September 15, 2006
On setting out solo
Barbara A. Roubanes compares setting up your own law practice to setting sail on your own ship: “The whole experience makes you feel like you must first build your own boat - then hope it floats, because before you know it, you can no longer see dry land.”
Roubanes is a practitioner in the area of plaintiff-oriented civil litigation who was a former eight-year associate with Frank A. Ray, Co. and now represents injured clients from her own firm in Dublin. She has been sailing solo for two years.
On Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 1:30 to 4:45 p.m., she and Herbert M. Richardson III will share their expertise on how to set up your own law office in the seminar “Setting Out Solo.” Richardson is a solo practitioner focusing on small business and real estate. After five years as an associate at a large downtown firm, he successfully made the transition to solo practitioner and has been captain of his own ship since 1991.
Since both have gone through the process of hanging out their own shingle, their advice on making the decision to open your own practice; clients - how to get, keep and sometimes throw them out; the business of law including bank accounts, payroll, cash flow; outfitting your office - location, equipment, borrowing vs. leasing vs. buying, basic equipment you need; staffing your office - a whole new level of headaches; and establishing a much-needed support system will allow you to plan your voyage.
Prepare to set sail! This comprehensive presentation on making the decision and implementing the steps to go solo will be helpful to small and solo practitioners as well as any attorney considering going it alone.
Register for event #3630-1 online at www.cbalaw.org or phone 614/221.4112. The cost is $85 prepaid/$95 day of for members, $125 prepaid/$135 day of for non-members and $55 prepaid/$65 day of for paralegals.