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Solo Lawyer: Beer and Passion Meet at LegalTech #LTNY

The Beer Lawyer Shares his Craft at LegalTech #LTNY

It depends.

That’s how we might distill one lawyer’s answer to the question, “What’s your favorite beer?”

Yet that summarization might gloss over the nuance of his answer which underscores his passion for his profession.

He actually says, there’s a “right beer for the right situation.” He should know:  Attorney John R. Szymankiewicz is the Beer Lawyer and his law firm – the Beer Law Center – is focused on “helping craft breweries run business.”

Mr. Szymankiewicz, who is based in Raleigh, NC, will be bringing his passion for his craft – the practice of law that is not hops – to a LegalTech New York session titled, “Solo Disruption: Building Your [Law] Practice on Passion.”  

He serves on the LexisNexis Firm Manager® advisory board and the two minute (very cool) video embedded nearby articulates a bit about his law practice and the value proposition for law firm practice management tools on the go:

Firm Manager “takes care of a lot of the administrative side that I don’t want to spend time doing I make a living by practicing law – that’s what I get paid for.  I don’t make a living or don’t get paid for is sending out invoices or following up with billing or conflict checks. Those are all the things that are necessary so I can do my job.”

The Beer Lawyer’s CLE-Eligible Legal Tech Session

Those attending the Legal Tech New York trade show won’t want to miss Mr. Szymankiewicz session.  From the official session description:

When a practice specialty didn’t exist around Attorney John R. Szymankiewicz’s passion, he made one for himself and started The Beer Law Center. Now known as a “Beer Lawyer,” John focuses his practice on helping craft brewers understand and adhere to all their legal obligations throughout the startup and operational phases of chasing their dreams of making and selling craft beer they can call their own. John will not only share his story, but show steps you can take to forge your own path and practice the kind of law you’ve always wanted to.

What: #LTNY Session, Solo Disruption: Building Your Practice on Passion (LFB1)
When:  February 3, 2015,10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Where: South Sutton/Regent (New York Hilton Midtown)
Note:  CLE Eligible

>>>UPDATE 2/3/15: Weather conditions have delayed a number of flights from Raleigh to New York and at last word, Mr. Szymankiewicz was unable to make the conference in time for this session.

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About Frank Strong

Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director for the LexisNexis software division located on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. In this capacity, he leads communications efforts in support of software products for law practice and law department management and also litigation tools – across large law, small law and corporate counsel segments. With more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech sector, Strong previously served as director of public relations for Vocus, which developed marketing, PR and media monitoring software. He has held multiple roles both in-house with corporations, ranging from startups to global organizations, and has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs at PR firms including the top 10 global firm Hill & Knowlton. A veteran of two year-long deployments, Strong has concurrently served in uniform in reserve components of the military for more than 20 years, initially as an enlisted Marine and later as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard. Strong holds a BA in Film and TV production from Worcester State University, an M.A. in Public Communication from American University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University. He is a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver and holds a USPA "B" skydiving license.
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