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Finding modern law clients

Modern law clients are tech-savvy and looking for certain things Landing on a potential client’s radar is the first big step toward attracting new business. In the past, that might have meant a yellow pages listing or a billboard ad, but modern law clients are looking... Read More »

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Run a successful small law firm

A successful small law firm runs lean Working as an independent lawyer has many benefits, including better work-life balance and more control of your career. Too often, though, lawyers hesitate to start their own firms due to fear of the unknown. At the end of... Read More »

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Legal industry trends

Legal industry trends: The rise of the small law firm The legal industry is undergoing a massive shift. Legal industry trends show that, while there are still a handful of large, global firms, medium-sized firms are becoming rarer. The rise of the small law firm Medium-sized firms... Read More »

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Painless networking for lawyers

A simple approach to networking for lawyers Networking is necessary to get ahead in your law business. However, most people get nervous when they hear that word, especially for those who are shy. With a little work, you can still get the contacts you need... Read More »

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Your attitude matters when running a law business

Running a law business well means starting with the right foundation As you launch your own law firm, life can feel a bit uncertain. You are walking away from an established place with a full client roster. Plus, all business development, marketing and operations tasks now... Read More »

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Small law firm vision

Developing your small law firm vision Many aspiring lawyers have dreams of being a part of a big-name law firm. However, there are several disadvantages to working for these large firms that make the prospect of solo practice more appealing.  If you do want to... Read More »

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Small law firm technology

You can compete in the modern marketplace with small law firm technology A common misconception about law firms is that smaller shops cannot compete with large firms. While that might have been true in the past, new technology is making it possible for small and... Read More »

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Small law firm social media

How small law firm social media fits into your law practice Marketing an independent law practice is an important aspect of client interaction. Social media is an easily accessible tool where you can interact with potential clients, exchange information and market your law business. When setting... Read More »

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The innovative small law firm

The modern legal industry is perfect for an innovative small law firm Boutique law firms can pursue industry trends more easily than their larger counterparts, and modern legal clients appreciate an innovative small law firm. A small law firm’s structure means its partners don’t have... Read More »

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Three Tips for Finding Law Clients

For a small law firm to grow, finding law clients is paramount It can be hard to establish yourself as independent lawyer or small law firm. Finding law clients can be a lot of work, but the harder you work, the better off you will... Read More »

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Attend conferences to build a law practice

Networking and conferences can help you build a law practice Law conferences, and conferences in general, are a great place to build a law practice. They gives you a chance to enhance your skills and to connect with fellow lawyers and professionals. These new contacts... Read More »

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Opportunities for Small Law Firms

Many opportunities for small law firms in Denver As a new lawyer, you have a number of career paths available to you, including the prospect of launching your own practice. There are many opportunities for small law firms to build business. If you are a... Read More »

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Independent Law Marketing

Independent law marketing: Enhance your online presence As a lawyer, you understand hard work. It has taken years to arrive where you are, from law school to years logged at a firm. Solo practitioners understand the additional pressures associated with independent law marketing and winning... Read More »

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Small law firm technology

Efficiency and productivity are key for small law firm technology Big firms have the resources to implement the latest technology for lawyers and employ entire IT teams to analyze the outcome. Lack of resources to address technology is one of the biggest concerns independent practitioners and... Read More »

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Lawyers and startups don’t always mix

Stanford professor discusses challenges between lawyers and startups When an article titled, “Why lawyers don’t run startups,” popped up on LinkedIn recently, it naturally caught our eye. In the article, Stanford Professor Steve Blank highlights some of the challenges lawyers and startups face when they... Read More »

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Women in law: Family time

Independent law practice offers women in law sought-after flexibility Many women in law end up quitting when they become moms. Big law firms are notorious for long hours and demanding caseloads, and that can leave many women lawyers conflicted about work time vs. family time.... Read More »

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Finding work-life balance as a lawyer

