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Another Pitch for the Niche

December 5, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ve posted before on the value of a niche practice to a successful law practice, but two items in today’s news make me realize that it’s time for an encore.  First up, this Los Angeles Times story describes a 26 year old biglaw associate who heads a team of lawyers at a large firm — […]

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Free Foreclosure Training for Maryland Attorneys/Why Pro Bono Is A Win-Win

July 10, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

UPDATE:  The relatively new blog, Nextlex notes these FREE PLI webinar resources on foreclosure law and predatory lending. In both my book and on this blog, I’ve written that pro bono training programs offer one of the cheapest and most effective ways to get up to speed on matters that you might handle in your […]

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Getting A Start as A Personal Injury Lawyer

June 18, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Many readers of this blog and my book, Solo by Choice frequently ask for advice on how to get a personal injury practice up and running.   My fellow blogger and colleague here in the Maryland area, Ron Miller explains how lawyers can build a referral based personal injury practice in this comprehensive post at Maryland Injury […]

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Starting Non-Conventional Solo Practices and a Free Marketing Call

April 15, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Some lawyers start their own practice, but rather than specialize in traditional legal work, opt for or incorporate alternatives like contract lawyering, mediation or lobbying.  If you’re interested in how to build a practice in those areas, consider these resources: Lisa Solomon, a nationally recognized contract attorney who practices as  Question of Law offers some […]

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Solo Practice Doesn’t Mean Forever

March 4, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Just like goodbye doesn’t mean forever, solo practice doesn’t either – or at least, it shouldn’t.   Some lawyers who start their own practices are committed to building and running a firm for the long haul.  Others view solo practice not as a permanent end in itself, but as a transition – a way to ride […]

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An Immigration Lawyer Stands Out…Overseas

November 5, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Here’s a story about Maria Celebi, a U.S. immigration lawyer with an interesting niche: she works outside of the country. After ten years of immigration practice in the United States, Celebi, along with her husband and two young children, moved to Turkey after an economic downturn in Silicon Valley. Celebi’s husband used the move to […]

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Trends for Solos

November 5, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Robert Denney has an article in this month’s Oct/Nov ’06 issue of  Law Practice Management on What’s Cooking for Solos and Small Firms.  At least one the trends is kind of old news to me, such as the move towards specialization, though in rural areas, clients seem to want and need the old-fashioned “country lawyer” […]

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Real Sisters In Law

August 28, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Sisters don’t have to marry a pair of brothers to become sisters in law to each other.  As this article, Sisters in law:  Siblings Keep legal matters all in the family (Arizona Business Gazette 8/24/06), sisters Hope Kirsch and Lori Kirsch-Goodwin became sisters in law (or sisters at law)  when they decided to hang out […]

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You Can Take It [Biglaw Practice] With You

August 16, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Many large firm lawyers think that if they hang a shingle. they’ll have to throw away their biglaw specialities, like securities regulation or merger practice and trade it in for more general practice fare, like family law or criminal practice.  But at least one solo attorney, Walter James, of the newly created Environmental Crimes Blog […]

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Client Service and More on Niches

August 10, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

I realize that my posts have been sparse over the past month.   The slow postings are explained by a couple of factors: my day job as a practicing solo has been fairly busy lately, a project that I’m close to finishing that I believe will greatly benefit MyShingle readers and my divided loyalties now that […]

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