How Lawyers Work: Erin Gerstenzang, Criminal Defense Attorney and Aspiring Minimalist

In this week’s edition of How Lawyers Work, we talked to Erin Gerstenzang. Erin is a criminal defense attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. She primarily handles DUI and other drug-and alcohol-related offenses. Erin is also a regular lecturer on ethics and technology, and a practicing minimalist.

You can follow Erin on Twitter and LinkedIn.

What apps or tools are essential to your daily workflow?

1Password, Zapier, Trello, Webmerge, Hellosign, Typeform, Clio, Slack, Spotify, Parkmobile

What does your workspace look like?

I work in a modern, well-designed co-working space in the heart of midtown Atlanta. I have a paperless office, which helps maintain a clutter-free environment. I also have glass walls, so my space is very visible to the public – which incentivizes me to always keep it spotless!

How do you keep track of your calendars and deadlines?

I was a late convert to Google Calendar, but now I am a huge fan.

What is your coffee service setup?

(Other beverages are fine, of course, but we think you should really be serving coffee!)

My co-working space has an incredible kitchen which is kept fully stocked all the time with premium coffees and teas, La Croix and other soft drinks, juice, and an outstanding ice machine.

What is one thing that you listen to, read, or watch that everyone should?

I am a big fan of the Harvard Business Review, and Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast Revisionist History.

What is your favorite local place to network or work solo?

My office! When I went out on my own, one of the things I was looking for was a work environment that let me connect with other small-business owners. I liked that the co-working space allowed me to join a community of local entrepreneurs. It is a great space and I use it regularly for hosting legal tech Meetups, workshops, and other networking events.

What are three things you do without fail every day?

(1) Wake up unreasonably early to exercise—mostly crossfit, but also yoga. (2) Eat copious amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables—juices, smoothies, salads, etc. (3) Listen to NPR every morning.

Who else would you like to see answer these questions?

Stephanie Everrett.

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