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How to Help Your Family Deal With Your Malpractice Suit [LGE 019]

If you’re involved in the discipline process, a lot of that stress you're dealing with carries over and affects your family too. So how can you help them handle the stress that comes along with dealing with malpractice suits? That's what I discuss in this episode. What You’ll Learn in This Episode: Thank you for listening! Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the show to receive every new episode delivered straight to your podcast player every Tuesday. If you enjoyed this episode, please help me...


Why We Need Data Driven Ethics Reform with Erin Gerstenzang [LGE 018]

The legal industry has been stagnant when it comes to making any sort of ethics reform. For the states that are making changes to their ethics rules, those changes are typically based on opinions and arguments but not on data. The data is out there; we need to collect it and organize it in a way that will help regulators make better decisions. I’m joined by criminal defense attorney and legal ethics enthusiast, Erin Gerstenzang. Erin and I are leading the charge on the Data Driven Ethics...


California’s New Rules of Professional Conduct: What You Need to Know [LGE 017]

I’m diving into the changes that came about with the new revamp of the California Rules of Professional Conduct. Several years ago, the California Supreme Court convened a commission to work on bringing California's Rules into alignment with the ABA Model Rules. The Commission’s Rules were recently adopted by the Supreme Court and they go into affect later this year in 2018. In this episode, I’m breaking down what California lawyers need to know about the changes and how they impact their...


How to Ethically and Effectively Use the Media and Engage the Court of Public Opinion with Wayne Pollock [LGE 016]

There are many instances when a lawyer might want to turn to the press and media to engage them in a way that helps their existing clients. While there are certainly numerous marketing benefits to engaging the press, there’s also a huge opportunity to offer unique legal services to clients in addition to litigation. We’re exploring how to be more media-savvy for the benefit of our clients in this episode. I'm joined by Wayne Pollock, Founder and Managing Attorney at Copo Strategies, a...


The Business Case for Being a Decent Human Being (and Lawyer) [LGE 015]

It’s not enough to be competent in your practice area, now clients expect lawyers to be decent human beings as well. In this episode, I share my thoughts on the importance of being a good person and how that has a positive impact on your business. I also examine the fall out from a New York attorney’s recent "racist rant" and how that is negatively affecting his reputation and law practice. What I Discuss in This Episode: Resources Mentioned: Blink – Malcolm Gladwell Erin Gerstenzang...


How to Use an Online Scheduling Tool for Networking and Booking Clients with Jess Birken [LGE 014]

Scheduling software programs help you keep your appointments organized, but they can do so much more for your practice. From helping you set up networking meetings, to booking client calls, collecting payments for consultations, and requesting Google reviews, online scheduling software like Acuity can be a powerful tool for lawyers. In this episode, I’m joined by Jess Birken, a non-profit attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jess loves all things tech and all things Acuity. She shares her...


Why the Ethics Rules are Ripe for Reform [LGE 013]

In this episode, I get a little bit more personal and share my candid thoughts about why the legal profession is ripe for legal ethics reform, and more importantly, why that’s not a scary proposition. There are many forward-thinking legal practitioners and legal tech experts who are in favor of a large scale reform of the ethics rules but naturally, there are many others who are against any such changes. Despite the consensus among the former that change is needed, there is still some...


The Benefits of Preemptively Auditing Your Law Practice Management with Jared Correia [LGE 012]

The better your law practice is managed, the less likely you are to fall short on even basic ethics duties like competence, diligence, and communication. That’s why audits of your law firm technology, marketing, and practice management are so important. In this episode, I’m joined by Jared Correia, Founder and CEO of Red Cave Law Firm Consulting, which offers subscription-based law firm business management consulting and technology services for solo and small law firms. What We Discuss...


Proper Billing Practices That Reduce Bar Complaints [LGE 011]

What are some proper billing practices that can help reduce the potential for bar complaints against you? In this episode, I share several best practices when it comes to billing clients for work performed. What I Cover In this Episode: Resources Mentioned Episode 2 Thank you for listening! Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the show to receive every new episode delivered straight to your podcast player every Tuesday. If you enjoyed this episode, please help me get the word out about this...


The Ethics of Law Practice Systems and Project Management With John Grant [LGE 010]

Technology is pulling lawyers and law practices into the modern age but how can you, as a lawyer and business owner, use technology to improve you practice management while remaining compliant with the ethics rules? Along with using technology, how can you apply project management concepts to improve your business? I’m joined by John Grant, Founder of the Agile Attorney network. John works with lawyers and legal teams, acting as an outside COO to help them uncover new ways of practicing...


