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I Am the Sole Solo on the 2012 Washington D.C. Energy & Natural Resources Superlawyers

by Carolyn Elefant on May 1, 2012 · 7 comments

in Encouragement, MyShingle Solo

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I do not often post about myself or my practice. What you need to know about me can be found here. But for a couple of reasons, I’ve decided to share news of my recent inclusion in Superlawyers (for what that ranking or any other is worth):

First, every so often I feel compelled to remind that I am a practicing lawyer, intent on perfecting my craft. I earn some revenue from this site, my books and my webinars, but at least for now, my law practice pays the bills.

Second, while there are certainly advantages to having a more business-based practice, there are drawbacks as well. As nimble as I am and as much value as I offer, I always have to hustle to outmaneuver my deep pocketed competitors The fact that I’m the only solo on a list of mega-firm lawyers named as Superlawyers confirms what I’m up against.

Third, at a time when big firms are still wobbly, with Dewey LeBouef on its last legs, it’s important for people to realize that yes, there is life after big law. It may not be the life that you expected or ever wanted, and it might be the scariest thing you’ve ever done, but to build something entirely out of nothing, on your own terms while doing work that has meaning; work that occasionally
matters — really, what’s so bad about that?

  • Jamison

    Congratulations, Carolyn.  However much you may attempt to play it down, it is a big honor and well-deserved.  

  • TamarCerafici

    Great news Carolyn! The product of hard work and vigilant focus on your clients, I’m sure. I’m familiar with many of those firms, and the competition is indeed tough. Despite the demise of The Firm As We Know It, and its attendant terrors, I’m with you. Nothing matches the terror – or excitement – of building something cool out of nothing in particular.

  • Steve Ganis

    Congrats, Carolyn! For both being on the List, and being the only Solo on the List…Here in CT, for ex,  only the large firms do energy and natural resources work—such as water law—and involved in financings of green tech, etc.  

  • Nicole Sitaraman

    Congratulations! What a wonderful honor, although not surprised that you were selected.  Thank you for all your hard work and being such a great source of encouragement for solo lawyers. 

  • constructionlaw

    Way to go.  I love seeing other solos making these lists!

  • Susan Cartier Liebel

    Many congrats!  Well deserved.

  • michael moebes

    Congrats!  I made the “rising star” list for them this year. Fun party they host!

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