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Playing the Cards You’re Dealt

October 6, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Let’s just say that 2014 hasn’t been a banner year for me. The trade association I co-founded nine years ago and helped grow to 55 members at its peak imploded. I lost a motion that I’ve never had denied- nor ever even seen denied in 25 years of practice – and  managed to pull out […]

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Are You the Perfect Lawyer for the Job?

July 24, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

This isn’t a solo story per se, but one with some lessons – a reminder that the perfect lawyer for the job or the client isn’t always the one with the biggest firm or the stellar credentials of the fanciest offices. From what I can tell from her LinkedIn profile, Sarah Feingold  had positions typical […]

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Tips For Solo Lawyers, Courtesy of Our Freelance Cousins

May 7, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

In many respects, we solo and small firm lawyers have more in common with freelancers than the big firm attorneys who set the bar associations’ agendas. Frequently, when foraging for blog fodder, I find the advice, tips and trends covered at freelance or tech start-up sites are more compelling and relevant than what’s available at […]

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The Best Client Gifts Are Heartfelt

April 4, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Google the phrase lawyers and “client service,” and you’ll find hundreds of posts on the importance of great client service – not as a reminder that lawyers have an ethical obligation to serve clients well – but rather as a way to generate future referrals or avoid malpractice. Lawyers are advised to over promise and […]

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Solos Are the Future? Not News To Us But Good News Nonetheless

March 27, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ve long believed that solo and small firm practice is the best kept secret of the legal profession. For thirteen years, I’ve blogged about all of the benefits that solo and small firm practice has to offer, particularly in these transformative times.  Yet even as big law fell from grace, the legal profession continued to […]

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Making A Successful Solo Practice A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

March 13, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Let’s say that you aced law school or spent a couple of years at the most prestigious firm in your state or the country or worked in-house at a Fortune 500 corporation.  If you have these credentials — and even if you don’t — but you’re itching to try your hand at starting your own […]

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The Unexpected Surprise of Starting A Law Firm

March 4, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Starting a law firm is nothing if not an adventure always full of surprises. Here are some of the things that surprised me about starting a firm. You will always be terrified. For as long as you are in practice, you’ll always fret that one day the phone will stop ringing, that business will dry […]

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Solo Is A State of Mind

December 13, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Though it may surprise you, I’m not a fan of lawyers describing themselves as solos. Despite eleven years of promoting the virtues of hanging a shingle  and big law’s tarnished image, the legal profession — from law schools to judges  — still reveres big firm lawyers and their shiny credentials. Even the so-called  Newlaw darlings […]

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A Post Celebrating Thanksgivukkah, Menurkeys and Solos

November 27, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Behold the Menurkey. Part Menorah, part Turkey, the Menurkey commemorates the intersection of Thanksgiving and Hanukah, two holidays that celebrate the triumph of religious freedom over oppression; of small outliers over large dynasties.  In many ways, both holidays represent the story of solos. Although age-old holidays inspired the Menurky, it came to life in decidedly 21st […]

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Sometimes, First Is Worst

November 15, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Recently, one of my colleagues shared with me the success of a monthly subscription service that he’d recently launched for his clients, who are businesses in a relatively specialized industry.  He was surprised by the positive results because another one of our colleagues had tried a similar program a decade earlier with no takers. There […]

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