MBA On Demand

How to Start and Run A Successful Solo or Small-Firm Practice

Do you dream of starting your own practice? Have the recent law firm mergers and shifts affected you? Are you reevaluating your career and thinking about striking out on your own? Have you been recently admitted to the Bar and have a plan to go straight into your own practice? “How to Start and Run a Successful Solo or Small-Firm Practice” is a comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts seminar about how to set up and operate your own firm.
Attended, literally, by thousands, this lively program, which has been one of the most popular and valuable MBA seminars to date, includes a working, networking lunch for a chance to meet with colleagues who can help get you started.

Our faculty of experienced, successful lawyers will provide guidance and insight on every aspect of starting a law firm while sharing practice pointers on growing their own firms.

A networking reception will follow this incredible program allowing you to continue to meet and mingle with colleagues.

Complimentary appetizers, beer and wine will be served.

Program highlights include:
The Mechanics of Setting Up Your Firm

  • Analyzing the costs and benefits
  • Going solo vs. associating with others
  • Selecting a practice area
  • Scouting sources of business before making the move
  • Location considerations
  • Choice of entity
  • Technology
  • Office space
  • Staffing
  • Budgeting
  • Financing
  • The proper way to leave your current firm

The Mechanics of Running Your Firm

  • Case selection
  • Client relations
  • Docket control
  • Fees and billing
  • Accounting and bookkeeping systems
  • Bank accounts, including IOLTA
  • Discrimination and harassment policies
  • Avoiding malpractice
  • Malpractice and other insurance
  • Highlights of the rules of professional conduct

The Essentials of Marketing

  • Networking
  • Speaking, lecturing, teaching
  • Writing
  • Getting written about
  • Advertising
  • Web sites
  • Using social media

Putting it All Together

  • Working efficiently and profitably
  • Setting priorities
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Where to turn if you need help

Additional faculty to be announced


David W. White, Esq., program co-chair
Breakstone, White & Gluck PC, Boston

Marc Breakstone, Esq., program co-chair
Breakstone, White & Gluck PC, Boston

B.J. Krintzman, Esq.
Law Office of B.J. Krintzman, Waban

Alan J. Klevan, Esq.
Law Offices of Alan J. Klevan, Newton

Denise I. Murphy, Esq.
Rubin and Rudman LLP, Boston

Robert R. Pierce, Esq.
Pierce & Mandell PC, Boston

Shelley M. Richmond Joseph, Esq.
Joseph & Joseph, Newton

Rodney Dowell, Esq.
Law Management Innovation, LLC, Melrose

Gabriel Cheong, Esq.
Infinity Law Group LLC, Quincy

William Bogaert, Esq.
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, Boston

Sponsoring Sections:

Law Practice Management Section

The Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section

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On Demand On Demand
Presentation Date: January 17, 2013
Runtime: 5:35.00
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With registration you will receive the following resource package: Permanent links to program's e-publication and On Demand presentation are located in your My Resources profile.
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