Month: September 2015

The Art of Lawyering Podcast 069: Starting a Non-Profit Law Firm with Shantelle Argyle

This is a pretty cool episode of The Art of Lawyering Podcast. We are going to talk about something that I didn’t have a lot of confidence could be pulled off. Today we are going to talk about starting a non-profit law firm. Shantelle Argyle is the co-founder of Open Legal Services, Utah’s first and only nonprofit modest means law firm. They take anyone and everyone, and their fee is based on their client’s income. In this episode we talk about all kinds of fun things, including: Starting a law firm right out of law school; Fighting the government; The true definition of non-profit businesses; Why starting a non-profit law firm is so hard; Overcoming fear; and Much much more! Show Resources Open Legal Services Book Recommendation – Slaughterhouse-Five Cheers!

The #AskChristopherSmall Show 008: Is it Worth it to Go to Law School?

This is the first version of the new #AskChristopherSmall Show where I answer not just one but three or four of your questions, no matter how crazy they might be. TIMESTAMPS 1:24 – What do you think about Donald Trump as President? 3:19 – Is it worth it to go to law school? 4:56 – How do I set up the text service you use, like “text dismissal to 33444”? 6:09 – I am hosting a happy hour/launch party in less than two weeks. I am estimated 60 guests. What logistical/practical things do I need to do to ensure its success (i.e. do I give a thank you toast, what firm marketing materials do I have out for people to take, etc.)? The Art of Lawyering | How to Start a Law Firm | Law Firm Marketing | Leadership | Mindset | Productivity #LINKS – MY NEWEST PODCAST – MY NEWEST generic valium price ARTICLE – […]

The Art of Lawyering Podcast 068: How to Crush Your Law Firm Goals

It’s that time of the year again! The quarter ends next Wednesday, so we need to check in, revisit goal setting for law firms and make sure you are on the right track. I think before we get going it’s important to remember why we are even setting law firm goals: the main reason is that if you don’t know where you want to go you’ll never get there. Whether you are thinking in terms of where you want to go in life or just getting a new car, setting law firm goals is critical to success. SMART Law Firm Goals Mostly because I butchered this in the actual podcast, I wanted to take a second to go through what SMART goals are really quickly. SPECIFIC – like I said in the podcast, a specific goal is simply defined very precisely. Becoming a better networker is not specific. Being able to enter into a room where you don’t know anyone […]

The Art of Lawyering Podcast 067: Agile Lawyering with John Grant

On this episode of The Art of Lawyering Podcast I talk to John Grant, a lawyer by trade and a project manager at heart. We talk about all kinds of cool stuff but at the end of the day we try to solve one problem: how can we get our work done faster and better? John has an interesting path that lead him to where he is today, and his expertise in the area of project management shines through early and often. He’s clearly a guy that knows what he is talking about. If you are feeling like you’ve got a ton to do and you don’t know where to start or what activity will give you the biggest return on your time investment, this is a must listen. John does go through a quick rundown of the process, and I want to share that with you right now: planning phase (what are you doing in the next two weeks) […]

Why do You Want to Start a Law Firm?

I have talked to a lot of people that are thinking about starting a law firm. The first question I always ask them is “why?” “Why do you want to start a law firm?” For some, this question might seem like a little unnecessary. “Who cares? They want to start, that’s what’s important.” I would respectfully disagree. You”ll Never Get There if You Don’t Know Where You’re Going There’s a saying that goes something like that. Essentially, the idea is that if you don’t know what your end game is it’s impossible to make decisions right now. Don’t believe me? Here’s an example. Imagine two different lawyers. Both are fresh out of law school. Both want to practice valium online usa business law. Both want to help small business owners. And both want to work and live in Chicago. Sounds like they should probably both start the same way, right? Well, what if I told you that one lawyer wanted […]

The #AskChristopherSmall Show 007: Can Anyone be a Law Firm Owner?

This is a question I am infrequently asked but often think about. I think it’s romantic to believe that anyone can go out there and start a successful law firm. To believe that we can all go out there and be a successful law firm owner goes right along with your standard American Dream. But I don’t know if that’s the case. I don’t know that everyone can start a law firm and be good at it. Or maybe they can. 🙂 To get my thoughts on whether anyone can be a successful law firm owner, you have to watch the video. The Art of Lawyering | How to Start a Law Firm | Law Firm Marketing | Leadership | Mindset | Productivity MY NEWEST PODCAST – MY NEWEST ARTICLE – FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM- FOLLOW ME ON FACEBOOK – – Christopher Small knows how to build profitable law firms. When he started his law […]

The Art of Lawyering Podcast 066: Self-Awareness and Starting a Law Firm

In this episode of The Art of Lawyering Podcast I talk about how self-awareness is critical is you are interested in starting a law firm. Self-awareness, in the context that I’m talking about, is the concept of being able to step away from your inner talk and and take stock of what is really going on in your life. It means being able to stop blaming other people when things go wrong. It means stopping making excuses for where you’re at right now. It means being able to, in the moment, course correct and get back on track. Achieving self-awareness is one the biggest steps for starting a law firm successfully. You get there and you will see your profits, and your happiness, skyrocket.

Art of Lawyering 065: Starting a Law Firm from Nothing with Anthony C. Johnson (redux)

Anthony C. Johnson is no average attorney. In just a few short years he’s built a wildly profitable law firm and he did so lacking what many of you consider a critical component to success – experience practicing law. Of course, over time, he has gained considerable experience, but when he was thinking about how to start a law firm with no experience he came up with a novel approach – he brought in outside attorneys to help. Now, you may think it’s a little order valium in canada online more complicated than that, and you’d be right. But Anthony takes the time to go through the process of starting a law firm with no experience, and make a ton of money doing it. To get that, and much more, listen to the episode! Resources Johnson Vines Law Firm American Injury Attorney Group Anthony on Twitter Book Recommendation: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are […]

The Art of Lawyering 064: Five Keys to Starting a Successful Law Firm After Law School

This episode of The Art of Lawyering Podcast, though specifically geared toward people that want to start a law firm after law school, is also going to benefit anyone thinking about starting a law firm. The fact is no matter when you decide to make the leap, there are going to be some things you need to deal with. One of the biggest differences between someone starting a successful law firm after law school and an established attorney is getting over the fear that you don’t actually know how to be a lawyer. The good news is pretty much anyone can do it, even you. 🙂 Five Keys to Starting a Successful Law Firm After Law School Here are the five keys. To find out why they are important you need to listen to the podcast! 1. Focus on marketing 2. Believe you can. 3. Continue order valium canada learning (in two ways) 4. Find mentors 5. Take action Sounds […]

The Art of Lawyering Podcast 063: Sam Gaylord on Starting a Law Firm with Partners

This episode of The Art of Lawyering was an excellent one. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Sam and talking about is life as a lawyer and law firm owner and the lessons he’s learned along with way. What I love about Sam is that he’s got a very similar philosophy to starting a law firm as I do: take the time to learn and understand basic business fundamentals and then apply those fundamentals to your law firm startup. How to Start a Law Firm with Partners Our conversation took an interesting turn and really focused on the qualities you want to look for in a successful law firm partner. It was interesting to hear his perspective because he talked a lot about the first partnership he had that failed. If you are wondering how to start a law firm, how to get clients for your law firm, or how to be a great buy valium worldwide lawyer, […]
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