Christopher T. Anderson

Host of Un-Billable Hour

Christopher T. Anderson has authored numerous articles and speaks on a wide range of topics, including law firm management, the ethics of cloud computing, and the future of technology in law firms. A regular speaker at LegalTech New York, ABA TechShow, and various state bar associations, Chris has over 19 years of experience as a practicing attorney. He is a former managing partner of a full-service law firm in Georgia, has served as in-house general counsel and began his career as a New York City assistant district attorney.

Episodes
March 30, 2017
How Algorithmic Data Finances Litigation

Joshua Lenon and Eva Shang talk about Legalist, a form of litigation finance underwriting for commercial cases based on algorithms and data.

March 20, 2017
ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Lawyer Work-Life Management with GTD

Two legal professionals who have switched to the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology explain how to get started to increase your productivity.

March 17, 2017
ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Evolution of the Legal Industry with Mark Britton

New legal technology and innovative companies, like Rocket Lawyer and LegalZoom, are slowly changing the legal industry. In this report from On The Road, host Christopher Anderson talks to Mark Britton, CEO of Avvo, about how law firms are becoming more customer-centric and using technology to do so. Their discussion includes how client needs are...

March 16, 2017
ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Devil is in the Details

Amani Smathers and Gina Bongiovi talk about process mapping and how it can improve your legal business management.

February 24, 2017
How Your Technology Mindset Affects Your Legal Business

Tom Lambotte, CEO of GlobalMacIT, talks about the effect different technology mindsets have on legal businesses.

January 31, 2017
Law Firm Accounting: Empowerment by the Numbers

Micky Deming explains common misconceptions attorneys have about bookkeeping and how these can be detrimental to legal businesses at large.

December 19, 2016
Marketing Game Plan for 2017

Marketing Vice President Chelsey Lambert from How To Manage a Small Law Firm talks about building successful marketing campaigns.

November 17, 2016
The Habits of Success

Tips to help legal practitioners create processes and habits to better leverage their strengths and achieve their goals.

November 4, 2016
#LoveYourLawyerDay (Part 1)

Executive producer Laurence Colletti interviews your favorite Legal Talk Network hosts about how they’re spending time during this holiday de jure

October 14, 2016
Surviving and Thriving in the Gig Economy

Lisa Solomon discusses freelance lawyering, the difference between contract and freelance work, and how these lawyers thrive in the world of small law.

September 14, 2016
How to Make the CLE Experience A Better One

Christopher Anderson speaks with AttorneyCredits.com Director of Legal Education Jason Castillo about how to make the CLE experience a better one.

January 18, 2016
The Seven Parts of Your Law Firm Business

As a youngster, when someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up, how did you respond? Did you tell them that you wanted to be the CFO of a mediocre law firm that does just enough to get by? With so many resources out there, it’s difficult to grasp why so...

December 22, 2015
Get Paid Faster With Online Billing

Historically, law firms have billed clients exclusively by mailing paper invoices, a slow and relatively time-consuming system. With the increase in technology and credit card billing for almost everything we purchase, billing online is now more professional and more efficient. Furthermore, by accepting credit card systems, your law firm saves money and will likely be...

December 9, 2015
Reputation Marketing: Manage Your Firm’s Online Reviews

As marketers of solo and small law firms, most listeners are aware of the importance of online reviews in today’s marketplace. Almost every potential client will research a lawyer or law firm’s reputation before even picking up the phone. Whether on Facebook, Google, Yelp, or other review sites, every business should know what is being...

November 9, 2015
Internet Marketing and Branding for Your Small Law Firm

Solo and small law firm owners spend plenty of time and money marketing their services each year, whether online, through networking, or offline advertising. But many lawyers are not seeing the return on investment that they would like. So with over 600 thousand solo and small firms in the U.S. today, what does it take...

October 13, 2015
Optimizing Insurance for your Law Practice

Many lawyers see legal malpractice insurance as a necessary cost incurred being a member of bar associations. But insurance is very important in the business of solos and small firms as it can greatly affect what happens after a catastrophic event. Every business owner can benefit from knowing how to custom create insurance plans for...

