Virtual Law Practice

Virtual Law Practice

Description: This course is designed for lawyers who want to create a virtual law practice.  The course covers alternative forms of technology-driven legal service delivery. Plus best practices for the use of these delivery models, with a focus on the legal ethics of online delivery of legal services. In addition to a strong focus on unbundled legal services, other alternative or complementary forms of legal service delivery covered will include: the virtual law firm, the branded network concept, online dispute resolution, franchised law firm models, alternative business structures, web advisors, alternative billing methods, marketing a law practice, entrepreneurship in the development of new law firm models, and collaborative methods of online delivery.

Participant will be assisted in creating a business plan for a virtual law practice.  

Faculty- Richard Granat and Stephanie Kimbro


Richard S. Granat,J.D.

J.D. Columbia University School of Law;
M.S.University of Pennsylvania;
B.A. Lehigh University

Richard developed one of the first virtual law firms in the United States and is the founder,DirectLaw, a company that provides a web service to solos and small law firms that enable them to deliver legal services over the Internet. He is Co-Chair of the eLawyering Task Force of the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association.  He is the recipient of the 2013 ABA Keane Award for Excellence in eLawyering, the 2010 ABA Louis M. Brown Lifetime Achievement Award for Legal Access, and was named a “Legal Rebel” by the American Bar Association Journal in 2009 and 2013.  He is a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management.

Richard was also a member of the original task force that created the US legal services program and President and Dean of the Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training, the first paralegal training school, which established the paralegal profession in the United States. 

He has taught the subject of law practice management and computer applications and the law at many law schools  on and lectures widely on the subject of the impact of the Internet on the delivery of legal services. .

Richard is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars where his virtual law practice focuses on family law. Richard lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Stephanie Kimbro, J.D.

J.D. University of Dayton School of Law
M.A., Miami University, Ohio
B.A.., Centre College 

Stephanie Kimbro was the founder of a company that created one of the first virtual law firm platforms for law firms and recently launched a venture to create “legal games” to engage citizens in the legal system. Ms Kimbro is presently a member of Burton Law LLC, where she maintains a virtual law practice in estate planning from her home in Wilmington,Carolina , 

Stephanie is the recipient of the 2009 ABA Keane Award for Excellence in eLawyering. She was named a "Legal Rebel" by the American Bar Association Journal in  2010.

Stephanie Kimbro is the author of Virtual Law Practice (2010), Limited Scope Legal Services (2012), and Consumer Law Revolution (2013). She is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services and Secretary of the Law Practice Management section of the ABA.  

In addition to practicing law, Stephanie writes about the ethics and technology issues of delivering legal services online and is interested in the use of technology to increase access to justice. She has provided presentations and guest lectured for many state bars, law schools and other organizations interested in legal technology and other law practice management topics.

Stephanie is a member of the North Carolina Bar.