I’ve been a solo practitioner for some years now, and I am truly glad I took this big step. Yes, it’s hard being in private practice, with all firm responsibilities on my shoulders.
But it’s also more rewarding, too.
I recently read an interesting blog post on LinkedIn by attorney Anissa C. Hudy, who practices commercial and real estate law, and it really spoke to me. One of her points was that solo practitioners don’t have a billable hours minimum.
What you see is what you get with small firms and solo lawyers. We bill for work done, period. It is a person-to-person transaction, and in my case, I truly listen to you and advocate on your best behalf.
Because I’m not obligated to bill a certain number of hours, I do the work that is needed to do things right. And that means I can go to a 6 a.m. spin class or have a glass of wine in my backyard after work – I’m not in the office until the middle of the night to meet my a minimum (although I may be if that is what I need to do to “do it right”).
That means more value to you, the client. And a focused, clear-headed, happy attorney working to build you a better future.