May 28, 2015
How to Overcome Law Firm Underperformance

Although Lawyers are under increasing pressure to be mobile, transparent, and organized, many are not billing sufficiently to live the lifestyle they want. Solo lawyers and law firms regularly lose money tracking time and expenses, billing, and organizing documents and calendars. Cloud-based practice management solutions are often suggested as a way for lawyers to increase...

May 16, 2015
Managing Law Firm Risk with Rules-Based Docketing

Court deadline rules can be incredibly complicated, particularly for civil litigators, and even the most meticulous lawyers and legal assistants can miss an important date. There are different rules when dealing with mailing deadlines or holidays and weekends. Additionally federal, state, and local courts all have individual rules, and even some federal courts are different...

February 18, 2015
Law Firm Leadership: Build Your A Team

When a law firm has the proper team of lawyers, paralegals, and associates, it can mean happy and productive employees, improvement in clients’ lives, and ultimately increased success. We have all heard of these “A Teams” of staff that work well together and are invested in the success and growth of the firm. However, as...

December 9, 2014
Law Firm Intake and Lead Conversion: Turn Prospects into Paying Clients

All lawyers should start focusing on intake and lead conversion, since it is the easiest and cheapest way to increase revenue. For the purpose of this podcast, lead conversion happens when prospective clients are turned into paying clients. Lead conversion is just a part of intake, the process or system that takes a potential client...

November 25, 2014
Lawyers, Turn Your Clients into Fanatics

Consumers and clients believe customer service has become increasingly bad, yet most businesses believe their customer service is above average. Lawyers are certainly not exempt from this. However, in the age of Twitter, Facebook, and smartphones, unhappy customers are able to share their bad experiences to hundreds, thousands, even millions of people in real-time. So...

October 1, 2014
Legal Marketing: Putting Your Clients First for a Valuable Practice

Most lawyers are technicians; they want to provide legal services but cringe at the necessary step of selling them. There is a negative connotation of sales and marketing in the legal field. Lawyers often feel like they are trying to convince a potential client to pay for something he or she does not really need....

September 17, 2014
Why Legal Marketing Cannot Be Left to the Marketers

Many lawyers believe they are not benefiting from the time and money spent on marketing their firm. Online marketing can seem complicated and time-consuming and most lawyers do not want to seem self-promoting so hiring marketers seems like the best option. However, the fact is that marketing a personal brand is both necessary and not...

July 23, 2014
6 Key Numbers Every Attorney Should Know

Many lawyers are hesitant to regularly look at their finances. In addition to the regular workload and marketing, maintaining a budget seems overwhelming and is often undervalued in time management. After all, when managing a business, there are so many different factors that can affect cash flow and finances: personnel issues, economy changes, client payment...

June 13, 2014
Applying Lean Startup Principles to a Law Firm

While identifying a client base, deciding on office space, and making countless other decisions, assumptions are made when developing a legal business plan that are, at best, educated guesses. Many startups have decided to follow in the path of previous companies only to find that their firm does not thrive in such a structured methodology....

May 16, 2014
Model Rules for the Modern Lawyer: Leveraging Technology to follow ABA Guidelines

As the rate of new technology increases, it becomes more difficult for lawyers to keep up with industry standards for protecting client data confidentiality. In addition to the rigors of day-to-day practice, attorneys are expected to be familiar with terms such as SSL 256, SaS 70, and SSAE 16. On this episode of the Un-Billable...

March 21, 2014
8 Things Killing Your Law Firm and How to Stop Them

Law firms are beginning to utilize Lean Six Sigma standards to improve service quality for their clients. This two-tiered approach is both paradigm and methodology aimed at increasing organizational efficiency and accuracy of work. It focuses attention and efforts toward changing those behaviors and systems that slow productivity and increase errors. On this episode of...

February 17, 2014
Attorneys and Billing: The Art of Getting Paid

Nearly every firm has clients who are difficult to collect from. Most lawyers are not trained to deal with that. On this episode of the Un-Billable Hour, host Chris Anderson interviews experts Loretta Ruppert and Jeff Krause. Together, they explore ways to effectively track and manage client billing. Loretta Ruppert is the current Senior Director...

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