There have been a flurry of articles recently (click here, for example) about how lawyers are “flocking” or at least migrating to Twitter for marketing purposes. The industrious Adrian Lurssen of JD Supra has even compiled the definitive, and ever-expanding, list of “Lawyers (and Legal Professionals) on Twitter” that is now nearly 500 strong.
Having been on Twitter now for a couple of months (visit Securities Docket’s Twitter feed at @SecuritiesD) and after exploring Adrian’s list and all of the logical places I can think of, it is my sense that the overwhelming majority of the lawyers/legal professionals on Adrian’s list and on Twitter are in non-business focused practices such as divorce, criminal law, personal injury, family law, and immigration, or are in law-related positions such as knowledge management, law librarians, and continuing legal education positions.
Conspicuously absent from Adrian’s list are lawyers from big law firms. In an online exchange I had today with Collin Udell, a Bingham McCutchen lawyer with a Twitter feed (@collinudell), we guessed that the number of “BigLaw” lawyers currently on Twitter is probably around 25. Even that number seems a bit high to me, however.
I am going to set up a page on Securities Docket (see the link below) on which we will identify and keep a running list of “BigLaw Lawyers on Twitter.” To make this as inclusive as possible, let’s include anyone currently or formerly with a major law firm who is posting on Twitter primarily about business/business law topics.
Please send me your suggestions for additions to the list, which we kick off today with a grand total of four feeds. In a year or so, I hope to look back on this post and laugh when this list numbers in the hundreds or thousands.