I wouldn’t describe myself as a podcast nut, but I do enjoy them when I have time to listen. I don’t have much of a daily commute, so the chance usually comes when I’m exercising or doing something around the house. It’s a nice escape and a good way to learn something new.
In looking at the list of podcasts I subscribe to, I’m sad to say that almost all of them have something to do with law, business, or technology. I guess I could stand to branch out more. This is pretty different from my streaming TV choices, which trend toward science fiction, dystopian drama, and rock-and-roll documentaries.
Anyway, on to what prompted this post.
Lawyerist recently published a Best Legal Podcasts list. I’m privileged to have been a guest on three of the ten shows featured. I thought I’d give a shout out to each of the three, tell you a little about them, and encourage you to check them out.
The Maximum Lawyer Podcast
Immigration lawyer Jim Hacking and personal-injury lawyer Tyson Mutrux are just a couple of guys from Missouri trying to improve their practices and help other lawyers do the same. The topics they discuss on The Maximum Lawyer Podcast run the gamut, from online marketing to hiring to automation. I especially like when they interview solo and small firm lawyers about their practices and how they got where they are.
Jim and Tyson are very forward-thinking and do a great job of building people up on the podcast and in their private Facebook group. Over the last couple of years, they’ve brought the party into the real world by hosting their own live conference, which has received rave reviews.
Maximum Lawyer is a must-listen for any attorney who is considering starting their own practice. Weekly episodes run about 30 minutes. Start at Episode 1 and go from there.
My episode: Focus on What You Do Best.
New Solo is part of the Legal Talk Network, which produces several high-quality law-focused podcasts. Host Adriana Linares is a Florida-based legal technologist who can often be found in New Orleans. Her monthly show—which generally runs about 45 minutes—covers a variety of topics of interest to lawyers thinking about or engaged in solo practice.
Adriana is a good interviewer who knows the challenges her guests face and has a way of relating both to them and to the audience. Her show should be included in any solo’s playlist.
The Law Entrepreneur
Neil Tyra, a sole practitioner in Maryland, hosts The Law Entrepreneur, a podcast dedicated to covering the business side of law practice and similar topics we weren’t taught in law school.
Law is not Neil’s first career, and he is very open in discussing the challenges he faces in building his practice into the kind of business he wants it to be. Most episodes run 30 to 45 minutes and are more like listening in on a casual telephone conversation between Neil and his guest than a formal interview. I recommend his show to anyone who considers themselves as much an entrepreneur as a lawyer—and these days, that should be all of us.
My episode: Demystifying Appellate Law & Leveraging the Cloud.