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New Solo

New Solo covers a diverse range of topics including transitioning from a law firm to a solo practice, rainmaking, law practice management, networking, job searching, technology, and much more. The goal is to answer the questions that arise throughout all phases of a solo career, providing an opportunity to continue learning and improving best practices. Guests include lawyers and relevant professionals within the industry.

Latest Episode
Mar 23, 2017

Diving Into Solo Practice Part 2: More Advice from Experts

Three solo professionals talk about their experiences running their own solo law firms and advice for those thinking about doing the same.

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Feb 21, 2017
Diving Into Solo Practice: Advice from the Experts

Adriana Linares talks to three lawyers who have gone out on their own at the Bar Association of San Francisco’s first annual Solo and Small Firm Conference.

Jan 20, 2017
The Benefits of Unbundling Legal Services

Recently, attorneys have been “unbundling” their services to make them more affordable, a process also known as limited scope representation.

Dec 5, 2016
Gaining the Courage to Start Your Own Firm

Cahill-IP, PLLC Founder Amy Sullivan Cahill talks about how podcasts helped her gain the courage to start her own firm.

Nov 11, 2016
From Big Law to Solo

Nate Cade talks about his experiences leaving a large law firm and starting his own solo practice.

Oct 6, 2016
6 Steps to Make Alternative Fees Profitable

Mary Vandenack talks about her six simple steps for any lawyer looking to successfully implement alternative billing methods in their law practice.

Oct 6, 2016
Implementing Alternative Billing in your Law Practice

Mary Vandenack talks about how lawyers using alternative billing models in their law practice.

Sep 1, 2016
Lawyers Using Apple Mobile Devices in Their Practice

Jeff Richardson of the blog “iPhone J.D.” shares his tips for lawyers using Apple mobile products.

Aug 2, 2016
CRM: Using Client Relationship Management in Your Law Firm

Michael Chasin, co-founder and CEO of Lexicata, talks about how CRMs can help solo and small firm lawyers with client intake as well as marketing.

Jul 1, 2016
New Trends in Practice Management

Adriana Linares speaks with Clio CEO Jack Newton, who shares what he believes are two big trends in practice management.

May 25, 2016
Top Tips for Attorneys from the 2017 ABA TECHSHOW Board

As attorneys graduate and head into the legal marketplace, or leave a law firm to start a solo practice, it can be hard to know where to find resources with tips on starting your new career. What are the most important things that a newly solo practitioner should know? What are some best practices for...

Dec 16, 2015
How Ernie the Attorney Started His Solo Practice

Among solo practitioners, Ernest “Ernie the Attorney” Svenson is well-known for consulting on technology and, specifically, going paperless. But what many lawyers don’t know is how Ernie transitioned from a commercial litigator in a big New Orleans law firm to a tech savvy solo. In this episode of New Solo, learn all about how Ernie’s...

Dec 2, 2015
Sharing Office Space, Equipment, and Employees

In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares stops by the shared offices of Barbara Leach and Conti Moore. Together they discuss the cost savings, benefits, and logistics of splitting office resources. Through mutual trust, compromise, and similar views on work-life balance, these lawyers are achieving the strengths of partnership without losing the privilege...

Nov 18, 2015
T.V. Advertising: What to Expect

Although television commercials seem too expensive for a solo practice’s marketing budget, they are not! In fact, advertising on T.V. can be a great alternative or addition to an online marketing campaign, as long as it’s done correctly. So what should solos expect with these ads and how can we optimize the return on investment?...

Oct 28, 2015
Automate Your Solo Practice: Part 2

In the previous episode of New Solo, Adriana Linares interviewed Andrew LeGrand, a lawyer who has a largely automated practice, about Text Expansion and forms to increase efficiency for lawyers. Because automation is such an enormous topic, Adriana invited Andrew back to discuss more in-depth systems and tools to avoid wasting time on menial tasks...

Oct 19, 2015
Automate Your Solo Practice!

