New Testimonial From Purematter CEO, Bryan Kramer

It was a pleasure assisting Purematter, an award winning marketing agency, with its business litigation needs. As much fun as it is to livestream on social media, it’s even more enjoyable to help great people and companies get the results they’re looking for in the traditional offline legal world. As such, I’m glad we were able to help and humbled to receive this testimonial from CEO Bryan Kramer:

“Mitch Jackson is the anomaly. His approach is open and empathetic, yet determined at every turn to bring a conclusion to the case. I always felt educated about the status and that decisions were being made together. Having a guide like Mitch through the legal system isn’t just necessary, it’s critical.”

Bryan Kramer [TED Talk & Keynote Speaker, CEO PureMatter]

Safety Tips From a Trial Lawyer: How to protect your daughter from the Harvey Weinsteins of the world!

 

Today’s New Yorker magazine story alleges that Hollywood film executive, Harvey Weinstein, used his position of power to sexually harass and rape multiple women. Famous actors like Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Ashley Judd, all share a common story that goes something like this.

According to published facts, Weinstein would create an environment where he would end up alone with a young female. It’s reported that he would then make sexual advances, ask for a massage, or masturbate in front of the victim. Another common theme seemed to be that Weinstein would dangle, like a carrot, promises of movies and fame in exchange for sexual favors.

Unfortunately, the Weinstein story mirrors decades-old allegations of wrongful sexual conduct. From Bill Cosby to Donald Trump, the same questions come up over and over. Why don’t survivors come forward sooner? How can victims protect themselves from sexual harassment in the workplace?

As a trial lawyer and father of two young adults getting ready to enter the workforce, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you, four ways you can protect yourself from sexual harassment (unwanted sexual advances, inappropriate touching by co-workers, sexually hostile work environments) in the workplace.

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Sharing Social Media Ideas with an MBA Class at Chapman University

Last night I had the pleasure of sharing “real world” stories with the MBA class of Professor Niklas Myhr at Chapman University. Professor Myhr is doing amazing things at Chapman and sharing a highly educated global view of social and digital with his students.

We talked about using social media to expand your brand from local to global and also engaged in extensive Q&A. Many of the approaches we chatted about I share weekly at LegalMinds.lawyer, my social media and digital mastermind for professionals.

What really struck me, in a good way, was how this room full of millennial MBA students viewed some social media platforms through a slightly different lens than the “experts” we normally hear from on social. Their feedback had value and will probably result in me making several changes on how I’ll be engaging my audience on the digital platforms.

When all said and done, I’m always impressed with students I meet at #Chapman. Without exception, I walk away each year (it’s my third year of guest lecturing) knowing that our business community and country are in very good hands.

Thank you Professor Myhr (below). You are a true social media #RockStar!

The Streaming Lawyer in INC.com

I’m very appreciative of Dakota Shane for profiling me in his Inc.com article titled, “This Attorney Can Teach You More About Building a Brand Using Social Media Than Any Marketing Book.”

Look no further if you’re curious to learn how I use social media and what I share in my LegalMinds Mastermind. 

$5,000,000 Influencer “Live Video” Defamation Lawsuit Dismissed!

 

A well-known social media influencer went on live video and shared what he believed to be his honest and truthful concerns about the alleged wrongful conduct of another influencer and business owner. The intent behind his livestream was to do social good and protect his social media community.

Shortly after that, the subject of the live video filed a $5,000,000 defamation lawsuit alleging among other things, financial losses, emotional distress, and punitive damages.

My law firm was retained to step in and provide a legal defense in the case. We formally appeared in the action and filed an Answer denying all allegations. We also filed a cross-complaint against the other person alleging that he was the actual wrongdoer. In fact, this was one of the reasons behind our client doing the livestream in the in the first place.

We aggressively litigated the lawsuit for about nine months. We conducted written discovery, opposed motions, and took the depositions of all parties. A trial date was set for November.

From the very beginning, we took the position that our client simply shared true and accurate facts, did nothing wrong, and would never pay a dime to settle the case.

After much work and effort, we’re happy to report that several days ago, the entire $5M case was dismissed by the other side. Not a single penny was paid by our client to the other side who brought the lawsuit.

My client and I believe the moral of this true story is never to be afraid to stand up for your rights. If you’ve done nothing wrong, draw a line in the sand and use the law to protect yourself, your family, your business and your community.

Having said that, another reminder for our social media community is to avoid putting yourself in this situation in the first place. Yes, not looking the other way and doing the right thing to protect others is always the right thing to do. But when it’s time to take action, please be careful how you go about doing things. My recommendation is that if you have a legal concern, don’t take things into your own hands. Instead, reach out to experienced legal counsel to get things handled and resolved.

The good news for our social media influencer is that we were able to put our thirty years of experience to work to help make this entire case go away. It’s important to understand that each case is different and things don’t always work out this way. When cases do go to trial, you never know what a jury will do. For this reason, be careful before posting and sharing your legal concerns about other people or companies on the digital platforms.

When it comes to making statements about others on social media, truth is usually a valid defense. Understanding this fact, my recommendation is always to be careful with what you say and do on social media. Even when you have good intentions and tell the truth, your words may have long term good and bad consequences.

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Just Out! The New 6th Edition of “The New Rules of Marketing and PR” by David Meerman Scott

I’m honored to be profiled in Chapter 5 of David Meerman Scott’s 6th edition of his best-selling book, “The New Rules of Marketing and PR.” The chapter is titled, “Blogs: Tapping Millions of Evangelists To Tell Your Story” and frankly, it shares some of my favorite approaches to building your brand and creating global top-of-mind awareness and influence. I know you’re going to like all of the tips, information and stories found in David’s updated book!

To put the value of David’s book into context, it’s important to know that the first edition of “The New Rules of Marketing & PR” was published in 2007 and was six months on the BusinessWeek bestseller list. Since then the book has sold more than 375,000 copies in English in the various editions and is now available in 29 languages from Albanian to Vietnamese. Hundreds of colleges and universities around the world use it as a text in class and many companies require all marketing and PR staff to read a copy.

The newly updated 6th edition is out in the USA and will soon reach other countries around the world. It includes a dozen fresh new examples of success. Click here for more information and to place your order!


Update: I’ll be sharing the stage with David in Las Vegas later this month at the Tony Robbins Business Mastery Event. Look for our updates and livestreams during the upcoming event and click here or on the image below to watch a short live video of David sharing my newsjacking efforts at the recent Florida event 😉