Friday, January 16, 2009

5 Thoughts On Going Solo

[1] Decide what type of lawyer you want to be.

If you are going to do door law ("whatever walks in the door"), you will be a failure. You will be running around town doing mildly competent work for little money. Be a master of a practice area, or two at the most.

[2] Keep your mouth shut.

If you now work for a firm, don't talk to anyone there. Not even that guy. Find your advice outside the firm. Far outside the firm.

[3] Don't buy shit.

"Shit" meaning garbage. There's plenty of resources out there that appear to be important. I recommend a shared office space arrangement for low or work-for rent rates, a computer, and business cards to start. Most other stuff turns out to be "shit."

[4] Read everything you can.

There are so many resources on-line. Here's the result of a quick Google search for "lawyer going solo."

[5] Stay out of the office.

If you want to do the mass mailing thing, great. Then you can stay in your office and take calls. If you are building a referral based business, every lunch you eat at your desk costs you money. If you don't understand that, I can't help you.

Good Luck.

Located in Miami, Florida, Brian Tannebaum practices Bar Admission and Discipline and Criminal Defense. Read his free ebook The Truth About Hiring A Criminal Defense Lawyer. Please visit



David V. Lorenzo said...

Excellent list.

Anonymous said...

Very nice, very true. Focus, Focus, Focus (also, avoid family law at ALL COSTS).