Law and Conversation

About Helen W. Gunnarsson

I’m a lawyer and writer.  I love reading, writing, and listening to a good story.  This blog focuses on storytelling through literature and, occasionally, other media, from the perspective of a lawyer. I also post occasionally on The Europa Challenge Blog, a fan blog for those who really like books published by Europa Editions. (What I write there, as here, is unpaid and simply for the love of it.)

I’m employed full-time as a lawyer and writer/editor. Before that, I spent a number of years a freelance writer, telling stories about breaking developments in the law and about movers and shakers in the legal profession every month in the pages of the Illinois Bar Journal, the flagship publication of the Illinois State Bar Association.  My articles are regularly reprinted in legal publications and used as CLE seminar materials across the country and have even been republished in other countries, including Canada and New Zealand.  In August 2011, the editors at TechnoLawyer’s Blawgworld selected one of my articles, “To Tweet Or Not To Tweet? Twitter for Lawyers” as their Pick of the Week.

Nothing makes me happier than hearing that someone’s enjoyed an article I’ve written and that it’s helped that person at work or in everyday life. You can check out my profile on LinkedIn and view my Illinois MCLE-accredited presentation, “Persuasive Writing for Lawyers”, online at

I’m delighted if you’d like to quote from any of my posts, but I’m a stickler for giving others credit and would appreciate the same courtesy, including links back here.  Please don’t forget that everything I write is copyrighted.  You can subscribe to this blog by e-mail or RSS reader (it’s easy; I use Google Reader) and add it to your own blogroll if you like what you see.  I’d be likewise delighted for you to leave a comment or share my posts on Twitter, Facebook, or through any other social medium, if the spirit moves you. I love hearing other people’s thoughts and having conversations about literature and stories.

Please note that nobody pays me or gives me anything of value for anything I write on this blog.  I am not a publicist and do not wish to receive PR releases (unless you are a personal friend and want to share some good news with me). All opinions expressed here are solely my own, and I reserve the right to modify them.

Please also note that nothing on this blog constitutes legal advice. I do not accept clients, and submitting a comment or sending me an e-mail will not create a lawyer-client relationship, nor can I promise to keep any communications confidential. Comments will be posted, or not, at my sole  discretion.


  1. Hi Helen – I’m one of the editors for TechnoLawyers weekly e-magazine, Blawgworld. I’d like to link to your Metadata article but can’t since it’s behind a member wall. Do you happen to have it posted or plan to post in the future to an open site? If so, please send me the link. It sounds like a great article that could help many lawyers!
    Thanks, Adriana

    Comment by Adriana — February 22, 2010 @ 12:23 am

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