Work Smarter. Be Happier.

Learn to harness technology to help you earn a good living doing more of the work you love, while also being able to take more time off.

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

Keith Magness

Three Keys to Working Smarter


Use digital systems to get all your work done quickly, reliably, and with much lower overhead.


Turn your practice into a “digital factory” so it runs more by itself—without any effort on your part.


Do only the work you love to do! Get others (think: virtual assistants) to handle everything else.

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

Catherine Fairchild

Ernie's Message...

When you use technology effectively you can begin to transform your practice in truly amazing ways.

That’s how I was able to escape the misery of BigLaw (where I was overworked and under-appreciated) and start a happier solo practice.

I kept doing complex commercial litigation (i.e. paper-intensive cases), but without the paper —because I figured out how to digitize, simplify, and streamline everything. I also discovered the joys of working as much as I wanted, when I wanted, wherever I wanted.

Sometimes I had to pinch myself to make sure it was all real.

Fellow lawyers in small firms wanted to know how they could improve their practices, so I showed them. This continued, and at this point, has been going on for well over a decade.

In that time I’ve helped hundreds of lawyers all over the country (and even won an ABA award, which was kind of surprising). The biggest reward, though, comes from helping people achieve a kind of happiness they never thought possible.

As you can tell from what those lawyers say about their experiences with me…

  • “My practice has grown exponentially…” —Stephanie Quigley
  • “My biggest sensei in starting my solo law practice was Ernie Svenson.” —David Sparks
  • “I learned how to develop systems to make my practice more efficient and profitable.” —Christine Senne
  • “I’m a true believer. 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
  • “I received so much help in planning my solo firm and saved so much time not having to find answers on my own.”—Carlee Gonzales
  • “I’m a 65-year-old dinosaur attorney of 38 years, enjoying your online course and finding it helpful.” —Michael R. Jarman
  • “What I found most appealing was Ernie’s genuine and sincere desire to help fellow lawyers leverage technology to achieve their goals.” —Sierra Anne Pino
  • “I have learned an incredible amount about running my law firm more efficiently and effectively.” J. Van Dapper
  • “Ernie steers you clear of distracting shiny objects and keep you calmly focused on the essentials for success in the business of your law firm.”—Page Kistler
  • “I’ve followed Ernie since early 2015 when I paid for a download of ‘PDF essentials for Lawyers.’ My law firm’s “Bible” that I created years ago came from reading one of your blogs. And, after attending the recent virtual Bootcamp, I learned even more and feel reinvigorated.” —Jimmy Go
  • “I’m a new attorney less than a year out. You’ve helped me streamline my practice and learn to focus on a niche area of practice.” —Kenneth Bordes
  • “It is clear that you love helping people”—Catherine Fairchild

I really do enjoy helping people, especially lawyers who find themselves struggling to tap the full power of modern technology.

If you feel like you’re not leveraging technology enough in your practice, I have a bunch of helpful resources that you can check out right now (e.g. blog articles and podcast episodes).

Or if you want to talk about your specific situation that’s an option as well.

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A Harsh Truth...

We now live in the Information Age where computers are doing more of the work that humans used to do. Because computers can perform many tasks faster, cheaper, and more reliably than humans.

We now see that every business that makes use of computers is undergoing radical change. This is good for some and bad for others.

Obviously, it’s bad for folks who do low-level work that computers can now do.

Fortunately, lawyers do work that computers can’t do. For example, computers can’t do critical thinking—at least not yet.

The bad news is that most lawyers also do a lot of low-level work. Stuff that computers can do faster, better, and cheaper.

This presents both a challenge and an opportunity.

The challenge is how to get your computer to do more of your low-level work. And the opportunity is being able to free up time to do more critical thinking.

This is the kind of work that most clients are willing to pay for.

Technology is the key to leveraging some big opportunities now. It allows “knowledge workers” like us lawyers to earn a better living, doing work we truly enjoy without having to do the tedious stuff we despise.

But here’s a harsh truth: merely adopting technology isn’t going to transform your practice.

You have to figure out how to use it in the most effective way. And to do that…

You need to understand the bigger picture of how to connect all the dots, and in what order to connect them.

If you want to understand how to better leverage technology, you can read my blog posts or listen to my podcast.

But many lawyers prefer to start with my Solo & Small Firm Lawyers’ Guide to Working Smarter.

Or, as I mentioned above, you can also talk to me personally if you’d like.

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Lawyers' comments

about their experiences...

The investment of money is small as compared to the value...There is no one I would not recommend the course to... Ernie, it's just been invaluable. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thomas C. Railsback– Dallas/Ft. Worth

...a great time saver in making choices and implementing those choices. Also, it was nice to sometimes hear that Ernie supports some choices I've made so I could stop agonizing about that.

Eloise Hock Feinstein– San Diego

I needed guidance from folks whom I trust and who have the experience to tell me what has worked for them and what hasn't. ...Really, this has opened up new windows on the world of running a legal practice more effectively and efficiently.

James P. Monast– Columbus, OH

I'm an experienced lawyer, so I was concerned that this would just be more of the same things that I have learned in years of practice. That wasn't the case...The Autopilot course made me much more confident about starting my own solo practice.

Robert Nunn– Portland, OR