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Archive for July 2006

Flat Fees Are Fine, But Lawyers Can’t Have It Both Ways

Like Chris Marston of Inside the Future of the Law Firm who raves about the benefits of fixed pricing, I’m also a fan of the flat fee or fixed price.  Chris focuses on how fixed pricing provides certainty to clients, but from my perspective, it makes my life much easier when I don’t have to…

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MyShingle Reviews Blachman’s Anonymous Lawyer

Let me start this book review with a confession:  when I first heard that Jeremy Blachman nabbed a contract to bring his Anonymous Lawyer (AL) blog to the printed page, I didn’t have high hopes.  While I read the AL Blog before Jeremy outed himself, I can’t say that I was a huge fan; as…

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Some thoughts on solo practice

This short piece, The not so lonely lawyer (WV Record 7/20/06) offers a couple of quick thoughts on solo practice.  Some of the views are positive; for instance, the article takes the time to dispell the myth that solo practice is a greater risk than staying at biglaw: However, for law firm marketing guru Mark…

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More Biglaw Attorneys Downsize to Solo Practice

This article, Starting Over in the Big Pond (Richmond Business Journal, 6/28/06) reports on “the joys and tribulations of starting a small law firm” as told by former biglaw attorneys Greg Holland and Steven Setliff.  The pair describe some of the differences between biglaw practice and starting your own firm, from having to make decisions…

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In praise of the late bloomer

If like me, you sometimes feel a little down that you haven’t yet hit your breakout career stride or left your mark on the law, then check out this article, What Kind of Genius Are You?, David Galenson, Wired (7/06) (hat tip to Arnie Herz at Legal Sanity).  As Herz summarizes, Galenson describes two types…

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Help, I forgot my business cards….

Whenever I meet lawyers without business cards, I wonder about their professionalism.  Well, yesterday I joined that club when I came out to Oregon to speak at a conference full of prospects and I discovered that I forgot my business cards.  How embarrassing…what to do?  It was a short trip, so not enough time to…

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