Don’t be that Luddite Lawyer

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the word Luddite describes “one of a group of early 19th century English workmen destroying laborsaving machinery as a protest [for fear of losing their jobs]; broadly: one who is opposed to especially techno­logical change.” Being an out of the closet technophile, I frequently en­counter self-described “luddite law­yers” who brag about their lack of … Read More

Toys for the Hytech Lawyer—Your Personal Drone- Really! (Video)

For my 51st birthday, my wife and kids gave me a “hytech toy” that I now highly recommend tothose of  my tech savvy colleagues with some kid still left in them.  The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition is an iPhone/iPad controlled quad-copter that is incredibly easy (and fun!) to fly and transmits HD video/photographs to your iPhone/iPad via Wi-Fi (the drone … Read More

The Hytech Lawyer Mourns the Loss of Steve Morrison

Steve Morrison was my teacher, mentor, law partner and friend.  Steve died yesterday morning at only 64 years of age.  It’s been less than 24 hours since we learned the news, but my law firm, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, already misses him terribly.  You see, Steve Morrison was never ordinary- no ordinary lawyer, no ordinary person, no ordinary partner, … Read More

Cloud Computing Basics for Lawyers (Niki Black Interview)

I recently had the privilege to interview one of the pioneers of the legal blogosphere, Niki Black.  Niki is Director of Business Development at MyCase, a cloud based law practice managment system.  She is combination cloud computing guru and legal technology cheerleader.  In this recorded slide show, Niki gives a basic overview of “the cloud” including ethics issues, security precautions, and advantages for lawyers. … Read More

Presenting Witnesses at Trial or Hearing using Skype, Facetime, iPad, etc.

  In the relentless drive to reduce litigation costs, it is becoming more and more common for witnesses to testify at trials and hearings via two-way video/audio feed as opposed to travelling long distances to testify in person.  At the same time, the technical challenges and costs of live video feeds have fallen drastically– to the point that they are hardly a consideration.   I have … Read More

IN CASE OF DATA BREACH EMERGENCY: STEP 1- BREAK GLASS AND HIRE BREACH LAWYERS TO PRESERVE PRIVILEGE

Okay, the breaking glass part is for dramatic effect and is optional.  However, once the specter  of a data breach rears its ugly head, your company should  immediately retain breach counsel before it hires cyber security and forensics firms to access the scope of the breach.  Why?  Because if the law firm truly directs and manages the internal investigation and … Read More

In-flight Wi-Fi- Gogo is a No No for Sensitive Info

In my practice, I frequently fly back and forth between the East and West coasts of the United States.   Consequently, I do a lot of work on planes and was delighted when several years ago my favorite carrier Delta introduced the Gogo Internet service on cross-country flights.  However, because my practice includes cyber security and data breach mitigation, I did … Read More

AMAZING TECH ADVANCES WILL CHANGE THE PRACTICE OF LAW FOREVER– FOR THE BETTER?

In this five minute video, I share my wonder at the rapid advances in computer processing and memory capability and ponder on what it will mean for the practice of law in the next ten years as artificial intelligence and true legal expert systems become a reality. The concept of artificial intelligence (“AI”) and the potential impact on the human … Read More

The Hytech Lawyer’s Tips and Tricks for Smooth Sailing on Your iPad, Part 1

Every year or so since the iPad’s introduction, we have run a “tips and tricks” article.  It’s that time again.  This is part one of a planned three part series – starting with the basics. How to Keep Your iPad Up-to-Date and Running Smooth     iPad updates are used to fix bugs in the software, add functions and make improvements.  … Read More

Hytech Lawyer Recommended Professional Desktop Microphone for use with Dragon Naturally Speaking 12 (Video Demo)

I have used Dragon Dictation in my legal practice for over 10 years.  Dragon converts dictation to type in real time.  Year by year the program has been improved by its developer Nuance to the point that its accuracy is in the high 90% range–if used properly.  Nuance is no casual player in the voice recognition field, and its software powers many … Read More