Allison Shields Biography
Allison C. Shields, Esq.,President of Legal Ease Consulting, Inc., shows law firms how to prevent lawyer meltdown and build a practice they take pleasure in, with clients they truly care for.
Allison was a practicing lawyer for 15 years, and worked as the Administrative Partner at a multi-disciplinary law firm with offices on Long Island and in Manhattan that grew from 15 attorneys to over 50 attorneys during her time at the firm. After leaving the firm to start Legal Ease Consulting, Inc., Allison continued practicing part time for a Manhattan law firm while building the consulting practice.
As a result of her experience as both a lawyer and a law firm manager, Ms. Shields understands the law firm environment and the daily pressures faced by lawyers trying to manage and build their business while practicing law and successfully serving their clients.
Allison’s experience includes spearheading marketing and business development initiatives and aligning legal and administrative personnel to new direction and growth. She has enhanced internal communication systems and constructed systems and procedures for such functions as billing, database management, personnel and file handling, which result in increased efficiency and consistency.
She has worked with technology professionals on such tasks as establishing law firm intranets and database management capabilities. As a practicing lawyer, Ms. Shields handled litigated matters ranging from premises and products liability to labor law and professional malpractice.
Allison helps her clients create efficient, effective systems and operations to maximize productivity and enhance client experience. Allison’s clients learn how to identify and attract their ideal clients, improve their client intake and selection, increase client loyalty, develop client-friendly fee structures, and increase profits. With the rise of the internet and social media, Allison recognizes that lawyers must capture attention and demonstrate their expertise online. She provides online marketing and social media services and training for lawyers to help them maximize these important opportunities.
Allison is the author of the Legal Ease Blog, one of the ABA Journal’s 2009 Blawg 100. She writes the Simple Steps column for Law Practice Magazine and is a regular columnist for the Canadian blog, Slaw, and for the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC) blog, Law Technology Today. She is a former contributor to Lawyerist.
An author and lecturer, Allison has published articles numerous legal publications including Law Practice Today, Law Practice Magazine, Immigration Law Today, TechnoLawyer, The Suffolk Lawyer and The Nassau Lawyer, among others. She lectures on marketing, social media, business development, productivity and practice management for bar associations, law schools and other legal associations, and has been a presenter at the ABA TECHSHOW, the leading legal technology conference and expo.
Allison is the co-author, with Dennis Kennedy, of the books, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers (now in its second edition) and Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers , published by the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division and she is currently working on a book on productivity for lawyers.
Allison is a member of the American, New York State, Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Suffolk County Bar Association, a past Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee and a past Associate Dean of the Suffolk Academy of Law. She was Co-Chair of the Membership Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association and is the Vice Chair of the Publications Committee and Associate Editor of the Nassau Lawyer. In addition, Allison is a member of the Council of the American Bar Association Law Practice Division and serves on the Board of the Legal Technology Resource Center and the Publishing Board.
Allison is now using her experience to help lawyers through consulting, coaching, training, workshops, webinars and teleclasses, and in offering free information through her blog and free Lawyer Meltdown Newsletter, offered through her website.
Ms. Shields is a cum laude graduate of Dickinson College, and was a Dean’s List scholar at Fordham Law. While at Fordham, Ms. Shields was an editor of the Urban Law Journal and has served as a Vice President of their alumni board of directors. She is licensed to practice law in the New York State courts and in the federal courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Click here to read an article about Allison and Legal Ease that appeared in Long Island Business News, December 2005.
Allison C. Shields
Legal Ease Consulting, Inc
Creating Productive, Profitable and Enjoyable Law Practices
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