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Top 25 Legal Influencers to Follow on Twitter in 2018

Top 25 Legal Influencers to Follow on Twitter in 2018 19/12/2017

Ma Jnana Settle is a Texas-licensed attorney who was born and raised on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Since graduating from law school at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law in 2016, she has pursued two careers simultaneously. As a lawyer, her law firm is situated in Wylie, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. She practices in the areas of real estate, estate planning, and small business law. In addition, she is a prolific legal content writer and avid legal tech nerd. Her articles have been published by the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association, in addition to her articles on Disruptor Daily. She ghostwrites legal content for other lawyers that ends up as blogs, legal articles, and continuing legal education programs throughout the U.S. She can be reached at jsettle@thesettlelawfirm.com

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Identifying legal influencers and following them on social media is one of the best ways to stay up-to-date on what’s moving and shaking in the legal industry. Below, I’ve compiled a list of the top 25 legal influencers you should be following on Twitter, if you aren’t already. While there are a ton of companies out there with legal influence, and you will find some of them at the end, the bulk of this list focuses on individuals. Many of them will be instantly recognizable since they appear regularly on the front pages of national newspapers or head legal industry websites. Others are hidden gems that you may not have heard of until now. Each one of them is exerting their influence on the legal industry in some notable way and is well worth your Twitter time.


Individuals


Bryan Garner

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a practicing lawyer who doesn’t know who Bryan Garner is, so why not follow him on Twitter? Garner is a lexicographer, frequent lecturer, founder of LawProse, editor of Black’s Law Dictionary, and author of Garner’s Modern English Usage. His stance on word choice has been influencing the writing of lawyers for decades. His impact on the legal industry, especially his push to (finally) modernize legal vernacular, will likely influence our children’s children. Plus, the linguaphile in all of us will delight in the bits of language-related wisdom and humor sprinkled throughout his feed. You can follow him on Twitter at 


Nicole Black

Nicole Black describes herself as a “legal technology evangelist.” The lawyer/author/journalist has almost 22,000 Twitter followers and runs the MyCase blog to boot. Her published books on legal technology include Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier (2010) and Cloud Computing for Lawyers (2012). Black is also a lawtech Talk legal technology consultant and an avid blogger on law firms and innovation. You can follow her on Twitter at 


Kenneth A. Grady

Retired lawyer Kenneth A. Grady is a noted consultant who redefines legal department-law firm relationships. He’s also a well-known speaker on innovation in law firms and adaption of technology to fit a changing legal services market. His more than 5,000 Twitter followers can find convenient links to the latest Daily Lean Gazette, Grady’s electronic newsletter on applying lean manufacturing principles to the changing practice of law. You can follow him on Twitter at 


Robert (Bob) J. Ambrogi

Bob Ambrogi runs the well-known legal tech blog LawSites, which chronicles all the websites and tools lawyers need to know about, well, yesterday. If you’re a tech nerd, you’ve already stumbled onto Ambrogi’s excellent blog, and if you’re a newb, then you should probably head to his Twitter account to stay abreast of blog topics and upcoming legal tech events. If you’re ready to delve right into the software and apps that are missing from your work life, you can join his 17,000 current followers on Twitter at 


Madaline Zannes

With a focus on startups and artificial intelligence, Madaline Zannes’ Twitter feed reflects her deep interest in legal innovation and disruption. She has an impressive 34,000 Twitter followers and her feed chronicles the rise and fall of tech companies, hot happenings in legal tech events, and just about everything else. You can follow her on Twitter at 


Andrew Arruda

Andrew Arruda, co-founder and CEO of Ross Intelligence, is a man on the cutting edge of law and technology. His Twitter feed is a fascinating mix of timely topics, tech innovation news, and – this is true – dad jokes. If you aren’t one of his over 3,000 followers, you are absolutely missing out. You can follow him on Twitter at 


Stacey E. Burke

Stacey Burke is a Jane-of-all-trades who focuses the majority of her influence and time on educating other lawyers about social media marketing, law firm web design, and law firm branding. Burke is a trial lawyer who has jumped ship into the cluttered world of firm marketing yet risen like foam to the top. She has over 12,000 followers and counting. You can add your name to the list by following her on Twitter at 


Brian Cuban

Mental health and addiction are prevalent issues in the legal industry, but they’ve been hushed up and swept under the rug routinely until recent years. Brian Cuban (younger brother of the more famous Mark Cuban) makes the list of legal influencers because he’s one of the few to shine a public spotlight on these issues. His growing influence is apparent through his speaking schedule and book releases, not to mention a hefty 24,000 followers. You can follow him on Twitter at 


