What is your role at Lawmatics, and what does your job entail?
I’m the Chief Creative of Lawmatics, a.k.a the in-house designer. I’ve been shaping the app from day one and everything that has to do with our branding and marketing, with the occasional lending a helping hand to our dev team with front end polishing.
How did you end up working for Lawmatics?
I’ve been a long term member of the Matt-and-the-gang, so when things transpired to start a new business venture, it was only natural to go along.
What’s the best part of your job?
I get to do a lot of different things, which for me is pretty much essential to be happy in a job. I enjoy shaping the company’s image and because it’s such a never ending process, it gives me lots of opportunities to explore new solutions, new ways of doing things all the time. When I’m not doing design work, I try to help out as much as I can with front-end development, which for me is just another creative outlet. It keeps things always interesting to be able to switch between different workflows, it assures me I won’t get bored :)
What challenges have you faced or opportunities you’ve uncovered working remotely during COVID-19?
Well, I’m one of the people who has been working remotely for years before the pandemic, so it was pretty much business as usual for me. Not being able to visit the office and hang out with the team might have been the biggest difference.
Where are you originally from, and how did you end up in San Diego?
I was born and raised in Transylvania (Romania, Eastern Europe) and I currently live (and work remotely) in Bend, Oregon with my wife and doggo. I can’t confirm nor deny the allegations that I’m 400 years old...
What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
Designing is my passion, so when I’m not doing it at work I still just want to design and build stuff. Lately, doing projects around the house proved to be a great creative outlet, and a great way for me to get my hands dirty. Living in the Pacific Northwest, we find ourselves outside a lot and we enjoy the great outdoors around us — like floating the Deschutes river or paddle boarding one of the many Cascade Lakes is something we enjoy to do as often as possible.
What is a fun fact most people may not know about you?
I knew very early on that I wanted to become a designer and it’s pretty much all I wanted to do growing up. Getting a computer was key in this endeavor so I was on a mission to build one. Coming up with the money was all on me and I managed to do it in the end by ransacking old scrap metal from my parent’s farm which I then sold to a scrap yard and bought the components to build my rig. Good times :)
What is the one thing you can’t live without and why?
Probably music. I couldn’t imagine a day without music or working without music for that matter. It’s part of my creative process and it keeps me focused. There’s also a dance party in my office pretty much every day. In fact there is one right now as I’m writing this :)
If you're keen on diving into an eclectic world of sound, check out the playlists I hoarded over the years on Spotify.
Do you have a favorite saying, quote, or personal mantra and if so, what is it and why?
"Aut inveniam viam aut faciam" is Latin for "I shall either find a way or make one" — there’s probably no saying that encompasses creative problem solving better. Gotta love it.
Can you walk us through your "Aha" moment - the moment when you realized how powerful the Lawmatics platform is for lawyers and law firms?
There are numerous CRM systems out there which are targeting all businesses, small to large. They offer all the bells and whistles, mostly very broad features that are intended for all sorts of ventures, but they’re not really a tool for a law practice unless you invest time and effort to hack it into what you need. A dedicated platform that is tailored specifically to the practice of law is where the game-changing really happens! We have lawyers on our team who aid every step of the project to be as useful as possible for the legal industry specifically — and we've barely scratched the surface! We’re going to the moon ;)
Based on your experience, what words of wisdom or advice do you have for legal professionals looking to help their law firms win more business, impress clients, and be more efficient?
So much of the day-to-day of a law practice is automatable! Probably the easiest way to be competitive as a law firm today is to embrace the advancements in technology. The time and effort saved really is invaluable.
If you don’t really know what exactly you could automate within your practice, or how to even approach this - I urge you to get in touch with any of my colleagues who have helped myriads of firms solve tons of inefficiencies with Lawmatics.