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A Solo At the Supremes

November 5, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Over at The WSJ Law Blog, there’s a nice profile of Richard Diaz, the Florida solo who represents Michael Williams, a defendant who is challenging the constitutionality of a federal child-pornography statute in United States v. Williams. Last week, Diaz argued the case before the Supreme Court. But despite his moment of glory at WSJ […]

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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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Solos Practice Longer…But For Love or For Money?

October 24, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

One of the benefits of running your own firm is that you don’t have a committee forcing you to retire. Perhaps that’s why some of the oldest practicing lawyers are those who work for themselves. Today, Bob Ambrogi, my co-blogger at Legal Blog Watch posted here about Reuben Landeau, a Boston lawyer who just passed […]

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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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Biglaw Associates Find Happiness in Solo Practice

February 2, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Via Stephanie West Allen, I learned about this article, Who Says Being A Lawyer Has to Suck? from a recent issue of San Francisco Magazine.  The article describes how Gen Y lawyers are making “lawyering something that doesn’t bore everyone to death at a party?”  And guess how they’re doing it?   By starting their own […]

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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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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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Another Biglaw Attorney Headed for Smaller Pastures

May 30, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

For many lawyers, reaching the top of biglaw is enough.  But not Corliss Scorggins Lawson, former chief of biglaw firm Lord, Bissell & Brook’s Atlanta office, who’s just left her post to strike out on her own, as reported in  Lord, Bissell’s Top Atlanta Attorney Leaves to Start Her Own Shop, Fulton County Daily Report […]

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