Work Smarter

Learn to better manage your law practice in the Digital Age (i.e. get more work done, in less time, with lower overhead & less stress)

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

Keith Magness

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.

But, Be Aware

Managing digital information requires a new approach to doing “knowledge work.” (lawyers, by the way, are classic knowledge workers because we mostly solve problems by thinking).

Of course, there are different levels of thinking. 

Low-level thinking is about solving simple problems (i.e. busy work). Difficult problems require higher-level thinking. 

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

You Need to Work Smarter

You should do as much high-level work as possible. Because, first, that’s how you’ll earn more money.

But also, you’ll avoid the massive frustration that comes from doing low-level busy work.

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

Working smarter is also about automating work to save time while also dramatically lowering your overhead.

This means you can

  • Work easily from anywhere using a cloud-based, paperless document management system.
  • 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 more confident because your data is fully secure from intruders.
  • Use outsourcing to get all your admin work done at a much lower cost by people who can work as much or as little as you need (even legal work).

How to start

There are two ways to get started. First, you can enroll in the Working Smarter Course (the best option).

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

Whatever path you take, it’s vital to…

Focus On These 3 Keys

1. Automation

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

2. Outsourcing

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

3. Systems

Optimize workflows (and document them) so all work gets done easily & reliably via delegation/outsourcing.

“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.

So, in 2006, I resigned my partnership with a big law firm to start a Ninja-efficient solo practice. I was eager to break out of the traditional mold and it worked out nicely.

A Dream Come True

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

Other Lawyers Noticed

Some lawyers scoffed at my non-traditional approach to practicing law.

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

The ABA asked me to write some books to help lawyers improve their use of technology. And I was invited to speak at conferences around the country, where I offered my best advice to thousands of lawyers.

In 2018, the ABA presented me with their Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award, BUT…

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

What They 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…

Success in the Digital Age hinges on learning to “work smarter.”

But this means more than just embracing technology. That’s the less important part, to be honest.

So what does working smarter really mean? Well…

For lawyers, this means being more like Wayne Gretsky, who famously said his success came from “skating to where the puck is going to be,” and not where it’s been.

Most of all, it means realizing there are incredible new opportunities to be harnessed…if you know “where to skate to.”

My mission is to help you learn to identify and harness those opportunities, to create a much happier law practice.

If that idea appeals to you, then I recommend you…

Learn to Work Smarter

There are two ways to get started. First, you can enroll in the Working Smarter Course (the option most lawyers prefer).

Or, you can take a smaller step and just download this 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