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by Carolyn Elefant on January 25, 2010 · 2 comments

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If you’ve come here via this New York Times story, welcome to, a blog that’s been inspiring solo, small firm and aspiring solo lawyers since December 2002 as well as highlighting the good that we do and making sure that we have a voice in the issues that impact the legal profession.  I’m also the author of Solo by Choice: How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be, the most up to date book of the starting-a-firm genre, that discusses why lawyers should consider starting a practice and how to leverage modern  trends like alternative billing, outsourcing, unbundling, alternative law firm structures and Internet and social media to bootstrap a successful 21st century practice.  I’ve also authored an ebook with Julie Tower Pierce on the Part Time Shingle and a book for the ABA,  co-authored with Nicole Black on Social Media for Lawyers coming out in March 2010 – first of its kind.  I’m not just an author and blogger, though – I’m a solo by choice myself at the Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant in Washington D.C.

Since I won’t have your attention for long, let me highlight some of my favorite posts from the past two years (there are many more before that!) that should give you a sense of MyShingle’s scope.  Thanks for stopping by!

Free Legal Research at Google and What It Means (November 17, 2009)

The Page Between Biglaw Practice and Solo, Between Life and Death (November 15, 2009)

From Biglaw to Yourlaw – (August 8, 2009) – Ebook and resources for large firm lawyers considering the move to starting a law firm.

The 21st Century Lawyer Mom:  A Life Without Seams (May 10, 2009)

How Your World Opens Wide When You Start Your Own Law Firm (March 15, 2009)

The Economy Scares Me Too, But I Know Something You Don’t (February 1, 2009)

Solos Do Everything Biglaw Does, Only Backwards and In High Heels (January 11, 2009)

Solo Leverage Thyself, Biglaw Take Heed (December 1, 2008)

Are Women Fighting for Equality at Biglaw Equally Behind the Times? (August 4, 2007)

Are Ethics Rules Biased Against Solos?  Call me a conspiracy theorist but there’s proof. (March 25, 2007)

And, if you want to see the great work that solos are doing, take a look at this inspiring video and the dozen featured solos…


If the video moves too quickly to digest, you can see the slides on Slideshare

  • Mark Britton

    If you’ve never heard of Carolyn Elefant, she rocks. Honest.
    Mark Britton
    CEO, Avvo

  • Marc Garfinkle

    I’ve been a solo for the 31 years since I left law school. Had Carolyn Elefant been around back then, I’d have known more, fretted less and put more money in the bank. Even now, I glean pearls from her website. She DOES rock. Honest.
    Marc Garfinkle, Esq.

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