How to Delegate Better

ThinkstockPhotos-499742164Have you ever delegated work to a contract or associate attorney and been disappointed with the result? It may be that you need to improve your delegating skills. Here are some tips to help you get the results you want. Continue reading

Got Questions About Switching Practice Areas? Ask Away!

185496686The following is a guest blog post by Laura Boysen-Aragon, a former practicing attorney and now a legal recruiter at Solutus Legal Search, LLC. This blog entry is the first of a two-part series. Please submit your questions as a comment below or by email to blogQ&A@ceb.ucla.edu and Ms. Boysen-Aragon will respond in her next installment.

Whether you’ve been practicing law for 2 or 20 years, you may reach a point when you want to make a major change in your practice area. Maybe you’ve realized the type of client or the type of work isn’t the right fit, or perhaps the market has changed and you want to try something new. Whatever the reason, if you’re unhappy in your current practice, you can make a change. Continue reading

Going Solo? Don’t Forget Insurance!

ThinkstockPhotos-460141487One of the first and most important purchases for an attorney opening a new practice is insurance coverage. Here’s a look at what you’ll need. Continue reading

7 Tips for a Successful Networking Lunch

ThinkstockPhotos-514423654The following is a guest blog post by Anabella Q. Bonfa. Ms. Bonfa is a litigator with Wellman & Warren LLP and has built a reputation for handling business and partnership disputes, theft of trade secrets, and unfair competition. She lectures extensively on trade secrets, networking, and using social media to develop business.

In every lawyer’s career there comes a time when they have to start networking and bringing in clients. This usually involves attending functions, meeting new people, and eventually the dreaded “networking lunch.” The lunch is usually dreaded because new lawyers erroneously think it’s only about selling their law firm and they don’t want to be a salesperson. But that’s really not what it’s about: Here’s a plan for getting through networking lunches in a way that’s easy, rewarding, and, most importantly, involves minimal “sales.”  Continue reading

Starting Your Law Practice: Taking the First Steps

ThinkstockPhotos-491574828The following is a guest blog post by Jeremy M. Evans, Managing Attorney at California Sports Lawyer, representing sports and entertainment professionals in contract drafting, negotiations, licensing, and career growth.

“Those who never try or quit too early end up working for those who tried and never quit.” True in any business and life in general, even more so in the solo practice of law—going solo requires you to step out and charge ahead.   Continue reading

A Client Shouldn’t Be Just a Number to You, Except in Your Filing System

GettyImages_178895760You’ve started a law practice and the clients are beginning to arrive. How will you organize your client files? Your first thought may be to use an alphabetical system by client name. Big mistake. Instead, stick to numbers. Continue reading

Business Plan Basics

ThinkstockPhotos-493829717Every business should have a plan—from tech start-ups to law firms. The process of creating a document that details the thoughts and ideas of the owners or founders of the business allows for a realistic appraisal of the business’ chance of success before committing time and money to it. Continue reading

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