firm Do Last Month

Smokeball Firm Insights: New Business Insights Dashboard

Tasks & Workflow Improvements

We improved our Tasks and Workflow features by enabling you to assign to multiple staff members, attached documents and forms, and allow for greater transparency and accountability in your firm.


 Smokeball task and workflow improvements

Track Every Phone Call – VOIP Ring Central integration

In the latest version, we released our first integration with a VOIP provider (Ring Central) to track every phone call you receive. With our integration with Ring Central, the duration of every phone call is tracked, associated to a matter, and available for invoicing with little to no user interaction. Imagine yourself taking phone calls and not having to worry about how long it was for, not having to record who it was with or creating a time entry to invoice the client. Smokeball’s VOIP integration let’s you get back to your work with as little disruption as possible. Interested in seeing it in action? Schedule your Smokeball demo today!

Advanced Personal Injury Matter Type

We released an advanced personal Injury matter type enabling you to capture every detail in a personal injury case. Track every invoice, diagnosis, discovery request, and automatically calculate lien and settlement figures.


If you’re an Illinois client, you’re probably getting ready for the mandatory e-Filing requirement. We developed an integration with InfoTrack to provide the easiest and most accurate e-Filing solution. Click here to see how we make e-Filing a breeze.

If you’re not using Smokeball, what are you waiting for?

Let us show you how to make 2018 your best year ever.

By |January 22nd, 2018|

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.