Gabriel Teninbaum

Gabriel Teninbaum is a legal writing professor at Suffolk University Law School. He’s also the director of the Institute on Law Practice Technology & Innovation, and perhaps the most tech-savvy law professor to ever grace a class of 1Ls with his presence. Through his work with the institute, he educates future lawyers on how to integrate the law they are learning with the technology available to deliver it to clients. Despite his achievements, Professor Teninbaum has a stunningly modest following of just over 1,000. You can see what your friends and colleagues are missing out on by following him on Twitter at 


Rachel Gurvich

As the co-founder of the #PracticeTuesday hashtag on Twitter, Rachel Gurvich’s feed is full of the kind of easily digestible but immensely informative tidbits that practicing lawyers actually have time in their day to read. Many of the #PracticeTuesday hashtags prompt some excellent and substantial conversations between lawyers and legal industry professionals across the Twitterverse. Professor Gurvich is also a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law, which no doubt adds some numbers to her 1,500 followers. You can follow her yourself at 


Greg Lambert

Greg Lambert is one of the founders of 3 Geeks and a Law Blog and currently the president of the American Association of Law Libraries. If that resume doesn’t convince you to follow him on Twitter, perhaps his 12,000 followers will. Much of Lambert’s current Twitter feed is focused on political issues affecting legal technology, such as the controversy surrounding net neutrality, as well as advocating for law librarians as today’s legal technologists. You can follow him on Twitter at 


Sarah Jeong

As a senior writer at The Verge, Sarah Jeong is a great source of tech news for even the Luddites among us. In addition, her feed is a source of witty and, at times, sharp commentary on the state of gender across both the legal and technology industries. She was an early adopter of the Twitter platform and has been tweeting since 2009 to her now 51,000 followers. You can follow her on Twitter at 


Keith Lee

Keith Lee runs the websites Associate’s Mind and Lawyer Smack (formerly Lawyer Slack), both of which are wildly popular among solos and small firm attorneys. Lawyer Smack, a members-only online discussion group for lawyers across the country, brings together thousands of attorneys from dozens of niche areas of law. When Lee isn’t developing and moderating 100+ channels of discussions, he entertains and enlightens over 4,000 followers on Twitter with case analysis, social commentary, and delightfully questionable cures for lawyer boredom. You can follow him on Twitter at 


Dan Lear

Dan Lear is the Director of Industry Relations at Avvo. While you’d naturally expect his feed to focus on marketing solutions and other business development issues, you’ll be surprised to learn that he also focuses substantially on technology innovation in the profession. You can join his almost 5,000 followers on Twitter at 


Kevin O’Keefe

If your job depends in any way on legal marketing, you are derelict in your duties if you aren’t already one of the 25,000 people following Kevin O’Keefe. He is a guru on the subject, as well as the CEO and founder of LexBlog. O’Keefe’s Twitter feed is full of marketing resources from his blog, TED talks, and helpful retweets of fellow Twitter users. You can follow him on Twitter at 


David Lat

David Lat is one of the founders of Above the Law, the ubiquitous, know-it-before-it-happens legal news website that everyone starts reading in 1L and never stops. While some facets of ATL can resemble the legal version of U.S. Weekly magazine, with BigLaw partners and supreme court judges replacing popstars and movie stars, there’s no denying that ALT and its head honchos are influencers in the legal community. Lat has an impressive 26,000 followers on his feed and there’s a good chance you’re already one of them. If not, you can follow him on Twitter at 


Sherrilyn Ifill

Sherrilyn Ifill is the President and Director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Her personal Twitter account has 53,000 followers who look to Ifill for news and commentary on the pressing civil rights issues of our day. Her feed is humanized by the sharing of personal anecdotes of racism both stunning and slight, along with her promise that each and every tweet is her own. You can follow her on Twitter at 


Samantha Power

Lawyer – writer – mother – Harvard professor – former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. If there’s anything Samantha Power can’t do, she hasn’t encountered it yet. Her Twitter feed has an intense audience approaching 80,000, and following it is a great way to keep up on legal news on the world stage, including humanitarian efforts and international cooperation. You can follow her on Twitter at 


Elizabeth Warren

Love her or despise her, Senator Elizabeth Warren is influencing the law and there are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. She is one of the most outspoken and popular Democrats of our age. Her official senatorial Twitter account has 3.76 million followers, while even her personal account has a very respectable 1.87 million. You can follow her at  (official) or  (personal).


