21March, 2018

Best Practices for Law Firm Data Security and Client File Privacy [Guest Post]

Data security is critical for lawyers. Here’s how to start managing this risk as proactively as your clients and ethics standards deserve.
We thank the team at Lawyerist.com for this helpful guest post. Before jumping into this practical primer, check out the extensive writing on data security Heidi has published here on our blog, and plan […]

7February, 2018

Standing Firm Against Harassment: Policy Guidelines for Law Firms

Law firms should take – and understand – these 5 minimum steps to effectively address sexual harassment.
This article was written collaboratively by Heidi S. Alexander, Justin L. Kelsey and Melissa Levine-Piro and was originally published in the November/December edition of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Massachusetts Lawyers Journal.

Before reading these guidelines, please consider participating in the […]

2February, 2018

Law Practice Startup: Operations Best Practices for Solo and Small Firms

To operate a sustainable law practice, you have to do more than practice law well. You have to run your practice like a business – and do that well, too. Our Best Practices for Solo and Small Law Firm Operations are outlined here, covering all the essentials from IOLTA to Paperless Intake.
Our law practice advisors […]

10July, 2017

5 Steps to Minimize Data Breach Risks in Your Law Practice

Follow these steps to avoid data breaches in your law practice that would make you WannaCry.
WannaCry. WannaCry. WannaCry. Yes, that’s how many lawyers feel when they think about digital data security, especially the folks over at DLA Piper who were recently hit with a type of ransomware similar to WannaCry, known as Petrwrap/Petya.

Let’s face it, […]

22February, 2017

How to Vet Cloud Technology Providers

Deciding to use cloud technology in your law practice is only the first step. It’s a great first step – but you still need to vet those cloud technology providers!
If you’ve ever heard me speak, you’ll know that I advocate for the use of cloud technology in today’s law firms. There are at least three rock […]

6September, 2016

How to Avoid a Data Breach: Best Practices for the Small Law Firm

We’ll be at Social Law Library on December 8th with practical guidance on data security for small law firms.
If you’re wondering exactly what your small law firm needs to do to protect against threats to your data, this program is for you. Bring your specific security needs, and work with experts who can give you […]

12August, 2016

Entity Selection for Law Practice Startups

Entity selection is one of your first, foundational decisions as a law practice startup, and you want to get it right.
Entity selection is always one of the first considerations in starting a law practice, and it’s worth your time to think it through. There are a number of considerations to weigh when determining whether and what […]

28July, 2016

Do You Need Legal Malpractice Insurance in Massachusetts?

We’re starting off a series on Startup Questions with one of the most common inquiries we hear: legal malpractice insurance requirements for Massachusetts attorneys.
Massachusetts does not require legal malpractice insurance for attorneys. However, it is highly recommended to mitigate the cost of a malpractice insurance claim.

There are a number of places from which attorneys can acquire malpractice […]

13May, 2016

Privacy Breaches, Cybercrimes and the Practice of Law [Guest Post]

You may have noticed that we write a lot about data security at this blog.  That’s not by accident: lawyers have a seemingly ever-increasing number of professional responsibilities respecting the confidentiality of the client information they maintain; simultaneously, they’re opposed in those efforts by new, and more complex threats related to data breach.  But, that’s […]

22April, 2016

7 Tactics for Building Strong Passwords [Guest Post]

It’s a basic tenet of personal and professional data security: You need strong passwords, if you want to better secure your private information.  Even as that is a well-known proposition, the most common passwords are easily cracked.  Part of the challenge, especially for businesses, comes in establishing effective password regimes.  The following guest blog post […]