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Month: June 2008

To Start a Successful Law Firm You Must be an Entrepreneur and a Lawyer

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! I am going to assume that any lawyer reading this already knows how to navigate their way around the law. Someone asks you a legal question and you should be able to either answer it or go find the answer. You understand the processes and procedures of being a lawyer, and generally how to practice law. That is wonderful, but there is more to starting a law firm than that. There is the law side of it, and there is the business side of it. I don’t know about you, but the business side of it was never even remotely discussed in law […]

I'm Starting a Law Firm, Now What?

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! Now that I know I will be starting a law firm I am now faced with the scary proposition of moving forward. Although I know there is a lot to do, including naming my law firm, finding out about insurance, deciding practice areas, marketing plans, business plans, financing, office location, home law office or real law office, and many other things, when I start to think about them all I am paralyzed trying to decide what to do first. That is what makes this little blog so handy. Goals For Starting A Law Firm – June 18 to June 28 Since it’s already […]

How to Start a Law Firm | New Law Practice is a Go!

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! Starting My Law Practice is Officially a Go! As expected, my wife’s interview went great. She knocked it out of the park like I knew she would (a special shout out goes to Mike Harrity for helping her prepare for her interview) and received an offer for the job, which she accepted! So, as of last Monday, we are planning to move to Seattle, and I’m starting a law firm. I must admit, though, the moment she heard the news I felt a little tinge in the pit of my stomach. It has nothing to do with the move, the change in surroundings, […]

Yesterday Determines D-Day for Starting My Law Firm

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! As I mentioned in a previous post about anonymity and blogging about starting a law firm, I am not yet ready to let the world know that I am planning on opening my own practice. The reasons are outlined in that post, but the moment of truth (of many probably) on this journey of opening my own practice happened yesterday. I still Don’t Know Where I’m Going The reason I don’t have a timeline for opening my criminal defense law practice is it is predicated on something outside of my control. My wife is currently looking for a job outside of the state […]

Starting a Law Firm Work Philosophy

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! One of the great things about starting a law firm is you get to not only think about and talk about the way you would do things if you were the boss, you actually get to do them. For me, one of the primary things I think about and talk about all day is the way my employees (assuming I some day have some employees) work on a daily basis. A the end of the day I think it’s all about a managing expectations. Where I work now, a heavy emphasis is placed not on what you are doing, but on how long […]

"How to Start a Law Firm" is Anonymous for Now

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! It doesn’t take a marketing genius to understand that as a DUI attorney, your brand is you. People are purchasing services based on you. Your reputation, your knowledge of the law, your personality, and many other facets (maybe even just seeing your name in the yellow pages) are what bring in business and let you eat. So anonymity, the goal of which is keep anyone from knowing who you are, is counter-intuitive to actually starting a small law firm. Well, if you’ve read the about me section of this blog, you will see that I currently have a job. I am starting my […]
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