Terik Hashmi, Business Consultant

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Terik Hashmi is a business consultant serving businesses, especially law firms, in the marketing realm. Among his current clients are a medical service provider and an Online Reputation Management company. He previously published a book on successfully applying for jobs (published by TIA publishers, Germany, available at https://www.amazon.de/Schritte-einer-erfolgreichen-Bewerbung-den/dp/3933155029). He holds two bachelor degrees in Political Science and in Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs (Miami University, Ohio), a Juris Doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Cleveland, Ohio), and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from McGeorge School of Law (Sacramento, California). He has professionally assisted notable businesses and people in past, including former President of Venezuela, Carlos Andres Perez, to prevent his forced removal from the U.S. and potential execution at the hands of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez. Terik Hashmi is a former Professional Basketball Player during the 1988-1989 season (European A League – “Club Centz” Luxembourg), where he had the opportunity to compete and travel throughout all European nations. His profile is here

Terik Hashmi, Author of Online Reputation Management (ORM) for Lawyers

Terik Hashmi, Author of Online Reputation Management (ORM) for Lawyers

Terik Hashmi, Author of Online Reputation Management (ORM) for Lawyers

Business Consultant Terik Hashmi publishes book on ORM

Miami-based business consultant Terik Hashmi announced the completion of his book

(Miami, Florida) Miami-based business consultant Terik Hashmi announced the completion of his book on Online Reputation Management (ORM). At the pre-publication reception at an art Galleria in the chic Garment District of Miami, Mr. Hashmi announced that the book will be available soon on Amazon and other outlets.


“I noticed a particular need for more information on Online Reputation Management for Lawyers,” explained Mr. Hashmi at the event. “Being a lawyer by training myself, I have noticed what the internet has done to the entire profession. First of all, even while the economy was under pressure to cut costs in the 1990s, law schools continue to mint new lawyers. Then the internet took flight, creating lawyer-substitutes such as Legalzoom that increase the pressure on the profession. As if that was not enough, now everybody can post negative opinions about attorneys anywhere on the internet, from Yelp to setting up a hate blog about lawyers. If you are a lawyer, how do you deal with that?”


Mr. Hashmi has spent months researching this book and conducting countless interviews with practicing attorneys and professionals in the area of online reputation management.

Among his findings were, as to Online Reputation Management, that most attorneys focus on comments posted about them rather than positive information in general. The result is that an attorney about whom a negative comment has been published attempts to rectify the situation, rather publicizing positive information that will have a tendency to supersede any negative comment. The conclusion is that it is difficult to improve one’s reputation with online comments. 


“Content is more important than Comment,” quipped Mr. Hashmi.

Another conclusion is that no practicing attorney can neglect his or her online reputation. Explains Mr. Hashmi: “Just one look at job ads on Craigslist shows you the economic pressure on the legal profession. You’ll see attorney jobs advertised at $22 or $25 per hour. It is hard to make a living at such rates with a $100,000 in student loans. If you add bad online reputation to the mix, the result is that you cannot make money in law. Thus, you must address your online reputation unless you chose to wear a scarlet letter in public.”


Mr. Hashmi thanked in particular his editor, Timeless Words. The book is expected to be available on www.amazon.com shortly.


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Terik Hashmi is a business consultant serving businesses in the marketing realm. Among his clients are a medical service provider and an Online Reputation Management company. He previously published a book on successfully applying for jobs (published by TIA publishers, Germany, available on www.amazon.com). He holds two bachelor degrees in Political Science and in Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs (Miami University, Ohio), a Juris Doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Cleveland, Ohio), and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from McGeorge School of Law (Sacramento, California). He has assisted notable businesses and people in past, including former President of Venezuela, Carlos Andres Perez to prevent his forced removal from the U.S. and potential executive at the hands of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez. Terik Hashmi is a former Professional Basketball Player during the 1988-1989 season (European A League – “Club Centz” Luxembourg), where he had the opportunity to compete and travel throughout all European nations.

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Seminar on Online Reputation Management (ORM) for lawyers by Terik Hashmi, business consultant.

Seminar on Online Reputation Management (ORM) for Lawyers

Online Reputation Management has become a crucial issue for sole practitioners and small law firms

Business Consultant Terik Hashmi taught a one-day seminar in Washington DC, specifically for lawyers on how to manage their Online Reputation.


Online Reputation Management (ORM) has become a major issue, especially for sole practitioners and small law firms. With today’s internet, it has become very easy for anybody, not just actual clients, to post negative information about lawyers. In fact, the overall impression is that most comments and reviews are at least in part negative. Combined with economic pressures, this has created an issue of utmost importance to legal practitioners.


“Online Reputation Management is an issue that attorneys cannot disregard,” explains Mr. Hashmi. “I have been in the profession long enough to have seen what has happened since the early 1990s. The problems for the profession result in large part from law schools cranking out too many lawyers, and the internet developing and creating free or low-cost alternatives to lawyer services such as free websites with all kinds of legal information.”


The participants had many questions and concerns, including:


- “What to do about negative comments on review sites such as Yelp.” Mr. Hashmi in general recommends not to voluntarily engage with such sites because there are always the so-called “vandals” who post negative information just for the sake of posting negative information (cyber vandalism). Previously, vandals spray-painted subway trains. Today they post negative comments on the internet.


- “I do not have time to keep up with the internet.” Mr. Hashmi responded that this attitude carries great risks as life on the internet goes on regardless. One may not even notice what information is being posted on the internet, and only wonder why income is going down. In many cases, the answer can be found by googling one’s name.


- “What to do if an attorney as been sanctioned by the bar or a court (reprimand/suspension).” Today, in the age of the internet, the attorney disciplinary system has become a serious problem especially for sole practitioners and small firms, as disciplinary sanctions such as reprimands or suspensions are published widely on the internet and never go away. Consumers “research” on the internet, meaning they run a Google search. Hundreds of attorneys are sanctioned every month by the disciplinary systems, and many bar associations publish these sanctions on their websites and in press releases. The result is that they appear at the very top of any Google search. This situation is aggravated by the fact that most attorneys are focused on running their law practice and have no positive information published to counterbalance the negative posts.


Mr. Hashmi has researched these issues for many months, and has interviewed many experts in online reputation management, reputation management companies, and practicing attorneys. He is preparing a book based on his research, which will be published in the coming weeks.


About


Terik Hashmi is a business consultant serving businesses in the marketing realm. Among his clients is an Online Reputation Management company. He previously published a book on successfully applying for jobs (published by TIA publishers, Germany, available on www.amazon.com). He holds two bachelor degrees in Political Science and in Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs (Miami University, Ohio), a Juris Doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Cleveland, Ohio), and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from McGeorge School of Law (Sacramento, California). He has assisted notable businesses and people, including former President of Venezuela, Carlos Andres Perez, to prevent his forced removal from the U.S. and potential execution at the hands of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez. Terik Hashmi is a former Professional Basketball Player during the 1988-1989 season (European A League – “Club Centz” Luxembourg), where he had the opportunity to compete and travel throughout all European nations.

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