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Social Media Do's and Don’ts for Lawyers

May 20, 2015

IP LitigationCommercial Litigation

Social Media Do's and Don’ts for Lawyers

May 20, 2015

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In recent years, waves of technological transformation have washed over our economy, wiping out entire industries and changing our business landscape forever. Darwinian forces in this new marketplace have extinguished conventional brick-and-mortar retail businesses like Blockbuster and Tower Records, while new companies, more fit to survive in this digital era like Netflix and Spotify, have sprung to life.

In this sea of change, the legal profession is no island. Attorneys must also adapt to technological innovation to survive in a highly competitive environment. Litigators, in particular, should search for ways to leverage technology to more effectively prepare and present their cases for trial. Among all forms of technology, social media may present the most interesting opportunities and challenges for legal practitioners. In its relatively short life span, social media has proven to be a pervasive and disruptive force, which attorneys ignore at their own peril. The mishandling of social media has resulted in sanctions, public reprimands, privilege waivers, and the remittitur of damages. On the other hand, many lawyers have made good use of social media to obtain key discovery and effectively market their legal practice. In the modern practice of law, attorneys must maximize the opportunities that social media affords while simultaneously minimizing its risks.

Based on the case law that is emerging concerning social media, there are several key “do’s” and “don’ts” that every attorney should know:

We will explore each of these items on the Fish Litigation Blog in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned!

This post was devised from “SOCIAL MEDIA DO’S AND DON’TS FOR LAWYERS,” Business Disputes 2014 Course

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Ricardo Bonilla | Associate

​Ricardo Bonilla is an Associate in Fish & Richardson’s Dallas office. He was previously a Summer Associate with the firm in 2010 and 2011. Mr. Bonilla’s practice includes all areas of commercial and intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on patents. Prior to law...

Taj Clayton | Principal

Taj Clayton is a Principal in the Dallas office of Fish & Richardson. Mr. Clayton has successfully represented a variety of clients ranging from award-winning filmmakers to one of the world’s largest financial institutions. Mr. Clayton practices in both...

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