State Bar of Michigan (and others) Partner with Ruby Receptionists

Virtual Receptionist

Ruby Receptionists
NEW! Ruby Receptionists is the perfect solution for solo and small law firms. We’re the bright, friendly virtual receptionist service that provides top-notch service at a fraction of the cost of an onsite receptionist. Best of all, your callers will think we work in your office.

      How we help attorneys:

    • Answer your calls with your custom greeting
    • Let you know who’s on the line before transferring
    • Transfer callers to you live wherever you are
    • Answer FAQs about your firm
    • Route calls based on the type of call (potential clients, current clients, people from the court, etc.)
    • Send voicemail messages to your e-mail inbox
    • Promptly relay messages to you via e-mail or text
    • Return calls on your behalf to confirm appointments, gather info, or relay a message

State Bar of Michigan members enjoy free setup, ongoing free voicemail boxes, and discounts on monthly charges. To learn more, contact Diana Stepleton at (866) 611-RUBY (7829) or by e-mail to or visit us

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Drinker Biddle & Reath, a Philadelphia firm, trains its new associates to be lawyers. Here, Matthew McDonald, a partner, passes out instructions.

Published: November 19, 2011

So, for decades, clients have essentially underwritten the training of new lawyers, paying as much as $300 an hour for the time of associates learning on the job. But the downturn in the economy, and long-running efforts to rethink legal fees, have prompted more and more of those clients to send a simple message to law firms: Teach new hires on your own dime.

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