In the story of David and Goliath, the underdog beats a bigger, more experienced and better-armed opponent with five smooth stones. David is nimble, and his tactics are unconventional. And though it’s tempting to call him an outlier, according to political scientist Ivan Arreguin-Toft, smaller and nimbler forces win all the time using unconventional and unexpected strategies.

The iPad provides a growing arsenal to Davids of the legal profession. Its portability, ease of use and innovative apps help solo practictioners and small to mid-size firms beat larger and more powerful opponents all the time.