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Angela Hickey featured in Association of Legal Administrators article, “Mobile Money”

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June 6, 2012

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Angela Hickey, the firm's Executive Director, was quoted in the June, ALA, Legal Management Feature Article. The piece, "Mobile Money: The Pros and Cons of Firms Footing the Phone Bill," mentions how staying connected has always been part of the strategy for Levenfeld Pearlstein,LLC. Although the firm is only 13 years old, attorneys have always been able to count on it to pay for their mobile devices. Angie, who is also an ALA member, feels that not providing this benefit is like not providing a computer.

From the article:

"It's a tool they need to do their jobs," she said. Not only does her firm pay for smartphones, but it also covers both the data and voice plans in full. And although it may be hard to gauge the return on investment due to the speed of changing technology, Hickey's firm ultimately believes the result is positive.

But while this practice works for Levenfeld Pearlstein, not all firms are doing it — in fact, many aren't. Only about half of firms fully fund the purchase of smartphones for their partners, and the same goes for associates, according to the International Legal Technology Association’s (ILTA) 2011 Technology Survey, and 60 percent fully cover the cost of monthly data services. The rest of firms provide a stipend toward these items or nothing at all.

Walter Romney, Managing Director for Clyde Snow & Sessions, and Hickey said from an accounting standpoint, it's easier for their firms to just pay for the entire package — the phone, the minutes and data — instead of trying to divvy up the bill based on when the phone is being used for personal versus business reasons. And with the expectation that attorneys should be available 24-7, it makes sense for the firm to provide the tool to make it happen, which Romney said is a small price to pay. Hickey said this is the No.1 reason her firm provides the service. "Our mobile tools in particular are our direct connection to how attorneys service clients," she said. "That's why we do it, and that's why we support it."

To read the full article, please click here.

“Reprinted with permission from Legal Management magazine, Volume 31, Issue 4, published by the Association of Legal Administrators, www.alanet.org.”


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