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Rural Round-Up: Practice Opportunities Remain for Those Willing to Stake a Claim

September 3, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Three years ago, I blogged about opportunities for lawyers in rural practice. That wasn’t just a short term trend either; demand for rural lawyers remains high, as shown by yesterday’s story from the Journal Star about veteran lawyer John Thomas’ efforts to find a successor to his busy rural practice. It’s a great story about […]

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One Small Niche Practice, One Giant Leap for a Law Practice

July 29, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Be That Lawyer: Niche Practice for Lawyers from Carolyn Elefant   I’ve presented and written about the benefits of niche practice for solos on numerous occasions. It’s not a particularly original concept –many, many, many, others have covered this topic as well. In fact, the value of niche practice seems to be one lesson of […]

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Growing Solo, Part II: Satellite Offices – New York/New Jersey Family & Business Law & Litigation Attorney Andrew M. Ayers

September 9, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

This post follows up on last week’s interview with Immigration attorney Amy Long who shared her experience on starting a satellite office. The post generated such positive feedback that today we’re interviewing another solo, Andrew Ayers on his experience expanding his Brooklyn, New York office to New Jersey.   To learn more about Andrew’s practice, which […]

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Growing Solo: Starting A Satellite Office – An Interview With Immigration Lawyer Amy A. Long

September 3, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

If you’re looking for ways to expand or diversify your law practice, you might consider opening a satellite office like Immigration Attorney Amy A. Long who shares her experiences in the interview below. By way of background, Amy has practiced law at her own firm, The Law Office of Amy A. Long, PLLC, for four […]

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Bruce Cameron’s Book, Becoming a Rural Lawyer and the Benefits of Small Town Practice

August 7, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Just as a weekend in the country provides a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life, so too,  Bruce Cameron’s book Becoming A Rural Lawyer, is a breath of fresh air from the heaps of impersonal and jargon-filled formulaic guides, blogs and books on starting or marketing a law practice.  Though wonderfully lyrical […]

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Big Law Firms Shed T&E Practices: Opportunities for Solos & Smalls?

July 12, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Interesting video here at Bloomberg News (in the first minute and a half) about large firms shedding trusts and estates practices to serve larger clients. But nature abhors a vacuum – and those trusts and estates clients have to go somewhere. And while those clients — presumably individuals of high worth or small businesses seeking […]

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DogDay Afternoons for Your Law Practice

June 24, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

If you know me from my social media circles, then you know that my heart belongs to my sweet, deaf sheepie Francesca (or SanFran-cesca as I’ve taken to calling her after several west coast trips last winter).  Best dog ever, SanFrancesca kept me company under my desk during the years that I worked from home, […]

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Choosing a new practice area: Consider family law

December 14, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

The following is a guest post by Roy S. Ginsburg. As an attorney coach, I often counsel lawyers who are considering a move to a new practice area – helping them balance the pros and cons of such career choices. One overlooked area I often recommend is family law. Lawyers often object to the idea […]

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Thinking about a new solo practice area?

November 3, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

The following is a guest post by Roy S. Ginsburg. When selecting the practice area that will determine how you spend the rest of your career, you can “go deep” or “go shallow.”  It is almost always better to “go deep.” “Going deep” means that you select a practice focus that you enjoy, in a […]

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Lessons from Crowdsourced Advice for a Struggling Solo

September 26, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Ten days ago, in an effort to reply quickly to a struggling solo who’d contacted me for advice, I reached out to readers to crowdsource a response. The post touched off 40 comments, some offering sound advice to a solo in these circumstances, others not so much. The comments also spawned several sub-discussions on what’s […]

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