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Working as a solo practitioner has both pros and cons, just like any other attorney. Some of the pros include complete freedom over what cases they work on and making their own destiny. Some of the cons include a lower average salary compared to private practice attorneys and less support staff to help you in than you would have in private practice.
Solo practitioners enjoy various benefits that larger firm practitioners may lack, such as complete freedom over the cases they choose and the nature of their practice. That being said, there are some downsides to becoming a solo practitioner, including reduced staffing and a lower average salary as compared to larger firm practitioners. All in all, you should weigh your options and consider becoming a solo practitioner if it is the right fit for you.
1. Why did you decide to become a solo practitioner?
I was working in a small firm, where I had become a partner. The managing partner and I had differences as to financial issues, and I hung out my own shingle, in a fairly small legal community (Coachella Valley).
2. What is the best part of being a solo practitioner?
I am the one making the decisions as to clients and other management issues.
3. What is the worst part of being a solo practitioner?
Juggling all of the balls.Lack of financial security.
4. What advice would you give to others looking to become a solo practitioner?
Have a good business head and be prepared for famine, as well as feast.
5. What is a typical day like for you as a solo practitioner?
Check the calendar and daily task list, unless first making a trip to court. Work on the tasks, between emails and telephone calls.
6. Is there anything else that is important to know about you and your practice, or that you would like to add?
I am in a town now (Santa Barbara) where there are a large number of solo practitioners and small firms.
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