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Giving Up Solo Practice for Firm Life

By | Feb.11.15 | No Comments

I shocked my contacts at the beginning of the year when I announced that I joined another law firm. (I know, I never thought it would happen either.) I am now of counsel at an IP …Continue reading »


Nothing But the Ruth!

Fight the Lawyer Stereotype

By | Jan.14.15 | 3 Comments

Talk of New Year’s resolutions has inspired me to think about lawyer stereotypes and what we should be doing to combat them. If the legal industry had a resolution, I hope it would be to work on …Continue reading »


Merry Marketing Marathon

How to Suck at Networking

By | Dec.22.14 | 1 Comment

If you’re a law firm owner or partner, you know the drill — when you’re not working in your business, you should be working on your business. For most of us, that includes a lot …Continue reading »


Nothing But the Ruth!

Bar Member? Be Your Own Advocate

By | Dec.17.14 | 1 Comment

Forgive me, but I’m going to jump on my soapbox today. I’m a licensed attorney in Arizona and we have a mandatory bar, so all of us have to pay to play. In 2014, I paid …Continue reading »


Nothing But the Ruth!

Solo Anxiety: It All Works Out in the End

By | Nov.12.14 | 2 Comments

One of the biggest challenges a solo practitioner has is managing the anxiety of not having a guaranteed steady income or client work. I’ve had open client files all year, but there are definitely lulls in …Continue reading »


Nothing But the Ruth!

Boldly Go Where No Firm Has Gone Before — With Your Holiday Card

By | Oct.09.14 | 3 Comments

A holiday card catalog arrived in the mail a few weeks ago. I’m mostly a holiday purist who believes that you shouldn’t start celebrating the December holidays until after Thanksgiving. However, there are exceptions when …Continue reading »


Nothing But the Ruth!

Lawyers, Depression and Substance Abuse: A Candid Q&A

By | Sep.18.14 | No Comments

The suicide of actor Robin Williams made many, including me, reflect on how problems related to depression and substance abuse can lead to desperate, irrational actions. Lawyers in general tend to be more susceptible to problems …Continue reading »


Nothing But the Ruth

How to Suck at Networking

By | Aug.18.14 | 3 Comments

If you’re a law firm owner or partner, you know the drill — when you’re not working in your business, you should be working on your business. For most of us, that includes a lot …Continue reading »


Nothing But the Ruth

Want to Be More Efficient? Unplug!

By | Jul.14.14 | 2 Comments

Let me tell you a secret — the biggest distraction in my life is me. No, I’m not wasting time playing Angry Birds or watching Netflix. My challenge? I’m so well-trained to react the moment …Continue reading »


Lawyers at Standing Desks: Benefits and Drawbacks

By | Jun.11.14 | 11 Comments

Recently, I was blown away by how awesome a fellow lawyer’s office is. It’s not very big, but it has a standing desk by a window that overlooks downtown Phoenix, opening up the rest of …Continue reading »