Starting a Practice
Flying Solo (2005): A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer-4th Edition -4th Edition (Table of Contents)
A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer
K. William Gibson
Newly revised and completely updated, the fourth edition of this comprehensive guide includes practical information gathered from a wide range of contributors, including successful solo practitioners, law firm consultants, state and local bar practice management advisors, and law school professors. All the contributors share tips and advice that can be easily implemented in your solo or small-firm practice.This classic ABA book first walks you through a step-by-step analysis of the decision to start a solo practice, including choosing a practice focus. It then provides tools to help you with financial issues including banking and billing; operations issues such as staffing and office location and design decisions; technology for the small law office; and marketing and client relations. What's more, the final section on quality of life issues puts it all into perspective. Whether you're thinking of going solo, new to the solo life, or a seasoned practitioner, Flying Solo provides time-tested answers to real-life questions.
How to Start a Successful Law Practice (2006) (Table of Contents)
William L. Pfeifer, Jr.
Whether you are a new lawyer who does not want to work for a firm, or an experienced lawyer who dreams of taking control of your professional career, How to Start a Successful Law Practice is the blueprint you need to start your own law office and make it a success.
How to Start and Build a Law Practice—5th edition (2004) (Table of Contents)
Jay G. Foonberg
This book has been successfully and profitably used by tens of thousands of lawyers as the basic comprehensive guide to planning, starting, and growing a successful practice. This classic ABA bestseller is packed with techniques for getting started, identifying the right location, finding clients, setting fees, managing your office, maintaining an ethical and responsible practice, maximizing available resources, upholding your standards, and much more—all in a single volume. You’ll also find a wealth of beneficial tips that can improve your practice once it is up and running, as well as dozens of time-saving templates and checklists. This book is guaranteed to help successfully launch your practice, and have it run at maximum efficiency.
Introduction to Law Firm Practice (2010) (Table of Contents)
For the new or young lawyer, working in a law firm has many challenges. Understanding how to address those challenges and succeed in a law firm practice is the focus of this new guide, Introduction to Law Firm Practice. Written in easy-to-read format, this manual provides an in-depth examination of how law firms operate, how they are managed, and how they develop clients and generate revenue. This book seeks to empower better decision-making, thus helping newer entrants find greater satisfaction and happiness in a law firm environment.
This book includes insight on: the organizational structure and promotional tracks for firms; how firms develop business and generate revenue; lawyer compensation and review processes; intake of client matters, including engagement letters, retainers, and conflict checking; law firm profitability; business development efforts for new clients, such as advertising, direct mail and e-mail, in-person solicitation, and preparing RFP/RFI responses; firm culture and demands on your time; what senior lawyers expect from younger associates; mentoring; how to deal with mistakes; and much more!
To help lawyers maximize their chances for success, this unique guide includes four valuable, workable exercises on organizing and marketing a practice to assist you in fully understanding the complexities of a law firm. These resources are also supplemented on a companion website, www.DowneyonLawPractice.com.
Whether you’re a law student interested in working in a law firm or a young lawyer or law firm employee who wants to gain a better understanding of how a law firm operates, this guide will provide you with the ins and outs you need to help you navigate your way through a law firm and excel in your profession.
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Solo by Choice (2007) (Table of Contents)
Back when you were in law school you had dreams…
Maybe it was standing before a jury, passionately arguing on behalf of a desperate client…or winning an appeal that would link your name to a new legal precedent…or pulling off a dramatic 11th hour deal that would give your struggling technology client a life-saving infusion of capital. But what happened? Here it is two, five, eight, years out of law school—maybe more, maybe less—and most of those dreams are unrealized: You work 60-hour weeks in BigLaw, researching narrow legal issues for clients you never met, watching partners argue motions you drafted and which you know you could argue better given the opportunity.Or, you’re a government prosecutor or Justice Department attorney whose work is no longer challenging, but you can’t move up any higher without political connections. Or, you were let go from a firm because you weren’t partnership material, and now you’re temping at document-review jobs that barely pay the bills. Or, you enjoy your work but are plagued with guilt about leaving your children with a nanny five days a week. Or, you just passed the bar, and the prospect of paying off your student loans by slaving away the next seven or eight years on the chance you might make partner has you popping antacid in the middle of the night. This book is dedicated to every lawyer who ever wanted to run the show but worried that going solo was career suicide…every lawyer who wanted to solo but didn’t know how to set up the office and make it work…every lawyer who never set foot in a courtroom but dreamed of one day practicing law their way. In short, this book is dedicated to becoming the lawyer you always wanted to be.
Click HERE to read a review by Kathie Troudt Riley in The Colorado Lawyer.
Solo Contendere (2010) (Table of Contents)
Marc Garfinkle, Esq.
This book is for lawyers who want to work for themselves, even if they just passed the Bar last week.
It is based on two premises:
1. You do not need to have a jobin order to practice law; all you really need is work.
2. With appropriate precautions, you can be an effective, even excellent attorney, despite your lack of experience, or maybe because of it.
Start Your Own Law Practice (2005) (Table of Contents)
Judge William Huss
After years of school and maybe even after some years of practice, you are ready to be the boss. You want to hand out your shingle and open an office of your own. But running a profitable business takes more than just being a great attorney. Start Your Own Law Practice provides you with the knowledge to be both a great lawyer and successful business owner.
Whether you are looking to open a sole practitioner’s office or wanting to go into partnership with other colleagues, picking the right location, hiring the right support staff and taking care of all the finances are not easy tasks. With help from Start Your Own Law Practice, you can be sure you are making the best decisions for success.