Work-life balance is possible as a lawyer, especially in independent law You have worked hard through law school and your first positions as a lawyer. You have achieved a certain level of success and status, but still feel something is lacking. For many lawyers, that... Read More »

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Beyond Big Law; Options for Lawyers

A big law firm is not the only career option for lawyers Working for a large law firm is not the only option available to lawyers. Especially in the modern legal industry, your law degree and experience can open a number of doors to you.... Read More »

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Avoiding Isolation as an Independent Lawyer

Working alone doesn’t have to mean being isolated Just because you’ve chosen to run an independent law firm doesn’t mean you need to isolate yourself. While you don’t have the built-in network that comes with working for a large firm, there are some great tips... Read More »

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Independent law offers autonomy, flexibility

Control your own destiny with your own practice Lawyers have a lot of options: You can work in a company’s legal department, hire on with a large law firm, or you can work for the government. Or you can go into practice on your own.... Read More »

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Independent law technology

The right technology helps create a streamlined independent law office Independent lawyers and small law firms have to juggle a myriad of tasks.  They have to stay current with changing law, and they have to deal with clients, staffing issues, scheduling and more.  On top... Read More »

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Knowing when to leap: career moves for lawyers

The evolution of a law career In his book, Necessary Endings, Dr. Henry Cloud discusses the concept of normalizing the endings that are natural in all aspects of business and personal life. Recognizing a natural ending is perhaps the first and most critical step for lawyers who are... Read More »

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What lawyers need in a coworking space

Independent lawyers can boost productivity in a co-working space If you’re a lawyer fresh out of law school and wanting to make it on your own, or you’re breaking off from a big law firm to launch an independent law practice, there are so many... Read More »

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Independent law is easier now than ever

Starting your own law firm is an achievable dream While the big law firms can become grueling treadmills for young and aspiring lawyers, only a select lucky few will rise to the top to become wealthy equity partners. More lawyers are starting to practice independent law... Read More »

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A new kind of law firm

Independent practice offers lawyers flexibility and control Big law firms, where associates and partners are commonly required to bill in excess of 2,000 hours a year, are notorious for their failure to accommodate attorneys’ personal needs. Big Law attorneys wear their workaholic tendencies as a... Read More »

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Collaborative work environment for lawyers

The benefits of building an independent law practice among peers Establishing an independent law practice is a readily accessible option now for new and experienced lawyers alike. With co-working law office space, an independent lawyer or small firm can find the resources and support needed... Read More »

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How independent lawyers can compete

Make the most of available resources to grow your law business Each year, a fresh crop of newly sworn attorneys hit the market, discover they are competing with thousands more like themselves and opt to start their own firms. Many mid-career lawyers also choose to... Read More »

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Social media for lawyers

Independent lawyers can benefit from social media The use of technology and social media can play an even bigger role for independent lawyers than in larger firms. According to the American Bar Association, 73 percent of individual lawyers use LinkedIn as a social media platform,... Read More »

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More co-working spaces for lawyers across the country

Co-working creates opportunities for independent lawyers When we opened our doors several years ago, we saw an increasing need for alternative work space for lawyers. As the legal industry continues to shift away from traditional models, more lawyers are finding it easier, and more attractive,... Read More »

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Promoting your law firm

Building business as an independent lawyer Whether you’re fresh out of law school, or you’ve decided to leave a big law firm and open your own practice, you’re probably excited to start this new opportunity. One of the biggest and most important pieces of the... Read More »

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Earning respect as a new lawyer

Start your law career on the right foot New law school graduates often face obstacles when starting their law careers, whether they join big firms or launch an independent practice. A good first impression starts with you and spreads to your clients and peers. Work for... Read More »

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Marketing independent law practice

Independent practitioners must make marketing a priority There are a number of benefits to operating as a solo practitioner as opposed to taking the traditional route of working in a major law firm. For one thing, you will be able to “get your hands dirty” earlier... Read More »

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Grow your business by co-working

