Technology

Hiring law firm in wake of data breach gives companies the secrecy of privilege

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Many law firms are getting into the cybersecurity game

BY JULIE BECK

April 4, 2013

When data breaches hit, some companies are turning to law firms for help.

Typically when facing down a hacker, a company would retain a forensic investigator, the Wall Street Journal reports. But companies who go with law firms instead get the advantage of secrecy in the form of attorney-client privilege.

For a company that suffers a data breach, the breach itself is only the beginning of its problems. Litigation often follows on the heels of a breach, as well as drawing the attention of regulatory authorities. For example, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. in October suffered a breach in which a hacker stole the personal data of about 1 million people, which resulted in a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and other regulatory investigations as well as lawsuits seeking class-action status.

via Hiring law firm in wake of data breach gives companies the secrecy of privilege.

MyCase, Inc. Improves Attorney-Client Communications With First Law Practice Management Mobile App To Include Portal For Legal Clientele

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April 02, 2013

Today, web-based law practice management software company MyCase, Inc. announces their new mobile application that extends into the legal client space. Until now, no other legal practice management software has created a mobile app with a separate portal directed toward lawyers’ clients.

There are 1.3 million licensed attorneys in the United States, 89% of those attorneys reported using a smartphone for law-related tasks while away from their primary workplace. In a recent survey conducted by MyCase to law practice management software users, they asked, “What do lawyers need when on-the-go?” Over 30% of responders said client communications and messaging were their top priority.

via MyCase, Inc. Improves Attorney-Client Communications With First Law Practice Management Mobile App To Include Portal For Legal Clientele – Press Release – Digital Journal.

Law firm in technology power play | Business Weekly | Technology | Biotechnology | Business news | Cambridge and the East of England

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By Kate Sweeney

Far-sighted Cambridge law firm Taylor Vinters has significantly strengthened its UK and international technology team with two key hires from rival practices.

The firm has snapped up high-profile technology partners from two leading international law firms. Rhys Williams joins from Bird & Bird and Charles Fletcher from Taylor Wessing.

Taylor Vinters CEO Matt Meyer is steering a ‘no retreat, no surrender’ push for global growth for the Cambridge practice and believes the double swoop helps to accelerate that ambitious strategy.

via Law firm in technology power play | Business Weekly | Technology | Biotechnology | Business news | Cambridge and the East of England.

Data Security for Lawyers Traveling to China

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Data Security for Lawyers Traveling to China

By Alan Cohen

The American Lawyer January 31, 2013

For Western lawyers working in China, doing business can require a curious combination of legal skills and 007-like stealth. Leave your laptop in your hotel room? Expect it to be searched. Call up a website to check the weather? You might load code that pulls data off your hard disk. Does your PC weigh more than it did when you left the States? That could be a homing device, implanted on the sly and now transmitting information about the merger your client is planning. It might sound like stuff from a James Bond movie. But the threats are real, say law firm technology chiefs—and worrisome.

via Data Security for Lawyers Traveling to China.

Legal Management – Fighting the Forces of Nature

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A crisis management plan to keep your firm running: best practices and new technology considerations

BY ERIN BRERETON

When a storm or other natural disaster strikes, your firm may not be able to shut down for weeks. In fact, due to upcoming court dates or other client needs, you may need to get operations up and running almost immediately — even if your office is without power, cell service is down and key staff members can’t return to their homes.

“The first thing clients typically ask you is, ‘How is everything? How are your employees?” said Ernest DelBuono, Senior Vice President and Crisis Practice Chair at communications and consulting firm LEVICK and a former Coast Guard commander. “If you’re dry and have power, the expectation is that you’re going to be able to answer their questions and keep on working.” Particularly in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, law firms now more than ever need to be prepared for when disaster strikes. The key is having a plan in place that protects property and data — and outlines how your firm will handle operations after a disaster.

via Legal Management – Fighting the Forces of Nature.

Legal Profession Blog: E-Filing Confidentiality Breach Draws Reprimand

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January 30, 2013

E-Filing Confidentiality Breach Draws Reprimand

An Illinois Hearing Board has reprimanded an attorney who disclosed confidential information in a court filing:

In 2010, Respondent, an associate attorney at the law firm of Greene and Letts in Chicago, Illinois, was the attorney responsible for all cases stemming from a contract the law firm had with the United States Department of Justice to represent the United States in debt collection cases involving student loans.

via Legal Profession Blog: E-Filing Confidentiality Breach Draws Reprimand.

The Fine Art of Practicing Law on a Mac | Law Practice Management Section

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The Fine Art of Practicing Law on a Mac

Volume 38 Number 2

By Ben Stevens and Randall A. Juip

The Mac Difference: At Your Office

Setting up a PC-based law office network, with file sharing, permissions and shared printing is not an exercise for the faint of heart, and it often requires costly consultants (and your valuable time). The same set-up using Macs is often as easy as plug-and-play. Not only are Macs easier to set up and network than PCs, but the ongoing maintenance costs may be much less.

via The Fine Art of Practicing Law on a Mac | Law Practice Management Section.