Last month I attended a new type of conference created by Lee Burgess and Alison Monahan called Catapult2013. I have to admit I originally agreed to be a speaker because I hadn’t been to San Francisco in decades and it was a good excuse to see an old college friend. I’d lost faith in conferences a long time [...]
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I am in awe of my clients. That’s why I chose to represent small business owners exclusively. Because I get jazzed talking to entrepreneurs. Because I adore talking about the issues and practicalities and triumphs and failures these small businesses encounter every single day. I learn more about business from my clients than I ever [...]
While out on a walk recently, I briefly overheard part of a conversation about weddings. What caught my attention was this comment: “Why do people spend so much time and money on their wedding and so little on their marriage?” That question struck a chord with me. Now, I’m not one to say don’t celebrate [...]
If you want to build a bilingual legal practice, choosing a good bilingual receptionist is a very high priority. Your receptionist is a key interaction that clients will have with the firm, and often the first contact that new clients will have with your law practice. Selecting and managing that person or service is an [...]
Amazing things happen when you show up in your life and work. And I mean SHOW UP. Not simply exist, but make your presence known and participate in the conversation. The best example I can give is from a recent experience that I had. Last month, I attended the Massachusetts Conference for Women. 8,000+ women [...]
(Update: 12/12 – While the statistics might be slightly different from 2007 when this post originally appeared, the sentiment is the same. For those contemplating going solo, take this to heart.) As much as they want to. That is the reality of solo life. There was a recently published chart on solo practitioner earnings which I [...]
“Being a wizard on your computer or being able to put together amazing projects on Garage Band does not mean you can ethically or responsibly handle e-discovery.” Every lawyer needs to understand what e-discovery is and the process of e-discovery, or increasingly risk exposure to malpractice for failure to do due diligence for your client. This [...]
(You can read Evolutions of a Solo Practice – Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven’t already. Remember, all events are real though the names are made up!) Landlord-Tenant Evolves Into Real Estate/General Practice I stayed in my first office at 299 Broadway for about two years (1982 – 1984). I did my own [...]
I have a confession. I have a crush. I have a crush on a company. Is that possible? Yes, it is. We were very fortunate to come out of hurricane Sandy virtually unscathed. As many of you experienced, are experiencing, or heard, this was a monster storm which has caused upwards of untold billions in damages [...]
Oct 23, 2012 in Solo & Small Firm Practice
I’ve recently been investigating legal malpractice policies for something I’m working on. As I no longer practice I’ve really had very little reason to stay overly current on the fine print of malpractice policies and this is why, in the course of my research, I was struck by the terminology the ‘Hammer Clause.’ Who was getting hammered?