Did you have any kind of mentorship or guidance when you decided to go solo? Or just wing it?

like
Posting as :
works at
You are currently posting as works at

I had a mentor I worked alongside with very closely before I passed the bar, and my experience with him made me feel comfortable enough to go solo. I still am in contact with him from time to time but not heavily.

It is def important to have a network of people you can connect with when questions arise. Check your local bar for resources too.

like

I had a mentor. He was actually a partner at the last firm I worked. He still serves as a continuing mentor.

Related Posts

Ngl. I LOL'd.

Post Photo
likefunnysmarthelpful

How’s the NYSC on 91st/3rd ave location? Compared to other gyms around the area, is it worth it?

like

Anyone working in the internal audit department of DB ? Please let me know, will DM you :P

like

Normally, I love my SO for his quirkiness — but on occasion it crosses the line (e.g., not packing the proper attire for his company off-site, showing up to a black-tie wedding without a suit). He doesn’t see much problem with this and writes it off as part of his personality. Meanwhile, I have no desire to tell him how to dress or check his suitcase before a trip. How do I encourage him to be more considerate of social norms without having it feel like “conforming”? Is that even possible?

like

Hi fishes!
Could anyone shed some light about SAP ISU practice in Infosys India? Do they have good number of projects?
What do they mean by Job Level 5? What would be the responsibilities associated with it?
What percentage of the CTC do they declare as the variable component for Job Level 5?
TIA!!

like

So this will be my first Thanksgiving working. Not going to miss the family drama, and I'm imagining front of house will do pretty well with tips but maybe that’s optimistic. Any thoughts?

like

Coming from a different bowl on a similar topic... Any tips for introverted East Asians in agencies to schmooze better lol?

like

Is $100K good for a supervising senior at a mid sized firm?

like

Even if you do get followers on TikTok, they don't have much money to spend on your product or service—and they're likely not going to stick around long enough to do so anyway.

like

I feel it’s safer to wait until the background check gets cleared before I put the notice to my current employer. Will Deloitte notify you the results of background checks? It’s been a month since offer acceptance and haven’t heard anything about background check results yet.

like

Looking out for a reference for profile of Test Analyst, Scrum Master or Product Owner. Have 2 years of experience in a renowned energy based company. Got quality skills related to the profile I am searching. Do suggest or refer myself.

Is San Antonio a good place to raise a family? Why or why not? We're thinking of making the move to be near family and have heard mixed reviews although generally positive.

When the F&F amount is received, is it tax deducted or we need to show it to IT portal for further tax calculation??

like

Interviewing at boomi for a enterprise AE role. What salary range should I expect?

likehelpful

Does anyone have experience/ or general information about working for Cornerstone Building Brands? I am looking into a sales role, but any information of company is good. Thanks!

like

Thoughts on the new Beyoncé and Jay-Z campaign for Tiffany? Seems like a decision that is as historic as it is controversial.

Post Photo
likesmart

I’m starting to think marketers make up anything for a moment. TF is world naked gardening day -_-

funnylike

Wired things on your desk, GO!

like

Haha only in India! love how cool she’s being about this

Post Photo
like

Additional Posts in Small Law / Solos

I’m a 3rd year insurance defense attorney in a small town. So far this year through June I’ve billed $110,000 and collected $95,000. I expect the second half of the year to be about the same. My salary is $53,000, with potentially bonus at the end of the year (totally the discretion of the partners). Benefits are fine but nothing special. Am I being undercompensated? I enjoy where I live, the work I do, and the low cost of living, but it’s hard to build up savings on my current salary.

like

Looking for advice on what to do with clients if I want to go in-house. We have 5 other attorneys so as of now my clients could likely be absorbed into the rest of the law firm. However if 1-2 of the attorneys here left that wouldn’t be an option. Has anyone done this and have tips?I don’t have an offer yet but I’m trying to prepare. My firm knows I’m exploring this as a career option.

like

I'm one year out and thinking seriously about leaving my firm and starting my own shop. Ant thoughts on how to make a smooth transition?

like

Has anyone received an SBA 7a loan recently? My lender is telling me I need to use the funds within 3 months, which sounds crazy and on the SBA website says I can have funds for revolving credit. So I want to switch lenders. Can someone refer me to another SBA lender that you’ve liked that’s not placing crazy restrictions. Thanks!

like

What’s the best way to break up with a firm? I just accepted an offer for in house counsel and need to break it to them today. For context, I like the firm and the people a lot and they will be losing a skill set that they won’t be able to replace yet, but need badly.

like

Boutique transactional practice. Firm is growing post-COVID. Things are at risk of falling through the cracks. I need an easy way to track matters for status reports with colleagues in the firm without remaking the wheel.

