Get To Know MyCase’s Director of Business & Community Relations, Nicole Black

ABA EditorialWhat is your position with MyCase?

I am the Director of Business Development and Community Relations at MyCase.

How did you end up working for MyCase?

In January of 2012 I spoke at the LegalTech conference in New York City. MyCase’s founder, Matt Spiegel, reached out to me after learning that I would be at the conference and asked to meet me for coffee. I had coffee with Matt and another co-founder, Alex Dikowski, and was really impressed by their description of MyCase and their collective enthusiasm.

Although I’d seen demos of other web-based law practice management platforms, I hadn’t yet seen MyCase in action, so Matt suggested we schedule a demo the following week. I was impressed by the platform since it was incredibly user-friendly and intuitive and included a lot of features that others were missing, like the client portal. After the demo, we talked about the platform a bit more and somehow during that conversation, the idea of my working at MyCase came up.

I loved the idea of working for a legal startup–especially since my book, “Cloud Computing for Lawyers” had just been published by the American Bar Association and I was in the process of deciding what my next big project would be. After some discussion and much thought, I decided that working for a legal cloud computing startup sounded like a great next “big project”, so I accepted their job offer.

Within 6 months of my hire, we were acquired by AppFolio, a company that develops web-based software for different verticals, is backed by over $30 million in venture capital funding, and is run by seasoned veterans in the software space who had previously developed products like GoToMeeting and GoToMyPC. It’s been an incredible journey and has been so exciting to be part of a wonderful, rapidly growing company that is developing such great products.

What does your job entail?

I am in charge of creating much of the written content for the MyCase blog and for other MyCase projects. I also manage MyCase’s social media presence across multiple platforms. Another thing I do is develop and maintain key relationships with members of the media and the legal technology community.

In addition I continue to write about the intersection of law and technology in many different venues, including my regular columns in The Daily Record, Legal IT Pros, and Above the Law. I also speak at legal conferences across the country about how social media, cloud computing, and mobile computing are affecting the practice of law.

What is the most difficult part of your job?

Coming up with unique and novel topics to write about. I write so many articles and blog posts every week that it’s sometimes difficult to think of a new way to approach a topic I may have written about before.

What’s the best part of your job?

Being able to spend my days thinking, writing, and speaking about a topic that I find to be endlessly fascinating: how rapid technology advancements are affecting the legal profession and the practice of law. I consider myself to be so lucky to have a job working for a company full of highly creative and talented people that produces what I think is the best law practice management software available and I’m always amazed that as part of my job, I get to spend my days focused on one of my passions–law and technology.

Where are you originally from?

I’ve lived in Upstate New York for most of my life. I grew up in Syracuse, attended law school in Albany, and attended college in Rochester, which is where I now live. That means I’m fortunate to be able to work remotely for MyCase, which is based in Southern California. And, I get to travel to the home office in California on a quarterly basis, which is hard to complain about!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to cook and enjoy drinking good wine while I do so. And, for exercise, Zumba is my activity of choice. I used to love playing tennis, but unfortunately bilateral rotator cuff tears put an end to that.

Do you have any unusual hobbies?

I make jewelry. It’s a newly discovered hobby of mine and you could say I’m a bit obsessed with it right now. You can see my creations here.

Tell me about your family/pets, etc.? 

My husband and I have been married for 16 years now and we have 2 daughters who are in middle school. We also have a dog–an 11 month old Australian Shepherd named Ozzy.

Do you have a favorite saying or quote and if so, what is it and why?

“Well behaved women rarely make history” (Laurel Thatcher Ulrich). To me this means that it’s important to speak your mind and defy conventions, especially if doing so will make the world a better place.

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