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Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell (Locke Lord) released their own iPhone app this week. Although there are only a handful of BigLaw firms that have created iPhone apps, I think that most of “wow” factor faded at this point. These apps are still very useful, but tend to be more of a mobile version of the firm’s website, along with a few bells and whistles that take advantage of things like one-touch phone calls or emails, or GPS tracking of the firm’s locations. Since the “wow” factor has worn off, it is important that firms that create iPhone apps set them up for the convenience of their clients. It looks like that is what Locke Lord is doing with this app.
I downloaded it on my iPad (since I don’t own an iPhone), and here’s what I thought about it.
The Locke Lord app covers the basics that you’d expect in an iPhone app:
- Roster of Attorneys
Alphabetical and searchable roster that allows you to see the attorney’s contact information, picture, education, practices, and everything else you expect to find on the roster and bio.
- List of Practice Areas
All of the practice groups are listed and you can get some additional information on each of the groups. When I tested out this feature, I found that it was very slow in loading, and the Professional as well as the News/Events tabs were not loading any information. I’m assuming that this is a “feature” and will be fixed at some point.
Exactly what you would expect to find. Client Alerts, News and Firm Events listed. You can sign up for one of the events directly from the phone (although, when I tried it, the page wouldn’t load correctly – possibly an AT&T 3G issue and not the app’s.)
Here’s where the convenience of a GPS enabled device comes in handy. Get directions and it will launch your GPS navigation app and show you that it is right across the street!
More general information about the firm, including the Executive Team, Mission Statement, etc.