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December 2008

An Interesting Technique for Getting Legal Fees Paid: Shouldn’t Lawyers Be Better Than Mobsters?

December 7, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Peter Olson’s Solo in Chicago is another one of those great, unsung blogs that’s been running for years, seamlessly marrying tips on starting a practice with Olson’s own experiences.  A few days ago, Olson posted a link to an article by legal consutant Ellen Freedman from the ISBA journal (not publicly available) entitled Don’t be […]

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Another Pitch for the Niche

December 5, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ve posted before on the value of a niche practice to a successful law practice, but two items in today’s news make me realize that it’s time for an encore.  First up, this Los Angeles Times story describes a 26 year old biglaw associate who heads a team of lawyers at a large firm — […]

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Homann’s Top Ten For Solos

December 4, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Once a cutting edge solo lawyer before moving on to new ventures, Matt Homann hasn’t forgotten what it takes to succeed.  And he’s boiled them down here with Confuscious-like insight, precision and brevity.  Though I like every point, I think my favorite is the last:  There is no shame in going solo.  Your clients don’t […]

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Solo, Leverage Thyself (and Diversify Too); Biglaw, Take Heed!

December 1, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

For the past few decades, biglaw had a good thing going:  a seemingly sustainable pyramid scheme.  Large firms hired top talent and fed their appetites and egos with top salaries and assurances that these new associates constituted the cream of the legal caste system.   Then, the firms turned around and billed the heck out of […]

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