About Matthew Hickey

Matthew is an entertainment attorney, blogger and music enthusiast. Having previously worked as an attorney in law firms both large and small, and now as a practicing solo attorney, Matthew believes that there has never been a better time to start a solo practice or small firm. By utilizing social media and new technology, small firms and solo attorneys can surpass their large firm counterparts in terms of marketing and providing clients with efficient, reliable legal services at affordable rates. When he isn’t wearing his “lawyer hat” he is humble-bragging about his extensive vinyl collection over at the food and music website Turntable Kitchen.
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5 Apps Every Lawyer Needs

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Ever since launching a solo practice, I’ve found myself busier than ever before. I seem to be always on the go, which makes it to take advantage of tools that allow me to be productive when I’m out of the office. Of all the tools out there, my smart phone is probably the most important…
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How To Fix Your Firm’s Terrible Social Media Strategy

The state of social media strategy in the legal industry is, shall we say, much maligned — and for good reason. After taking a quick look at law firms on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, I found that many of the same social media ills that have always plagued law firms are still prevalent. Many firms,…
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Your Law Job Sucks – Here’s How You Can Fix It

I can still remember the day, over a decade ago, that I started submitting applications to law schools in my favorite cities. Influenced both by Hollywood’s depictions of attorneys and my parent’s encouragement, I’d wanted to be a lawyer at a relatively early age. By the time I was in college my goal had become…
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Google, The One Stop Shop For All Your Legal Research Needs

As my law career has shifted from litigation to a focus on corporate and transactional legal issues, my research habits also have evolved. I increasingly use Google to perform necessary research more often than I use any other legal research tools. Because I am a solo practitioner with a keen eye on the bottom line,…
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The Productivity Killer: When A Good Meeting Goes Bad

Have you ever looked at your calendar only to realize that your entire day is booked solid? It has happened to me at the firms I’ve worked at, both big (700+ people) and small (7 or less people). Often when sitting in a long meeting, I find myself wondering, “When am I actually supposed to…
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Marketing White Lies: Don’t Promise What You Can’t Deliver

Little white lies have long been a part of marketing. For decades, companies have promised customers the world: the best customer service, life-time warranties, fast food that looks and tastes mouthwateringly delicious, weight loss without changing your diet or the need for exercise, and more. Of course, brands are often unable to live up to…
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A Lawyer’s Guide To Email At Work

Implementing new technology into the operation of your law practice can be good business. You can use Evernote to take better depositions and better organize case load; social media can help win new clients through referrals and new leads; practice management software can make day to day operations run smoother. Nonetheless, it’s also true that a…
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When Good Law Firms Fire Bad Clients

Several years ago, I came close to simultaneously entering into solo practice and starting my own (non-legal related) business. While the two businesses were mostly unrelated, lessons learned in one often have applied to the other, and vice versa. After all, as most solo practitioners can attest, running a solo practice is about much more…
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3 Ways, 1 Hour: Get Your Small Biz Website Up Fast (No Coding Required)

Launching a new business, or even maintaining an existing one, requires a lot of work. When you’re dealing with the day-to-day challenges, it’s easy to put off the things that you know you need to do—but seem like they’ll take a lot of extra time. Building a website for your business is not one of…
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4 Business Skills They Should Have Taught in Law School

I’ve been practicing law for eight years now. I’ve worked at a large firm with over 700 attorneys, a small boutique firm with less than a handful of associates, and now in solo practice as an entertainment lawyer. Even before I’d graduated from law school there was an ongoing debate regarding whether J.D. programs were…
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