BlackBerry is constantly with me,” says Joel Stein of
the Chicago law firm Deutsch Levy & Engel. As a litigator
admitted to the bars of fives states and the District of Columbia,
Joel deals with multiple matters on a daily basis and travels
extensively. Voice and data access via his BlackBerry 8700
allow him to be productive at any given time, whether he is
driving locally between counties or is at an airport. Time
spent commuting via train or cab, court, evenings and weekends
at home, and even walking down the hall are also opportunities
to be productive.
“Clients find you or you find them
regardless of the time of day,” Joel emphasizes. The
challenge for most attorneys is accounting for all these billable
moments and ultimately the revenue that happens when they
Since getting his first Palm device 12 years
ago, Joel had been looking for something to address the problem
of overlooked and lost time while using mobile devices or
when he was out of the office.
Joel Stein can
now quickly and easily account for his billable time
Joel felt that giving up
his personal cell phone in favor of exclusively using the
BlackBerry would simplify his life; however, tracking the
time still remained a challenge. When he learned of AIRTIME-Manager
last fall in Law Technology News, he wanted to know more.
The Solution: AIRTIME
recommended that Joel capitalize on two key components of
Automatic Capture of Mobile Voice and E-Mail Events A4P contemporaneously
displays the billing requirements including the associated
client/matter for voice and e-mail events on the BlackBerry.
One click captures the event for input directly into the firm’s
time entry system.
Time Note allows external time entries to be input on the
The Result: “A4P captures all
my time that previously went unrecognized.
Daily time entry while
With A4P Time Note, Joel can record events that occur outside
the office such as court, research, and client meetings, directly
on his BlackBerry. He enters billable time as it occurs or
catches up when he might have a free moment. A free moment
might be when he is commuting, at lunch, or even on an airplane.
Joel confirms, “I don’t leave the office behind
so Time Note is crucial, especially for time spent at home
in the evening and on the weekend – activity that would
otherwise be lost.” Joel frequently uses A4P’s
note field to customize the time entry with a specific narrative.
Increased revenue 1/10th
of an hour at a time
Joel recorded 1,735 events from his BlackBerry in his first
four months of using A4P. This high volume made his attempts
at manually recording consecutive phone calls and e-mails
unsuccessful. A4P’s Automatic Time Capture now allows
Joel to concentrate on the business at hand while preventing
lost revenue. Since his mobile events average 6.4 minutes
each, the related time billing is significant. Timekeeping
requirements such as date, time, duration, the type of event,
and the client/matter are saved with just one click. “I
can’t imagine A4P being any simpler,” Joel says.
One important benefit of A4P that Joel realized
was that A4P protects against peripheral time billing losses.
Joel’s routine is to review the events A4P automatically
captured or inputted via Time Note every few days and then
consider final edits that typically include enhanced descriptions
and increased time. The A4P data helps Joel reconstruct his
entire day in a much more timely and accurate fashion.
summary, A4P is a service that provides good value. There
is no up-front investment in software to begin tracking time
away from the office that what was previously lost. I consider
it an indestructible notepad to track my time and would recommend
it to anyone."
For more information contact your AIRTIME Regional Sales
Manager at 877.247.4464 or visit us at www.airtimemgr.com.
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