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Archive for December 2008

The Importance of the Company We Keep

I’ve finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers which argues that a variety of factors, such as luck, era of birth or family support account as much for success as sheer talent.  After all, what explains the break out success of certain individuals with innate talent in comparison to the mediocre performance of those equally endowed?  If…

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Free E-book From Biglaw to Yourlaw & Free Teleconference, December 30, 2008

UPDATE – ENCORE TELECONFERENCE from Biglaw to Yourlaw – JANUARY 9, 2009 (Thursday) at 3 pm EST. Sign up below.  IF YOU HAVE  ALREADY SIGNED UP YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE INFORMATION ON THE CALL VIA EMAIL. Given that 1762 lawyers lost their jobs in 2008 according to the Law Shucks Layoff Tracker, I decided to release a new e-book entitled From Biglaw to Yourlaw. You’ve always believed starting a firm was a…

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Looking for a New Practice Area…Just Pick Up the Newspaper

May you live in interesting times… — Chinese Proverb No doubt, today we live in interesting times, where 250 lawyer firms vanish overnight, where the legal trade press goes from an obsession with PPP (partners per profits) to LPL layoffs per law firm, and where top lawyers are pounding the pavement for work.  But what’s…

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Lessons for Solos from Dreier LLP: If It Sounds Too Good To Be True…

With the law firm of Dreier LLP on the brink of collapse as the result of founder and sole equity partner Marc Dreier’s multi-million dollar criminal fraud, the firm’s lawyers are learning first hand that if  a work situation sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.  Not only will many Dreier lawyers…

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Celebrate MyShingle’s 6th Birthday With Two Great Contests

Close to midnight six years ago, I pushed a button and with this post, launched MyShingle into cyberspace.  I didn’t have a grand plan or scheme — to be honest, I hardly qualified to write a blog about solo and small firm practice.  Back in 2002, Foonberg dominated solo-land as the only game in town…

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