Adams and Reese Partner Jeff Richardson, who founded in 2008 the legal technology blog, iPhoneJD, was interviewed by The Digital Edge about the new Apple products and services, what he recommends for lawyers, and predictions for the future of technology.
Richardson starts by describing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, differences from previous iPhones, and size and storage recommendations for lawyers using a smartphone in their practice. He gives some suggestions for essential accessories including a case, external battery, additional cables, and bluetooth headphones. Richardson then describes new iOS 8 features such as predictive text and interactive notifications, how the Apple Watch will change the future of wearable technology, and what Apple Pay means for consumers and vendors. Although Apple is always coming out with new products, it is a particularly exciting time for lawyers and technology.
Many lawyers love to use Apple products in their practice and personal lives and are often eager to learn about the newest change in the technology or services. The iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iOS 8 were released in September 2014, Apple Pay launches in October 2014, and the Apple Watch is set to be released in the spring of 2015.
In 2014, Richardson’s blog, iphonejd.com, was selected the No. 1 Legal Tech Blog by the ABA Journal editors and more than 4,000 readers in the 2013 ABA Journal Blawg 100. This was the fifth consecutive year in which Richardson’s blog was ranked among the Top 100 Blogs by the ABA Journal Law News in its ABA Journal Blawg 100.
Richardson, who practices in the firm’s New Orleans office, launched the blog to explore lawyerly uses for the iPhone, which he describes in his bio as the “perfect handheld device” he’s been searching for since the late 1980s. Richardson has served as an adjunct professor at Tulane University, teaching “Computers and the Law.”
Richardson’s legal practice focuses on defending companies sued in class actions and complex litigation, as well as appellate litigation.