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Attn: Ernie Svenson
6071 Laurel St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
Want to hire Ernie Svenson to speak at your event?
Call him: 504-613-4253 (main) | 504-202-0688 (cell)
Email him: email@example.com
Rates: negotiable, but typically includes a speaker fee, plus travel and lodging expenses.
You can access Ernie’s Speaker Press Kit at this link.
What are Ernie’s areas of expertise?
Ernest Svenson, AKA Ernie the Attorney, is a founder of Paperless Chase, and a practicing commercial litigator with over 26 years of experience and counting. He’s a regular speaker at state bar association events and industry conferences, including the ABA TechShow. He has written two ABA-published books: Acrobat in One Hour for Lawyers, and Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers. He’s received wide acclaim for his Ernie the Attorney, and PDF for Lawyers blogs, and been the recipient of numerous awards for innovation in the legal profession, including being selected as a FastCase 50 honoree.
He’s been invited to speak around the country on tech topics like PDF software, social media, cloud computing, iPads & iPhones and–of course–paperless lawyering. And wherever he speaks, fellow lawyers enjoy what he has to say.
Ernie doesn’t just speak about being paperless, although that’s his main passion. He’s been hired to speak on a range of topics.
Here are some of the topics that Ernie often speaks about:
Little Big Firm – 1 hour keynote, which has been given at several Bar Association events for solo and small firm lawyers. Ernie draws on his experience of having practiced in a large firm for 20 years, and then shifting to a solo practice, to explain how technology can help solo and small firm lawyers work smarter, faster, better, and (of course) less-expensively than their large firm counterparts.
Litigation Technology – 1 hr keynote presentation. Ernie explains how using digital information management software can help trial lawyers and their staff find critical facts faster, and more reliably. Also discussed: how to create compelling visuals to help fact-finders stay engaged, and remember key points better.
Information Processing for Lawyers – 1 hr keynote. How can lawyers gather and organize information better? First, they need to take advantage of the Internet, and digital software that helps gather and organize information. As someone who has started 4 separate blogs, Ernie knows as much as anyone about how to efficiently gather information on the web. In this talk he shares his best secrets on how to do that in the realm of law practice.
Visual Persuasion – 1 hr presentation. Why visual imagery and design help us understand and remember, and how lawyers can learn to use design principles to craft clearer, more compelling presentations. Juries expect crisp visuals now, so lawyers need to develop this skill and then continue to hone it. If you’ve ever seen one of Ernie speak live you can appreciate his keen grasp of how to create a visually stunning presentation.
iPads for Lawyers – 1 – 3 hr presentation. Most lawyers don’t want to be stuck in their offices if they can avoid it. Being a mobile lawyer is the answer. And to be mobile you need to have the right tools. An iPad is a perfect tool. You can store case law, statutes (the entire US Code, for example), pleadings, depositions, and more on an iPad. The trick is knowing how to get files onto the iPad and then being able to work with them. Ernie is an expert at this, and can teach you to be an expert too.
Use PDFs Effectively – 1 hr presentation. How adept are you at using PDFs? When someone sends you a PDF with a misrotated page do you instantly know how to rotate it? Can you navigate through a PDF as quickly as you can a stack of paper? You don’t need fancy software. The free Adobe Reader program is a great tool if you know how to use it. Ernie will show you how to use Reader to quickly navigate PDFs, find key phrases in a single PDF or a group of PDFs, tag key passages, and more.
Email Productivity Tips – 1 hr presentation (Ethics/Professionalism). Overwhelmed by email? Worried you’ll miss an important message? Ernie will give you practical tips on how to manage email more effectively, with less hassle and stress. A lot of lawyers wince at the thought of learning about email. But those same lawyers are stressed out trying to manage their email more efficiently. This topic is probably the most important one the typical busy lawyer.
Cloud Lawyering: Ethically – 1 hr presentation. What is cloud computing? Beyond its (unfortunate) nebulous name, this single concept will help you run your law practice better than any other thing out there. Remember the days of having to buy Microsoft Word for every single computer in the office? With cloud computing, those days are GONE. Cloud computing can save you time, and stress. And once you can access everything from any laptop, iPad and/or iPhone in Italy? It’ll make those vacations much more welcoming, too.
Your Online Reputation: Practice & Ethics – 1 hr presentation. What will potential clients find out about you online? Is it good? True? Sure, having a blog can help (Ernie has written an ABA published book on blogs, so he knows). But having a blog isn’t necessary. First, you should know how to improve your online reputation on sites run by Google, LinkedIn, Avvo, and so on. Ernie shows you exactly how to do that, in the simplest way possible.
Your Digital Fingerprint: It Never Goes Away – 1 hr presentation. What happens online stays online. Forever. Even if it didn’t happen online, it can wind up there. So what can you do about this? Drawing on his 1o+ years of blogging and vast social media experience, Ernie offers sensible, real-world advice. Some of it is not what you want to hear, but all of it is what you need to hear. And even if you don’t think you want to hear it, you’ll enjoy Ernie’s way of presenting this topic.
Paperless Lawyering: How to Transition Smoothly – 1 or 2 hrs. Ernie started scanning documents in 2000, and found that having digital information is much more efficient than pushing paper. He has taught hundreds of lawyers to make the transition to a paperless practice, and it’s still his main mission in life. If you want to start making the shift, click here to get immediate access to his free step-by-step email training. Or just hire Ernie to teach you in person. (He’s pretty passionate about it when he gives the live presentation).
Virtual Assistants: Practical tips on hiring part-timers, freelancers & specialists – 1 hr presentation. Solo & small firm lawyers can get top quality help on an as-needed basis for many tasks that are now necessary in a modern business office. Need a part-time assistant to help with calendaring, billing or calling clients to remind them of appointments? Need help setting up a Website, getting a domain name and setting it up? Need a graphic designer for letterhead or business cards? Services like Elance.com or oDesk are just the tip of the iceberg. Ernie has used those services, along with Zirtual.com and Ruby Receptionists to get more work done, and appear more professional to potential clients. You can too.
Ernie not only explains technology in ways that lawyers understand and appreciate, he’s enjoyable to work with (and doesn’t waste time with silly ego-trips).
So, if you want to hire Ernie to speak at your event just shoot him an email, or give him a call (504-202-0688). His speaking calendar fills up quickly, and he accepts only a limited number of out-of-town engagements, so it’s best to get in touch with him well before the date of your event.