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Trading Big Law for Legacy

For a quarter of a century, superstar commercial litigator Roberta Kaplan  was what I like to call “big law famous.” In other words, I imagine that  Kaplan, a litigation partner at powerhouse law firm Paul Weiss, was well-known to the small circle of biglaw folks who subscribe to publications Bloomberg  and American Lawyer  – but hardly…

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The Big Backpack and the Future of Law

By the time you read this post, I will be lounging on a beach by the Mediterranean, or toasting my younger daughter (who just chose the college she’ll attend) with a glass of sangria while watching a colorful sunset. For this holiday – as with every other time that I’ve traveled for more than a week…

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Can You Handle the Truth About Starting A Firm?

Nearly every lawyer is familiar with that iconic moment in A Few Good Men where Jack Nicholson’s character Colonel Jessup, backed into a corner under cross-examination by a young military defense lawyer Lieutenant Kaffee played by Tom Cruise, defiantly retorts back: “YOU WANT THE TRUTH? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH?”  Of course, this being an…

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One Thousand Points of Solo

In the fourteen years that I’ve been blogging at MyShingle, I occasionally have those moments when I think that this is the year that marks the end of solos, for realz. In some ways, we solos have been the victims of our own success. Solos and smalls have long been leaders in adapting new technology…

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Thank You Bustle for Recognizing That Solo Practice Can Be Part of an “Impressive” Legal Career


With D.C. Circuit judge Sri Srinivasan  being identified as a potential Obama nominee to succeed Justice Scalia on the bench, not surprisingly, the media has been churning out stories about everything from his immigrant background to his stellar credentials to his views on matters like the environment, women’s rights and the First Amendment. Interesting enough –…

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Solo Snags Bill Cosby As A Client Through Television Appearances

Do appearances as a commentator on local or national television translate into phone calls or clients? Not really, is the consensus of my solo and small law firm colleagues who’ve made it onto the air.  While my colleagues all enjoyed the adrenaline rush of rapid-fire questions of on-air interviews and would return in a heartbeat,…

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Best Bet for Finding A Legal Job After Law School: Bet On Yourself

Although employment prospects for new law grads are showing signs of life, overall post-graduation employment remains at a dismal  56 percent average rate for all law schools.  And while connections, solid skills and networking can improve the odds of finding a position , your best bet for finding a job after law school may just…

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