Every Lawyer Knows the AMLAW Firms, First Post in the #AMLAWTweeple Series

Last week, I received this question from @VMaryAbraham, “@mjsq Melissa, can you tell me more about your #Amlaw Tweeple project?”

I decided this was a good topic for a series of blog posts.  I’m not sure if I could handle it in one blog post, let alone 140 characters.

Before I address the #AMLAWTweeple project – why I started it (post #3) and what I hope to take away from it (post #4) – I’d like to address why I decided to compile a list of #AMLAWTweeple (post below) in addition to my methodology for adding people to the list (post #2).

While I hope each post is readable on its own, my goal is to use the entire series to answer @VMaryAbraham‘s question. Continue reading

Web Development at Dorsey & Whitney

Ways to Contact Dorsey & Whitney on the Web:

(phone) by office (+1)

(e-mail) last name dot first name at dorsey dot com (+1) (this varies by professional so users should look up individuals on the website)

(home page) http://www.dorsey.com (+1)

How Dorsey Interacts On the Web:

(profiles)

LinkedIn (Group: LinkedIn alumni group for former Dorseyites) (+2)

- Facebook (Groups:  Dorsey & Whitney) (+1)

Jigsaw (+1)

Martindale (+1)

(blog)

Official blogs -

Quirky Employment Questions is a well-thought out blog that Dorsey publishes.   While it’s mostly maintained by Roy Ginsburg, employment attorneys from each of Dorsey’s West Coast offices chime in about once per month.  (+1)

Dorsey’s Consumer Products Law is a baby in blogging years.  Started in February 2009, the blog is maintained by Mark Kaster (Partner) and Nena Street (Associate).  (+1)

Twitter -

Dorsey is definitely pro-Twitter.  Nevertheless, the firm does not have too many accounts.

Here’s who we found:

Jan Rivers, the firm’s Competitive Intelligence Liasion, tweets @jriversmn. (+1)

Nena Street, one of the firm’s bloggers, tweets @NenaStreet.  (+1)

Nick Akerman, a true tech-evangelist (see: podcast section below), tweets @nickakerman. (+1)

Unfortunately it seems like the blog is enough because Quirky Employment Questions does not have a Twitter account.

Dorsey has also shown that it is Twitter-friendly through its recent hosting of Twitter Success in Seattle.  (+1)

(podcast)

Official podcasts – Nick Akerman publishes a podcast on iTunes about cyber crime.  (+1)

Official webinars – The firm hosts webinars, which are searchable on the firm’s website.  (+1)

How Dorsey Interacts With the Web:

(creation)

- Quirky Employment Questions and Consumer Products Law Blog are created using a CMS-platform that may be customized for the firm.  (+2)

(interpretation)

- Quirky Employment Questions and Consumer Products Law Blog do not use any other third-party analytics tool such as sitemeter or google analytics.  In addition, neither blog uses feedburner to track feed subscriptions.

The sites, most likely, use the analytics provided by the hosting server.  (+2)

(domain/hosting)

- It seems that Quirky Employment Questions and Consumer Products Law Blog are hosted on Dorsey’s server though both sites are published to vanity URLs.  (+2)

BigLaw Tech Score: 21 points

For an explanation of the BigLaw Tech Score, see this post.

Web Development at Dickstein Shapiro

Ways to Contact Dickstein Shapiro on the Web:

(phone) by office (+1)

(e-mail) last name first initial at dicksteinshapiro dot com (+1) (this varies by professional so users should look up individuals on the website)

(home page) http://www.dicksteinshapiro.com/ (+1)

How Dickstein Interacts On the Web:

(profiles)

- LinkedIn (+1)

- Facebook (Groups: Summer associates 2009 , Dickstein Shapiro Summer Associates 2008 , Dickstein Shapiro Summer Associates New York City 2009 )

Dickstein must let lawyers have profiles on social networking sites unlike some other firms we know! (+5)

- Jigsaw (+1)

- Martindale (+1)

(blog)

Official blogs – While we did not find any firm sponsored blogs, we did find Corporate Insurance Blog , which is maintained by Dickstein Shapiro Counsel Scott Godes .  (+1)

Twitter – Again, we failed to find a firm-wide Dickstein Shapiro Twitter account but we are now following Scott Goddes tweets .  (+1)

(podcast)

Official podcasts – n/a

Official webinars – n/a

The events are a little harder to search because there is no specific search for webinar or podcast but there is a general search on the events page.

