I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, received a B.A. in Political Science with Highest Honors from Emory University and received my J.D. with High Honors from Georgetown University Law Center. I was an active member of the debate team in high school (first place in Louisiana in 1987) and in college (fifth place at NDT in 1991), and I always enjoy hearing from other former debaters. I live in New Orleans with my wife and two kids, who are currently both in lower school. I love to play the piano, although life is so busy that it is difficult to find time to do so.
I have been an attorney since 1994, and I practice law in the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese LLP. My practice areas include appellate litigation and representing defendants in class actions and complex litigation. Most of my law practice is in Louisiana, but I am also licensed in Florida. I serve on my firm's technology committee and I am also one of the attorneys in charge of new business acceptance at my firm.
I have been using computers since my parents bought me a Sinclair ZX81 back in 1981, and after that I was an avid user of the Commodore 64. My first Apple computer was a Mac Plus that I bought in college in 1988, and I have been a Mac user ever since. My law firm was one of the last large firms in the country to use Macs, but like so many other large firms we eventually switched to Windows in the early 2000s because of the limited law office software on the Mac (something that has improved in recent years, and has become less important now that more services are accessible from any web browser). I currently use a Dell laptop at work, and at home I use a 27" iMac with a 4 GHz Intel Core i7 processor and a Retina 5K display.
I am a big fan of the iPhone because I had been searching for a great handheld device since the late 1980s. I was happy to upgrade from my old Sharp organizer to a Palm III in 1998. I then used Palm products for many years, including a Palm IIIc, a Palm Tungsten T2, then a Palm Treo 650, plus some BlackBerries and a Good G100 along the way. I kept using that Treo long after I was ready to move on mostly because of rumors that Apple would come out with its own mobile phone. So you can imagine my excitement when Apple announced the iPhone in 2007, soon followed by my frustration when I learned that the original version did not support corporate e-mail. When Apple added that support, I tried to buy an iPhone 3G the day it was released on July 11, 2008 — only for my local AT&T store to run out of stock after just a few people entered the store. My iPhone 3G arrived on July 22, 2008, and since becoming an iPhone owner, I feel that I have finally found the device for which I had been searching for 20 years. I have upgraded my iPhone every year, so I have used the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and I currently use an iPhone 7.
I started using an iPad in 2010. Over the years, I upgraded to the iPad 2, the iPad 3, the iPad Air, the iPad Air 2, and I currently use a 12.9" iPad Pro. I also own a first-generation iPad mini, but I stopped using it once I purchased the iPad Air in 2013; the main reason I used the mini was to use a lighter iPad, and the iPad Air line was light enough for that not to be an issue. Now that I use a 12.9" iPad Pro, I have once again had to get used to a slightly heavier iPad, but the large screen with support for the Apple Pencil makes it worth it for me.
I started wearing an Apple Watch the day that they went on sale on April 24, 2015. I wear it every day, and I do my best to get all three of my activity circles every day. I currently wear an Apple Watch Series 2, the stainless steel 42mm version. My main two watch bands are Apple's Milanese Loop (which I wear at work) and Apple's XL Black Sport Band, but I have several others which I wear occasionally.
I started iPhone J.D. on November 17, 2008. This site was originally focused on the iPhone, but because of the crossover between the iPad and the iPhone, I now discuss both of those iOS devices. And as of April of 2015, the Apple Watch is now a focus here as well. iPhone J.D. is the oldest and largest website for attorneys who use the iPhone and iPad. I was honored to see that the ABA Journal named iPhone J.D. the best legal technology blog in 2010, 2011 and 2013, and added iPhone J.D. to its Hall of Fame in 2014.
Have a suggestion, comment or question? Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. My Twitter name is @jeffrichardson and I encourage you to follow me there. I don't tweet very often so I won't overwhelm you with traffic, but I do use Twitter occasionally to pass along interesting iPhone and iPad-related news and to note when I add a major post to iPhone J.D. If you just want to get automatic Twitter updates of every new post on iPhone J.D., follow @iphonejd.
Thanks for reading iPhone J.D., and please let other iPhone and iPad users know about this website — especially if they are lawyers, but that is not a requirement. Lots of non-lawyers are regular readers because many of my posts are relevant to anyone who uses an iPhone or iPad to get work done.