Solo Practice


On Balance

How Tribes Can Power Your Law Practice

By | Jun.05.17 | 1 Comment

The idea of a “tribe” is powerful. Who would not feel connected in a group of people tied together by common values, traditions or goals? Tribes have two distinct yet equally important roles to play …Continue reading »


Productivity Tips

Chaos Is King, Until It’s Not: A Solo’s Guide to Order

By | Apr.04.17 | 2 Comments

Chaos sounds the death knell for any solo attorney’s practice. It breeds confusion, distraction, and disorder. Unfortunately, for most solos, chaos is the natural state of affairs. The reason is simple: The practice of law consists …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 »


Support Services

Should You Hire a Virtual Paralegal?

By | Mar.02.17 | No Comments

Working with a virtual assistant for the first time can seem harrowing, especially when sensitive legal information and documents are involved. Here are a few tips that will help make the arrangement stress-relieving rather than …Continue reading »


The Friday Five

Five Tips for Small Firms from Legalweek 2017

By | Feb.10.17 | No Comments

Last fall, when I learned ALM Media had expanded the Legal Tech conference for 2017 to include a small firm focus, I was intrigued. During the newly branded Legalweek small firm track last week, hosted by …Continue reading »


The Friday Five

Five Tips for Starting Your Own Law Firm

By | Dec.09.16 | 2 Comments

When I graduated from law school in 2010, legal jobs were hard to find. After a brief stint as a staff attorney, I wasn’t optimistic about finding a job that would fulfill the dreams that led me …Continue reading »


Feeling Disconnected

Loneliness: Taking Care to Stay Connected

By | Dec.06.16 | 1 Comment

Mountain climbers are fastidious about the lines they trust their lives to, and scuba divers are constantly checking the tanks and regulators on which they depend. In the hectic world of practicing law — when …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 »


QuickBooks Tip

What’s in Your Law Firm’s Profit & Loss Statement?

By | Oct.20.16 | No Comments

Most small and solo law firms are working with financial statements that don’t give them the information they need to make informed business decisions. To illustrate what I mean, I’ve created a sample P&L for …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 »