How Dickstein Shapiro Interacts With the Web:

(creation)

- Corporate Insurance Blog is created using WordPress. (+1)

(interpretation)

- Corporate Insurance Blog tracks site visits through WordPress Stats .  The site also utilizes Quantcast to measure and analyze traffic.  This is a new tool for us so we’ll be sure to thank Scott later for the introduction.

The site does not use any other third-party analytics tool such as sitemeter or google analytics .  In addition, the blog does not use feedburner to track feed subscriptions.

(domain/hosting)

- Corporate Insurance Blog is hosted on WordPress.com though it is published on a vanity url. (+1)

BigLaw Tech Score: 17 points

For an explanation of the BigLaw Tech Score, see this post .

Web Development at DLA Piper

Ways to Contact DLA Piper on the Web:

(phone) by office (+1)

(e-mail)first name dot last name at dlapiper dot com  (+1) (this varies by professional so users should look up individuals on the website)

(home page) http://www.dlapiper.com (+1)

How DLA Piper Interacts On the Web:

(profiles)

- LinkedIn (+1)

- Facebook (Group) (+1)

- Jigsaw (+1)

- Martindale (+1)

(blog)

Official blogs – I went back and forth deciding whether DLA Piper Technology Leaders Summit Blog should count as an official firm blog, especially because it was last published over six months ago (October 2008).  I decided to give it to DLA Piper.  Why?  Well, the firm’s logo is proudly positioned on the blog and it’s a forward-thinking use of blogging technology.  Actually, for that, DLA Piper deserves an extra point.  (+2)

DLA Piper created this blog for its technology summit that occurred in October 2008 (further details).

Twitter – We found a DLA Piper Twitter account that has not been updated.  We’re not even sure if DLA Piper owns the account.  (+0)

[January 24, 2010 UPDATE:  Now there are many DLA Twitter accounts, e.g., this one, but they did not exist when we calculated DLA's score.  To see an ongoing list of DLA Piper's Twitter accounts, please refer to our Am Law Tweeple post.]

(podcast)

Official podcasts – DLA Piper does have a few podcasts available for download.  Most recently, this 2009 seminar is available for download here. (+2!!!)

We found these by searching Google for “DLA Piper podcasts.”  You could also search for “podcast” on DLA Piper’s website.

Official webinars – The firm does host webinars (e.g. this ediscovery webinar from April 2009 entitled, “Designing, Implementing, Maintaining and Releasing Litigation Holds” (whitepaper also available for download)). (+2!!!!)

These are found by searching for the word “webinar” in the event section of the firm’s website.  (They are sorta hard to find but I was so proud of the topics, I decided to give the firm 2 points!)

How DLA Interacts With the Web:

(creation)

- DLA Piper Technology Leaders Summit Blog is created using Google’s Blogger.  (+1)

- The mp3s offered are mostly recordings of webinars or events.  Therefore, they were mostly recorded by 3rd parties such as BrightTalk.  (+1)

(interpretation)

- DLA Piper Technology Leaders Summit Blog tracks visits with Google Analytics. However, the blog does not use feedburner to track feed subscriptions. (+1)

- BrightTalk offers presenters and channel owners an array of tracking and analytics services.  (+1)

(domain/hosting)

- DLA Piper Technology Leaders Summit Blog is hosted by Blogger and is redirected to the vanity url http://www.dlatechlaw.com/. (+1)

- The mp3s were hosted on a 3rd party system – mostly, BrightTalk. (+1)

BigLaw Tech Score: 19 points

For an explanation of the BigLaw Tech Score, see this post.

Web Development at Dewey & LeBoeuf

Ways to Contact Dewey & LeBoeuf on the Web:

(phone) by office (+1)

(e-mail) First initial last name at dl dot com (+1) (this varies by professional so users should look up individuals on the website)

(home page) http://www.dl.com (+1)

How Dewey & LeBoeuf Interacts On the Web:

(profiles)

- LinkedIn (+1) (Group for Dewey Ballantine alumni (+1))

- Facebook (+1) (Summer Associates 2009 (+1), Dewey & LeBoeuf – New York (+1))

- Jigsaw (+1)

- Martindale (+1)

(blog)

Official blogs – n/a

Unofficial blogs – The 10b-5 Daily is a securities class action litigation blog published by Dewey & LeBoeuf Partner Lyle Roberts. (+.5)

The blog mentions Dewey & LeBoeuf when describing Lyle Roberts’s affiliation with the firm . However, the blog’s disclaimer, in the lower right hand corner:

This web log is for informational purposes only. In other words, it does not constitute legal advice and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. Online readers should not act upon any information presented on this web log without seeking professional legal counsel. Finally, the posts on this web log represent the personal views of Lyle Roberts, not the views of his law firm or clients.

