We have certainly seen many weather-related disasters this year. How long has it been since your law firm reviewed its disaster plan? Disaster Planning: It’s Not Just for Hurricanes is our new Digital Edge podcast.

Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson get Shawn Holahan’s top tips for disaster planning in legal practice.  Shawn Holahan is Practice Management Counsel and Loss Prevention Counsel for the Louisiana State Bar Association. Being from the Big Easy, she knows a thing or two about dealing with hurricanes and other types of weather disasters.

Her list of items to prioritize in disaster planning is valuable information, even for those of us for whom a tornado or prairie fire is more likely than a hurricane. Shawn emphasizes the importance of keeping your plan simple and explains “No Tech” Binders and the pre-disaster steps all lawyers should take.

Prior to Shawn’s position with the bar, she litigated employment discrimination matters. While with her firm, Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city and her home, which necessitated moving her firm and family to another part of the state for several months before New Orleans could once again support its residents.

There is a transcript of the interview posted at the site for those who prefer to read rather than listen. I imagine some lawyers will copy the transcription into their disaster planning file.