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March 2010

What Do Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Earn?

March 19, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Biglaw has its annual and closely watched profits per partnership or PPP extravaganza, while Above the Law devotes an entire category to biglaw associate salaries and cuts.  But where can lawyers considering solo or small firm practice get a sense for what solo and small firm lawyers earn? The solo/small firm salary question is tougher […]

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How Good Solos Suffer When the Greedy Sell Out for $125 A Pop

March 14, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Back in July, I denounced three Cincinnati, Ohio lawyers who shamelessly served as a front for a foreclosure solutions scam.  The lawyers never met with clients (who were going to lose their homes!) or did any work on their behalf; they merely signed their name to canned pleadings prepared by a so-called foreclosure solutions company for […]

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Thank You, Justice Scalia for Remembering Who Pays (the Client!) for the Vanity Footnote

March 14, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

If you’re a solo or small firm lawyer who litigates against biglaw, you’re probably familiar with the vanity footnote — that smug, yet entirely superfluous annotation to legislative history, obscure law review article, treatise or string citation included in many large firm briefs.  Though intended to corroborate a case cited in the text or flaunt […]

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Sale of a Law Practice, Interview With Ed Poll & Lawyers at Midlife

March 12, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Searching for fodder for blog posts, I came across this advertisement posted by a soon to be 70 year old retiring lawyer who is seeking buyers for his law practice located in Syracuse, in Hamilton County, Kansas.  According to the ad there are only two other lawyers in the County, thus allowing for a County-wide […]

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Big Ways for Small Firms to Grow Now

March 11, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

A few weeks back, I posted about several innovative business models that might work for small law firms.  Along those lines, yesterday’s online issue of  Time Magazine offers eight quick and decidedly twenty-first century tricks to grow a business in a down economy.  I’ve focused on two below. Outsource: Outsourcing is a theme that I’ve […]

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To Win the Hearts and Minds of Consumers, Lawyers Need to Sell, Not Sue

March 4, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

To date, we lawyers haven’t been able to effectively sell the public on the idea that document preparation services like Legal Zoom are a poor substitute for the services of a lawyer.  So, being lawyers, we’ve done the next best thing to selling:  suing.  Last month, a Missouri law firm filed a class action lawsuit against […]

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Solo Blogosphere Round Up

March 1, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

1.  Lisa Solomon takes on Westlaw – It shouldn’t take a detective to figure out the answer to one single question:  How much will WestlawNext cost? Yet, apparently, it does and so my friend, Lisa Solomon of Legal Research and Writing pro has been investigating.  Lisa hasn’t yet figured out the price, but she’s figured […]

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Guest Post: State Bar Regulations on Lawyer Advertising

March 1, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

The following is a guest post by Kelly Spradley, VP of Marketing and Sales at Impirus Legal Websites. Florida is not looking too sunny for lawyers today. The Florida Bar recently announced that Florida attorneys must put website testimonials, laudatory statements, and past results behind a disclaimer page. Many Florida lawyers currently have testimonials directly cited on […]

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