As I Turn 40

As I Turn 40

I remember my oldest sister’s 16th birthday party. We’d packed our long Arlington, Texas driveway with activities like ping pong and foosball. We drank soda (a rare treat) and ate taco boats (taco salad packed into banana split trays my mom picked up from the local...
On Depression And Expectations

On Depression And Expectations

I didn’t have a great weekend. The pressure got to me, and I had to leave the house for a while. I could feel depression turning into anger and I didn’t want to take it out on the kids, so I left. Sometimes building a law practice really sucks. The grind...
Writing To Be Understood

Writing To Be Understood

I want to share with you an exchange I just had with a contract employee. I hope it will change the way you think about your writing. First, Brief Background I don’t intend to write every word of the content my firm creates. That’s an inefficient use of my...
So, I Hired Someone

So, I Hired Someone

One thing I’ve been talking with #lawtwitter about recently is the difference between a freelancer and a solopreneur. Dan Lear of Avvo and I have been batting around a couple of podcasts with marketing genius Seth Godin on the subject. Let me quote from him to give a...
Why We Don’t Change

Why We Don’t Change

The one problem that really confronts [lawyers] in the 21st century is [lawyers themselves]. I’m taking a little liberty with a quote from behavioral scientist Angela Duckworth there. She talked about humans generally, and lawyers are more or less humans, so it...
On Training New Clients

On Training New Clients

Imagine you’re an alien from a distant star. After a forceful takeover, you go to the local grocer for a bite and end up in the cereal aisle. You stare at all of the new options for a long, long time. How the heck do you choose which cereal box to take home? In short,...
Do I Need A Content Calendar?

Do I Need A Content Calendar?

This blog, honestly, is a little self-indulgent. It’s me. To use the words of Donald Miller in the great book Building a StoryBrand, I’m making myself the hero. The center. I’m the protagonist, and that makes me cringe. Particularly because I just...
The Process: The Agile Attorney, Part 2

The Process: The Agile Attorney, Part 2

Yesterday I gave you a rant about why I think John Grant is so great. But I wasn’t very specific. Today let me give you a window into what we accomplished together. Design If you’ve been around me at all, you know I have a bit of a mantra, stolen from the...
Melting Brains: The Agile Attorney, Part 1

Melting Brains: The Agile Attorney, Part 1

I have four homeschooled kids right now. Often, when I want to discuss an issue with them, I use the Socratic method. I’m nicer about it than the dude from Paper Chase, but it still drives them crazy. My kids call it “melting brains.” It definitely...
My Struggle With Content

My Struggle With Content

I’ve mentioned before that I’d rather not write boring posts. I’m inclined to educate clients, but not to regurgitate what is already on the web. The only problem, of course, is that clients have questions and expect the Google Machine to answer...
Errors in Hiring

Errors in Hiring

I’ve added staff before, which has rarely gone well. And it was entirely my fault. During my stint in a partnership, we tried our hand at hiring for different roles. We brought in an office assistant, an associate attorney, and a marketing person. Every person...
On Taxes

On Taxes

Taxes are the worst. When you own a small business, you begin to appreciate everything an employer has to do with regards to your taxes. Unlike my first go round, for this (re)launch I want to be very deliberate about how I handle my taxes. Let me just point you...