The Five Most Critical Steps to Protect Reputations During Litigation
POSTED ON April 18

Crisis sometimes happens fast. Other times, it has been brewing for a while and there is much that can be done in advance before it becomes public or otherwise known by your stakeholders.

There are so many things that can be done to plan and prepare, manage and then rehabilitate after a crisis – which often includes litigation – but there are certain critical things that must be done.

Here are the five (5) most critical things we think should be done to protect reputations in the midst of crisis, especially those involving legal issues.


My, My How You Have Grown
POSTED ON April 12

Shepherd Data Services celebrates its 15 year anniversary this month.  My, my, how things have changed in 15 years! But let’s go back even further. Let’s explore how the skills and tools necessary to practice law have changed over a few generations.

When I prepare blogs, I often work in my home office and my gaze tends to rest upon a photo on my desk of my father’s graduating law school class.  My father, Obert Chalstrom, graduated in 1952 from the University of South Dakota Law School. 


Be Bold for Change
POSTED ON March 07

March 8 is International Women’s Day. The theme for 2017 is “Be Bold for Change.” But what empowers a woman to carry this charge forward?

On the wall of the former location of Origami restaurant in Minneapolis hung a serigraph of a woman running with horses entitled “Blue Lady.” Horses embody speed, strength, and endurance, and the woman in the work—a blue figure seemingly comfortable amidst a flurry of movement and color: reds, browns, yellows, oranges, and black—seems to draw from these very qualities. Speed, strength, and endurance carry her forward. Horses also symbolize freedom. The woman is free to be herself.


Lesson from NYC Legalweek: “Be More Geeky”
POSTED ON February 21

Anytime I visit NYC I develop an earworm of Frank Sinatra singing, “These vagabond shoes, are longing to stray right through the very heart of it, New York, New York.”

Now, you hear it too, don’t you?

It occurred to me during this year’s Legaltech (now part of Legalweek) that the most efficient means of getting from point A to point B in downtown Manhattan is to walk.  Of course, there are a variety of other ways to get around if I didn’t want to actually be somewhere physically – email, text, video conference, etc.  But if I need to eat, attend an event, or meet someone, walking was still the best means within an approximate 15 block radius.  Beyond that 15 block area, I usually opted for other means such as Uber, taxi, or subway.  Within the more immediate radius, however, those technological options simply weren’t efficient and were much slower than simply hoofing it.


Revealing Electronic Tags to Our Daily Lives
POSTED ON February 07

“Right, my phone. When these things first appeared, they were so cool. Only when it was too late did people realize they are as cool as electronic tags on remand prisoners.” David Mitchell, Ghostwritten

I admit that I am not an early adopter of technology.  I have never stood in line for a new mobile device and, frankly, I hold onto my devices unless they pose a security risk.  I’ve bought a new device when shamed into it – e.g.  “Hey haven’t seen that model in a while. My grandma uses one of those.”  (I bought a new device the next day.)

I am not sure exactly why I delay, given that this technology has become such a relevant part of modern life. I do believe constant upgrades and model introductions are part of grand scheme of planned obsolesce.  Come on, we all know that.  But, perhaps, that topic (aka rant) is probably best left for another blog article.

Today, I’d like to talk not about that shiny, slick technology package, but rather the data that little device stores about its user.