Legal Industry Analyst Ari Kaplan Releases eBook of Lessons Learned During the Pandemic

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New eBook contains key takeaways from legal industry thought leaders who participated in the Virtual Lunch series; key insights serve as guidance for post-pandemic norms, career opportunities, and the transformation of professional services.

Today, legal industry analyst Ari Kaplan, principal of Ari Kaplan Advisors, announced the release of an eBook of advice and lessons learned from the last year. The eBook “Eating Alone, Dining Together: A Year of Insights and Inspiration From the Virtual Lunch” shares perspectives on remote work, entrepreneurship, virtual events, leadership, gratitude, wellness, the future of the legal profession, and many other topics. To sign up for the free eBook, go to

The eBook marks a milestone year where on March 16, 2020, Ari Kaplan launched an unscripted 30-minute Zoom call at noon ET to create community, build camaraderie, and offer a forum for conversation to anyone feeling isolated at home.

The 30 minutes a day quickly became an hour, and that single week turned into months, which is now a year. Each of the 260 Virtual Lunches was different and the discussion topics ranged from litigation and legal tech to lockdowns and the lipstick index. For hundreds of participants over the past year, the Virtual Lunch has become a source of rich insights featuring more than 50 elite guest speakers, such as Phyllis Harris, the general counsel of the American Red Cross, Patricia Lee Refo, the president of the American Bar Association, and David Lat, the founder of Above the Law, on a weekly basis.

“The Virtual Lunch has been a silver lining for many in the pandemic. It reflects an effort to closely collaborate and communicate at a distance. It is, in short, one of the best parts of a period that was yearning for more good parts,” said Ari Kaplan. “There were so many lessons that I learned from our discussions and while there are no absolute answers, this eBook is an effort to capture the most powerful messages from the first year of the Virtual Lunch.”

“Ari Kaplan’s Virtual Lunch came at the exact moment I needed a community to help me navigate the personal and business challenges we all faced during the pandemic,” said Molly McDonough, former editor-in-chief of the ABA Journal and founder of McDonough Media LLC. “I didn’t know at the time how valuable this group would become for me as the regular attendees have been a source of comfort, inspiration, friendship, and even business development,” added McDonough, who was one of the eight professionals who joined the first meeting on March 16, 2020.

Some of the insights that you will find in the eBook include:

  • The need for leadership is greater now than it has ever been.
  • Empathy is critical to getting and retaining clients.
  • Every time our country has had a major crisis, lawyers have made a difference.
  • You need to have the courage to put yourself out there.
  • Understanding the value of diverse viewpoints and seeking them out is critical.
  • In the midst of negativity, learn to focus on the positive.
  • We should all feel more empowered to make suggestions on how to improve the way our teams work.
  • Transparency builds trust.
  • Authenticity in storytelling is critical.

Ari Kaplan Advisors recognizes the companies that have supported the Virtual Lunch, including Casepoint, Level Legal, Litera, NightOwl Global (now HaystackID), Nuix, and Onit, as well as upcoming sponsors Integreon and SurePoint Technologies. “Level Legal is proud to serve as a sponsor because we’re at our best when we act as a community and I can think of no better example, particularly in this past year, than Ari Kaplan’s Virtual Lunches,” said Level Legal CEO Joey Seeber.

To reserve your free copy of the eBook, visit

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To join the Virtual Lunch series, weekdays at noon ET, contact Ari Kaplan at for the Zoom details.

About Ari Kaplan Advisors

Ari Kaplan Advisors is a leading legal industry advisory company that publishes benchmarking reports on legal technology trends, delivers networking, public speaking, and business development training for law firms and other providers of professional services, and offers personal coaching and access to its proprietary coaching software platform, Company principal, Ari Kaplan, is an inaugural Fastcase 50 honoree, a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and a finalist for the International Legal Technology Association’s Thought Leader of the Year award. Learn more about Ari Kaplan Advisors at

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