Donald J. Trump

Controversial as he may be, it’s hard to find a legal influencer higher up than the current President of the United States. As the head of the executive branch of government, influencing legal matters is, well, in the job description. In addition, President Trump is perhaps Twitter’s most famous (or infamous, depending upon your politics) user of all time. You can join his more than 24 million Twitter followers at the official White House Twitter handle 


Nonprofits, News Outlets, and Legal Journals


Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative has its finger on the pulse of racial inequality in America, so if this topic concerns you – and frankly, it concerns ALL of us – you should join 20,000 fellow Twitter users who share your interest in using the law to hold injustice accountable. You can follow the Equal Justice Initiative on Twitter at 


The Center for Legal Services Innovation

Headquartered at Michigan State University College of Law, the Center for Legal Services Innovation has a small but growing Twitter fan base of around 2,000 followers. Expect that number to grow. As its Twitter handle implies, the Center is a hub of research and development aimed at improving the field of legal services delivery. Follow it on Twitter at 


Above the Law

David Lat, founder of Above the Law, makes our list above in his personal capacity. However, a list of legal influencers could not be complete without a shout out directly to the legal eagle news company he created and still helps to run. More than just an outlet for legal gossip, a breaking story on Above the Law has left many firms and attorneys scrambling to cover their butts. Its front-page topics often influence national discourse on the state of the legal industry. Join 144,000 of your closest friends by following Above the Law on Twitter at 


Legaltech news

The Twitter feed of Legaltech news is influencing what’s on the tongues and minds of lawyers across the country every day. Its diverse coverage of products, services, people, news, analysis, and commentary focuses in large part on the legal tech industry. You can join its 28,000 followers on Twitter at 


ABA Journal

The country’s most-read legal affairs magazine is on Twitter, because these days even print magazines need their own Twitter feed. At least 91,000 followers agree. The American Bar Association Journal keeps its feed full of resources, links, and commentary on everything from social justice to legal tech trends. You can follow it at 

Ma Jnana Settle is a Texas-licensed attorney who was born and raised on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Since graduating from law school at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law in 2016, she has pursued two careers simultaneously. As a lawyer, her law firm is situated in Wylie, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. She practices in the areas of real estate, estate planning, and small business law. In addition, she is a prolific legal content writer and avid legal tech nerd. Her articles have been published by the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association, in addition to her articles on Disruptor Daily. She ghostwrites legal content for other lawyers that ends up as blogs, legal articles, and continuing legal education programs throughout the U.S. She can be reached at jsettle@thesettlelawfirm.com

Top 25 Legal Influencers to Follow on Twitter in 2018 19/12/2017

Founder of Disruptor Daily. Serial Entrepreneur. Passionate about all-things disruption.

10 Alternative Legal Services Providers Shaking It Up in 2018

Photo Credit: keitma/123RF

Identifying legal influencers and following them on social media is one of the best ways to stay up-to-date on what’s moving and shaking in the legal industry. Below, I’ve compiled a list of the top 25 legal influencers you should be following on Twitter, if you aren’t already. While there are a ton of companies out there with legal influence, and you will find some of them at the end, the bulk of this list focuses on individuals. Many of them will be instantly recognizable since they appear regularly on the front pages of national newspapers or head legal industry websites. Others are hidden gems that you may not have heard of until now. Each one of them is exerting their influence on the legal industry in some notable way and is well worth your Twitter time.


Individuals


Bryan Garner

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a practicing lawyer who doesn’t know who Bryan Garner is, so why not follow him on Twitter? Garner is a lexicographer, frequent lecturer, founder of LawProse, editor of Black’s Law Dictionary, and author of Garner’s Modern English Usage. His stance on word choice has been influencing the writing of lawyers for decades. His impact on the legal industry, especially his push to (finally) modernize legal vernacular, will likely influence our children’s children. Plus, the linguaphile in all of us will delight in the bits of language-related wisdom and humor sprinkled throughout his feed. You can follow him on Twitter at 


Nicole Black

Nicole Black describes herself as a “legal technology evangelist.” The lawyer/author/journalist has almost 22,000 Twitter followers and runs the MyCase blog to boot. Her published books on legal technology include Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier (2010) and Cloud Computing for Lawyers (2012). Black is also a lawtech Talk legal technology consultant and an avid blogger on law firms and innovation. You can follow her on Twitter at 


