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Laid Off By Cadwalader? Why Not Solo by Choice?

by Carolyn Elefant on July 30, 2008 · 4 comments

in Biglaw Practice and Issues, Biglaw to Solo, Should I Solo?

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This post is for the 96 Cadwalader attorneys who were pink slipped today.   Let me be blunt:  consider starting a law firm.  No, don’t do it now while you’re still nursing your wounds; getting axed is never pleasant even when it’s not your fault (and hey, we all know that it’s economics pure and simple).  But after you’ve had time to grieve about the past and you’re ready to start planning the future, at least give the option of starting a law firm some thought.  Starting a firm is not only possible, and there’s probably never been a better time to give it a try. Take a look at my book  Solo by Choice which makes the case for why you should consider starting a firm in today’s legal economy and shows how to leverage 21st century trends like technology, outsourcing, social networking, and alternative billing to succeed.  And if you don’t believe me, then take a look at this pile of posts from the past five years about biglaw attorneys finding big satisfaction and big success by starting a practice.

Here are some past posts tand resources to consider:

The Lawyer You Always Wanted To Be:  Inspiration for New Grads and Practicing Lawyers (ebook)

Why You Can Succeed In Your Own Practice Even if You Floundered At Your Job

Why McKee Nelson Associates Should Consider Starting A Firm

Don’t Just Leave Partnership Track; Bypass It By Starting A Firm

Biglaw Lawyer Goes Solo

Why 2008 Will Be A Banner Year For Starting A Firm

Biglaw Attorneys Find Happiness in Solo Practice

Biglaw Attorneys Downsize to Solo Practice

Biglaw Attorneys With Big Clients Start A Firm

Biglaw Litigators Form Boutiques

Large Firm Lawyers Starting Firms

They Could Have Stayed At Biglaw But Didn’t

From Biglaw to Reproduction Rights Niche Practice

No Regrets for These Biglaw Attorneys Turned Solo

Free ebook on Social Networking For Lawyers (social networking will help you whether you look for a new job or decide to open your own)

If you have any questions about starting a firm or need assistance or encouragement, shoot me an email at elefant@myshingle.com.

  • http://blog.simplejustice.us shg

    I may have room for a few CWT refugees in my practice. Can any of them type?

  • http://blog.simplejustice.us shg

    I may have room for a few CWT refugees in my practice. Can any of them type?

  • http://www.ramcharanlaw.com R Ramcharan

    Might work. They need to be careful that they don’t end up trying to practice Big Law at a solo firm.

  • http://www.ramcharanlaw.com R Ramcharan

    Might work. They need to be careful that they don’t end up trying to practice Big Law at a solo firm.

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