Lesley A. Hoenig, Solo Practitioner (Attorney)

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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 decided to become a solo practitioner because I was in a position that I was miserable in, and thought I would find it more fulfilling to work for myself.

2. What is the best part of being a solo practitioner?

Having complete freedom over every aspect of my practice.

3. What is the worst part of being a solo practitioner?

The lack of support and having no one to cover hearings that I can't be at.

4. What advice would you give to others looking to become a solo practitioner?

Networking has a huge impact on your ability to generate business. Be careful about the decisions you make on what overhead costs to incur, ie. advertising. You need to do some, but over committing yourself could be financial disastrous.

5. What is a typical day like for you as a solo practitioner?

I check my voice mails and respond to them. I check my emails and respond to them. I check my calendar and make sure that if I need to meet any deadlines or send anything out that gets done, I have meetings with clients and sometimes go to court.

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