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Will artificial intelligence replace you in 2045?

Jim Grandone Oct. 17, 2017, 7:02am

Artificial intelligence (AI) in law practice is both controversial and inevitable. Will it make routine work easier or more complicated?

Get noticed by getting your news out

Jim Grandone May 30, 2017, 8:07am

The days of spending time writing a press release, getting it approved, mailing it to the newspaper and television and waiting a couple of days, hoping for the best are long gone. News now is instantaneous. It is a 24/7 beast that must be fed. If it happened last month, it isn’t news any longer. It’s history.

Business development: Planning for competition in the new year

Jim Grandone Dec. 16, 2016, 7:27am

What is your business plan for 2017? How do you plan to attract or push new clients to your firm? If you are like many firms, you have no formal plan. You rely on referrals and word-of-mouth recommendations because, after all, you’re good at what you do. Right?

Landmark study: Addiction, mental health among attorneys

Jim Grandone Apr. 26, 2016, 12:48pm

A landmark study of 15,000 attorneys in 19 U.S. states found that one in three practitioners are problem drinkers. The study found that attorneys with less than 10 years in practice exhibit the highest incidence of problem drinking, depression and anxiety. It is the first nationwide effort to gather data about the legal profession.

Social media becomes critical for law firms’ business growth

Jim Grandone Sep. 25, 2015, 4:48pm

Clearly social media and the internet have changed the way many people communicate and get information. Technology, such as social media, continues to specialize as it is adopted by more practitioners, and will soon become integral to our lives.

Law firms need business development help

Jim Grandone Aug. 25, 2015, 7:32am

The practice of law in the service of the people is an honorable profession that comes with a great deal of responsibility.

Business development and marketing hot this year

Jim Grandone Jun. 5, 2015, 10:36am


Everybody knows your name but they may not know what you do

Jim Grandone May 13, 2015, 12:06pm


Media training helps focus your message

Jim Grandone Feb. 11, 2015, 6:41am


Clutter and its Effect on You and Your Practice

Jim Grandone Jan. 6, 2014, 9:23am


Madison and St. Clair Counties Drop in Judicial Hellhole Designation: Why are they even listed?

Jim Grandone Dec. 17, 2013, 11:22am


Rewarding referral sources as part of a good business development strategy

Jim Grandone Apr. 11, 2013, 8:52am


Networking for Lawyers: No Fear

Jim Grandone Nov. 9, 2012, 2:31pm


So you want to be considered an expert in your field of practice?

Jim Grandone Oct. 7, 2012, 2:00am

Grandone Do you have years of law experience? Do you have an in-depth knowledge of the law you practice? Have you had many trials to hone your skills? Did you graduate with honors? What about your clients? Are they satisfied enough to recommend you?

The Marketing Mix for Lawyers

Jim Grandone Jul. 9, 2012, 10:52am

Grandone In the interest of transparency, I am a public relations professional who has practiced for more than 20 years and have a bias toward PR as a superior marketing tool. Having said that, I want to opine about the confusion about the most effective marketing tools for lawyers and the reasons I think some work and others may not be the best choice.

Pro Bono or Pro Community? Why not both?

Jim Grandone May 18, 2012, 6:34am

Grandone One of the most rewarding experiences I've had was when I was president of my professional association, the International Association of Business Communicators – St. Louis Chapter.

Interviews are opportunities: What you can say to a reporter about a case

Jim Grandone Apr. 27, 2012, 8:41am

Grandone A lawyer I worked with summed up the love/hate relationship between lawyers and the news media as follows, "We spend 50 percent of the time trying to get publicity about our firm and the other 50 percent worrying about what they press is going to write about us."

The Case against 'No Comment'

Jim Grandone Apr. 20, 2012, 3:29am

Grandone You've seen it on the courthouse steps and on television. A group of reporters following a high-profile case firing a barrage of questions while surrounding or following an attorney and client. While answering questions on the run may be inadvisable, answering with the phrase "no comment" has implications some attorneys have not considered.