Websites for Renegades; a conversation with David Schiffer

In the third episode of the Legal Marketing Studio’s four part mini-series on web design for law firms, David Schiffer of DLS Design describes his process for working with attorneys breaking away from large firms to form their own boutique firms. While we touch on his work with larger firms also, the conversation is focused on the unique needs of smaller firms in their launch phase.

As David mentions in the podcast, we’ve worked together. The most recent collaboration was for Smith Villazor, a boutique firm focused on white collar investigations and trials, regulatory enforcement matters, and high-stakes civil cases. David brought me in to shoot the attorney photographs; the cityscapes are stock images that David’s team customized with a unique color treatment. This site nicely illustrates much of our conversation.

Recorded January 5, 2017 @ the offices of DLS Design in New York City.

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The Case for Beautiful Design in Law Firm Websites; a conversation with Janet Odgis

This conversation with Janet Odgis is the first of a four part mini-series on web design for law firms. Janet and I discuss the business case for beautiful design and the design process at her agency Odgis + Co. Janet’s cross industry experience gives her an expansive perspective on how to effectively communicate a firm’s story through its website. She sees a websites functionality inextricably linked to its form: good design leads to effective functionality.

Recorded January 10, 2017 @ the offices of Odgis + Co. in New York City.

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Using Print; Balancing Marketing, Business Development and Business Process Improvement: a Conversation with Mark Messing

Mark Messing, the CMO of Duane Morris, kindly joined me on the Legal Marketing Studio’s last episode of 2016. What was originally intended to be a conversation focused on the way Duane Morris uses print publications within (and throughout) its marketing ended up covering quite a bit more ground. Mark generously shared his thoughts on the relationships between marketing, business development and business process; forging strong client relationships; building engaging pitch teams (and the need for them to rehearse!); the perception gap between a given marketing tool’s aesthetic value vs functional value; and where Mark sees the legal industry and legal marketing moving over the next few years. All in all, lots of really interesting insights in this fascinating podcast.

The print publications discussed in the episode can be seen on the firm’s website here.

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Recorded October 11, 2016 @ the offices of Duane Morris in Philadelphia.

Giving Clients the Data They Need to Make Business Decisions: a conversation with Duane Morris’s Michael Zullo

A constant theme in conversations with attorneys on the Legal Marketing Studio is the increasing need to be seen by clients as a partner who adds value to a client’s business. In this episode, Michael Zullo, a partner in Duane Morris’s Trial Practice Group, discusses the firm’s Dispute Navigation Analytics (DNA) tool. Our conversation centers on the added value the tool presents to Duane Morris’s clients, particularly in terms of the clarity it offers in their decision making process, while touching also on the marketing value it presents to the firm.

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Recorded October 11, 2016 @ the offices of Duane Morris in Philadelphia.