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What Would Make You Want To Work for A Small Firm?

March 3, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

This post from January 2015 at Above the Law  questions why solos and small firms pay associates so little. Initially, the answer seemed self evident to me: sadly, some solos and smalls are just plain cheap, while others need the help but simply don’t have sufficient resources to bring someone on board. (In case, you’re […]

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A New Reason To Limit Free Consultations

February 27, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ve long been a fan of free consultations for a couple of reasons. First, given the importance of the attorney-client relationship, it never made sense to put up obstacles  to clients seeking to vet different attorneys by forcing them to shell out a couple of hundred bucks for each meeting. Second, for some practices – […]

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A Twitter Shout Out That Lawyers Can Do Without

February 23, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

When I couldn’t get a response from a medical provider after I’d written a lengthy complaint more than two months earlier, I did what any disgruntled consumer would do: I took it to Twitter. Cognizant of the possibility of a defamation claim ( been there, done that ) not to mention loss of my family’s […]

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Lawyer Can’t Work on The Cheap Even If He Wants To

February 13, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

You’ve got to applaud Austin, Texas based lawyer, Lee DiFilippo. Whereas many attorneys with experience in corporate transactions, not to mention a CPA degree in their back pocket might focus on representing Fortune 500 companies or sexy business start-ups, DiFilippo set out to assist moderate income folks in the state of Texas obtain access to […]

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New Law Firm, New Turf

February 13, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Like the entrepreneurialclients it serves, Washington D.C.-born Innovista Legal is taking a new risk just a few months after its September launch, moving to a 3000-square foot space in Richmond Virginia, reports Richmond Biz Sense. There, the firm will occupy the first commercial space in a mixed-use building.  Although the article doesn’t say what the […]

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February 9, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, I found myself over at the law library, for the first time in more than a year.  That wouldn’t have been true back in the mid-90’s when I started my firm. Back then, LEXIS cost 600 bucks a month for a dozen searches, and the law library with its digests and bound CCH […]

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F-UBERs and the Future of Law

February 3, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

As I’ve discussed before, my personal experience with Uber has been mixed. No doubt, due to Uber, DC taxis have stepped up their game and these days, I can typically catch a cab more quickly than waiting for Uber to arrive and pay by credit card to boot. Yet my perspective doesn’t matter because I’m […]

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Plan A Law Firm Party, Retreat or Seminar With AirBnB

February 2, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

If you’re like me, you’ve probably attended dozens of networking events or continuing legal education (CLE) panels and thought to yourself, I could do better. Whether it’s choosing a more interesting speaker or coming up with new activities or just having a decent spread of food, most of us could probably come up with some […]

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Finding the Courage to Start

January 30, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start. —John Bingham In the dozen years I’ve blogged here, I’ve sung the praises of solo practice – the unexpected surprises, the enormous opportunity, and the satisfaction that flows from doing work that matters  or makes you feel alive or […]

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Ask An Ethics Question: Gift Cards

January 29, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Updated – 1/30/2015 A few days ago, a question appeared on the Solosez Listserve, inquiring whether a promotional strategy – whereby individuals referred to a firm by an existing client would be entered into a drawing for a gift card upon coming in for a free consultation – passed ethical muster. Happily, everyone who responded […]

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