Automation is a wonderful tool created by technology to make the lives of lawyers (particularly solos) easier. Many are intimidated to approach this potentially massive change in their practice, but it’s actually quite easy and inexpensive when you start small, and you will begin to save time immediately. How, you ask? In first of a...

Jun 25, 2015
Using Social Media to Market Your Solo Practice

By now we’ve all heard about social media marketing for law firms and other businesses. Everybody online seems to be talking about Facebook likes, Twitter followers, LinkedIn connections, and even using Instagram, Pinterest, and Slideshare to market companies and firms of all sizes. But what does a successful social media campaign look like? And what...

Jun 17, 2015
Effective Online Marketing Strategy for Solo Law Firms

One of the most important steps in starting a solo practice is marketing. This can also be one of the most difficult, because these lawyers depended on their previous firm for incoming business. And it’s not like they taught marketing a firm in law school. Since solo lawyers have smaller budgets than large law firms,...

Apr 24, 2015
Agile and Lean: Methodologies to an Efficient, Better, and More Profitable Practice

A lean or similarly called agile law practice is one that prioritizes the delivery of a valuable project or service early and often. In order to do this, a law practice must create a system that improves time efficiency by removing excess waste. When a lawyer applies these lean processes to his or her workflow,...

Mar 18, 2015
How David Sparks Started His Solo Practice

In the last episode of New Solo, we heard about how Michael Downey left his big law firm to start a solo practice. But with all of the small decisions involved in going solo, each lawyer’s experience is different. David Sparks is a lawyer and self-identified geek who left his small firm of three attorneys...

Mar 5, 2015
How Michael Downey Started His Solo Practice

Many lawyers are considering the option of becoming a solo practitioner. But even with all of the blogs, articles, and advice from colleagues and friends about certain aspects of running a solo practice, many attorneys still struggle with the big picture. Between deciding on a name and URL, setting up the financial side of a...

Jan 15, 2015
Legal Research Tools and Tips

Ed Walters started as a lawyer in a big law firm in Washington D.C. In the late 1990’s, he was approached by a client asking him to research a relatively new legal issue without using LexisNexis or WestLaw, as they were trying to reduce online legal research costs. His inability to do this set off...

Dec 18, 2014
Strategic Partnerships and Referral Networks

There are numerous sources in the legal world claiming that lawyers need to work on building and growing their networks in order to gain referrals. But with hundreds of connections, how is a solo lawyer able to build and develop proper relationships with everyone? Maybe lawyers should be thinking about the quality of their connections...

Nov 5, 2014
Setting Legal Fees in Your Law Practice

When starting your solo practice, figuring out how to price your services can be very difficult. Many new lawyers undercut the market or undervalue what they have to offer. Additionally, in this emerging market of flat fees, they have to consider their strategy for setting legal rates. When charging for hourly legal services, what should...

Oct 13, 2014
Practice Management Essentials for $4,000 or Less

These days there are so many options for legal practices that lawyers starting a solo practice often get carried away and spend too much. It is difficult to distinguish the essential hardware and software needs from supplementary products. With everything solo lawyers have to think about, technology questions can seem overwhelming, expensive, and important. Is...

Sep 11, 2014
Choosing Your Specialty: Areas of Law for the Successful Solo Practitioner

Many lawyers want to start their solo careers as a general practice, thinking that they will attract more clients if they offer a variety of services. However, when it comes to marketing strategy, lawyers who focus on one practice area create a stronger brand and are more successful in the long run. The right solo...

Aug 12, 2014
Client Intake: Best Practices and Procedures

As any solo lawyer knows, taking a new client is not simply shaking a hand and signing a checkbook. After marketing and selling legal services, there are still several necessary steps before beginning work. A conflict check must be done, the client’s data and information need to be gathered, and a retainer engagement letter must...

Jul 21, 2014
What You Should Consider When Starting A Solo Law Practice

When starting a solo or small practice, a lawyer has to consider many new business details that were unnecessary while working for a larger firm. How do taxes differ for sole proprietorships versus other entity types? What are the necessary business or trust accounts for each individual lawyer? What is the most important thing to...

