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.

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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.

Trade Secrets

Trade Secrets

TS cover 4 mockupTwo rival lawyers. One an up-and-coming trade-secret litigator with an uncanny ability to know what people are going to do before they do it. The other, a ruthless corporate lawyer who uses people’s secrets to gain wealth and power. They’ve tangled with each other in court over the years. Then the young litigator abruptly leaves the law after a mistake leads to his girlfriend’s death.

Now he works as a prevestigator — he solves crimes before they happen. He learns that the corporate lawyer is on the brink of getting the jackpot of secrets: full access to the NSA’s eavesdropping on Americans’ phone calls, emails, browser histories, and financial records. And the prevestigator knows that he’s the only one who can stop him. If he doesn’t get killed first.

Read Chapter One

Phantom Gold

Phantom Gold

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In 2011, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez foolishly ordered all of the country’s gold reserves shipped back to Caracas. After his death, the government decided that the gold — $8 billion worth — would be safer overseas. They were wrong.

A beautiful and mysterious Venezuelan lawyer hires prevestigator Warren Archer is hired to uncover and stop the most valuable heist in history. Immediately, his life is in danger, and he quickly learns that he can’t trust anyone. From the dark streets of Miami to the deadly mountains of Venezuela to an epic climax on the high seas.

Dire Strait

Dire Strait

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When a beautiful heiress hires prevestigator Warren Archer to find her missing inheritance, he finds himself in the middle of a plot half a world away: the destruction of a new rail tunnel underneath the Bering Strait.

Firing at Will

Firing at Will

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Firing at Will shows managers and employers how to do the most difficult part of their jobs: firing employees. Written by a leading employment lawyer in a refreshingly unlawyerly style, this guide takes the reader through the always-risky process of letting an employee go. Many employers and managers are afraid to pull the trigger when the employment relationship has broken down, and will postpone the decision by using progressive discipline and performance-improvement plans. But an employer must be able to unload employees who threaten to undermine the company and its prospects, regardless of the risks involved in a termination. This book explains how to do it, how not to do it, and how to minimize the danger of an expensive employee lawsuit.

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Narrative Hat

Narrative Hat

narrative hat screenshotJay’s newest blog is for writers and people who use words for a living.

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Gruntled Employees

Gruntled Employees

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Jay wrote Gruntled Employees from 2006 to 2012 as a guide for employers, managers, HR professionals, and in-house counsel. Human Resource Executive named it the “Best HR Law Blog.”

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The Client Revolution

The Client Revolution

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The law-firm business model is nearly 100 years old. It’s time to reinvent the business of law. Are you ready to join the revolution?

Jay wrote The Client Revolution from 2008 to 2012. The American Bar Association’s ABA Journal twice named it a “Top 100 Lawyer Blog.”

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Above the Law

Above the Law

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In 2011, Jay wrote the “Small Firms, Big Lawyers” column for Above the Law, the world’s most popular law blog. His fifty or so articles garnered hundreds of thousands of page views around the world.

 

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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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