“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 […]
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?
This post was written by Barry Seidel. Barry Seidel opened his own practice right out of law school in 1982, after reading “How to Go Directly Into Solo Law Practice, Without Missing a Meal”. His practice has evolved over the years, currently focusing in the areas of probate and estate administration. He enjoys writing and […]
I stumbled across this blog post about an 11 year old company called Vertical Response and the change their company is now going through. This is a company that has done very well for 11 years until one day they realized if they didn’t ‘pivot’ they would fall behind technologically, lose their hard-earned customers and […]
There are a few not-so-amazing aspects of solo practice. And while the benefits of designing my own law practice have outweighed any of this sucky stuff, by far … I thought I would share a short list of what I deem to be the ugly side of solo practice.
According to American Bar Association Formal Opinion 90-357 the term “of counsel” describes “a close, regular, personal relationship” between an attorney and firm, usually when the attorney works for the firm not as an associate or a partner but as an independent contractor. As a solo or small firm lawyer, the decision to become Of Counsel […]
This week, my daughter will start Kindergarten. It seems hard to believe that we are here already, but that is the story of life. She is growing and learning and she is ready to take this next step. My daughter is everything a four year old should be: precocious, curious, imaginative, and so full of energy. […]
It’s very strange that in 2012, the age of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, one has to still explain why lawyers need to be involved in social media. Yet it still has to be done. So, I thought I would illustrate by sharing a conversation I had with a lawyer last Friday. I had a personal reason […]