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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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Balancing your business and personal life

Work-life balance for independent lawyers Whether you are just starting out on your own or you already have a successful independent law practice, work-life balance can be a challenge. It can be difficult to run a successful small business because you are pulled in so many... Read More »

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Visibility as an independent lawyer

Marketing your law practice is key to building business The law industry is seeing a new era of solo lawyers as compared to the old era of “big law” and, with that shift, we see more independent lawyers looking to master their own marketing. Marketing a... Read More »

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How the cloud can help you launch your law firm

Cloud-based tools can help independent lawyers build their business We live in a day and age where an independent lawyer does not need a traditional office or an assistant to run a successful solo law practice. An independent lawyer does, however, need to put his... Read More »

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Social media and your law practice

Creating a positive brand using social media For many aspiring lawyers, social networks mean everything. In starting an independent law practice, social media can be a gateway to building clientele and a strong personal and professional network. Unless the settings are private, anyone can view... Read More »

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Starting an independent law practice among peers

Co-working for lawyers is one way to grow a successful solo practice The way professionals work is changing, and modern workplace options allow for the flexibility and stability many new independent law firms need. If you are not yet sure if starting your own law... Read More »

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Join a law firm or start your own?

Independent practice for new lawyers You have graduated from a law school and passed the state bar exam. Congratulations: You are a lawyer! So, where do you go from here? With so many applicants and competition for positions in law firms, it could be awhile... Read More »

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How to gain experience as a new lawyer

Tried-and-true methods for honing your skills and building a network Law graduates are competing against their classmates, graduates in your state, graduates out-of-state, and experienced lawyers for jobs.  As new graduates search for work experience, rely on these tried-and-true strategies for gaining experience. If your goal... Read More »

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LawBank Uptown Location Earns More Press

LawBank Uptown – Expanded Co-Working for Lawyers Steps from Downtown Denver LawBank is making waves across Denver and throughout the legal field with the addition of a second location at 1888 Sherman St. in Denver’s popular Uptown neighborhood. The new 10,000-square-foot space at LawBank Uptown... Read More »

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Independent lawyers and partnerships

Deciding whether partnership is right for your solo law practice When you’re building a law firm, should you have a partner? The answer isn’t cut-and-dried for everyone. Allowing someone else on the inside requires understanding the good and bad of the process. Here are some... Read More »

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Three Tips For Women in Law

No matter how many times you have been told that you can do anything that you want, there are certain careers filled with men. Law is one of them. You have to work hard to succeed as a lawyer if you are a woman but... Read More »

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Using LinkedIn for law marketing

Building your network and reputation as an independent lawyer Social media has changed the way many people do business, and there is no better way to interact online with other professionals than using LinkedIn for law marketing. Testing the waters When you make the decision to... Read More »

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Building a Network As a Solo Lawyer: What’s New in Intellucutal Property

As America has become a more litigious country, protecting intellectual property has become a more profitable business. So what does that mean? It means the big guys, the large companies, are taking notice of this lucrative field and they are moving their way in, leaving... Read More »

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Denver Business Journal Covers LawBank Expansion

Denver Business Journal Covers LawBank Expansion The Denver Business Journal recently interviewed LawBank co-founder Jay Kamlet about the LawBank concept, the goals of the lawyer-only co-working office, and the expansion into the new LawBank Uptown space at 1888 Sherman St. Read the full story here.

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Networking tips for independent lawyers

Connecting in person is a key strategy for marketing your practice Many lawyers today are focusing on marketing their solo law practice on social media. Often, face-to-face networking is forgotten when it comes to getting information about your business out. Many people dread networking, but... Read More »

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Advice for new lawyers, law school hopefuls and graduates

National Law Journal Special Report “…success, as you’ll read, is not just about getting good grades and nailing the interview. It’s about finding balance, enjoying the learning process and setting in motion a career that will cultivate a sense of purpose and professional fulfillment.” Of... Read More »

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Reasons lawyers leave big firms

Independent law practice is becoming increasingly appealing to more lawyers You might have dreamed of making partner when you first started out as a lawyer, but now independent law practice is calling your name. More lawyers are deciding to leave bigger firms in favor of... Read More »

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The advantages of co-working

Independent lawyers who co-work save money and build a network As an independent lawyer, leasing your own office space might not be in the budget for several years, but that can actually work to your advantage. Co-working, the practice of leasing space in a shared... Read More »

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Making a mid-career move to independent law

How to transition to a solo law practice with ease Although you might have been happy to snag just about any job when you were fresh out of law school, you might be ready to make a change now that you have put several years... Read More »

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Staying motivated as an independent lawyer

Don’t neglect your physical or mental health while running a small business Starting a small business is tough but, if you are willing to do the work and not give up, it can be done. You need to have the right attitude and dream big.... Read More »

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How to market an independent law practice

Use various methods to build awareness of your law practice and your brand A traditional view of the legal profession holds that lawyers are members of an elite class, well placed in society. As such, many believed that lawyers were not permitted the more crass... Read More »

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Investing in your successful independent law practice

Investing strategically makes running a small business easier When it comes to running a small business, including an independent law practice, you must make smart decisions about where to use your sometimes limited funds. Two areas where it makes sense to spend a little money for... Read More »

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Three questions new lawyers should ask

Looking for a job as a new lawyer? Ask yourself these questions. When you are a new lawyer just starting out, the possibilities are endless. You probably feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. Maybe you already have a job lined up, but many... Read More »

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Independent practice for new lawyers

Co-working makes an independent law practice feasible Opening an independent law practice is stressful, and the organization and management required to lease an office only adds to the stress. One attractive alternative lies in co-working spaces. Someone else handles building management, logistics and overhead while you... Read More »

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Investing in technology for independent law practice

Which technology solutions are worth the investment for your firm? Information technology has become essential to contemporary law practice. Just a few years ago, simply storing files on office computers made legal work easier. Using pertinent technology is especially important for independent practitioners and small... Read More »

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Marketing an independent law practice offline

Reaching potential legal clients on a budget A strong website, a blog, a social media site and local online business page brings plenty of eyes toward your company. While it’s vital to have an online presence, an offline presence is equally important. A physical location... Read More »

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Network as an independent lawyer to build business

Look beyond networking events Building a network as an independent practitioner can be more daunting than fending off fellow attorneys in court. Fortunately, there are various solutions to building connections and clientele. Entrepreneurial lawyers need a support system that includes a circle of industry peers... Read More »

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Three business basics for independent lawyers

Your law practice as a small business As an independent lawyer, you are a small business owner. In order to achieve success for your firm, you must start with a foundation of sound business practices. Below are three business basics for independent lawyers that you... Read More »

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Life after big law: your own practice

Making a smooth transition to independent law practice There are lawyers everywhere who are satisfied with working for big, corporate law firms. With that being said, there are many others who would rather branch out and try to make it on their own. If you... Read More »

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Financing an independent law practice

Where to find funding for your law business If it were 1910, you could open a law practice for two in a small, one-room office and sit knee-to-knee at a two-sided desk. All you would need is a file cabinet and a supply of legal... Read More »

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Running a small or solo law firm

Independent law firm rules and regulations Lawyers entering solo practice face some unique issues in addition to the usual small business challenges. If you’re considering starting, or have recently started, a solo or small-firm practice, make sure you’re prepared to handle these five key challenges: Marketing... Read More »

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