Almost any lawyer would be willing to lay out a reasonable amount of money for technology that would help manage his practice and improve cost efficiencies. But the fact is, a lot of these attorneys are too busy to research their computer hardware and software needs, and thus are understandably leery of plunking down $5,000 or $10,000 for equipment that might turn out to be better suited to a dentist’s office.

Meet someone who might be able to help: Alan Pearlman. The solo practitioner from Chicago, who has dubbed himself “The Electronic Lawyer,” has been reviewing hardware and software products for lawyers for more than a dozen years.