Currently using Clio, which has its limitations for this purpose. I know colleagues that just use an excel spreadsheet.

Suggestions?

like

Curious what niche fields you all are aware of. I started my practice a few months ago, focusing on business lit and transactions. I’ve had success, but I feel like I need to zero in on a specialty and direct my marketing that way. So I’m just curious what niche fields are out there. Thoughts?

like

Managing Attorney (of laws firm with 10 or more attorneys) what does your day to day like. What percentage of time would you say your are actively practicing vs acting as the managing attorney (deal with firm matters, networking, financials, etc.).

like

I’m early into my career, thinking of leaving a midsize med mal firm to open a solo practice in business law but don’t have a ton experience in that area. Is this insane?

like

How do you balance wanting to be the “go to” person who gets it all done, no matter what, and feeling like you are taken advantage of because of that?

like

How do you define success as a solo/small law firm attorney? Other than the baseline of keeping the firm going, I’m struggling with my view of this. I’d love to hear others mindset/thoughts.

like

Anyone have experience closing down a solo transactional practice to pursue other opportunities? Where did you find what steps to follow?

like

Anyone use Clio? Looking to change perhaps and this one has been advertising hard.

like

Anyone ever use “solo practice university”? Are the classes actually helpful? Is there a value here? Thanks.

like

Anyone use a recruiter to find an associate? Having a hard time finding someone.

like

Back when the pandemic first hit, everybody at the firm took a 20% pay cut (with 20% reduction in billables...which was meaningless because I still had work to get done in a timely manner). Pay cuts still in effect through end of year. Anybody else out there still working under pandemic-related salary reductions?

like

Any of you manage WFH / telecommute more than 50% of the time? When I was an associate, you hardly saw the principal/owner. Now that I’m 7 months into partnership, I just started a set up for WFH myself. It’s basic right now, but once fully set up, I don’t see a need to go to the office other than client meetings. But in my area of law (domestic relations/family), even in a pandemic, people love to just stop by. So that’s one of my concerns if I transition to WFH.

like

Advice for Of Counsel roles? I am of counsel at a firm where I can set my own rate and keep a percentage of collections, which varies slightly depending on whether the client is one I generated or not. I’m finding that a lot of my work is for firm clients where the lawyer negotiated a flat fee (and the hours worked are less, due to efficiency etc). What is the right way for me to be compensated in this scenario?

like

Is company formation out of state the unauthorized practice of law? I'm a trademark attorney.

like

Who are the best non-attorney referral sources for criminal attorneys other than bondsman?

like

New to Fishbowl?

Download the Fishbowl app to
unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.
That was just a preview…
Sign Up to see all discussions
  • Discover what it’s like to work at companies from real professionals
  • Get candid advice from people in your field in a safe space
  • Chat and network with other professionals in your field
Sign up in seconds to unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.

Already a user?
Login here

Share

Embed this post

Copy and paste embed code on your site

Preview

Download the
Fishbowl app

See what’s happening in your industry
from the palm of your hand.

A phone with Fishbowl app

Send download link to your phone

OR

Scan your QR code to download
Fishbowl app on your mobile

By continuing you agree to Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Messaging rates may apply

Download app

Sign up for free to view this conversation on Fishbowl

By continuing you agree to Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Already have an account? Log in

Sign up for free to continue using Fishbowl

By continuing you agree to Terms of Use(New) and Privacy Policy(New)
Messaging rates may apply

Already have an account? Log in

For account settings, visit Fishbowl on Desktop Browser or

General

Legal