How Lawyers Work: Patrick Palace, Plaintiff’s Trial Lawyer and Yogi


In this week’s edition of How Lawyers Work, we talked to Patrick Palace. Patrick is the owner of Palace Law. He is a plaintiff’s trial lawyer whose practice emphasizes workers’ compensation, personal injury, and civil rights matters. He is a dedicated practitioner of yoga with his yogini wife, Lisa. Together they founded Yoga Palace, a yoga studio in Tacoma.

You can follow Patrick on Twitter and LinkedIn.

What apps or tools are essential to your daily workflow?

My iPhone is my gateway to everything. I run my office from it while in my office and out.  I know it sounds funny, but there are times it’s just easier to sit at my desk with my iPhone and dictate notes, work on tasks/to-dos or browse my calendar.  I use three apps that link me to what I need to manage my office, two other businesses, and my personal caseload.  Those apps are: Slack for direct interoffice communication and team collaboration, Trello for workflow and case management, and Clio for office management and calendaring.  While all three serve different and somewhat equal purposes, Trello is probably the most critical.  For example, all of the office mail is distributed (and read) through Trello.  We also manage our SOL deadlines and tasks through Trello as well as all the file reviews.

What does your workspace look like?

In my digital, paperless world, my desk is clean, sparking and so satisfying.  Its beautiful wood grain glows under the morning sun.  However, as the daydream clouds lift from my desk, we both see paper—and lots of it.  Each piece bookmarking some task, some project, or some notes for things I have yet to accomplish.  Alas, even in an efficient paperless office, paper exists…and frankly, I like it.  There is still something more satisfying about completing a project by taking a piece of paper off my desk to reveal wood, than to mouse click a Trello card from “doing” to “done.”  Consequently, my desk can look like a yard sale from time to time.

How do you keep track of your calendars/deadlines?

Clio, Trello and my amazing exec assistant (who knows that behind the real success of every good piece of software, is a great human assistant).

What’s your coffee service setup? (Other beverages are fine, of course, but you should really be serving coffee!)

We have many choices for the varied tastes in my office.  We have a big commercial drip machine (perfect Dunkin Donuts-like coffee), a Keurig machine (for those who want something different every day and want it easy) and dozens of hot beverage choices (for non-coffee drinkers). But, in my personal desk space, I make beautiful cups of coffee with my Nespresso machine that heats and foams milk before releasing perfect shots of Intenso dark roast over the top.  I have a love affair with the smell and taste of coffee, but it’s all disdain for the caffeine that whirls my head into a hopped-up, multi-multitasking, speed freak.  I often pray for defective coffee where the coffee Keeblers forgot to “add” the caffeine. Alas, still waiting…

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

Each breath…every day, for at least 10 minutes while sitting comfortably on the floor in stillness.

What’s your favorite local place to network or work solo?

I do both from one of two giant super-soft red beanbag chairs that sit in the middle of our community office space.  Sometimes it’s just me, and sometimes it feels more like a party when everyone gathers together.  The beanbags are the most coveted spots in the office, and everyone takes turns sinking in.

What are three things you do without fail every day?

Meditation, yoga, and a glass of wine from Palace Cellars.

Who else would you like to see answer these questions?

CuroLegal CEO, Chad Burton.

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