The author apologizes for any factual errors in this web log. Although he will act quickly to correct errors pointed out to him, he declines to take responsibility for the mischief that may result in the interim.

Twitter – There is an inactive Twitter account that may or may not be for the firm.  (+.5)

(podcast)

Official podcasts – n/a

Official webinars – The firm does host webinars (e.g. this past webinar in 2007 ). These are found (not easily) by searching the firm’s website. (+.5)

How Dewey & LeBoeuf Interacts With the Web:

(creation)

- n/a

- Note: For further information on the 10b-5 Daily, please see Lyle’s comprehensive FAQs .  I’ve decided not to include them here due to the disclaimer on the site.

(interpretation)

- n/a

(domain/hosting)

- n/a

BigLaw Tech Score: 11.5 points

For an explanation of the BigLaw Tech Score, see this post.


Web Development at Dechert LLP

Ways to Contact Dechert LLP on the Web:

(phone) by office (+1)

(e-mail) first name dot last name at dechert dot com (+1) (this varies by professional so users should look up individuals on the website)

(home page) http://www.dechert.com (+1)

How Dechert Interacts On the Web:

(profiles)

- LinkedIn (+1)

- Facebook

- Dechert Trainees (+1)

- Dechert Philadelphia Summer Associates ’07 (+1)

- Dechert LLP London Future Trainees (+1)

- Dechert LLP Staff (+1)

- Jigsaw (+1)

- Martindale (+1)

(blog)

Official blogs – We could not find any official Dechert blogs or Twitter accounts.

Nevertheless, Jim Beck, Counsel in Dechert’s Appellate Practice, Mass Torts and Product Liability Litigation group, co-authors an unofficial blog entitled "Drug and Device Law" with colleague Mark Herrmann, a partner in a similar practice group at Jones Day. In addition, Jim and Mark maintain a Twitter account that complements their blog. (+0.5 – for Jim and Mark’s efforts)

Jim’s bio on Dechert’s site speaks favorably about Jim and Mark’s efforts and successes with the blog¹, however, the Drug and Device Law’s disclaimer page is explicit that the blog only represents the personal views of the authors and not of their respective firms.

(podcast)

Official podcasts – n/a

Official webinars – We could not find any webinars hosted or sponsored by Dechert.

How Dechert Interacts With the Web:

(creation)

-  Though it’s not an official Dechert blog, Drug and Device Law is created with BlogSpot, Google’s free blogging service. (+0.5 – for Jim and Mark’s efforts)

(interpretation)

- Drug and Device Law may track site visits through the Blogspot’s stat programs.  It also uses external sources such as google analytics. In addition, the blog does use feedburner to track feed subscriptions.  (+0.5 – for Jim and Mark’s efforts)

(domain/hosting)

- Drug and Device Law uses Blogspot as its domain and for its hosting.  Its url makes no mention of Dechert or Jones Day.  (+0.5 – for Jim and Mark’s efforts)

BigLaw Tech Score: 12 points

¹"Since late 2006, Mr. Beck has been the co-host of The Drug and Device Law Blog [http://druganddevicelaw.blogspot.com], now ranked as the most widely-read product liability blog on the Internet by Justia Blawg Search. This blog concentrates on legal issues encountered in the defense of prescription drug and medical device product liability litigation, especially preemption. At the May 2007 annual DRI conference on drug and medical device defense, Sheldon Bradshaw, chief counsel of the FDA, cited Mr. Beck’s blog as an "excellent" source for information regarding preemption. In January 2008, the blog successfully recieved (sic.) its 100,000 pageview (sic.) ."

For an explanation of the BigLaw Tech Score, see this post.

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Web Development at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Ways to Contact Debevoise & Plimpton LLP on the Web:

(phone) by office (+1)

(e-mail) first initial  last name at debevoise dot com (+1) (this varies by professional so users should look up individuals on the website)

(home page) http://www.debevoise.com (+1)

How Debevoise Interacts On the Web:

(profiles)

- LinkedIn (+1)

- Facebook

- Debevoise & Plimpton (+1)

- Debevoise Summer ’07 (+1)

- Debevoise & Plimpton Summer 2008 (+1)

- Jigsaw (+1)

- Martindale (+1)

(blog)

Official blogs – While we did not find an official Debevoise Twitter account or any official firm blogs, we do know that Debevoise is aware of both tweeting and blogging.

