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Solos Do Everything Biglaw Does, Only Backwards and in High Heels

January 11, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Many large firms assume, wrongly, that solo and small firm lawyers don’t handle complex issues.  Truth is, many of us do.  But unlike biglaw which has the luxury of researching and strategizing about these issues in a vacuum, we solo and small firm clients do all that, plus tend to our clients’ needs. Consider the […]

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Happy Thanksgiving, The Solo Spirited Holiday

November 26, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

For some time, I’ve been wanting to weigh in on the debate over at Simple Justice about lawyer marketing, such as its role in educating the public, whether the focus on marketing has overtaken the importance of honing our craft as lawyers and the extent to which we permit marketing to pervade everything we do […]

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Shingular Sensation Warren Caswell Has Mandatory Life Sentence Declared Unconstitutional and Reverses Conviction Based Solely on Hearsay

April 25, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Back in January, I created the Shingular Sensations series, intended to spotlight a significant victory or accomplishment by a solo.  Shingular Sensation posts are not vanity pieces, but rather, interviews that I carefully design to glean lessons to help other lawyers. This installment of the Shingular Sensation series belongs to Georgia solo, Warren Caswell.   Just […]

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Thank You to the MANY Voices of Solo Practice Who Serve Clients and Improve Our Profession

March 29, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

I’m still blushing after all of the compliments and good wishes from my fellow bloggers who linked to this article about my practice and my book, Solo by Choice.  And I won’t deny that I enjoyed the attention (as well as the resulting book sales).  But I need to clarify –  I don’t want to […]

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Still Solo At 100

April 17, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

When you start a firm, sometimes, it’s hard to imagine lasting 60 days or months. But some lawyers, like 100 year old, Richard Bird, who’s profiled in this article has been running his own firm for more than 60 years! After graduating from Harvard Law in 1933, Bird held a variety of jobs, before starting […]

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Solo At 75

February 26, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

I was about to post on  this article from the Washington Post on former federal judge and biglaw partner Stanley Sporkin, who’s just started his own law firm, but I saw that Susan Cartier Liebel beat me to the scoop. Though Sporkin expressed enthusiasm about his new venture, I wonder whether seventy five year old […]

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A Solo Who Inspired

February 21, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Many people dream of starting a law firm to make money or achieve work-life balance, but for me, it’s always been about immortality:  finding a way to leave my own little, but indelible mark on the law.  I’m still working hard on that goal, but if you want to get a sense of the heights […]

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An Inspiring Solo

January 29, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

This article, In iron lung, lawyer forged iron will (Dallas Morning News 1/29/07) features Paul Alexander, a remarkable solo who practices law, despite having been paralyzed from the neck down since childhood as a result of polio and breathing with assistance from an iron lung.  But how does Alexander’s condition affect his clients?  Not much, […]

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The Smallest Things Have the Biggest Impact

December 17, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

When I reflect on my thirteen years as a solo, what comes to mind first aren’t my major victories, but instead, my small moments.  I actually have at least three small moments that have influenced the course of my practice, but today, I’ll discuss just one:  the day I changed a judge’s mind. Back in […]

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48 Years As A Solo Come To A Close

November 23, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” That’s the standard that Sauk Center, Minnesota attorney John Mayer has lived by throughout his 48 year career as a solo, which will now come to a close with his retirement, according to this profile from the Sauk Herald (11/21/06).  Articles […]

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