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for contract work or needs appearance
counsel. Those can be good opportunities to supplement your income while
you build your own book of business. The
main point is to stay open to and identify
opportunities because they usually pay
off in the long run.
Try to leave on good
Lawyers leave firms and go
solo for any
number of rea-
are, try to leave
on good terms.
Leaving on good
terms will not
and reduce potential conflicts, but it
may also pay dividends. I know one
person who left his firm to start a solo
practice. Because he left on good terms,
his former colleagues referred clients
the firm could not take. But if you antici-
pate leaving on good terms is not an op-
tion, always take the high road. Even if
the firm is not supporting (or is actively
opposing) your departure, remember to
remain professional and polite. If there
is a possibility clients may follow you,
regardless of the situation with the firm,
make sure to consult with an ethics at-
torney regarding your options and to
ensure that you comply with the profes-
sional rules of conduct regarding client
notice, files, etc.
Going solo is an adventure.
Have fun with it. Yes, it is
hard, but it also has great
benefits. You make your own schedule (most of the time), answer only to
yourself, and choose how you want
your practice to be run. That’s exciting (and scary) and provides plenty of
options and opportunities. Remember,
many people have made this transition
work and you are not alone. Besides, if
worse comes to worst, you can go back
to a firm with a better understanding of how the firm actually operates,
which can be a huge asset. NWL
Jensen Mauseth is the managing
member of Mauseth Legal, PLLC.
His practice focuses on complex litigation, business law, and business
management. He can be reached
Special thanks to Lisa Burke of
Sipherd Burke Law, PLLC (www.
sipherdburkelaw.com) and Emily
Gause of the Law Offices of Emily M.
Gause, PLLC (www.emilygauselaw.
com), who contributed to this article.