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What Do You Call Yourself?

The Greatest American Lawyer ponders a fascinating question:  what should we call practitioners who are not in a partnership based law firm, if not solo practitioners?. GAL writes:

As many of you already know, I have taken issue with the term “solo”
for practitioners who do not practice in a partnership setting. Solo has the negative connotation of being alone. When I was working in a partnership, I had no more resources than I have now. In
fact, I arguably have more resources now, since I can easily look
outside the walls of my own firm for answers to important questions.

As I posted in GAL’s comments, when I started my firm, I referred to myself as an independent practitioner.  These days, when asked what I do, I typically say that I have my own law firm – though I might say that I work for myself.  Of course, here at MyShingle, I often refer to those of us who run our own firms as shinglers – though that’s not a great description outside of the parameters of a weblog.

Do you think the term “solo” has negative connotations?  And what do you say when you’re asked where you work or what you do?