A MyCase Practice:
Larry Silverman, Atlanta Consumer Law Attorney

mycase-featured-larry-silvermanFor Larry Silverman, a solo practitioner and consumer law attorney in Atlanta, Georgia, representing debtors is incredibly important. By making sure debtor’s rights are protected, he knows he’s making a difference: “I am a champion for the underdog. Injustices of society make me crazy. I handle exclusively consumer law and am passionate about standing up for the little guy against the big bad banks—giant monster mega banks, as I sometimes call them–debt collectors and fraudulent car dealerships.”

A solo law practice–by choice

Larry began his career in larger law firms, but decided to alter his career path in 2009 after attending a CLE focused on consumer debt law. “I’d always had an interest in consumer law and had some experience in dealing with abusive debt collectors because of a financial crisis I went through myself,” he explains.

“Fast forward to early 2009 when I needed some CLE credits and attended a conference put on by the National Consumer Law Center. I was mesmerized by the subject matter and since I knew was nearing the end of my career in personal injury, I decided to start my own consumer law firm. I opened up a solo practice and because I focused on a niche area of practice, it’s made it much easier for me to grow my firm.”

Technology as a building block for his practice

Technology has been a big part of Larry’s practice from the start. Choosing the right technology for his firm has allowed his practice to be agile and flexible. As he explains, using cloud computing software was a big part of setting the stage for his firm’s success:  “I moved to the cloud because I wanted to be able to work from multiple locations. If I didn’t use the cloud, working from multiple locations meant carrying my laptop with me everywhere I go.” 

For Larry, MyCase was the right law practice management software for his firm. He tried a number of others, but none were as intuitive and full-featured as MyCase. “I tried Clio for a while but soon left because of the lack of client communication features. I also tried Rocket Matter,” he says. “Then I found MyCase and have been with MyCase for a few years now. Visually MyCase is the easiest to use and all of the features are located in logical places.”

The MyCase difference

According to Larry, MyCase saves his law firm time and money. “MyCase makes my job easier. 90% of my client contact is electronic and I also share every document I create with my clients using the MyCase portal. Everything I need is in one location—my calendaring, my client communications, document storage, invoicing and payments. Calendaring is great because when I calendar an event I don’t have to send the client a separate email or make a phone call; I just share the event with them via MyCase and write a note regarding whether I need them to attend,” he explains. “As a personal injury attorney I used to waste nearly 2 hours every day on the phone. The client communication features in MyCase are directly responsible for reducing that by 90%.”

MyCase also ensures that Larry gets paid faster. “I just signed up for eCheck Payments and the signup process was really easy. I filled out one form and sent in copies of voided checks.” He continues, “My favorite part of MyCase is Payments and invoicing. Getting paid couldn’t be easier—clients don’t have to call me with credit card numbers and I don’t have to maintain a credit card terminal. I just check MyCase in the morning and see who’s paid. It’s as if I’m making money while I sleep!”

Larry also appreciates the new features and improvements that are regularly added to the MyCase platform: “MyCase always continues to roll out features. I especially like that I don’t have to install new updates or buy a new version of software like I did for so many years with Abacus or PC law. When MyCase updates, boom there it is.”

Words of wisdom

For those of you thinking about going solo, Larry has this advice to offer: “Running your own practice isn’t a 9-to-5 job. In fact, it’s almost 24/7. Also, if you’re going to have your own practice you have to have the emotional and financial resources to weather the tough times. Finally, you need to be prepared to think beyond the norm by making use of technology.”

When I asked him where he thought he’d be in ten years, Larry replied, “I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up but I hope to be doing it 10 years from now.”

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