So, you’re a solo and your practice is growing. But, not so much that you can afford to hire a full fledged associate to help with the work overload. You don’t want to turn down work, because you need the revenue, but you don’t want to take on more work than you can handle by […]
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I continue to be surprised at the number of times I have visited a solo practice and found that complete oversight of client property has been turned over to an employee. More often than not, this individual has been employed by the attorney for years and is always viewed as someone worthy of a high […]
As we wrap up 2014, have you moved forward on your plans to rezoom the practice of law? Well, what are you waiting for? Move forward and regain your career. It is your choice and your choice alone. As I was thinking about this month’s New Year’s column, I came across a quote I thought […]
(We’re excited to introduce our newest columnist, Haley Austin, a real Second Career Ninja who will share her experiences starting law school a little later in life, the challenges and the differences when you go solo after already having a foot in the working world…or in her case, both feet stomping!) The decision to go […]
How do you leave a Big Law firm or medium-sized firm when they’ve been your training ground from the start of your legal career? How do you do so ethically, responsibly and in a positive way while still keeping your clients? How do you resolve all the potential issues (and there are many)? How do […]
I’ve been blogging for 7 years, first under Build A Solo Practice, LLC, and then moved over to Solo Practice University five and a half years go. We’ve been in the ABA Blawg 100 several times over the last seven years and we enjoy the recognition although it’s not our raison d’etre. This year I’m […]
I posted this little factoid on our Facebook page the other day: “The statistics are unsettling: Approximately 34% of attorneys in private law firm practice are females and only 3% of these women are in a management partnership at the largest 200 law firms. And if women make it to the top, they’ll likely be […]
Attorney Jane Brooks* has a successful solo practice and enjoys a great reputation in her community. In more than thirty years of practice, she had never had a malpractice claim. That changed with one real estate matter. Her story is a reminder that a minor mistake can have huge consequences and that the devil truly […]
One of the issues I was concerned about the most when I decided to go solo was how to leave the firm I was working for. It was a small family owned firm and I had grown close to everyone there. Despite my reasons for leaving and any problems I may have had with them […]
When I first started consulting many years ago, one of my first clients was a lawyer debating going solo after realizing he could earn far more on his own than trying to become a partner in the firm where he worked. In order to get a raise he would have had to triple his earnings […]