The Importance of Flexibility in a Solo Practice

One of the best things about being a solo/small firm lawyer that solo/small firm lawyers always cite is the flexibility. Flexible work schedule, flexible billing options, flexible practice areas. We are practically yogis.

What we never say is that all that flexibility does not mean a reduced workload, easier billing or lowered obligations to learn all those new practice areas. There is a price, and we usually pay it in longer hours working for ourselves than we ever put in working for Big Law.

Can You Be Addicted To Entrepreneurship?

Hi, my name is Suzanne and I am an addict.

It started simply enough with a babysitting business in high school. Then I expanded that to a babysitting service I ran out of a bowling alley on league nights. Before you knew it, I was running a catering business out of my kitchen during college.

Sound familiar? If you are addicted to entrepreneurship – if you cannot help yourself from starting up start-ups – then you and I have a lot in common.

Why More Women Go Solo

Have you noticed that women lawyers seem to be going solo at a faster rate than their male counterparts? We may start off as associates at Big Law, but we don’t tend to stay there. In fact, less than seventeen percent of female associates ever become equity partners in their firms. Only about four percent make it to the level of managing shareholder. Think you know why that is? Read on….

Everyone’s an Expert

Last night, as the latest breaking news and everyone’s opinion on it filled up my Twitter and Facebook feeds, I ran across this post from a friend of mine from law school: “Congrats to everyone who graduated from University of Facebook School of Law last night…..” … and LOLed so hard I almost spit out […]

Widening the Net

I recently had breakfast with my friend, Toni. Toni is more than a friend, actually: she is one of my very best friends, my client, my co-conspirator, a trusted business advisor, and co-author of a book we’re working on (that’s a whole other column). We meet for breakfast about once a week to check in with […]