For many leaving the big firm to start their own legal practices, certain administrative tasks and overhead expenses can be a big surprise. What used to be automatic and perhaps taken for granted now becomes part of the weekly grind. Fortunately, there are affordable and scalable services that can put needed help into place.
In this Special Report, Joe Patrice and Elie Mystal talk with John Balestriere, Nicole Black, Rochelle Washington, and Gaston Kroub. Together, they discuss the art of outsourcing for receptionists, secretaries, payroll, and yes… even office space. Tune in to hear what clients think about the cost of fancy offices and their invoice.
John Balestriere is an entrepreneurial lawyer who tries cases, conducts investigations, and argues appeals. He represents companies and individuals in commercial, business, criminal and regulatory matters. John’s services include negotiations and internal investigations for his clients. Among many areas of experience, he has handled matters in street crime, white collar crime, organized crime, fraud, business tort, class action, civil rights, qui tam, and defamation.
Nicole Bradick is chief strategy officer at CuroLegal, a company that works with lawyers to launch and grow next-generation firms through its consulting services, operations support, and flexible staffing solutions. Prior to that, she was the founder and CEO of Custom Counsel, a nationwide network of freelance attorneys, which was acquired by CuroLegal in 2015. Nicole is a regular writer and speaker on the legal marketplace, law firm business models, and technology. For her work in this area, she was named a 2012 ABA Journal Legal Rebel and was named to the Fastcase 50 list of global legal innovators in 2014.
Rochelle Washington is the senior staff attorney in the Practice Management Advisory Service (PMAS) of the D.C. Bar. She assists lawyers with starting and managing law firms through sessions, programs, and seminars. Prior to that, Rochelle was a sole practitioner in the areas of family, bankruptcy and personal injury law. She has also served as a volunteer attorney providing pro bono legal services in juvenile proceedings and family cases involving domestic violence.
Gaston Kroub is a registered patent attorney and founding partner of Kroub, Silbersher & Kolmykov PLLC, a boutique intellectual property law firm in New York City. He is also a principal at Markman Advisors LLC, which services buyside investors concerned about patent litigation. Gaston writes the weekly “Beyond Biglaw” column for Above the Law and “Markman Note” newsletter forMimesislaw.com. Prior to that he spent five years as a partner at Greenberg Traurig and Locke Lord.