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The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Lisa Ryan.
Some attorneys have figured out how to use their Twitter accounts to build their personal brand and network with peers and prospective clients, while also pumping out tweet after tweet of legal insight and hilarious anecdotes. “Clients are starting to notice the attorneys that are systematic, thematic contributors to Twitter because they have a story to tell and they have something different to say, as opposed to sporadic participants,” said Michael B. Rynowecer, president of BTI Consulting Group Inc. Though attorney Daniel Wallach of Becker & Poliakoff PA currently has more than 6,000 Twitter followers, he told Law360 that this time last year, he had less than 200 followers and only posted occasional tweets. However, as both an appellate and sports law attorney, Wallach decided to up his game and started tweeting about big cases in his arena. Wallach began writing about the New Jersey sports-betting case and found his number of followers growing by the day. But when he started posting about Deflategate and dissecting the complicated legal filings from the case for the general public, his profile increased exponentially. “I’ve gone from the occasional interview or the occasional quote to almost a daily basis of seeing my name in newspapers across the country, and that was unforeseeable a year ago,” Wallach said. Patrick Lamb of Valorem Law Group has more than 2,500 followers on Twitter and says he and his firm use social media not only to help with business development, but also as a public relations tool. He said it helped them get the news out about a recent huge hire for the firm, allowing them to quickly tell the public and the media. “Twitter was a significant part of our announcement strategy. We had reached out to a couple of people that we considered influential and let them know that it was coming. The minute that we went live on our website with the announcement ... we were tweeting about it,” Lamb said. Law360 asked its reporters, readers and contributors to help round up a list of the top legal tweeters out there. Here are 20 attorneys to follow on Twitter: David M. Adler of Adler Law Group @AdlerLaw Adler's your guy on Twitter for all things tech, from news about startups and privacy to intellectual property issues. Paul Anderson of The Klamann Law Firm @PaulD_Anderson Anderson is a sports injury litigator and proprietor of NFLConcussionLitigation.com, which gives him a unique perspective on what's happening in sports today.
Jay Bilas of Moore and Van Allen PLLC @JayBilas By far the most famous attorney on this list, Bilas is an analyst for ESPN with over 1 million Twitter followers, and posts about sports, law and, well, rap lyrics.
Nicole Black @NikiBlack An attorney from upstate New York, Black posts links to interesting articles about legal technology. Evan Brown of Much Shelist PC @InternetCases Brown's Twitter feed is a hodgepodge of pro tips, interesting tech and IP links, and images of Chicago.
Dan Canon of Clay Daniel Walton Adams PLC @DanCanon Civil rights attorney Canon served as counsel in the Kentucky same-sex marriage suit before the U.S. Supreme Court and posts tweets that range from hilarious to insightful.
Ron Coleman of Archer & Greiner PC @RonColeman An attorney based in New York and New Jersey, Coleman also writes an IP blog and posts snarky commentary and legal news. Carolyn Elefant of Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant @Carolyn Elefant This energy attorney's Twitter feed is the go-to place for news about renewables, project finance, eminent domain and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission news. She also tweets about interesting blog posts she's written about the legal industry. Jordan Furlong of Edge International @Jordan_Law21 A Canadian legal analyst and consultant, Furlong's Twitter page gives a northern perspective on legal issues that hit home across the globe.
Margaret Hagan of Stanford Law @MargaretHagan A fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession, Hagan not only posts about interesting topics in the industry, but also utilizes her skills as a designer to tweet great infographics she creates.
Kelly E. Jones of Harris Beach PLLC @KellyJones_HB New York-based Jones tweets about mass tort litigation, including pharmaceuticals and other U.S. Food and Drug Administration-regulated products, as well as links about helping attorneys with business development. Patrick Lamb of Valorem Law Group @ValoremLamb An avid tweeter, Lamb isn't afraid to let his followers know what he thinks, particularly when it comes to the business of law.
Eric B. Meyer of Dilworth Paxson LLP @Eric_B_Meyer Not only does Meyer run his own blog, TheEmployerHandbook.com, but he also prolifically tweets about news and issues affecting labor and employment, from links to interesting articles to posting his personal take on developing stories. Heather R. Powell of Daiichi Sankyo Inc. @HeldInContempt A pharma compliance director, Powell's unique Twitter feed ranges from personal anecdotes to Philadelphia news and pharmaceutical issues. Greg Siskind of Siskind Susser PC @GSiskind Siskind is a Twitter authority on all things immigration law, with analysis of key issues, commentary on international immigration policy and links to vital news articles.
Lisa Solomon @LisaSolomon An attorney who offers legal research and writing services for other lawyers, Solomon's tweets offer an interesting perspective on how legal documents are written.
Richard Susskind @RichardSusskind Susskind is a U.K.-based tech lawyer who also serves as the IT adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, with tweets at the intersection of computers and the inner circle of U.K. law.
Bentley Tolk of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless @BentleyTolk With a practice focusing on both Utah and national Employee Retirement Income Security Act and employment litigation, Tolk's feed offers up a unique perspective on legal marketing and worker issues. Daniel Wallach of Becker & Poliakoff @WallachLegal When it comes to breaking sports and gaming law news, look no further than the Twitter page of Wallach, a devoted tweeter who sorts through PACER and translates legal documents about Deflategate or gambling issues for the public.
Justice Don Willett of the Texas Supreme Court @JusticeWillett It's rare to find a member of the judicial bench on social media. Justice Willett of Texas' highest court not only tweets a lot about the constitution, but also posts funny stock photos more often than not.
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