About the Law Firm Autopilot Team

Meet the team

Ernie Svenson

Ernie went from burned out to blissful—by using technology to create a simpler and more enjoyable way of practicing law.

After he did this, fellow lawyers wanted to know how they could do this too, so he started showing them (and winning awards for his work).

For the past decade he’s helped hundreds of lawyers with all kinds of practices through his weblogpodcastspeaking, books, online programsworkshops, and a 2-day conference.

Many lawyers say his best advice is in his private emails, which you can sign up to receive (for free) at ernietheattorney.net/list. When you do he’ll send you a PDF copy of his Ultimate Small Firm Toolkit, which has some vital tech recommendations.

Megan Hargroder-Graham

Megan began working in Social Media before Facebook even became “a thing.” At first, she focused on social media marketing for small businesses (that’s when she and Ernie first crossed paths). But several years ago, she shifted to helping solo and small firm lawyers with all aspects of online marketing.

Like Ernie, she’s also hyper-focused on fast, cost-efficient results. She has a blend of skills that are uncommon in legal marketing circles: she is an online marketing strategist who relies on “story-based messaging” to create rapport and build trust with potential clients in an astonishingly powerful way.

Patrick Slaughter

Patrick was a professional magician for 18 years before he decided to enter law school. He started practicing law in 2013, focusing on family law in Knoxville, Tennessee. He also does some immigration work.

Patrick quickly built a magical law practice by leveraging technology in a sensible, systematic way. And that’s what enabled him (and his wife Zena) to purchase a second home in Orlando, Florida so he could spend half his time enjoying the Magic Kingdom (i.e. Disney) instead of being stuck in his office in Knoxville.

Patrick now enjoys helping fellow lawyers learn how they can create their own magical practices by streamlining their operations through the use of systems, automation, and outsourcing. He and Zena also enjoy spending time with their two dogs: Razzmatazz, and Copper.

Donna Svenson

Donna Svenson is the event coordinator, communications liaison, and financial director for LawFIrm Autopilot.

Donna has been helping Ernie put on live events for several years. Somewhere along the way she and Ernie realized they were a perfect romantic match so they got married and now spend every precious moment together working, playing, having fun with friends, enjoying New Orleans cuisine, and relaxing at Jazz Fest in April/May.
Donna is an exceptionally good cook (gumbo anyone?). And she raised three boys, all of whom played competitive soccer. She’s also the proud grandmother of a feisty girl named Lilliah, and a tough little boy named Arvo, both of whom refer to her as “Honey.” Which is a reminder that Donna is, above all, the sweetest person anyone could ever know.

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