Kevin O'Keefe

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Trial lawyer turned legal tech entrepreneur, I am the founder and CEO of Seattle-based LexBlog. We’re delivering the future of legal journalism with a network of over 22,000 legal bloggers, world-wide. All powered by LexBlog’s managed WordPress platform.

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I am headed to the annual Legal Marketing Association Conference (“LMA”) in Atlanta next week. I’ll be joined by Dan Mintz, who heads LexBlog’s sales and business development. Dan’s a good person who comes with a lot of passion and care. Like me, he sees business development as all about relationships. People buy people, not products. So don’t be surprised if Dan reaches out to say hi or to meet with you – if he…
I use Twitter more to give shout outs to the good stuff being done by others than to broadcast about LexBlog and our doings. I’ve always had a hard time believing I did something that qualified for bragging. Maybe that’s my Irish Catholic roots and my being an entrepreneur my whole life — nothing’s ever good enough and there’s no reason not to feel guilty. Selfishly though, it just always felt good to make others…
What if there was legal news service, ala UPI, that syndicated legal news, information and commentary so that such news and commentary could be published by third-parties? UPI (United Press International), founded in 1907, at its peak had more than 2,000 full-time employees, 200 news bureaus in 92 countries and more than 6,000 media subscribers, including newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations. As a kid I thought it incredibly neat that our local daily small…
I’ve been wondering of late how many lawyers have hands on, blue collar work experience. Jobs that shape character for life, as my colleague, Bob Ambrogi, put it to me this afternoon. I was concerned that if lawyers lacked such experience they wouldnt be as good a lawyer. So walking off the ferry yesterday morning I put the question of blue collar work experience before law out on Twitter. https://twitter.com/kevinokeefe/status/1110574818942844930 The resulting responses, and…
In reviewing the digital publishing work of state bar associations, I looked at their use of Twitter. Every state bar association, except one, is using Twitter. Many bars make their Twitter communications prominent on the front page of their website. Most invite people to follow them on Twitter. Bars, generally, tweet news and information, varying from CLE programs to awards and pro bono/charitable efforts. Some bars have genrerated a decent Twitter following doing this, others…
My COO, Garry Vander Voort’s post yesterday about MySpace’s deleting their user’s archived content should serve as a wake up a call to legal professionals publishing articles and blog posts to third party controlled systems. MySpace announced this week, that in addition to other content, over 50 million music tracks were lost.  Per MySpace: ”As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago…
The reason that some law firm IT and legal marketing folks aren’t fans of WordPress is that when they neglect to update it or make ill-advised use of plugins and themes WordPress becomes unsafe. It really is as simple as that. WordPress is one of the most, if not the most, stable, secure and highly performing content management solutions available to small and large law firms, whether it be for a blog, a microsite or…
I don’t get word out from the factory floor often enough. I’ll try to do better. Our tech and development team worked weekends in February to upgrade LexBlog’s managed WordPress platform to PHP 7.2. PHP is a programming and scripting language to create dynamic interactive websites. WordPress is written using PHP as the scripting language. Like WordPress, PHP is also  Open Source and used by countless developers and managed platforms, worldwide. Why should you and…
Reviewing state bar association websites and their online publications, we’re finding that the vast majority do not include a listing of their member attorneys’ law blogs. There are exceptions. I gave a shoutout today to the State Bar of Arizona and veteran journalist and editor of the Arizona Attorney Magazine, Tim Eigo for their work in creating and running the Arizona Attorney Blog Network. https://twitter.com/kevinokeefe/status/1105978703689994245?s=12 Bar association websites, as they should, routinely list resources…