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Solo Wins a $4.7 Million Verdict

May 21, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Last months, one of our readers, solo Scott P. Schomer of Schomer Law in Torrance, California won an amazing $4.7 million dollar verdict for his client, a grandmother who’d been left homeless after being defrauded of her Beverly Hills home by her former attorney who along with his wife moved into his former client’s house […]

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A Public Interest Law Firm Solo

April 16, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

So, you want to work in public interest, but can’t find a position or afford to take one?  Why not start your own firm instead, with a public interest firm on the side?  That’s what Scott Levine of Aegis Professional Services did as reported in this article,  Scott Levine Fulfills dream of starting public interest […]

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New Solo on A Mission

April 16, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

There’s some nice press here for fellow solo and blogger, Hoosier Lawyer,  Steve Terrell.  Formerly with big law firm Ice Miller, Terrell has opened his own firm, with this mission: Justice, like quality legal services, should not be only for big corporations and those who can afford the highest-priced lawyers from the biggest firms. During […]

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A Solo Who Stands Up for the Weak

April 9, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

“Bully my client and I’ll bully you,” may not be his firm’s formal tagline, but that’s the type of service that small firm lawyer Noah Geary delivers, as described in this article Sticking up for the weak:  Lawyer Gains Reputation for Taking on Bullies, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (4/9/06).   According to the article: A lawyer for 10 […]

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Why Solo Practice is Like A Box of Chocolates

March 22, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

What I love most about solo practice is that, to quote Forrest Gump, it’s like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get.  And as this article, Big Case for Fledgling Lawyer, Don Thompson, AP (3/19/06) bears out, you just might get the case of your life eighteen months out […]

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A Supreme Solo No More

March 3, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

As more law firm bloggers turn solo (including this one), Supreme small firm lawyer Tom Goldstein, bucks the trend with his recent announcement that he’s moving on to join a large firm.  I’ve got mixed feelings about this one.  On the one hand, Tom’s move is testament to my belief that solo practice can take […]

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From In House to His House

February 8, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

You’d think being vice president and corporate counsel for a large corporation is a pretty good job.   But it wasn’t working for Jonathan Mannand so he went From In House to His House (Perri Capell, WSJ 2/06).  Not only did Mann leave his job to start his own shop, but he also moved from New […]

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Second Career for Disbarred Lawyer

December 26, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Here’s an interesting profile, Ex-lawyer on the case with biting court report, Kentucky Courier-Journal (Dec. 26, 2005) about Shannon Ragland, a disbarred attorney who publishes a popular newsletter/monthly verdict reporter covering Kentucky courts.  What sets Ragland’s report apart from others is that he does it himself, adding insights, analysis, wit and sometime biting criticisms of […]

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A Forty Year Small Firm Career

December 25, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

This article, Lincoln Lawyer Balances Business, Passion (12/25/05 – Lincoln Journal Star) profiles Lincoln, Nebraska lawyer Herb Friedman’s forty years of small firm practice, which included arguing a case before the United States Supreme Court and pioneering television advertising in his state.  Now 70, Friedman has no plans to retire and reflects on his career […]

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The Never-a-Dull-Moment Legal Practice

December 25, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

This article, The Spice of Solo Life, (Recorder, 12/27/05) profiles San Francisco solo Michael Blacksburg’s law practice, which has run the gamut from drafting animal trusts to preparing contracts for a triad relationship between two women and a man.  Actually, the bulk of Blacksburg’s practice is trusts and estates and landlord tenant law, but he […]

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