Imagine you are at a dinner party. The hostess introduces you to Dr. Jones, an up-and-coming medical doctor in your community. You just moved into the neighborhood and need a new doctor. So you ask her, “What’s your specialty?” With a big smile, the doctor answers, “Oh, I’m a heart surgeon, I deliver babies, and […]
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In May 2007 Slater & Gordon, an Australian personal injury firm, became the first law firm to go public. At the time, I discussed some of the implications of publicly held law firms, including the commoditization of legal services. I also gave some tips on how you can reduce the risk that your law practice […]
Some days don’t you just feel like all the wind has been let out of your sails. You’ve finally opened the doors to your solo practice, virtual and brick & mortar. You have everything in place. You sweated all the small details in spite of the advice not to, lined up your malpractice insurance, built […]
I have not spoken much about my previous business partnership in this column. I guess that’s because, when I started writing for Solo Practice University, it was pretty fresh and raw. I was still stinging about the end of what in the beginning had promised to be my law career’s happily ever after. And… I […]
Sometimes co-counsel relationships are formed “on the fly” meaning that there will be no thorough discussion as to who will be responsible for what. This can be disastrous if each attorney assumes the other will meet a critical deadline and as a result a deadline is actually missed. Unfortunately, this situation can get even messier […]
Chicago Katie Kizer and Amanda Graham brushed off a miserable employment market for new law school grads. They hired themselves after graduating last spring from DePaul University College of Law. With summa diplomas, they were qualified for Big Law—just temperamentally unsuited for it. I want to meet these two women. I really do. Katie Kizer and […]
Learning a new language is an important decision, to be considered by most US-based lawyers trying to attract new clients and increase the profit margins of their law firm. As we have discussed previously in “Why and How to Hire Bilingual Employees”, hiring bilingual employees is a smart decision expected to enhance the firm’s ability […]
After reading this recent post from Susan Cartier Liebel, I felt it was important to talk about taking care of yourself during your bar exam study period. For many students, taking care of yourself is the first thing to go when you get stressed or busy. I hear this all the time! “I don’t have […]
I just finished a big task. It took a lot of energy and mental toughness to complete. In order to participate in a small group Coaching Day that will be spent “brainstorming the next evolution” of my business, I had to fill out a questionnaire. 18 questions aimed at the heart of my business. On […]
Solo Practice University® is proud to welcome our newest monthly columnist, Chelsea Callanan, who will be focusing primarily on professional development and the ever-elusive work-life balance. (I personally think it should just be called ‘life’ because who today can honestly separate work from their life? Not me. You say tomato…) Chelsea will be addressing these issues and we’re […]