Phone Pet Peeves


How well are you using your phone?

Traditional landline telephones seem almost quaint and antiquated technology when compared to today's cell phones and smart phones with their multiple functions and hundreds of thousands of "apps." Yet the phone remains at the core of your firm's ability to serve clients. How well you use even the most advanced mobile phone technology deter- mines whether that technology is properly addressing the firm's needs.

Cell phone misuse

That brings us to the issue of cell phone misuse. That there is legal liability from misusing a smart phone - above all while phoning or texting while driving - is shown by the many state laws criminalizing these activities. Lawyers who think such restrictions don't or shouldn't apply to them should remember the example of a lawyer from a large West Coast firm who several years ago struck and killed a Virginia pedestrian when making a business call on her cell phone while driving. The lawyer was ordered to serve a year in jail, surrender her law license and pay $2 million in damages. The firm also paid a major settlement under its insurance policy.

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