Using Law Bots to Simplify, Automate, and Maximize Efficiency with Tom Martin [LGE 009]

Lawyers are catching on to the importance and value of integrating law bots into their practice, whether as chat bots on their websites or as client engagement and management tools. Founder and CEO of LawDroid, Tom Martin, joins us to discuss how bots can help automate and simplify internal law firm functions like research and external functions like client management. LawDroid is a bot automation company with a mission to promote justice everywhere and dedicated to bringing the legal...


Innovating In Your Practice Without Fear of Ethics with Melissa Hall [LGE 008]

Send any ethics questions that you’d like me to address in a future episode. Reach me at or Tweet me @zaviehlaw Lawyers no longer have to fear ethics constraints when crafting a law practice that truly reflects their lifestyle desires and needs. It’s possible to build a practice that provides flexibility and fulfillment while allowing lawyers to provide legal services in the way that they choose. I’m joined by Melissa Hall of Smol Law, a primary legal care practice in...


What Should Be In Your Social Media Profile Really? [LGE 007]

What should your social media profile(s) include? Are you compliant with the ethical rules when you build out your social media profiles? In this episode, I discuss what you should consider including in your profiles in order to remain compliant. What I Cover in This Episode: Resources: My interview on The Lawyerist Podcast My interview on the Legal Toolkit podcast My conversation with Jeena Cho on The Resilient Lawyer Podcast ABA Model Rule 7.2 Ca Ethics Rule 1-400 Thank you for...


Practicing Mindfulness for Better Lawyering and Increased Client Satisfaction with Jeena Cho [LGE 006]

Interest in mindfulness and meditation is on the rise in the legal profession and for good reason! There are numerous benefits to incorporating mindfulness into your law practice and legal career, the most relevant to us being that it helps lawyers do their jobs better (which means fewer potential ethics complaints). I’m joined by lawyer, author, and mindfulness instructor Jeena Cho who shares her insight on the connection between mindfulness, wellness, and building more sustainable law...


How to Submit a Moral Character Application That Isn't Squeaky Clean [LGE 005]

The moral character application might seem like it’s only something law students need to worry about but if you’re a lawyer who’s looking to be admitted in other jurisdictions, then you’ll certainly want to pay attention. This is especially true if you happen to have a few blemishes in your past that you need to disclose in your application. In this episode, I offer my tips on how to approach filling out the moral character application that isn't squeaky clean. What I Cover in This...


Ethics Rules In Need of 21st Century Makeover with Eric Cooperstein [LGE 004]

The legal profession is evolving and yet, so many of the ethics rules can’t seem to keep up. They are simply outdated and need a 21st century facelift. I’m joined by Eric Cooperstein, an ethics consultant and practitioner in Minneapolis, and we explore the relevance of several of the ABA Model Rules. We also offer our own insight on how these rules can be updated to reflect the realities of the legal profession today. What We Discuss in This Episode: Resources Mentioned: Bates v....


The Role of Kindness in Reducing Ethics Complaints [LGE 003]

What does kindness have to do with ethics complaints? Well, possibly a lot! I believe that if more lawyers practiced kindness towards their clients and even towards opposing counsel, even when it is difficult to do so, there would be fewer ethics complaints filed against them. That's exactly what I discuss in this episode. What I Discuss In This Episode: Resources Mentioned The Lawyerist Podcast by Sam Glover and Aaron Street Billie Tarascio My Contact Information: Twitter:...


5 Areas Where Lawyers Make Ethical Mistakes (Without Even Knowing It!) With Erin Gerstenzang [LGE 002]

Show Notes Is that contact form on your website compliant with the ethical rules? How should you handle negative online reviews by clients? The ethics rules can be complicated and often times, lawyers just don’t know that they’re violating them. In this episode, I’m joined by Atlanta criminal defense attorney and legal ethics enthusiast, Erin Gerstenzang. We are talking about five specific areas that can be danger zones for solos and small firms when it comes to the ethics rules. What...


Welcome and What To Do If You Receive a Bar Complaint [LGE 001]

In my first episode, I start off with a short introduction of who I am. I am an ethics attorney practicing primarily in California, and in short, I save lawyers' careers. I also wanted to make my first episode useful and practical for you so I’m tackling a critical topic that I deal with frequently and that is: what should you do if you receive a bar complaint? What You’ll Learn In This Episode: Thank you for listening! Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the show to receive every new episode...