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Solo Sends His Secretary to Law School

June 5, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Every time I hear that solos have to be entrepreneurs, I cringe.  Yes, we all know that solos won’t stay in business if they work for free or spend thousands of dollars that they don’t have on marketing or websites or branding — but understanding these realities doesn’t require business skills so much as common […]

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Georgia Injury & Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Michael Moebes Can’t Find an App, So Builds His Own

May 24, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

 This occasional solo profile focuses on Georgia workers’ compensation lawyer, Michael Moebes, who blogs at  Georgia Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Blog. Michael is an injury lawyer with a focus on workers’ compensation practicing all over Georgia, but with a primary location is in Atlanta.  This quickie interview with Mike came to mind when I read about […]

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Century Solo

July 15, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Though he died as head of a 625-lawyer firm, centenarian lawyer Christian Peper started as a solo. As described in St. Louis Today, Peper, along with his friend Malcolm Martin and Martin’s father started a law firm in a four room office back in 1941. Three months later, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and Peper, determined […]

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How to Get a Piece of Ken Adams, Without Paying An Arm or a Leg

May 16, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

As a solo, I can’t afford Ken Adams, ABA Legal Rebel and contract drafter extraordinaire.  I know this because Ken himself has told me so when I’ve inquired about his services.  Not arrogantly or bluntly, but matter-of-factly.  After all, when you’ve written the definitive guide on contract drafting, you can pretty much command any price […]

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Solos Take on the World!

April 3, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

If you think that global practice is the exclusive domain of behemoth law firms, think again. These days, there’s more opportunities for solos to go global than ever before, as I write in my piece, at The Xemplar, entitledA Whole New World for Solos that begins like this: While many large, national U.S. firms are […]

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Profile of New Solo, Jamison Koehler, Washington D.C. Criminal Defense Lawyer, Washington D.C. DUI Lawyer

December 8, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Every so often, I like to post a profile of a lawyer who’s just opened a solo practice.   This month, it’s Jamison Koehler of Koehler Law.  Jamie is a criminal and DUI defense lawyer in Washington D.C. and here’s what he had to share about his background, his reasons for going solo and how […]

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MyShingle Virtual Videos with Sam Glover, Minnesota Consumer Lawyer

September 8, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

MyShingle Virtual Videos from Carolyn Elefant on Vimeo. I’m proud to present the launch of the MyShingle Virtual Video series, which will have a permanent home and dedicated page when my site re-lauches in the next few weeks. As video gains traction, I realized that many solo and small firm lawyers would like to incorporate […]

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Walter James, Environmental Counseling and Environmental Litigation

June 23, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Though you don’t find many solos practicing in areas like environmental law, that’s Walter D. James expertise.  Walter focuses his practice primarily on environmental counseling and environmental litigation, which includes civil enforcement and cost recovery litigation, criminal defense and toxic tort/property damage matters.  Though the law firm is located in Grapevine, Texas, the Firm’s practice […]

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MyShingle Profile: Jay Fleischman, New York Bankruptcy Lawyer

June 23, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

The MyShingle profiles are an experimental feature here at MyShingle – to offer some insight into the careers of practicing solo and small firm attorneys, with questions on how they got their start to what gets them going in the morning.  My thanks to Jay Fleischman and Walter James (next post) for serving as guinea […]

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Whether By Choice or Necessity, They Took the Road Not Taken

September 23, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Some of us start law firms because we want to, others because we have no alternatives.  I was again reminded of this dichotomy by a pair of inspiring stories, here and here, about two successful shinglers, now in the twilight of their careers, who each started law firms at different times and under different circumstances, […]

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