Kenneth A. Grady

Retired lawyer Kenneth A. Grady is a noted consultant who redefines legal department-law firm relationships. He’s also a well-known speaker on innovation in law firms and adaption of technology to fit a changing legal services market. His more than 5,000 Twitter followers can find convenient links to the latest Daily Lean Gazette, Grady’s electronic newsletter on applying lean manufacturing principles to the changing practice of law. You can follow him on Twitter at 


Robert (Bob) J. Ambrogi

Bob Ambrogi runs the well-known legal tech blog LawSites, which chronicles all the websites and tools lawyers need to know about, well, yesterday. If you’re a tech nerd, you’ve already stumbled onto Ambrogi’s excellent blog, and if you’re a newb, then you should probably head to his Twitter account to stay abreast of blog topics and upcoming legal tech events. If you’re ready to delve right into the software and apps that are missing from your work life, you can join his 17,000 current followers on Twitter at 


Madaline Zannes

With a focus on startups and artificial intelligence, Madaline Zannes’ Twitter feed reflects her deep interest in legal innovation and disruption. She has an impressive 34,000 Twitter followers and her feed chronicles the rise and fall of tech companies, hot happenings in legal tech events, and just about everything else. You can follow her on Twitter at 


Andrew Arruda

Andrew Arruda, co-founder and CEO of Ross Intelligence, is a man on the cutting edge of law and technology. His Twitter feed is a fascinating mix of timely topics, tech innovation news, and – this is true – dad jokes. If you aren’t one of his over 3,000 followers, you are absolutely missing out. You can follow him on Twitter at 


Stacey E. Burke

Stacey Burke is a Jane-of-all-trades who focuses the majority of her influence and time on educating other lawyers about social media marketing, law firm web design, and law firm branding. Burke is a trial lawyer who has jumped ship into the cluttered world of firm marketing yet risen like foam to the top. She has over 12,000 followers and counting. You can add your name to the list by following her on Twitter at 


Brian Cuban

Mental health and addiction are prevalent issues in the legal industry, but they’ve been hushed up and swept under the rug routinely until recent years. Brian Cuban (younger brother of the more famous Mark Cuban) makes the list of legal influencers because he’s one of the few to shine a public spotlight on these issues. His growing influence is apparent through his speaking schedule and book releases, not to mention a hefty 24,000 followers. You can follow him on Twitter at 


Gabriel Teninbaum

Gabriel Teninbaum is a legal writing professor at Suffolk University Law School. He’s also the director of the Institute on Law Practice Technology & Innovation, and perhaps the most tech-savvy law professor to ever grace a class of 1Ls with his presence. Through his work with the institute, he educates future lawyers on how to integrate the law they are learning with the technology available to deliver it to clients. Despite his achievements, Professor Teninbaum has a stunningly modest following of just over 1,000. You can see what your friends and colleagues are missing out on by following him on Twitter at 


Rachel Gurvich

As the co-founder of the #PracticeTuesday hashtag on Twitter, Rachel Gurvich’s feed is full of the kind of easily digestible but immensely informative tidbits that practicing lawyers actually have time in their day to read. Many of the #PracticeTuesday hashtags prompt some excellent and substantial conversations between lawyers and legal industry professionals across the Twitterverse. Professor Gurvich is also a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law, which no doubt adds some numbers to her 1,500 followers. You can follow her yourself at 


Greg Lambert

Greg Lambert is one of the founders of 3 Geeks and a Law Blog and currently the president of the American Association of Law Libraries. If that resume doesn’t convince you to follow him on Twitter, perhaps his 12,000 followers will. Much of Lambert’s current Twitter feed is focused on political issues affecting legal technology, such as the controversy surrounding net neutrality, as well as advocating for law librarians as today’s legal technologists. You can follow him on Twitter at 


Sarah Jeong

As a senior writer at The Verge, Sarah Jeong is a great source of tech news for even the Luddites among us. In addition, her feed is a source of witty and, at times, sharp commentary on the state of gender across both the legal and technology industries. She was an early adopter of the Twitter platform and has been tweeting since 2009 to her now 51,000 followers. You can follow her on Twitter at 


