We recently returned from our first firm trip to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada–and what a trip it was.

For those of you who are not familiar with CES, it is the world’s largest consumer electronics show in the world. The estimated attendance over the five days is around 300,000 people.

CLG decided to make the trip this year to meet prospective clients and get an understanding of what the future holds for our current clients in the consumer electronics space. The trip ended up a great success and certainly eye-opening.

While we provided a play-by-play on our Instagram feed (@carbonlg), we thought it would be helpful to provide a few important take-aways here for our those thinking about attending. Here are some insights we gained that may be of interest:

  1. Get ready to be overwhelmed. There is just too much to see in the time you are there. Plan your trip ahead of time and get an idea of what are the types of technology you find most interesting.
  2. Wear comfortable shoes. CES is spread out over several convention centers. Great ready to walk–a lot. 
  3. Book your accommodations early. Hotel rooms fill up early and the prices are super-inflated. Try to lock something down as early as possible.
  4. Get to the official CES parties super early. We attempted to attend the opening party at Omnia nightclub, but we quickly changed our minds when we realized the line to get in was about 300 yards long. It was insane. We ended up at a private Google party, which was very cool and surprisingly empty. Many of these larger companies host private parties at locations they don’t come close to filling. We were able to get into some great events by simply asking nicely.
  5. Think about how these new technologies will impact your industry. Every industry is going to be affected by the coming technologies featured at CES. From blockchain to AI to autonomous vehicles, there is a lot to be both excited and slightly concerned about.

Key takeaway: technology will be disrupting industries like never before in the next 10 years. CES provides a valuable glimpse into all the new and interesting ways technology will play a role in our lives in the future. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is something worth considering as we must also weigh the effects technology will have our well-being and mental state.

Something to ponder: In an increasingly digital world, how important are analog experiences?

I have the privilege of attending this year’s Codex conference on the future of law at Stanford Law School. Codex brings together some of the leading minds using technology to move the law into the 21st century.

As a lawyer and law firm owner, I have a front-row view of the pain points plaguing not only consumers of legal services but also lawyers. While the answers to these challenges are to be debated (and perhaps more so in an industry where “debating” is our hallmark), the problems are real and need to be addressed. Where 80% of people in our country are unable to access legal services, entrepreneurs will figure out how to meet this demand. It is up to lawyers and legal innovators to decide whether they are going to step up to meet this need, or if they are going to continue to seek cover behind our walled garden. Carbon Law Group is committed to expanding our services to serve as many people in need of business and intellectual property support as possible.

As a member of the movement to improve the practice of law by leveraging current and future technologies, we look forward to a future where working with a lawyer will fulfill a deeper need for our clients and facilitate their growth.

Let’s get to work.

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