A growing number of larger law firms are releasing their own mobile apps. But what about solo and smaller firm lawyers? Last week, Aaron Kelly, a solo who practices Internet law in Scottsdale, Ariz., released an app for Apple and Android devices. It incorporates a couple clever ideas that could provide inspiration for other small-firm lawyers thinking of developing apps of their own.

The app is designed to give Kelly’s clients access to information about their cases. To this end, the app features integration with both file-sharing site Dropbox and project-management site Basecamp. With the integration of those tools, the app lets clients review their documents and check the status of their matters. The app also integrates PayPal, so that clients can use it to pay their invoices.

The app also includes features you might expect. It allows users to follow the firm’s news and blog posts and to follow its Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn feeds. The app can be used to launch a live chat with someone at the firm. It can also be used by a non-client to submit a case for evaluation.

What I like about this app is that it answers the question many lawyers have about creating one in the first place, which is, “Why?” Here, the answer is to give clients easy mobile access to key case information. Yes, even solos can have clever mobile apps.

Here are the links to the app’s Android version and Apple version.

  • Thanks for the shout out! The idea for the app came to me after I had several clients who needed to have constant access to their files and to me. The most important feature, at least to me, was basecamp. Hopefully other lawyers will see the benefit it gives clients (without being too cynical about the negatives).

  • Hi Robert

    Thanks for bringing this app to our attention. I agree with your comments about the value added functionality being unique. I also thought that since this firm is focused on internet law this app would help to support their positioning in the marketplace.

    I wrote a little more about this and a few other apps for professional practices on my blog (and gave you a hat tip for this!): http://torontomarketing.blogspot.com/2011/07/whats-point-of-app-for-professional.html

    Yours very truly,

    Sandra Bekhor

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  • Congratulations, Aaron. This is a GREAT case study. Wish I’d heard about it earlier. It’s the exact type of client-driven innovation I wrote about in this month’s Texas Bar Journal.


    Increasingly, clients will expect from lawyers the same mobility and collaboration capabilities that they already rely on in the rest of their digital life.

  • I think this is a good idea. However, a web-based version as opposed to a downloadable app could allow clients to access their information through a traditional laptop or desktop computer as well as via appphones while reducing development costs (But then again maybe this is an app written primarily in HTML5 as opposed to Objective C and/or Java, which would reduce development costs while enabling such functionality). The big caveat, however, is security, which is one of the reasons this type of thing will likely be slow to catch on.

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