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The National Law Journal Recognizes Womble’s Innovative Efforts In the "Blogosphere"

In an article published Nov. 15, 2010, the National Law Journal recognizes this Firm’s innovative and diligent efforts in edutaining–a just-invented portmanteau of entertaining/educating, you’ve witnessed history–current and prospective clients, businesspeople, government officials, and other lawyers through the use of law blogging.
Legal blogs provide as-it-happens, easily-digestible information pieces for folks with little time but a need to keep up. But is this material being read by folks who matter? According to the National Law Journal, “Greentarget and ALM completed a survey [in March of this year] that revealed that 35% of in-house counsel had visited a law blog within the past 24 hours. Forty-three percent of in-house counsel cited law blogs among their top “go-to” sources for news and information.” So, yes, blogs matter. In other words, feel free to subscribe to what we and other Womble lawyers are doing in this dynamic space.

As far as Womble’s ingenuity in this respect as compared to other large law firms, the article points out the following:

“The biggest firms in America aren’t showing up in the search results in large part because they don’t blog — or, more specifically, they don’t create anywhere near the quantity of articles and posts that blogging attorneys do. There are more than 23,000 lawyers in the top 10 firms of the AmLaw 100, and how many blogs in total would you guess are being created by these 23,000-plus lawyers? The answer is two.

When it comes to digital real estate, the firms of the AmLaw 100, especially the top 10, are being left in the dust. Consider the fact that in the entire AmLaw 100 there are more than 84,000 lawyers and only 130 law blogs. (Click here to see the full list of AmLaw 100 blogs.) More than 50% of these blogs come from just six firms. (Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton; Reed Smith; Hunton & Williams; Alston & Bird; Littler Mendelson and Dorsey & Whitney). In a recent survey of the AmLaw 101-200, we uncovered that these firms have fewer than 30,000 total attorneys creating 182 Law blogs. (Click here to see the full list of AmLaw 101-200 blogs.) To put this in perspective, take a firm like Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice that has 40 attorneys blogging and 15 law blogs. Forty attorneys blogging represents approximately 9% of the firm’s total number of attorneys. If 9% of the attorneys at Baker & McKenzie had their own law blogs, that firm would have more law blogs than the entire AmLaw 200 put together.”

You can view the entire article here.

If Womble lawyers are blazing trails in this manner, keeping on the vanguard of fast-changing legal developments, imagine what those legal minds are doing for our clients.

Mike Thelen is a lawyer in Womble Carlyle’s Real Estate Litigation practice group. He regularly represents a wide variety of clients in land use and land development issues, from local governments to businesses, in both state and federal venues throughout North Carolina.

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