Work Smarter

Helping lawyers create better practices by thinking outside the box. (i.e. leveraging tech + key insights to get more work done with less effort)

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

Keith Magness

Use Leverage

Too many solos and small firm lawyers work too hard, without earning what they deserve for that hard work.

Hard work is necessary, but it’s no longer enough by itself.

In today’s world, technology is also essential. Of course, some lawyers discount or even dismiss the power of technology.

But here’s the stubborn truth…

Technology can help you create a truly amazing practice (once you learn to use it sensibly).

For example, you can automate large swaths of your legal work and save an astonishing amount of time.

  • Use smart templates to create your legal documents up to 500% faster (and do so more reliably).
  • Blast out emails in seconds using text macros (that make your automated responses as detailed as necessary).
  • Use outsourcing to get work done without even lifting a finger.

Yes, technology is often confusing. And it’s undeniably complicated and constantly changing. But there are principles you can apply to harness its power more effectively

Specifically, there are three key elements to using technology to work smarter.

1. Streamline

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

2. Automate

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

3. Outsource

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...

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


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.

Clients appreciated the lower bills. They noticed that technology made me more effective than smug traditionalists in big firms.

So getting new clients was easy, and it cost virtually nothing. My main marketing expense was a website that cost less than $100 per year.

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

Other lawyers asked me to help them make improvements to their practices (mostly solos and small firm lawyers). I was happy to help them and, eventually, this became my full-time job.

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. Here’s what some of them have to say:

Here’s what some of those lawyers 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

You too can make your practice much easier to run and much more fulfilling.

The trick is learning to use technology strategically, instead of haphazardly (as too many lawyers seem to do).

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

But most lawyers prefer to start with my short course: “Working Smarter

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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.

But learning new things can be challenging.

Technology is powerful, but also complex, confusing and constantly changing.

Not everyone wants to deal with those challenges. I understand that people hate dealing with change.

But the better path is to confront an unavoidable truth.

Technology is radically changing our world, and we can either learn to surf its waves or get swept helplessly away.

If you want to learn to leverage technology effectively and make radical improvements to your law practice, then…

You’ll probably be interested in the Working Smarter course.

Or you can start by downloading my free PDF guide.

Or, maybe you prefer to have a short phone call where we can talk about specific recommendations for taking your practice to the next level.

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Lawyers comment

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