Award-winning attorney & law firm business disrupter
Who is Billie Tarascio?
Billie Tarascio has been pushing the boundaries for how to build a successful law practice since starting Modern Law in 2008 in Mesa, Arizona.
After graduating from Law School from the University of Oregon, she started seeing what many lawyers see. “Most of the people who needed our help couldn’t afford attorneys and lawyers needed more work,” she says. Searching for a better way of doing things for attorneys and clients alike, she started by building a low cost law firm to help clients during a difficult economy. Alas, the numbers didn’t work, she recalls. “I needed to find some way of making divorce cheaper,” she said.
That’s when she built Access Legal, a cloud-based document automation software for clients to help them create their own forms and filings, ostensibly with the coaching help of an attorney or paralegal. Still, clients were not always comfortable creating legal documents.
But technology continued to drive the bottom line in her firm, where she developed techniques to tweak results that she’s been sharing with other lawyers around the country.
Through her experiences and driven by metrics, Tarascio has developed the steps to create and assess changes to any law firm, and drive measurable increases in company profits – which ultimately serve clients with better service.
Tarascio has four children ages 3 to 14 and lives in Gilbert, Arizona.
Cups of Coffee
Billie has been a featured speaker at national law conferences across the U.S., talking about how to use the same tools she works with. Click the button below to hear her on a podcast direct from the 2018 Clio Conference.
Growing and managing a law firm but need some ideas to tweak your results? Listen in on Billie via a podcast with The Gen Why Lawyer.
Attorney Trainings: Her Firm Is Her Lab
Billie Tarascio is experimenting on her law firm for the profession’s greater good.
With her two ventures—Modern Law, a divorce law practice in Mesa and Scottsdale, Arizona, and Access Legal, a legal technology company—Tarascio has developed a laboratory she believes creates practices that can make attorneys happier and more efficient, and let them better serve the public.
“She’s not the typical lawyer,” says Juliet Peters, founder of Framework Legal in Scottsdale. She is “pushing boundaries where appropriate.”
An early example was “an accidental entity born out of necessity,” says Tarascio, 37, who is based in Gilbert, Arizona.
In 2013, she wanted to make divorce cheaper with the aid of cloud-based document automation software to help clients handle forms and filings on their own. Without a clear option already on the market, she developed Access Legal.
“I was sure that the legal documents I was providing to the public in Microsoft Word and alongside valuable tutorials would be in high demand in an area of law dominated by self-represented consumers,” she recalls. “That just wasn’t the case.”
Above The Law: Tarascio talks Legal Innovation
Billie Tarascio is one busy woman. A family law attorney from Phoenix, she is not only the founder of Modern Law, one of the fastest growing, culture-driven, value-centric family law firms in the country, and the winner of the Reisman Award for Legal Innovation, awarded at last week’s Clio Cloud Conference, but she also is the founder of Access Legal, a cloud-based legal tech company that provides documents, tutorials and assistance for Arizona residents who opt to self-represent in family court. And as if that isn’t enough to keep her busy, she just launched Modern Law Practice, a new venture with CuroLegal’s Chad Burton to train lawyers to implement systems and processes within their firm so they can grow their business and scale. And last, but not least, Billie is also a mother of four, and has written two books: “Decode Your Divorce” and “Tiger Tactics: Power Strategies for Winning Law Firms” coming out later this year.
Clio Names Tarascio a 2018 Reisman award winner
Modern Law, a family law firm based in Mesa, AZ, has been using data analytics for the past eight years to innovate new ways of delivering services to clients. Now, they’ve turned their analytical eye to their internal culture, and business is booming as a result. We’re pleased to honor their devotion to data with this year’s Legal Innovation award.
Tiger tactics 101 Features Billie Tarascio as contributing author
From solo practices to multi-partner and associate firms, from personal injury, family law, and bankruptcy to criminal defense the variety of practice areas and firm structures ensures that their strategies will work for your firm no matter the size or practice area, Billie Tarascio joins the featured attorneys in Tiger Tactics 101 to teach lawyers the strategies of running a law firm successfully.
My Vision, Values & Culture
What is it? It’s figuring out what makes you and your law firm different. Who are you? What are you all about? Doing this one thing will make every other decision easier and more likely to be successful.