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Solo and Small Law Firms

Not Just for Solos: Seven Startup Tips

In a few months, I will celebrate my third anniversary as a solo practitioner. Without question, this experience has been the most rewarding of my nearly 16 years practicing labor and employment law. In reflecting on this arbitrary milestone, I ...

Russell Adler - July 2, 2015

Five Checklists to Make Your Law Practice More Efficient and Profitable

Processes are the means by which we get things done, and checklists can keep us on top of what needs to get done. That’s why pilots, surgeons and astronauts use checklists extensively. They help eliminate the fear of forgetting something ...

Peggy Gruenke - February 27, 2015

20 Law Practice Empowerment Tips

At the American Bar Association's annual GPSolo National Solo and Small Firm Conference in October, practice management experts Peggy Gruenke and Alan Klevan presented "60 Practice Empowerment Tips in 60 Minutes" — focused on the nuts-and-bolts ...

Peggy Gruenke - November 18, 2014
Nothing But the Ruth

Outsourcing for Beginners

When you open a solo law practice, especially early in your career, it’s easy enough to do everything yourself. Often you’re too poor to hire anyone anyhow, and if you haven’t yet built up your book of business, you have the time to figure ...

Ruth Carter - December 10, 2013

Marketing Tips from the ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference

At solo and small firm conferences around the country, lawyers gather to polish their skills, learn about new technology—and pick up a marketing tip or two. At the Illinois State Bar Association's Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference last week, ...

Ellyn Caruso - September 20, 2012

Apps for the Mobile Solo

As a solo practitioner with a demanding work and family schedule, I’m always on the go. Between client meetings and depositions, I’m often attending parent-teacher conferences and baseball games and shuttling the kids to school, music and dance ...

Scott Brenner - August 28, 2012

Is Solo Practice a Good Fit for You?

In previous posts we asked the question, "How Much Does It Cost to Start a New Solo Firm?" And we received some great advice from practice management experts and a few newly minted solos on how much seed money it takes to start up a solo ...

Ellyn Caruso - August 14, 2012
Nothing But the Ruth

How Do You Set Your Hourly Rates?

You're a new lawyer, launching a new law firm. How do you decide what your hourly rate will be? The ethics rules say that your rate must be "reasonable." That doesn’t give you much to go on. You know your rate should be a fair price for the ...

Ruth Carter - February 15, 2012
Nothing But the Ruth

The Perfect Virtual Law Office Address

One of the first things you need when you open a new law practice is a mailing address. If you’re a solo practitioner, you may be working out of your house, but you may not want your clients or potential clients knowing where you live. You may ...

Ruth Carter - January 16, 2012
Attorney at Work Friday Five

Can I Get a Little Help Here?

It’s easy to feel all alone when you have a [fill in the blank] challenge in your practice. Cash flow slowed to a trickle? Stagnation on the business development front? Ethics scare? Or so burned out you just don't care? You name it and you know ...

The Editors - July 8, 2011