Solo Practice


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 »


Timing Your Retirement

Should Your Career Expire When Your Lease Does?

By | Oct.04.16 | No Comments

Clients often ask me, “Roy, what’s the biggest mistake solo practitioners and small firm owners make when considering their retirement/succession strategies?” My answer? Attorneys permit their office situation, specifically a lease obligation, to muck things up. When …Continue reading »


Nothing But The Ruth!

Motivator: ‘By Next Week I Will …’

By | Apr.18.16 | No Comments

I am the queen of lists. At the end of every month, I write a list of goals for the following month. I have a running to-do list for every day. When I get to …Continue reading »


On Balance

Outsourcing for Ethics Compliance

By | Apr.04.16 | No Comments

Notice the title of this post: It is not “Outsourcing Ethics Compliance.” That you may not do. Rather, it is “Outsourcing for Ethics Compliance,” the idea being to send work out to help ensure you …Continue reading »


Book Review: Making the Handoff

How to Be Successful at Succession Planning

By | Mar.30.16 | No Comments

Mark Twain is said to have remarked, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” That quote came to mind when I heard about a new book by veteran law firm consultant …Continue reading »


Product Spotlight

Starting a Law Firm: Never a Dumb Question

By | Mar.03.16 | No Comments

The following is an excerpt from the MyCase e-book “Starting a Law Firm: Never a Dumb Question” by Edward Poll. “There is no such thing as a dumb question.” This has been the commonly repeated mantra of teachers …Continue reading »