Jun 25, 2014
Staying Motivated While Starting A Solo Law Practice

Starting a solo law practice can be invigorating, frightening, and exciting at first. But after the adrenaline and excitement of starting a solo practice fades, how do lawyers stay motivated? Unlike working in a large firm, an attorney’s personal life and solo practice become interconnected, causing unique and often unexpected challenges. Many lawyers experience inner...

May 31, 2014
Starting Your Own Law Firm: Conversation with Jay Foonberg

Starting a law firm from scratch can be a daunting endeavor. With a down economy, limited budget, and not enough clients, solos can have a tough time breaking into the market. In her debut as the new host of New Solo, Adriana Linares interviews Jay Foonberg, the most influential author on the subject of starting...

Dec 24, 2012
Starting Your Own Bankruptcy Practice

Did you ever think of starting your own bankruptcy practice? New Solo host and solo practitioner, Attorney Kyle R. Guelcher chats with Attorney Christina M. Turgeon,  about some of the pros and cons of opening a bankruptcy practice, professional organizations a new lawyer should join when starting a bankruptcy law practice and important resources that...

Jul 26, 2012
What Should Solos Be Charging?

Are you confused about what to charge your clients? New Solo host and solo practitioner, Attorney Kyle R. Guelcher talks to Attorney Jeremy Byellin, from Byellin Law, PLLC, about how a solo can determine how much to charge, the Laffey Matrix, the pros and cons of charging flat rates to clients and offers advice on...

Jun 25, 2012
The Path to Becoming a Solo Practitioner

New Solo host and solo practitioner, Attorney Kyle R. Guelcher, spotlights solo attorney Carl Irace and his path to becoming a successful solo practitioner. Carl discusses his career as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City and explains the challenges of moving from the public to the private sector.  Carl also gives tips for...

May 18, 2012
Turn Your Solo Practice into a Highly Utilized Business

Looking to get your solo practice off the ground but aren’t sure how? Learn about the tools you need to turn your solo practice into a highly utilized business when New Solo host and solo practitioner, Attorney Kyle R. Guelcher, talks to Alex Vega, a law firm consultant with The Vega Firm.  Alex shares his...

Apr 30, 2012
Solos, Structured Settlements, & Medicare Set-Asides

Solo attorneys need to know what is happening in the structured settlement industry for a more successful practice.  New Solo host, Attorney Kyle R. Guelcher, a solo practitioner looks to the experts, Ringler Associates Consultant Peter Early, and Vincent Polinsky, Director of Operations at Ringler Medicare Solutions, to explain the evolving role of the structured...

Mar 30, 2012
It’s a Blog Eat Blog World: Legal Blogs and the Solo Practitioner

Are you looking to start your own blog but don’t know where to begin? New Solo host, Attorney Kyle R. Guelcher, a solo practitioner and the most recent Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Massachusetts Bar Association joins legal blogger, legal technology guru and co-host of Legal Talk Network’s Lawyer2Lawyer, Attorney Bob Ambrogi,...

Feb 28, 2012
Helpful Tips for Women Solo Practitioners

New Solo host, Attorney Kyle R. Guelcher, a solo practitioner and the most recent Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Massachusetts Bar Association is joined by Attorney Melissa Conner, from the Conner Law Offices out of Boston, Massachusetts, to spotlight women solos.  Melissa shares her recommendations on everything from which organizations female attorneys...

Jan 31, 2012
How Pro Bono Can be a Market Strategy for Solos and Law Students

Solos and Law Students—have you considered Pro Bono as an investment?  It can expand your client base and knowledge, open doors for employment and networking, and enrich your standing in the community.  New Solo host, Attorney Kyle R. Guelcher, a solo practitioner and the most recent Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Massachusetts...

