Trends in Solo and Small Firm Hardware

ABA TECHREPORT 2013

With over 35 years of experience in business and commercial law, Richard Ferguson practices law in Edmonton, AB Canada at a small business law firm, Lynass, Ferguson & Shoctor. In September 2009 Richard was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. Richard is a past chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Law Practice Management and Technology Section. He remains very active in the CBA and is also a frequent presenter at legal technology conferences both in Canada and the USA.

This article focuses on information gleaned from the ABA’s 2013 Legal Technology Survey Report, particularly the Law Office Technology volume, regarding the use of office hardware technologies by solo practitioners and small law firms. In the 2013 Survey Report, a small law firm is defined as a firm with 2-9 attorneys. For those of us whose practice is of this size, we look to our peers for advice and guidance as to what kinds of hardware we should invest in (or abandon) and take comfort in seeing results that affirm some of our wiser choices.

Solos and small firms are different in their selection and use of certain technologies as compared to larger practice groups. This paper will discuss some of those differences and provide a useful overview of what the Legal Technology Survey Report addresses in terms of law office hardware used by solos and small firms (SSF).

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