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Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. Over the course of his 35-year career he was a solo practitioner, corporate lawyer, legal editor, Legal Aid staff attorney and insurance risk manager. Today he helps lawyers and firms put more mojo in their practice through marketing, work-life balance and reclaiming passion for what they do. He is available for consultations, retreats and presentations.

Disbarred Lawyer: Stay Out of Your Old Office!

Here’s some free risk management advice: if a lawyer in your firm has been disbarred, don’t let them continue hanging around the office and chatting with clients – even if they happen to be your spouse. Otherwise you’ll likely find yourself in disciplinary trouble for aiding the unautho… Read More

10 Secrets of Success in Arbitration

If you’re preparing for an upcoming arbitration, make sure your “hot docs” stand out in your exhibit notebook by using special tabs or color codes. You should also place the documents in the order in which you plan to present them, so that the arbitrator can easily follow along. Those are tw… Read More

What Story Does Your Website Tell?

What makes for a great law firm website? Is it a striking appearance? Stellar content? Data security and mobile responsiveness? All of the above and more, I’d say. But one factor rises above all others: a winning website should tell a good story. The story should be compelling enough to draw readers to… Read More

10 Easy Tips for Powerful Legal Writing

Want to elevate your law game without spending a penny? Pay more attention to the quality of your writing. Your readers – whether they are clients, judges or opposing counsel – will be eternally grateful. And it will increase the odds that they will actually read what you wrote. Legal writing is o… Read More

The Top Podcasts For Lawyers

A few years ago, a friend introduced me to the many pleasures of podcasts, and I’ve been hooked ever since. It started with Marc Maron and took off from there. Now I schedule podcasts as a daily treat, but of course there’s never enough time to listen to them all. The great lure of podcasts is the… Read More

NC Bar Population Exploded in Last 10 Years

If you think you’ve been seeing more unfamiliar faces at bar meetings and calendar calls, it’s not your imagination. North Carolina’s lawyer population has skyrocketed. In 2007, there were 18,339 lawyers in the state. In 2017, the number was 23,694 – an increase of 29.2 percent. That w… Read More

Only Half of Law Grads Say They Would Do It Again

If you could do it over, would you still go to law school? A slim majority (52 percent) of law grads surveyed by Gallup said yes, they would. Which means an almost equal number of respondents said they’d choose a different path. And many of those who answered yes said their JDs were not worth the cost o… Read More

Window Envelope Causes Breach of Privacy Catastrophe

Not all breaches of confidential data are done by shadowy hackers in dark corners. Sometimes the culprit is no more sinister than a simple #10 window envelope. Just look what happened to Aetna. Back in the summer, the insurance giant mailed letters to approximately 12,000 customers with AIDS in 23 states. The… Read More

The Legal Power of a Little Debbie Cake

I was taught growing up that the truth would set me free, but it wasn’t until much later – and an incident involving Little Debbie snack cakes – that I saw how it actually works. Up until then I got the general idea. But still, I had my doubts. It seemed that in the real world telling the tru… Read More

9 Tips for Do-It-Yourself SEO

You probably know that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is important for getting noticed on the Internet. But you might not know that you don’t always have to hire an outside consultant or shell out big bucks to drive more traffic to your website. In fact, there are steps you can take right now – … Read More

Beware of Errors in Voice Recognition Messages

The other day I got a text message reminding me of an upcoming meeting with someone named Morris. The problem was I didn’t know anyone named Morris, at least nobody I was supposed to be meeting. So I called the sender – who was an attorney and friend – for clarification. Turns out he meant to… Read More

4 Ways to be Like Bruce Springsteen in Your Law Office

Here’s some risk management math: when it comes to teamwork in the law office, one and one is not always two. Sometimes it’s three. But don’t take my word for it. Ask Bruce Springsteen. The Boss is doing a Broadway residency that combines songs and story-telling about his life in music. He d… Read More

You Can’t Always Get What You Want – And That’s A Good Thing

Is it possible that not getting what you want is a key to becoming an extraordinary leader? Yes, says a prize-winning economist, and this is especially true for women in today’s workforce. “Sometimes not getting what you want, in the here and now, may well translate into the key puzzle piece neede… Read More

Computer Beats Lawyers in AI Challenge

When it comes to predicting outcomes in law cases, it seems computers are better than lawyers. That’s one way to interpret the results of a recent AI vs. Attorney challenge. In that matchup – which you can read about here – the software program CaseCruncher Alpha proved 25 percent more accura… Read More

Talk About Transparency – Check Out This Law Website!

When it comes to law firm websites, there’s transparency – and then there’s Levenfeld Pearlstein. As part of an overhaul of its site, the Chicago-based law firm added information most firms prefer to keep out of public view, such as fee formulas and hourly rates for everyone from support staf… Read More