Ethics


Exit Strategy

Leaving Your Law Firm: Who Can You Tell, and When?

By | Apr.18.17 | No Comments

So, you’ve decided to leave your firm. One of the first questions that likely comes to mind is whether — and when — you can tell clients, your firm, colleagues and staff. As it turns out, …Continue reading »


On Balance

Creative Goal Setting for Improving Your Solo Practice

By | Apr.10.17 | 1 Comment

It seems that every solo lawyer I meet has a list of things they would like to be doing better in their practice. Sometimes the motivating factor is business growth, sometimes it’s efficiency. At the heart …Continue reading »


Want to Avoid Ethics Complaints?

Follow These Three Service Tenets for Satisfied Clients

By | Apr.03.17 | No Comments

Unhappy clients often choose to file ethics complaints against their poor-performing lawyers. What leads to their unhappiness? It may come as a surprise, but most ethics complaints are not about incompetence. Instead, most complaints revolve …Continue reading »


On Balance

Spring Cleaning, Solo Style

By | Mar.07.17 | 1 Comment

Every new year, there’s always lots of talk about how to start the year off right. For solo and small firm lawyers, that can mean many things. One of my attorney-clients told me her mentor …Continue reading »



Your Exit Strategy

Departing Your Law Firm Partnership: First Steps

By | Jan.31.17 | No Comments

So the time has come for you to depart your law firm. Maybe your book of business has outgrown the firm. Maybe the firm has charted a course that doesn’t include you. Maybe you just need a …Continue reading »


On Balance

Differentiating Yourself from Less Ethical Competitors

By | Jan.12.17 | No Comments

More than once recently, I have consulted with a client and heard stories of their contact with other lawyers working in my field. Sometimes their stories confirm that I am giving similar advice, but sometimes …Continue reading »


PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: CLIO'S COURT RULES

You Need a Calendar as Smart as You Are

By | Nov.08.16 | No Comments

In the practice of law, dates and deadlines are the currency in which lawyers traffic. As filing dates and appearance dates pile up, the likelihood of missing one increases exponentially — with dramatic results. At …Continue reading »


On Balance

Creative Thinking About Your Practice Can Reduce Ethics Risk

By | Nov.08.16 | No Comments

Lately, thinking creatively about the practice of law has been a theme running through my professional life. While we are a relatively stodgy profession, many avenues for legal innovation exist. From applying new technology to …Continue reading »


On Balance

Ethics Case for Attorney Retreats

By | Oct.05.16 | No Comments

Our own Merrilyn Astin Tarlton recently wrote here about five ways solos can find time for law firm retreats. And on that score, recently I became involved in a lengthy conversation with a large group of …Continue reading »