Here’s a huge public thanks to Ed Poll, one of today’s preeminent law practice management experts and coaches, for sticking up for solos. In this post, Ed joins the chorus of bloggers speaking out against the New York bar’s recently proposed restrictive advertising rules. And in this post, Ed takes on the California bar, lambasting it for requiring lawyers to disclose whether they have malpractice insurance without taking concommitant steps to ensure that affordable malpractice insurance is available to attorneys.
Ed’s posts couldn’t be more timely for me (same is true for Jim Calloway’s take on the NY Rules). Just today, I was lamenting that many law practice management experts prefer to use new regulations as an excuse for offering new service instead of using their stature and expertise to speak out against rules that don’t make sense. For example, I’ve seen a couple of comments on various listserves from marketers proposing to advise NY attorneys on new PR techniques to circumvent restrictions on client testimonials. But Ed is the first LPM expert I’ve read who apparently, isn’t looking to profit off the rules by accepting them and then charging solos to help them comply. Rather, he’s using his expertise to help our profession achieve the right results.
There are many gurus who “talk the talk” of solo practice. But Ed Poll is out here in the trenches, walking the walk along with us.