Independent lawyers can thrive in a co-working space If you’re a lawyer looking to make the break from a big law firm and start your own practice, one of the biggest obstacles you’ll face is finding an office that fits your needs and your budget.... Read More »

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The modern law office

Technology allows lawyers to be nimble Prior to the Internet era, a new lawyer had to put considerable thought into the office arrangements that he or she chose. After all, most clients would come to the lawyer’s office for a consultation or to discuss the... Read More »

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Law practice management resources

Managing a successful independent law practice Many lawyers have been successful in choosing to start and run an independent law firm. However, the word “independent” is somehwat misleading: You can’t do it all on your own. Fortunately, there are many resources available to make independent law practice management... Read More »

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Cyber criminals target law firms

How to minimize your firm’s risk Big firms have adequate resources to combat hacks from cyber criminals, but solo and small law firms don’t have the same workforce. Therefore, these law firms are more vulnerable to hackers. However, independent law firms can protect themselves from cyber... Read More »

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Peer support for independent lawyers

Independent, but not alone An experienced lawyer at a large firm is accustomed to the benefits of a well-equipped office and professional network, and too many lawyers believe that becoming independent is a hassle. Although they feel cramped and uninspired with the restrictive structure of... Read More »

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Starting your own law practice comes with rewards

The many benefits of working as an independent lawyer Talented law school graduates often succumb to the siren song of salary and prestige at big law firms. A large number of young lawyers then either quickly burn out due to the demands of billable hours,... Read More »

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Building your independent law business

Work networking and marketing into your schedule In order to have a fulfilling and successful career as an independent lawyer, you need to learn how to utilize develop relationships and build your business. Use these tips to start building your independent law business: Use free time... Read More »

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Build a referral network for your law practice

Independent lawyers must connect with others to build business You’ve decided to go out on your own in private practice as an independent lawyer. You have built a website, told your friends about your new firm and bought business cards. Now all you need are clients... Read More »

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Take care of business and take care of yourself

Health and well-being for lawyers A career as a lawyer is often inherently stressful and filled with pressure, but taking measures to ensure your mental and physical health is still important. As an independent lawyer, you are lucky in that you don’t have the same set... Read More »

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Build your network as an independent lawyer

Working independently doesn’t mean working in isolation There are a lot of benefits to working as an independent lawyer, but one thing that you might miss about working in a big practice a big professional and social network. If you work in a big firm, you have a... Read More »

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Beyond the billable hour

The benefits of working as an independent lawyer Two thousand hours. Two thousand billable hours. That is the goal most big law firms set for newly hired lawyers. While it does not sound like much on paper, it does not include time spent on necessary administrative tasks, networking, research and... Read More »

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Don’t let entrepreneurial burnout happen to you

How to avoid burning out as an independent lawyer It is challenging to run a successful solo law firm. You don’t have any partners to help you when your case load gets to be too much. You have a choice to turn away business, but... Read More »

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Leave a law firm on good terms

Leaving well helps protect your reputation when launching a solo law practice Moving from big law to independent law practice is an exciting time. Whatever your reason for leaving a big law firm, it is crucial to leave that job on good terms. The person... Read More »

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Should you start your own firm as a new lawyer?

Factors to consider before starting a new law firm You just graduated from law school, you passed the bar, you’re sitting on tens of thousands of dollars of student loans, and you still haven’t landed that plum law firm job. You’re at a crossroads where... Read More »

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Big law firm vs. solo practice

The benefits of working as an independent lawyer Two thousand hours. Two thousand billable hours. That is the goal most big law firms set for newly hired lawyers. While it does not sound like much on paper, this figure does not include time spent on necessary administrative tasks, such as... Read More »

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More tips for creating work-life balance

Independent lawyers can have a personal life The holiday season in particular can create pressure on entrepreneurs to balance both business demands and personal wants and needs. In a continuation of our piece from last week, we offer two more tips for creating more work-life... Read More »

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