Karin Conroy is a legal marketing consultant and founder of Conroy Creative Counsel, which specializes in creating...
When you start a new firm, you will always be met with uncertainty. Of course, you have a plan of how you want to run your firm, but there are many variables that can attempt to throw it off course. So, how do you navigate it? That’s what we’re talking about in this episode with Jeremy Widder, a criminal defense lawyer practicing in Southern Maryland. Jeremy started his solo practice in 2020 at the height of the pandemic, and he shares about how this helped his firm become more innovative. He uses technology to automate and simplify as much of his practice as possible, while still providing top-notch legal representation and client service.
Jeremy gives listeners actionable tips on:
[3:00] How to navigate external circumstances that impact a new business idea
[5:00] Figuring out a strategy in the midst of a global pandemic
[10:40] Why it’s so important for a new firm to know where its business is coming from
[15:15] Jeremy’s system for asking for Google reviews from past and current clients
[19:25] The impact branding has on your ideal client
[23:20] The lessons Jeremy learned by starting up his firm in the face of uncertainty
[36:30] Why burnout and working around the clock doesn’t work anymore
Mr. Widder is active in the local legal community. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Jude House recovery center and the Executive Board for the Charles County Bar Association. He also serves on the Peer Review Committee of the Attorney Grievance Commission. Mr. Widder has received recognition and coaching opportunities over the years to extend his experience and legal reach. In 2014, he was recognized for professional excellence as the inaugural Assistant State’s Attorney of the Year.
Mr. Widder is also a nationally renowned law school trial advocacy coach, with both American University Washington College of Law and Georgetown University Law Center. He coached the 2013 National Trial Competition National Champions, as well as the 2014 and 2015 regional champions and 2018 regional finalists. He also coached the 2015 National Civil Rights Competition champions. Mr. Widder is a regular featured speaker at the National Coaches Clinic. Mr. Widder lives in La Plata with his wife and daughter. In his free time, he enjoys growing vegetables and kayaking.