Dec 29, 2011
Blogging, Branding & Marketing for Solos

New Solo host, Attorney Kyle Guelcher, a solo practitioner and the most recent Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Massachusetts Bar Association, joins Frank A. Cseke, a Fort Collins, Colorado-based attorney and founder of the blog, The Solo Lawyer, to discuss some hot topics in the solo attorney community. Kyle & Frank take...

Nov 29, 2011
How Solos Can Build an International Law Practice

Are you looking to build your international law practice? New Solo host, Attorney Kyle Guelcher, a solo practitioner and the most recent Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Massachusetts Bar Association, joins Attorney Charles Whittier from the Whittier Law Firm, to talk about how solo attorneys can develop international law as a private...

Oct 27, 2011
Using Technology to Provide Better Client Service

Looking for innovative, practical solutions to improve client services?  New Solo host, Attorney Kyle Guelcher, a solo practitioner and the most recent Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Massachusetts Bar Association, joins Catherine Sanders Reach, Director at the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center, to highlight the many ways you can use...

Sep 30, 2011
Building your Client Portfolio

Want to know how you can build your client portfolio? New Solo host, Attorney Kyle Guelcher, a solo practitioner and Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Massachusetts Bar Association, joins marketing expert, Richard DeLuca, Principal of MarketerAtLaw.com, to offer tips on how to build a solid client base. Rich talks about the approach...

Aug 31, 2011
New Lawyers and Business Etiquette

Online profiles and posts, email  and smartphone etiquette, courtroom attire and socializing with co-counsel – what to do?  These are just some of the areas of interest and concern for new lawyers in an ever changing legal business environment. New Solo host, Attorney Kyle Guelcher, a solo practitioner and Chair of the Young Lawyers Division...

Jul 29, 2011
Navigating Bar Associations

Are you looking to get more actively involved in your Bar Association? In this July edition of New Solo, host Attorney Kyle R. Guelcher, a solo practitioner from Springfield, MA and Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Massachusetts Bar Association, is joined by Scott Heidorn, an associate in the Boston office of Campbell...

Jun 29, 2011
Successfully Manage Legal Clients

Good clients are essential to any growing business. As a lawyer, what is the best way to manage your clients? In this June edition of New Solo, host Attorney Kyle R. Guelcher, a solo practitioner from Springfield, MA and Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Massachusetts Bar Association is joined by solo attorney,...

May 26, 2011
Alternative Law Office Arrangements

How do you create a successful virtual law practice? In this May edition of New Solo, host Attorney Kyle R. Guelcher, a solo practitioner from Springfield, MA and Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Massachusetts Bar Association welcomes Attorney Andrea J. Hable, to talk about her unique practice.  Andrea discusses her alternative office...

Apr 12, 2011
A Generation Y Solo and the Micro Law Office

What steps should you take to have a successful micro law office?  In this edition of New Solo, host Attorney Kyle R. Guelcher, a solo practitioner from Springfield, MA and Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Massachusetts Bar Association, welcomes Gen Y Solo, Attorney Rachel Rodgers, owner and principal attorney at Rachel Rodgers...

Mar 9, 2011
A Solo Practitioner’s Unfair Marketing Advantage: Social Media

How can a solo attorney effectively use social media?  In this edition of New Solo, host Attorney Kyle R. Guelcher, a solo practitioner out of Springfield, MA and Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Massachusetts Bar Association, welcomes Attorney Carolyn Elefant, to take a look at a solo practitioner’s unfair marketing advantage when...

Feb 4, 2011
Transitioning from Law Student to Lawyer

In this edition of New Solo, host Attorney Kyle R. Guelcher, a solo practitioner out of Springfield, MA and chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, welcomes Attorney Ursula Furi-Perry, Professor from the Massachusetts School of Law, to focus on transitioning from law student to lawyer. Kyle and Ursula take a look at...

Jan 13, 2011
New Lawyer: New Solo

So you’re hanging a shingle – now what? In this debut edition of New Solo, host Attorney Kyle R. Guelcher, a solo practitioner out of Springfield, MA and chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, welcomes Attorney Gabriel Cheong, the principal attorney of Infinity Law Group LLC, to talk about some of the...

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