Keith Lee

Keith Lee runs the websites Associate’s Mind and Lawyer Smack (formerly Lawyer Slack), both of which are wildly popular among solos and small firm attorneys. Lawyer Smack, a members-only online discussion group for lawyers across the country, brings together thousands of attorneys from dozens of niche areas of law. When Lee isn’t developing and moderating 100+ channels of discussions, he entertains and enlightens over 4,000 followers on Twitter with case analysis, social commentary, and delightfully questionable cures for lawyer boredom. You can follow him on Twitter at 


Dan Lear

Dan Lear is the Director of Industry Relations at Avvo. While you’d naturally expect his feed to focus on marketing solutions and other business development issues, you’ll be surprised to learn that he also focuses substantially on technology innovation in the profession. You can join his almost 5,000 followers on Twitter at 


Kevin O’Keefe

If your job depends in any way on legal marketing, you are derelict in your duties if you aren’t already one of the 25,000 people following Kevin O’Keefe. He is a guru on the subject, as well as the CEO and founder of LexBlog. O’Keefe’s Twitter feed is full of marketing resources from his blog, TED talks, and helpful retweets of fellow Twitter users. You can follow him on Twitter at 


David Lat

David Lat is one of the founders of Above the Law, the ubiquitous, know-it-before-it-happens legal news website that everyone starts reading in 1L and never stops. While some facets of ATL can resemble the legal version of U.S. Weekly magazine, with BigLaw partners and supreme court judges replacing popstars and movie stars, there’s no denying that ALT and its head honchos are influencers in the legal community. Lat has an impressive 26,000 followers on his feed and there’s a good chance you’re already one of them. If not, you can follow him on Twitter at 


Sherrilyn Ifill

Sherrilyn Ifill is the President and Director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Her personal Twitter account has 53,000 followers who look to Ifill for news and commentary on the pressing civil rights issues of our day. Her feed is humanized by the sharing of personal anecdotes of racism both stunning and slight, along with her promise that each and every tweet is her own. You can follow her on Twitter at 


Samantha Power

Lawyer – writer – mother – Harvard professor – former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. If there’s anything Samantha Power can’t do, she hasn’t encountered it yet. Her Twitter feed has an intense audience approaching 80,000, and following it is a great way to keep up on legal news on the world stage, including humanitarian efforts and international cooperation. You can follow her on Twitter at 


Elizabeth Warren

Love her or despise her, Senator Elizabeth Warren is influencing the law and there are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. She is one of the most outspoken and popular Democrats of our age. Her official senatorial Twitter account has 3.76 million followers, while even her personal account has a very respectable 1.87 million. You can follow her at  (official) or  (personal).


Donald J. Trump

Controversial as he may be, it’s hard to find a legal influencer higher up than the current President of the United States. As the head of the executive branch of government, influencing legal matters is, well, in the job description. In addition, President Trump is perhaps Twitter’s most famous (or infamous, depending upon your politics) user of all time. You can join his more than 24 million Twitter followers at the official White House Twitter handle 


Nonprofits, News Outlets, and Legal Journals


Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative has its finger on the pulse of racial inequality in America, so if this topic concerns you – and frankly, it concerns ALL of us – you should join 20,000 fellow Twitter users who share your interest in using the law to hold injustice accountable. You can follow the Equal Justice Initiative on Twitter at 


The Center for Legal Services Innovation

Headquartered at Michigan State University College of Law, the Center for Legal Services Innovation has a small but growing Twitter fan base of around 2,000 followers. Expect that number to grow. As its Twitter handle implies, the Center is a hub of research and development aimed at improving the field of legal services delivery. Follow it on Twitter at 


Above the Law

David Lat, founder of Above the Law, makes our list above in his personal capacity. However, a list of legal influencers could not be complete without a shout out directly to the legal eagle news company he created and still helps to run. More than just an outlet for legal gossip, a breaking story on Above the Law has left many firms and attorneys scrambling to cover their butts. Its front-page topics often influence national discourse on the state of the legal industry. Join 144,000 of your closest friends by following Above the Law on Twitter at 


Legaltech news

The Twitter feed of Legaltech news is influencing what’s on the tongues and minds of lawyers across the country every day. Its diverse coverage of products, services, people, news, analysis, and commentary focuses in large part on the legal tech industry. You can join its 28,000 followers on Twitter at 


ABA Journal

The country’s most-read legal affairs magazine is on Twitter, because these days even print magazines need their own Twitter feed. At least 91,000 followers agree. The American Bar Association Journal keeps its feed full of resources, links, and commentary on everything from social justice to legal tech trends. You can follow it at 

Founder of Disruptor Daily. Serial Entrepreneur. Passionate about all-things disruption.

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