Last week I met Kevin O'Keefe. Kevin is the genius behind LexBlog which designs and creates law blogs and supports legal bloggers like myself. If you like the design and functionality of this blog, thank Kevin. His team designed it.
Kevin's company also runs LexMonitor, the best round-up of legal blogs around, as well as LexTweet which tracks lawyers who use Twitter. Kevin also has an award winning blog "Real Lawyers Have Blogs" which is something every ahead-of-the-curve-lawyer should read.
Kevin was in Miami speaking at a convention and announced an-after-hours "beer for bloggers" get together at Tobacco Road via his blog and Twitter page. For those of you not familiar with Miami, Tobacco Road is the oldest bar in Miami, with liquor license no. 001, and a relaxing place to hang out.
It was a nice time. Some of the lawyers drove for a couple of hours to Miami to make it.
Legal marketing expert Paula Black, virtual law firm DirectLaw entrepreneur Richard Granat, international business lawyer Santiago Cuerto, estate planning lawyer David Shulman, business lawyer and Gulf War hero Juan Antúnez, and criminal defense lawyer and super-blogger Brian Tannenbaum all showed up.
Kevin is an inspiring story. He was a real life lawyer and trial attorney in rural Wisconsin and then created Prairie Law (which he sold to Lexis). He hit his stride by moving to Seattle to create his LexBlog success. His company supports something like 3,000 law firms, from blogging law students to solo lawyers to the Am Law 200 big law firms. LexBlog is an impressive network and helps small law firms like mine be the proverbial big fish in the small pond.
I remember last year when I was searching for a company to host my blog. I emailed and then spoke to the people at LexBlog. I thought that I was interviewing them to see if they were going to meet my blog requirements. Half-way through the 30 minute conversation, I realized that they were interviewing me to see if I met their criteria.
There are a lot of top notch blogs and lawyers on the LexBlog platform - like Bill Marler's Blog which has expanded to include the NoroBlog and the Food Poison Journal which have touched upon cruise ship norovirus outbreaks.
My first blog on Lexblog was on September 10th last year. Things started slowly. Maybe only 20 or 30 people a day stumbled on to my blog, probably by accident. But I'm now 171 days and 173 blogs down the road (who's counting?) Last week alone, over 14,000 different people viewed over 25,000 pages on this little blog. Not bad.
More importantly, the blog has been cited in national law journals, local newspapers in Florida, and news sources in Europe and the Caribbean.
Thanks LexBlog. And next time I'll buy the beer at Tobacco Road.
To see what other lawyers are saying about Kevin and LexBlog, consider reading "God Bless Mrs. O'Keefe" (pretty funny) by a South Carolina trial lawyer, David Swanner.
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