Branding: Should Lawyers Always Wear A Suit to the Office?

April 22, 2012

"Marty, I always wear a suit to the office."

The year was 2008. I had just taken a job working for a guy James in suburban Pennsylvania. It was my first lawyer job. Before that, I had clerked for AnapolSchwartz, a firm regarded by many (including me) to be one of the best personal injury law firms in the country.

Now here I was working for a small neighborhood firm in suburban Philadelphia.

At first, every day I showed up dressed to the nines – a fresh suit, a tie, and a pressed white dress shirt. I was a big time Philly city lawyer who was going to show them how it was done. I was surprised to find that James wasn’t impressed. James never wore a suit to the office. For him, it was always khakis, a polo, or a button up shirt. No tie.

James once quipped after a video deposition: “One of these days I’m going to make a sleeve that looks like a suit and wear it to a video deposition. This way it looks like I’m wearing a suit on the video when I hand the witness documents.”

One day I dropped by his office and asked him about why he never wore a suit:

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The Fishtown Lawyers Have a New Logo: Some Love for Beth Blinebury Design (Just Don’t Tell Scott Greenfield)

April 20, 2012

Is Scott Greenfield around? No? Are you sure?

Alright, just so we’re clear, you’re ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE that Greenfield’s not around, right…?

[looks around] Okay, no Greenfield… so I guess I’m cool to tell you this…

The Fishtown Lawyers have a new, updated logo. I’m unveiling such an important event here on Philly Law Blog:

It's got a trolley and some stars... holla!

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The Top 10 Low Tech, Old School Tools For a Physical Law Office

April 19, 2012

I'm just a caveman. New technology frightens and confuses me.

There has been a lot of talk about high tech tools to run your law office. Technology stuff is pretty cool, and I like to think our office has some pretty neat gadgets that make our lives easier. Maybe one day I’ll do a piece about it, but bloggers like Carolyn Elefant and Stephanie Kimbro already have, and they’ve done a good job.

Just this week, Carolyn Elefant wrote a nice piece about how technology is letting lawyers provide better, more cost effective service to clients. And believe it or not, Rachel Rodgers actually wrote something that wasn’t a piece of garbage describing technology she uses for her virtual office. (Yes, I said something nice about Rachel Rodgers. But don’t worry, more on her later).

Personally, I couldn’t live without my ScanSnap 1500, my Dymo TwinTurbo label writer, Google Apps, or Endicia.

While I’m not opposed to virtual offices, they’re just not my style. I like waking up every morning, putting on a suit, and meeting with clients privately in my office. Seeing clients regularly in my living room (which is two blocks from my office) or at the local coffee shop (also two blocks from my office) just isn’t for me.

But in addition to the high tech stuff that makes our office physically run, there is also a bunch of low tech stuff. So let’s talk tech, but not high tech. No, let’s talk low tech… old school.

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Your Lawyer On Baseball

April 11, 2012

This is your lawyer:

This is your lawyer on BASEBALL.


This is the York & Jasper Slumlords’ Contact Information.

April 11, 2012

This is the York & Jasper Slumlords’ Contact Information.

Have at you.

Hidden City Philadelphia – In The Fire’s Aftermath, Fear And Uncertainty Lingers

April 11, 2012

Courtesy Hidden City Philadelphia - by Peter Woodall

In The Fire’s Aftermath, Fear And Uncertainty Lingers

To think, Hidden City did an article about the danger of Buck Hosiery only 10 days ago.

Philadelphia’s News Outlets are Hearing Us!

April 11, 2012

Leo Mulvihill, a lawyer who lives in the area, said that neighbors saw vagrants breaking in, and that the building was being used as a drug den and an illegal chop shop …

‘We are a system of laws. . . . Each time you have a violation, you have to be given an opportunity to respond,’ Gillison said. ‘That’s just the way it is here in America. The bottom line is that it’s incumbent on the owner to respond.’

The city can seal properties without an owner’s permission, but the city places a premium on working with owners and trying to get them to take responsibility.

‘I understand that L&I has policies. I understand that there is due process afforded to the owner,’ Mulvihill said. ‘The important point is it shouldn’t have deteriorated to the point it did before the city did anything about it.’

After deadly fire, debate over who was responsible for building’s condition (Philadelphia Inquirer).

I wasn’t kidding when I said that yesterday’s post wouldn’t be our first. Check back as we figure out what else we can do to fight slumlords and get the city to act so this doesn’t happen again.