In January 2015, the Florida Bar released its “Results of the 2014 Economics and Law Office Management Survey,” which you can find here.
The Bar article covers the primary study results however there are far more interesting tech-specific data about lawyers and their use of technology.
Some of the interesting, if not unusual, highlights about the Florida Bar:
* 100,000 lawyers in Florida
* 78% in private practice
* 14% bill more than 2,000 hours per year (34% bill less than 1,000 hours)
* 73% charge $200+ per hour. 32% charge more than $300/hour.
* 40% of paralegals bill over $120/hour
* 63% feel that technology has improved your client relationships
* 90% of lawyers feel that there should be a minimum level of technological competency among lawyers
* 47% feel that technology should be a mandatory part of CLE requirements
* Median lawyer salaries range from $50k (recent grads) to $150k (partners)
* Median paralegal salaries range from $30-50k (secretaries range from $25-41k)
* 92% of firms use some version of Microsoft Office as their primary platform (<1% Google Docs).
* 75% of Offices use Windows 7 or 8 while 23% use either XP or Vista (Mac 6%).
* 44% use Explorer while 39% use Chrome
* 64% of Florida lawyers have an iPhone (6% do not have a smartphone)
* 42% of Florida lawyers use an iPad (42% do not use any tablet device)
* Professionally, lawyers use LinkedIn (42%), Google+ (14%), Facebook (12%), Twitter (3%). 19% use no social media.
* 35% of lawyers do not send faxes (11% of you send 10+ fax per week)
* Average age for Florida lawyer: 48 years old
* 63% male, 37% female
* Caucasian/White (84%), Hispanic/Latino (9%), African-American/Black (3%)
* 3% of Bar members are gay, lesbian, or bisexual