Smiley Law Group is one of the few law firms in New Orleans that stayed open throughout Hurricane Gustav, and the surrounding evacuation.

Our attorneys didn’t “ride out the storm,” but through the efficient use of technology, we didn’t skip a beat.

Not only was our client data backed up and protected in the event of catastrophe, but because of our forward-minded practices, our data was backed up, protected and usable during the storm.

Through laptops, voice-over IP telephone systems, and advanced folder syncing, and our second office in Seattle, WA, our attorneys and staff were able to handle client emergencies and needs without limitation.

The American Bar Association’s ABA Journal published an article about our operations during the hurricane: Law Firm Uses Technology to Operate During Hurricane Gustav.

With regard to the firm’s accessibility during the storm, the ABA Journal reported:

The firm is also on the leading edge of mobile communications, which may be of particular importance when clients and potential clients are away from their computers—but with their cell phones and BlackBerrys—during Hurricane Gustav and its immediate aftermath.

It launched a mobile website on Aug. 1, with all the content of its regular website formatted for the smaller screens of Internet-capable cell phones and BlackBerrys, according to its blog.

It also has a Twitter feed—a microblogging service in which messages can be no longer than 140 characters, but which can be updated and read from any mobile device.

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