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The Anatomy of Closing A Sale

Lynn Luong

Running a law firm isn’t just about winning cases, it’s also about keeping a steady flow of clients coming through the door. But to do that you must know how […]

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First Year Associates

Getting The Most Out Of A First-Year Associate

Lynn Luong

Getting the best first-year associates to work with your law firm is only half the battle, the other half is getting them to stay and making the most of their […]

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The Dangers of Distracted Driving: 5 Phone Apps You Should Never Use While Driving

Dianne Sawaya

Every year, about 330,000 car accidents caused by cell phones lead to injury or death. This number makes it clear that distracted driving is a huge problem in the U.S. and that […]

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Billable Hours

How To Maximize Billable Hours For Attorneys

Lynn Luong

Improve Your Law Firm’s Billable Hours The billable hour for Attorneys is like gold nuggets, even a little of it can be worth a significant amount of money. That’s why […]

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How To Effectively Track My Return On Investment For a Small Law Firm And Cost Per Case

Lynn Luong

Running a small law firm and being an attorney is like having two full-time jobs. At Smokeball, we understand that when you started your law firm, you wanted to practice […]

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Meet Smokeballer: Bob Bednarz

Taryn O'Malley Mohnsen

For a business to succeed, we’ll always need someone who can teach the ins and outs of our companies, the goals we strive to hit and the purpose of why […]

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Not A Networker? Grow Your Small Law Firm With Direct Mail Marketing

Lynn Luong

There is no denying the fact that email marketing and networking on social media are two of the most popular ways to reach potential clients. But it’s also true that […]

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Emily Wood - Legal Websites

Meet Smokeballer: Emily Wood

Taryn O'Malley Mohnsen

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 Whether your current website is out of date, […]

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Automatic Time Tracking, It’s more than just recording time..

Jane Oxley

I don’t want to pay for your time, I want to pay for the value you bring me At Smokeball, we provide software to small law firms but at the same […]

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Mentoring Relationships for Attorneys

Sara Hawes

You have likely already heard that establishing a relationship with a mentor is important for your professional development as an attorney. But how do you create that relationship? Set Your […]

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The Cloud : A Guide for Small Law Firms

Lynn Luong

Are you concerned about the security of your data when using Cloud technology? Your concerns are reasonable since lawyer-client confidentiality is critical to your business and could be compromised if […]

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Smokeball Releases AutoTime – Redefining Time Recording in Practice Management Software

Lynn Luong

March 15, 2017 Smokeball’s new AutoTime feature time records automatically for small law firms, and enables them to understand the profitability of their work, whether billed by the hour, fixed […]

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Why Practice Management Technology Should be Used to Avoid Ethical Pitfalls

Josh Taylor

You Can’t Spell Ethics Without “TECH” Efficiency, promptness, accuracy, and professionalism.  These are a few commonplace terms in any successful small law firm.  The standards of a competent attorney have […]

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4 SEO Tips for Small Law Firms

Lynn Luong

  As a small law firm, your web presence is an important consideration to drive new clients. People learn about your law firm through word of mouth, social media, advertising […]

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Admin Tasks Killing Your Law Firm’s Profitability

Are Simple Admin Tasks Killing Your Law Firm’s Profitability?

Lynn Luong

How much time do you and your staff spend on non-billable administrative tasks when you could be building your business or billing for substantive legal work? My guess is you’re […]

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Email Management Tips - Smokeball

3 Ways To Tame Your Emails

Lynn Luong

If you find keeping track of emails an overwhelming task, you are not alone.  Most small law firms struggle with the volume of emails received daily. Some may find that having […]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Hosting Holiday Office Parties

Emily Wood

Well, it’s that time of year again.  The last touches of autumn are fading away and festive decorations have sprouted up all over the country in anticipation of the holiday […]

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8 Things Your Firm Can Do To Ensure A Profitable Year

Lynn Luong

  Looking for your firm to be more profitable for the year? Here are 8 actionable items you can start doing today to build a better practice for the new year. Become […]

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3 Ways to Turn Out-of-Office Reply into a Competitive Advantage

Sara Hawes

Imagine this: you walk into your office after a week out, only to see a stack of angry phone messages, an overwhelming amount of e-mails from distressed clients, and a […]

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Positioning your Small Law Firm for Growth

Jane Oxley

The time has come–you’re ready to start growing your small law firm. Maybe you’re making the move to add to your solo practice, or you’re looking to make your small […]

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Attorney Spotlight: Barry Kaufman

Jane Oxley

When Barry Kaufman started his solo family law practice, Kaufman Law Office, in 2005, he was relatively new to the legal profession, with only five years of law experience under his belt. […]

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Organization and Time Management Smokeball

7 Organization & Time Management Tips

Jane Oxley

Organization is crucial to your small law firm’s success. Studies show that executives waste as many as six weeks a year searching for lost items and information, and if you’re […]

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How Activity Intelligence Helps Save Your Firm Time

Jane Oxley

Let’s be honest here, how many times have you sat at your desk trying to remember what you did for the week? In any industry it is important to always […]

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The Importance of Having a Virtual Assistant

Jane Oxley

As an attorney your day is scheduled down to the minute. There is typically little to no room for any small tasks, even one as simple as scheduling a meeting. […]

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Personal Injury - Smokeball

3 Considerations When Starting Your Personal Injury Firm

Jane Oxley

Starting (and maintaining) a successful legal practice may be one of the most challenging feats you accomplish in your legal career. While your smashing success in law school and early […]

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CALA Update: Smokeball Saves the Day With Its Recent Improvements

Jane Oxley

It’s been almost 10 months since we first announced our partnership with the Community Activism Law Alliance (CALA), and we are excited to bring you this update from CALA Executive Director, […]

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