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Shane R. Kadlec, Solo Practitioner (Attorney)" alt="" src="https://www.lawcrossing.com/images/articleimages/Shane-Kadlec.jpg" /> 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 opened my own practice the day I was licensed, after having worked with a number of attorneys while in law school.
Based on my law clerk experience, I believed that I could make a living by practicing law, and make more money than I had as a student. If I was wrong, I figured that I could go get a job…but I was right!
2. What is the best part of being a solo practitioner?
The best part of a solo practice is I take the cases I want and set my own hours. Plus, I can't get fired!
3. What is the worst part of being a solo practitioner?
The downside is all the administrative issues that an employer deals with are also my responsibility.
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