[As a solo lawyer], I have a much deeper appreciation for what I do and how it impacts clients,” he said.
Business growth and culture
When he launched his solo practice in 2009, the economy was still recovering from its slump, and his former colleagues were worried about his prospects. They told him the corporate work had dried up and that his options looked grim.
In spite of the economic climate and his colleagues’ warnings, Hasan’s new practice took off. Now, five years later, it is thriving and growing. He recently hired his first associate, which he again reports is a natural evolution for his business. That hire has increased his bandwidth and has allowed him to take on bigger projects and more work.
During the early phases of building his law practice, Hasan also co-founded a local co-working space that catered to tech start-ups: Galvanize. He was the only attorney who worked in that space, and the experience led him to become a self-described evangelist for the co-working concept.
“I couldn’t go back to the traditional work environment,” he said. “I had fundamentally changed from the traditional law firm culture.”
Collaboration and abundance
When he made the decision to leave Galvanize, he worked from his home office for a summer. Just as he began to look for new office space, he received an e-mail from LawBank about its new co-working and office space designed exclusively for lawyers.
“The universe has listened,” he told himself.
He toured LawBank and signed up immediately, making a conscious decision to work in the open co-working space at the facility rather than a private cubical or office. As a believer in collaborative thinking and design thinking, Hasan says he believes “co-working is the next evolution of officing” and that it lends itself to “rapid ideation through collaboration.”
He describes the atmosphere at LawBank as one that is “building community with integrity” and where everyone participates in an “environment of abundance.”
“Everyone else’s success adds to your success,” he said, adding that it is in stark contrast to other office environments that tend to foster a dog-eat-dog, competitive vibe among employees.
“I am such a huge supporter, and I feel such an integral part of the community at LawBank,” he said. “I think this is the future of lawyering.”
In his legal practice, Rehan Hasan focuses on corporate and business transactional law and covers the full life-cycle of a business from entity formation to day-to-day contracts. He holds an LL.M. in taxation from New York University and a J.D. from California Western School of Law. Learn more about his work at www.hasanlegal.com.