Jay Shepherd — Writer. Speaker. Recovering Lawyer.

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[Hey, there. This site is currently being redone. Please forgive the mess. Thanks!] Jay Shepherd is a writer, speaker, and recovering lawyer. When he's not teaching lawyers how to make their jobs easier, he's busy writing legal thrillers. You know, to distract them.

Writing Unboringly

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Speaking Authentically

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Pricing Intentionally

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About Jay

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Jay Shepherd

Jay Shepherd

For 13 years, Jay Shepherd ran Shepherd Law Group, the Boston employer law firm that completely replaced the billable hour with fixed pricing. The firm provided fixed-price employment-law help to more than twenty billion-dollar corporations and scores of smaller companies. Law & Politics magazine called Jay one of the “Top 100 lawyers in New England.” He’s been interviewed by Inc. magazine, The Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal, and dozens of other publications around the world. He now works full-time as a writer and professional speaker.

Jay’s first book, Firing at Will: A Manager’s Guide (Apress/Springer, 2011), is a plain-English guide to dealing with problem employees with an eye to avoiding (or winning) litigation. The book draws from Jay’s 17 years of protecting companies in and out of court.

Jay began blogging in 2006 with his human-resources-related site, Gruntled Employees. In 2008, he started The Client Revolution, covering innovations in pricing and business models for lawyers and other professionals. In 2011, he wrote a column on lawyering for the world’s most popular law blog, Above the Law. And in 2013, he launched Narrative Hat, a blog for writers and professionals who use words.

Jay now spends much of his time writing legal thrillers. Trade Secrets, the first novel in his Prevestigator series, is coming soon, followed by Phantom Gold and Dire Strait.

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Jay’s Works

Here are some of the things Jay’s worked on.

Ignite Law 2011

How You Will Practice Law in 2019

Ignite Law 2011 at ABA TechShow
April 2011

In 2019, your law practice will use cloud computing, a paperless office, and the iPad 10. But those won’t be the biggest changes to how you practice law. Instead, the biggest difference will be in the way you value and price what you sell. And before you can make that change, you have to understand what it is you sell. Spoiler alert: It ain’t “legal services,” and it sure as hell ain’t “hours” or “time.” Instead, lawyers sell knowledge. How you value and price that knowledge will be the greatest change in your 2019 practice (before you hop in your flying car and head to court).

LexThink 2013

Don’t Do What You’re Good At

LexThink 2013 at ABA TechShow
April 2013

The most common career advice is “do what you’re good at.” And you probably listened, right? Which is fine. But do you ever wonder, “Is this it? What happened to putting a dent in the universe, and all that? Why aren’t I happier? Why does it feel so much like work?”

It turns out that “do what you’re good at” is bad advice. But don’t worry. It’s not too late. Speaker, writer, and recovering lawyer Jay Shepherd will give you the five steps you’ll need to be happier, disrupt your legal marketplace, and maybe even change the world.

LexThink 2012

The Result Triangle

LexThink 2012 at ABA TechShow
March 2012

Want to know how to get people to do what you want? Jay Shepherd invented the Result Triangle, a surprisingly simple way to focus your efforts as you try to persuade people. This six-minute talk shows you how.

Sydney 2010

The Client Revolution: Law-Firm Evolution

Australian Law Practice Management Association
Sydney, October 2010

Here’s a short preview of a speech Jay gave to a national convention in Sydney on getting rid of the billable hour and replacing it with real pricing.

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