Work Smarter

We help lawyers create happier practices by working smarter in the Digital Age

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I can honestly say that I’m years ahead now because of this.

Keith Magness

The Digital Age is Here

We now live in the Information Age where factory jobs are on the wane and information jobs are on the rise.

For lawyers, this should be a huge opportunity.

Think About It

Managing digital information requires thinking skills, which is what “knowledge work” is all about. Lawyers are classic “knowledge workers” because our jobs have long required us to solve problems by thinking.

Of course, there are different levels of thinking. 

Low-level thinking is about solving simple problems. Difficult problems require higher-level thinking. 

And as you probably can guess, you’ll earn more when you’re doing higher-level thinking.

Working Smarter

Working Smarter is about doing more high-level thinking. Because, for one thing, that’s how you’ll earn more money. But, equally important, working smarter is also about not getting burned out by work.

If you can get more of your knowledge work done with less effort, and less stress, then you’re working smarter.

When you can earn a good living AND  have lots of free time to enjoy your personal life, then you’re definitely working smarter.

When you work smarter you’ll be able to automate a lot of legal work and save a bunch of time while also dramatically lowering your overhead. To be more specific, working smarter enables you to:

  • Work easily from anywhere because you can leverage a cloud-based, paperless document management system.
  • Use text macros to create legal documents up to 500% faster (and do so more reliably).
  • Process emails in seconds (and filter out 80% of the noise automatically).
  • Be totally confident because your data is fully secure from intruders.
  • Use outsourcing to get tedious work done cost-effectively by people who can work as much or as little as you need (even legal work).

Yes, technology can often be confusing. And it’s often complicated and always changing. And so you have to have the right mindset and approach to use technology effectively. And, unfortunately, not everyone has the right mindset.

But, with the proper mindset, there are several principles you can use to fully harness the power of digital technology in amazing ways. Specifically, there are three primary ones.

1. Streamline

Develop and refine systems to get work done quickly & reliably (and enable greater delegation).

2. Automate

Turn your practice into a well-oiled machine that runs more by itself—i.e. with minimal effort on your part.

3. Delegate

Offload everything you don’t enjoy doing to others (using outsourcing as much as possible)

“I recommend Ernie to anyone who wants to work smarter, watching everyone else run around in circles.”

Catherine Fairchild

Ernie's Message...

About twenty years ago, I created a 100% paperless, highly automated law practice. One that was both financially rewarding and immensely satisfying.


My radical transformation started in 2002, with this discovery…

Using nothing more than a laptop and a smartphone I could handle complex litigation cases completely by myself, and do so at a much lower cost.


In 2006, I left my cushy big firm practice to start a Ninja-efficient solo firm. I was worried at first, but everything worked out.

Clients appreciated the lower bills. And they noticed that technology made me more effective than lawyers in big firms.

So getting new clients was easy. And it cost virtually nothing because my main marketing expense was a website that cost less than $100 per year.

I kept my entire overhead ridiculously low. Which enabled me to earn a good living without working crazy hours.

Transition 2.0

Some lawyers scoffed at my non-traditional approach to practicing law (mostly ones in big firms).

Other lawyers asked me to help them improve their practices (mostly solos and small firm lawyers). I really enjoyed doing this and, eventually, it became my full-time mission.

The ABA even gave me their 2018 Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award for my work. But…

My greatest joy comes from seeing lawyers achieve a level of happiness they never thought possible.

What Clients Say…

  • My biggest sensei in starting my solo law practice was Ernie Svenson.” —David Sparks
  • “I received so much help by not having to find answers on my own.”—Carlee Gonzales
  • “I’m a 65-year-old dinosaur attorney of 38 years, enjoying your program and finding it helpful.” —Michael R. Jarman
  • I feel reinvigorated about my practice.” —Jimmy Go
  • “It is clear that you love helping people”—Catherine Fairchild

New Opportunities

Writer William Gibson offered this keen observation about our modern world:

“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.”

He was talking about radical new opportunities driven by digital technology.

Some lawyers prefer to live in the past. Others welcome the future and its new opportunities for massive improvement.

Lawyers who want to leverage those opportunities should…

Learn to Work Smarter

If you want to start working smarter there are two good options. First, you can enroll in my Working Smarter Course (the best option).

Or, you can begin by taking a smaller step and download my Free PDF Guide.

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A Stubborn Truth...

The old ways of doing things don’t work as well as they used to. That should be obvious by now.

There are new ways of running a law practice (or any modern business) that are much better.

If you want to radically transform your practice, check out the Working Smarter course. Or, download this free PDF guide.

And, if you want to have a short phone call to talk about specific ways to improve your practice we can do that too.

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What lawyers say

about their experiences...

I really feel that Ernie understands the challenges lawyers face when running their business.

Bin Xia Zhang– Quebec, Canada

I learned how to develop systems to make my practice more efficient and profitable.

Christine Senne—Orlando, FL

I have been practicing for nearly 43 years, so I’ve been around long enough to recognize the real deal. Ernie is the real deal.

Tom Walker– Boise, ID

My practice has grown exponentially.

Stephanie Quigley– New Orleans, LA

You are showing lawyers how to transform their small firm practices in a way I don't see anyone else being able to do.

Todd Smith– Austin, TX