Sometimes lawyers in solo practices get so focused on honing their legal skills that they don’t recognize themselves as entrepreneurs. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines an entrepreneur as “one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.” A solo lawyer has to be a solopreneur piloting the enterprise while also producing the […]
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A few month’s ago I connected with a lovely and determined woman from Stetson University, Cynthia Clark. She has committed herself to creating the Stetson Law Solo and Small Firm Society. She has had her challenges with the school administration which I won’t detail because ultimately she is garnering a lot of interest in what she […]
Dear Law School Graduate, Congratulations! You just finished what seemed impossible three-and-a-half short years ago as you sat in your first Contracts class thinking you might die if your professor actually called on you. You finished. And now, as you prepare for what seems like an even more insurmountable challenge – passing the bar exam […]
(Read Evolutions of a Solo Practice – Parts 1- 6 if you’re new to this author) When I returned to work, I knew I had to adjust my practice to make it a better match with my physical and mental health. I converted the per-diem business into a model where the actual court appearances were mostly […]
Trippe Fried will teach a course called “Outsourced General Counsel” at Solo Practice University®. Trippe Fried has been a practicing attorney for seventeen years. He works exclusively with entrepreneurs and businesses and often as an outsourced general counsel. Trippe functions both as part of the management team assessing and addressing potential risks and as the […]
Everyone Has A Story As rezoomers we are often reticent to tell ‘our stories’. Why didn’t we practice law? Why did we practice and leave? Was it that we couldn’t find a job or we found a job in another sector? Did we stay at home to raise a family? Did the road we chose just take […]
(While this post is geared towards a firm of more than one attorney, there are some points every solo should take note of.) What happens in your firm if there is a hit on a conflict search? Hopefully the conflict concern is immediately brought to the attention of the intake attorney. In firms that routinely […]
Well, it got your attention didn’t it? The broader question is how do you effectively communicate with your clients before, during and after representation. This is a huge area to cover from a marketing perspective, your ethical obligations, and technological challenges. It’s even bigger when you consider you are a solo/small firm practitioner. But Jared and […]
“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.” John Greenleaf Whittier, Maud Muller – Pamphlet What if you didn’t have a mountain of student loan debt? What if you didn’t have to worry about what all your lawyer friends thought about you? What if you never had […]
It is hard to believe that I am already working with students for the July bar exam. When I talk to my students about each part of the written portion of the test, I hear myself making one statement over and over again, “You must think like the bar exam grader.” As you likely know, […]