Part 1 – Law firm iPhone Applications – Features

This post will be the first in a three-part series on iPhone applications for law firms. The topics will include:

  • Features including release date and file size.
  • Opinions on if they are really necessary.
  • Resources and instructions on how to create an iPhone application.
I’m almost positive I was one of the very last people in this world to purchase an iPhone. As a full-time working mother of two, I rarely buy myself lunch let alone a $208+ unnecessary gadget. I remember watching one of the paralegals playing the game “angry birds” and I was hooked (during lunch hour of course).

After the purchase I read an article by Mr. Larry Bodine regarding law firms creating iPhone applications to better communicate with clients. I was intrigued and decided to do some research about what types of features these apps would have. Here is what I found out:

Spar & Bernstein

  • Released: December 7th, 2009
  • Size: 1.0 Mb
  • App includes four categories: immigration, criminal defense, personal injury and divorce law.
  • Provides feeds of firm’s news, twitter posts, podcasts and videos.

Arnold & Porter LLP

  • App name: Consumer Advertising Law Blog
  • Released: December 16th, 2009
  • Size:0.5 Mb
  • First AmLaw law firm to publish iPhone app.
  • App takes content from blog and makes it easier to access.
  • Provides commentary and news on emerging legal issues in consumer marketing, advertising and promotional activities.

Harper Law PLC

  • App name: Harper Law
  • Released: January 13th, 2010
  • Size: 1.2 Mb
  • Provides a feed of articles.

Torys LLP

  • Released: Feb 28th, 2010
  • Name: 7.2 Mb
  • Offers Latest News through twitter feed, publications and videos.
  • GPS directions to office.
  • Lawyer, patent agent and paralegal bio’s.

Morrison Foerster

  • App Name: MoFo2Go
  • Released: March 09, 2010
  • Size: 1.9 Mb
  • Attorney bio’s
  • News section includes press releases, newsletters, and articles from their “award-winning publication MoFo Tech”.
  • Provides hotel and restaurant locations near MoFo offices.
  • GPS directions to various offices.
  • Maze game.

Goulston & Storrs

  • App name: G&SNews
  • Relased: June 23rd, 2010
  • Size: 0.1 Mb
  • Offers advisories, press releases and publications

Will your law firm be creating an iPhone application? Does your firm already have an app that I haven’t included? I’d love to hear your comments.

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