Solo Practice University

The foremost threat facing solos and small law firms today is the risk of catastrophic data breaches. The second most significant threat is their own negligence. Evolving security challenges coupled with law firms’ expanding digital footprints mean that solos and small practices have never been so at-risk for data breaches or so unprepared to prevent them. Attorneys seem to understand this, yet bafflingly fail to act. Read on. Written by Tom Lambotte
Sometimes a call comes in that I feel compelled to write about and this is one of those times. The question seemed simple enough. Basically, the callers wanted to know if the fact that a solo attorney was going to be added to their firm website as Of Counsel solely for marketing purposes would have any impact on their malpractice insurance premium. Well, as a risk guy, I couldn’t help it. I needed to know…
We all know that this pandemic has really shaken things up – on both a micro & macro scale. The industry has changed, but so has day-to-day. When your dog is your coworker, your bedroom is your office and the lines of what used to be your workday are now blurred more than ever, life and work have definitely changed. But have you changed with it in order to meet client expectations? Many solo and…
Believe it or not, we’re already three months into 2021. What are your goals for this year? What strategies, processes, and tools can you put in place now to stand out and expand your practice in the months to come? Now is an ideal time to reflect on your long-term growth strategy, as well as your opportunities to do even better for the people you serve. Here are a few creative and cost-effective ideas for…
By now you’ve heard about the lawyer who was videoconferencing on zoom with a federal judge and couldn’t remove a cat filter.  It was funny, embarrassing, and went viral. To his credit, he kept his composure. However, it has opened up an important conversation about web conferencing best practices, security, audio and video settings, and […] Written by Susan Cartier Liebel
The pandemic has thrust virtual work into the spotlight. While for some it’s no different than pre-pandemic work, for others it is a sea change in how they conduct business. It is showcasing the financial benefits and work-life perks of remote work. But, it is also laying bare the weaknesses in our solo/small firm practices and highlighting where we all need to improve. It is critical we start reimagining working virtually from acquiring new clients…
Did you know the World Health Organization has classified ‘Burnout’ as a health issue? Did you know that burnout is not based on the number of hours you work but the quality of those hours? Cynthia Sharp and Becky Howlett founded legalburnout.com, a resource to help solo and small firm practitioners navigate the emotional roadmap of solo/small firm practice to keep you healthy and grounded through a pandemic and the rest of your lives. This…
If you were kicking yourself for missing this event last year…the wait is over. Cyber Monday 2019 was such an unqualified success we decided to not just rinse and repeat but get even crazier because, after all, 2020 has been just one insane year no matter how you look at it! For 7 days, Monday, November 23rd through Cyber Monday, November 30th, when you enroll as an ANNUAL student at Solo Practice University® your tuition…
Statistics Support There is Much At Stake It is imperative your law practice be in control of client contacts (or touchpoints) and set the tone (and extend your brand) early because the backlash can be swift and costly. According to a BIA/Kelsey report, phone calls influenced more than $1 trillion in consumer spending in 2019. The average American tells 15 people about a poor experience—and you’ll feel the impact on your business in large part…
Recognize that change is constant. Sometimes change occurs gradually and at other times, for instance during a global pandemic, it comes at us like a tsunami. Regardless, in order to responsibly adapt to change, it must not only be recognized, the consequences thereof must also be understood. If change is too quickly normalized, the consequences too easily become minimized if not completely ignored. Written by Mark Bassingthwaighte