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Going from Solo Practice to Partnership

Making the transition from solo practice to partnership In our blog, we talk a lot about seasoned attorneys ready to leave Big Law and start their own firms, but what about the next step? After you have run a successful independent practice for a few... Read More »

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Take Time Off to Boost Productivity

To boost productivity, you don’t need to log more hours in your law business As you work to build your independent law practice, you might feel tempted to log extra hours in the name of business development. Or you might simply fear missing out on... Read More »

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Surround Yourself with Like-minded Entrepreneurs

To find work-life balance, your fellow like-minded entrepreneurs can help As an independent attorney, you are an entrepreneur. You must build your business just like any other start-up in any other industry, and connecting with the right network of people can help you in that... Read More »

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Avoiding the Overwork Trap as an Independent Lawyer

For many entrepreneurs, including independent lawyers, the overwork trap looms large If you started a small law firm after leaving Big Law in an effort to achieve greater work-life balance, you are not alone. Big Law has a reputation for demanding schedules and overwork for... Read More »

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Lawyer Work-Life Balance

Lawyer work-life balance doesn’t have to be an oxymoron When you think of professions with a healthy balance between workload and personal time, lawyer probably doesn’t top the list. However, lawyer work-life balance does not have to be an oxymoron. It is possible to achieve... Read More »

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Leave Law or Stay?

Asking yourself if you should leave law or stay? Consider an alternative Pursuing a career as a lawyer takes dedication and hard work, as everyone knows. Finishing law school and passing the bar is no easy feat, but then it’s followed by long hours and... Read More »

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Finding Your Legal Network

A strong legal network can help grow your small law firm As an independent lawyer running your own small law firm, you likely feel a sense of freedom and autonomy. In fact, many lawyers hang their own shingles in search of that feeling, but the... Read More »

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Be a Standout Small Law Firm

A standout small law firm doesn’t need a big ad budget Congratulations on starting your own law practice! You probably already know how much competition for business exists in the marketplace, but there are ways to become a standout small law firm amid all the... Read More »

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Traits Successful Law Firms Share

If you want your solo or small firm to join the ranks of successful law firms, consider these characteristics Independent lawyers who run solo practices or small law firms might not want to operate in the world of “big law,” but they want to achieve... Read More »

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Law Office Essentials

Setting up a new law firm? Start with these law office essentials For mid-career lawyers who have considered going out on their own, the logistics of setting up a law office can be one barrier to starting an independent law firm. However, launching a law... Read More »

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Entrepreneurial Lawyer New Year’s Resolutions

These lawyer New Year’s resolutions will help you kick off a successful 2018 As we head into the last weekend of the year, I’d like to leave you with some homework: Write your Entrepreneurial Lawyer New Year’s Resolutions. Although the holidays and year-end can carry... Read More »

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Lawyer health issues: Managing stress

Stress and depression are common lawyer health issues Studies have shown that lawyers tend to rank higher for rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other health concerns than other professions. These lawyer health issues can affect all attorneys, from associates in big law firms... Read More »

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Lawyer personal brand

In small law, a lawyer personal brand is key This week, Forbes released the results of a leadership survey it conducted among some of the country’s top law firms. In it, contributor David. J. Parnell analyzed the importance of lawyer personal brand as it relates... Read More »

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Achieving work-life balance as a lawyer

Work-life balance can be elusive for lawyers, but it’s possible Long hours at work seem to come with the territory for lawyers. If you have your own firm, however, it doesn’t have to be that way. Work-life balance doesn’t have to be an out-of-reach myth.... Read More »

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Denver co-working boom

Professionals’ desire for flexibility highlighted in Denver co-working boom Real estate experts are starting to take note of the Denver co-working boom, and insiders believe flexible work spaces are the way of the future. In the Denver/Boulder corridor, there are 57 co-working leases comprising 1.3... Read More »

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Leaving Biglaw. Is it time?

Thinking of leaving Biglaw? Signs that you’re ready. We work with a number of now-independent lawyers who spent years working for big law firms, but who eventually made the leap to solo practice. If you’re thinking of leaving Biglaw mid-career, how do you know if... Read More »

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Starting a new law firm

You are entering a whole new world when starting a new law firm Thinking of leaving big law and starting a new law firm? There will be naysayers, and you might even feel a sense of apprehension yourself, but independent law can open up a... Read More »

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Coworking lawyers benefit from support

Working side-by-side allows coworking lawyers to collaborate and thrive Many lawyers don’t want to join a big law firm where they will just be another lawyer. Instead, they dream of running their own firms. As coworking lawyers in a shared office space, independent practitioners can... Read More »

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What you need to succeed as an independent lawyer

If you have these qualities, you could succeed as an independent lawyer Many lawyers work long hours trying to become a partner in a big law firm, but that’s not the only path to success. More and more lawyers are opening their own practices where... Read More »

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In-demand niche law practice areas

Grow your business with one of these niche law practice areas As you build an independent law practice or small law firm, we recommend focusing on a niche law practice area. By choosing one or two areas of focus, potential clients will find you more... Read More »

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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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