In this week’s edition of How Lawyers Work, we hear from Christopher P. Kriesen, the founder and principal of the Kalon Law Firm, LLC. Christopher practices exclusively in the area of insurance defense. Prior to founding Kalon, he was a partner at an insurance defense law firm in Hartford, where he was the manager of the insurance defense practice. 

What apps or tools are essential to your daily workflow?

Any tools that allow our team to be in touch, access our information, write, and communicate. Right now, that means Slack, Clio, and Google Suite.

What does your workspace look like?

We are cloud-based and digital, so my workspace looks like wherever I am if I have my laptop, iPad, or just my iPhone. We have a loft in the old Colt factory here in Hartford, so often I chose to work there at a walnut slab table. I usually open all the windows and once two birds flew in and stayed a bit. So, at least once, my workspace was an aviary.

How do you keep track of your calendars and deadlines?

Clio.

What is your coffee service setup?

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

We have a Keurig and an espresso maker from Italy that looks like something from a steampunk movie. We also keep wine at the loft for our mandatory third Thursday socials.

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

The Lawyerist. We also have a firm reading list, which keeps expanding. I also think everyone should read Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. He brilliantly explains the wisdom of living in the moment. If we could all do that, a lot of problems would disappear.

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

Our loft. It’s an open space with high ceilings and enormous windows. We host salons, so there is networking, and sometimes it’s just me, so I can work solo on occasion.

What are three things you do without fail every day?

Wake up, breathe, sleep. What I wish I actually did every day: meditate, read a book, make a client happy.

Who else would you like to see answer these questions?

Aaron Thomas, whom I met at TBD3. I tried to remember the names of everyone there, but Aaron actually succeeded. (editor’s note: Aaron answered these a couple weeks back!)

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