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First Law Office Mgmt Book That Wasn't Just Theory
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2016
I'm going to go into this in depth because I enjoyed 97% of the book. A bit of background, I've been a practicing lawyer for 15 years and (knock on wood) pretty successful. What I struggled with was two things running the firm and streamlining marketing. This book deals with those two things.
- Well written, you can tell it wasn't just repurposed blogs or some crap that he put together one weekend. He explains why he suggests things and spends some solid time organizing and writing.
- Concrete examples of what works! This is huge, really huge. I've read the E-myth attorney which is a top down, view from 10,000 feet but no hard specifics, same with some of the other books and consultants I've worked with. What I want is a form, an example of what YOU do, what works for you. Don't tell me "automate" and end it that. How the hell do I automate!?! John shows you exactly how on many key points (not everyone) but he goes into a lot of hard, specific details.
- Responsive, I've emailed his office and got a response that was very much appreciated.
- He's a real lawyer. Not a guy with a JD who couldn't hack it as real lawyer and now consults. Go to his website and you see he takes cases, settles and tries cases. I am always weary of guys who are consultants but don't have a law office.
Cons: As with anything there are a couple things that you shake your head at.
- His age is showing. Let me explain, I'm only 8 years younger than John but when he says you need to have clients fax in a request for a telephone call, I think "What's a fax?" It's a bit older thinking since the vast majority of my cases are clients in their 30's and have no idea where to even find a fax machine. Same thing with his aversion to email, which is really a nice take on Tim Ferris' 40 Hour Work Week, and that's not a dig, it's a great integration of the two systems, but you can tell the author is a bit older and has distrust of email, cellphones, etc. I should say the same with his Case MGMT software...it's old. I mean old, it may work perfectly for him, but if you are starting out and look at it the software is not even close to up to date in terms of interface, cost or Cloud computing.
- First 1/4 of the book is really his employment handbook. This actually is great! As you can read it and cut and paste the appropriate parts for your own office handbook. But it takes a few pages to realize that John isn't talking to you..but to his legal assistants.
- It's PI focused. Yes I know it's in the title!!! So what did I expect? I'm not a PI lawyer but about 80% of this book works perfectly for NON-PI lawyers, so I guess this could be a pro or con, but if you are looking at just doing car accidents, he goes beyond that.
Overall, this is a must read, truly a MUST FREAKING Read for any solo or small law firm. It's cheap (which let me say, the hardcover is $800+ bucks but don't buy that one! (I suspect he is set up for the amazon printing and that's just what it costs) the kindle version is $20, less than a cost of lunch. It's no brainer.