Today I received an interesting case study on Ben Ballard’s law firm– an internet-based firm.
The Ballard Law Office is a San Francisco-based business litigation firm founded by Benjamin Ballard, a seasoned attorney who has practiced law since 1980.
Ballardâ€™s areas of practice include commercial law and litigation, tort litigation, appeals, business counseling, and trust and probate disputes and litigation. He represents a variety of corporate, small business, and individual clients.
His firm is Internet-based, which means he spends most of his time at his office in downtown Tiburon, CA. GotVMailâ€™s Virtual Phone System enables Ballardâ€™s firm to work virtually, saving the cost of gas, and the 90-minute round trip commute into San Francisco.
â€œEven if my firm was in one location I would still use GotVMail because the alternative was to spend $5,000 on a Centrex system with annual tech, software and hardware updates. I wanted â€˜dial-by-name-directoryâ€™ functionality that GotVMail provides at a small fraction of that cost because it amortizes the cost of a much larger centralized server over many users,â€ Ballard says.
Ballard uses remote meeting and desktop sharing services when meeting with clients who donâ€™t require a face-to-face meeting.
â€œI have my name on the door in a San Francisco office and meet clients and conduct depostions there, but it seems I only have to go into town once per month, if that. The rest is done via email or the Internet,â€ Ballard says. â€œSo little of legal commerce is done face-to-face or with paper these days, you should be geared up for an e-office, and if you can do that, it doesn’t matter where you do it.â€