Based on the firm’s Client Update sent out April 15, 2009 (PDF), the firm is taking a proactive step to counsel clients on how to use new technologies responsibly.  Namely, the firm’s update addressed how social media outlets like Twitter and Blogging may affect a company’s disclosure policies.  (+.5)

(In my opinion, if Debevoise truly wants to pose as a social media expert, aware of the risks and benefits, it should perhaps partake in "the use of emerging Internet enabled communications channels as part of their (client) relations strategies.")

(podcast)

Official podcasts – We found one Debevoise partner who participated in a podcast hosted by LexisNexis but no official firm-sponsored podcasts or webinars.

Official webinars – n/a

How Debevoise Interacts With the Web:

(creation)

- n/a

(interpretation)

- n/a

(domain/hosting)

- n/a

BigLaw Tech Score: 9.5 points

For an explanation of the BigLaw Tech Score, see this post.

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Web Development at Davis Polk & Wardwell

Ways to Contact Davis Polk & Wardwell on the Web:

(phone) by office (+1)

(e-mail) first name  dot last name at dpw dot com (+1) (this varies by professional so users should look up individuals on the website)

(home page) http://www.dpw.com (+1)

How Davis Polk Interacts On the Web:

(profiles)

- LinkedIn (+1) (Group for Davis Polk alumni (+1))

- Facebook

- Jigsaw (+1)

- Martindale (+1)

(blog)

Official blogs – n/a

(podcast)

Official podcasts – n/a

Official webinars – n/a

How Davis Polk Interacts With the Web:

(creation)

- n/a

(interpretation)

- n/a

(domain/hosting)

- n/a

BigLaw Tech Score: 11 points

* But we’re keeping an eye on you, Davis Polk, because we know a lot of those points are from un/official Facebook pages.

For an explanation of the BigLaw Tech Score, see this post.

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Web Development at Crowell & Moring LLP

Ways to Contact Crowell & Moring on the Web:

(phone) by office (+1)

(e-mail) firstinitial lastname at crowell dot com (+1) (this varies by professional so users should look up individuals on the website)

(home page) http://www.crowell.com (+1)

How Crowell Interacts On the Web:

(profiles)

- LinkedIn (+1) (Group for Crowell attorneys (+1))

- Facebook

Plus, Crowell deserves an extra two points (+2) for implementing social media

- Jigsaw (+1)

- Martindale (+1)

(blog)

Official blogs – n/a

While we could not find any blogs maintained officially by Crowell & Moring, it is interesting to note that the firm has feeds for each of its newsletters, press releases, and practice areas.  The ease of blogging is not there.  Items are not kept in a chronological order.  However, it is a tech-savvy way to deliver content to its audience.  For this, Crowell deserves another two points (+2).

(podcast)

Official podcasts – n/a

Official webinars – The firm does host webinars (e.g. this one). These are found by searching the event section of the firm’s website. (+1)

The events are a little harder to search because there is no specific search for webinar but there is a general search on the events page.

How Crowell Interacts With the Web:

(creation)

- Again, the firm does not have any official blogs but instead creates a feed for each of its content pages.  Most likely, Crowell creates these feeds – and its website – with a CMS (commercial or open source) (+1)

(interpretation)

- Crowell’s content pages may track site visits through the firm’s server but they do not use external sources such as sitemeter or google analytics. In addition, the feeds do not use feedburner to track feed subscriptions. (+1)

(domain/hosting)

It seems that all content is hosted by and maintained on Crowell’s domain. (+1)

BigLaw Tech Score: 18 points

For an explanation of the BigLaw Tech Score, see this post.

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Web Development at Cravath Swaine and Moore

Ways to Contact Cravath Swaine & Moore on the Web:

(phone) by office (+1)

(e-mail) firstinitial lastname at cravath dot com (+1) (this varies by professional so users should look up individuals on the website)

(home page) http://www.cravath.com (+1)

How Cravath Interacts On the Web:

(profiles)

- LinkedIn (+1)

- Facebook

- Jigsaw (+1)

- Martindale (+1)

(blog)

Official blogs – n/a

(podcast)

Official podcasts – n/a

Official webinars – n/a

How Cravath Interacts With the Web:

(creation)

- n/a

(interpretation)

- n/a

(domain/hosting)

- n/a

BigLaw Tech Score: 6 points

Note:  We considered taking off two (2) or three (3) points due to Cravath’s non-user friendly website.  In fact, we highly recommend for everyone in Cravath’s IT department or on the firm’s marketing team really needs to read this.

However, we decided to be lenient due to all of the bad press Cravath and it’s “sinking system” is receiving.  Plus, a BigLaw Tech score of 6 points is bad enough.

For an explanation of the BigLaw Tech Score, see this post.

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