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Carolyn Elefant

Carolyn Elefant

Carolyn Elefant is the founder and owner of the Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant, PLLC. She’s a veteran energy and eminent domain attorney with more than two decades experience. Following graduation from Cornell Law School, Elefant launched her legal career as an attorney-advisor at FERC. After leaving FERC, she worked for leading national energy practices in Washington, D.C., before starting her own firm in 1993. 

Her legal experience includes litigation and appeals in state and federal court, administrative hearings, negotiating energy industry contracts and easements, serving as an expert on gas pipeline matters, and testifying before Congressional committees. 

Elefant was named an Energy & Natural Resources SuperLawyer in D.C. from 2012 onward. She speaks and writes on energy topics and has published in the Energy Law Journal on various energy issues and is quoted frequently in industry publications such as Platts as well as national media including The New York Times, Boston Globe, and others. In 2014, She appeared on the Daily Show to discuss new law firm business models and NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show to speak about pipeline impacts on landowners.

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Guest Appearances
May 19, 2022

“Solo By Choice” Update! Opening Your Own Shop

Author and solo practice guru Carolyn Elefant shares tips from her newly revised book, “Solo By Choice.” It’s all here.

May 5, 2022

#382: Is Going Solo the Right Way?, with Carolyn Elefant

Lawyerist talks with Solo by Choice author, Carolyn Elefant, about starting a solo law practice and if going solo is right for you.

March 9, 2022

ABA TECHSHOW 2022: Solo and Small Firms in the Driver’s Seat

Conrad and Gyi report live from ABA TECHSHOW 2022.

November 10, 2021

Solos v. Google: The Struggle Is Real

As a solo lawyer or small firm lawyer, are you at a disadvantage when it comes to Google My Business? Probably––here’s how you can fight the system.

October 28, 2016

ATL APP 2016: A Level Playing Field? How Boutiques Compete

Carolyn Elefant Gaston Kroub, and Andrew Dick about techniques small law practitioners can use to better compete in the world of large law.

October 9, 2015

ATL APP: Managing Solo Practice Workflow with Technology

Being a solo practitioner is not easy. It is important for solo and small firm lawyers to ask questions about management and marketing in order to succeed. In this two part interview...

July 8, 2015

Experts in Legal Technology Discuss ‘InSession’

During its annual conference, The Florida Bar collaborated with Clio to create ‘InSession: Transforming Practices Through Technology,’ a conference about legal technology featuring experts in the field. Afterwards, Adriana Linares sat down...