Smokeball was founded by technology leaders with more than 20 years of experience in delivering impactful legal technology products. Our leadership continually strives to develop a company, culture, and team that share a profound love for the law and are compelled to help small law firms find success.
Our mission isn’t simple, but it is straightforward: help small law firms be successful businesses so that they can better serve our communities. We’re dedicated to creating the best law firm software that helps attorneys stay more organized, drive productivity and increase profitability.
Life at Smokeball
You don’t get recognized as one of Inc. Magazine’s “Best Workplaces in 2018” or take home a Stevie Award for your award-winning customer service unless you love what you do.
So, why do Smokeballers love what they do? From sales to client success and any department in between, there’s an understanding that every person has the opportunity to make an impact for the company and also on how our clients run their business. Oh yeah, there’s also competitive benefits for medical, dental, vision and life insurance plans, paid maternity/paternity leave, generous PTO and holiday time, and 401(k) plans. Plus, there are great little add-ons like a fully stocked kitchen, weekly yoga, gym reimbursement and more. So yeah, life at Smokeball is pretty good.
What’s In a Name?
The name Smokeball comes from the famous 1893 case, Carlill v. Carbolic Smoke Ball Company, which many attorneys study in their contracts class during their first year of law school. The Carbolic Smoke Ball Company ran an advertisement promising to pay an award to anyone who came down with the flu while using their flu-preventing smoke balls. A plaintiff in the case caught the flu despite using the smoke balls, after which the court found that the advertising gimmick was in fact a unilateral contract and granted the plaintiff the award. Our name constantly piques interest at conferences and events, and we always enjoy bringing the lawyers we talk to right back to Day 1 of law school! Unlike the original Smoke Ball, or clients will tell you we certainly deliver on our life-changing promises.
As Smokeball has grown, so has our commitment to supporting both the local Chicago community and practice of law across the country. As an organization, we take great pride in giving back and building a brighter future for our neighbors by contributing time, talent, money and other resources to multitudes of community initiatives each year.
Every employee at Smokeball enjoys a full day out of the office to volunteer at a charity or event that is special to them. Our volunteers, which we often refer to as “Smokeball Superstars,” are active in the communities and spend many hours of their personal and professional time serving through projects such as fundraising initiatives, community clean-up events and educational outreach programs.