Lawyers & Mobile Devices: Time, Money, Security Issues

Posted on May 12, 2015

The first time moviegoers saw a "mobile" phone in a movie happened in the 1954 romantic comedy Sabrina, starring Audrey Hepburn. That first glimpse of a mobile phone shows a lawyer, Linus Larabee (played by Humphrey Bogart), taking care of business while he's being chauffeured from his Long Island estate to his offices in Manhattan.

Ever since, lawyers have been among the earliest adopters of mobile technology. So it was no surprise when the International Legal Technology Association's (ILTA) annual technology survey for 2014 showed that law firms are among the businesses most likely to pay all or part of their key employee's access and data charges for smartphones used at work.

Nor was it surprising that some law firms still use BlackBerry devices, although iOS and Android are the major platforms. Breezy CEO and founder Jared Hansen, who started the company when he was unable to find a secure mobile printing solution for his law firm's BlackBerry phones, said that one of his priorities was making sure that Breezy's native apps for iOS and Android met the needs of law firms.

Eighty-two percent of law firms force employees to use a password to unlock mobile device screens, a significantly higher percentage than in other industries according to a recent survey from Aruba Networks.

"Most law firms use cost recovery software to bill their clients," Hansen says. "Copitrak and Equitrak are the most popular cost recovery apps for the legal profession, so we're fully integrated for both to make it easy for users to print from their desktop or mobile device. The same pull-printing release works for each one, and it saves IT a ton of administrative time because record keeping and billing does not need to change at all just because someone is using a mobile device."

Hansen says that the ability to capture mobile device printing for client charge-back is a significant advantage for law firms who have invested in secure mobile printing solutions from Breezy. "Mobile devices don't save companies money on paper or printing, because simply going mobile doesn't reduce the number of pages printed. The benefits from mobile devices come from the anytime, anywhere productivity they provide," Hansen says. "Law firms have printed and charged back tens of thousands of documents over the last several years using Breezy's secure mobile printing technology, and we continue to see significant growth as more and more law firms realize the benefit of adding a secure mobile printing solution."

Law Firms & Mobile Devices: What the Survey Says

The ILTA survey contains a huge amount of data showing how law firms of all sizes are using mobile technology. Among the key findings were:

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