At the “Last Chance Legal Conference,” Steve will cover how to build a thriving law practice and get better results for your clients
Today I’ll be presenting at the Louisiana Association for Justice Last Chance CLE Conference in New Orleans. The presentation is for other injury attorneys, especially those who litigate car and truck crash cases.
My presentation is called, “Building the 21st Century Personal Injury Law Firm: Restructuring Your Law Practice to Succeed.”
It’s important to keep in mind that these tips and tactics are different than shortcuts and magic tricks. There’s absolutely no shortcut to all of the hard work and energy that goes into protecting your clients when you are doing things the right way. But there are strategies that attorneys can use to get higher settlements for your injured clients and that will lead to a thriving law practice.
In my presentation, I will cover how personal injury lawyers can deal with new challenges and technology that befuddle many lawyers, such as the giant computer claims software programs like Colossus that are commonly used by the insurance industry adjusters to evaluate auto injury lawsuits. I will also discuss how these claims software programs have led to a corresponding decrease in settlement values in an age where claims adjusters have no settlement authority other than what the computer program tells them. This is incredibly exasperating for attorneys who have been practicing for decades but don’t understand why their old settlement demand letters no longer work.
In addition, I will cover new challenges for lawyers, such as tort “reform,” the politicization of the judiciary and how it has lost the lion share its independence in our age of Citizens United. Given these challenges, many of which are out of our control, I will explain how specializing in niche areas of personal injury law can be one of the most important decisions for attorneys in the Internet age.