Secrets of Solo Success – Interview with Hope Wood, Esq.

Hope Wood
Hope Wood Esq.

Hope Wood, Esq. is tech savvy when it comes to her estate planning, family law, and business law practice in Iowa.  She has a  paperless office and her website features secure portals for clients.

Hope has also reinvented estate planning to make it easier for her clients. She posts her fees for estate planning packages on her website so her clients know what to expect.  And her unique concept of “Will in a Day” allows her clients get their estate planning done in a streamlined and painless way.

In our interview, Hope gives us tips about her practice and the truth of what it takes to be a successful solo practitioner.

Q. Why did you make the leap to start your own law firm?

Several factors lead my path to a solo practice.  (1) I attended law school during the height of the recession (2009-2012) so there were few firms hiring.  I started solo right from law school and knew by my 3L year that my own practice was going to be my plan.  (2) It was important to me that I had flexibility in my schedule to attend my son’s school events and to have freedom to work remotely for long periods of time if I need to take care of my parents as they age.  (3) I worked in management for 8 years prior to going to law school so I was less afraid of the business part of practicing solo.  (4) I like making business decisions and having input on how a business operates – I only have to negotiate with myself as a solo. Read more

Secrets of Solo Success – Interview with Karen Persis, Esq.

karen persis
Karen Persis, Esq.

Karen Persis, Esq. is used to many accolades. A University of Florida alumni, she was selected as a Florida Rising Star for seven consecutive years, a distinction awarded to no more than 2.5% of the lawyers under the age of 40. She was also named a Florida Trend Legal Elite Up and Comer for 2017. She is a member of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys. Most recently, she received the Orange County Bar Association’s prestigious Young Professionalism Award for upholding high professional and ethical standards.

Karen has a niche law practice focusing on adoption, surrogacy and reproductive law in Orlando, Florida. Since she has been getting noticed as a stellar attorney, we wanted to ask her about her secrets of a successful solo law practice.

Q. Why did you make the leap to start your own law firm?

I wanted to practice a niche area of law, Assisted Reproductive Technology, which was not supported by the firm at which I was employed at the time.

Q. What makes your practice unique?

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Secrets of Solo Success – Karima Gulick, Esq. Interview

Karima Gulick
Karima Gulick, Esq.

Karima Gulick, Esq.  is flying high these days with her solo practice in Orange County, CA.  She is known as “The Aviation Lawyer” on social media and focuses on aviation, patents and trademarks. She donates 5% of her profits to those who can’t afford legal services.

In addition to being charitable, Karima also has a lot of energy.  She went to law school in the evening while working full time as an aeronautical engineer. And in her free time she would like to continue her flight training and learn Mandarin!

In our interview, she shares her tips on starting a solo law practice.

Q. Why did you make the leap to start your own law firm?

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Secrets of Solo Success – Elizabeth J. Ferguson, Esq. Interview

Elizabeth J. Ferguson
Elizabeth J. Ferguson, Esq.

Elizabeth J. Ferguson is a woman who wears many hats.  Not only because the San Angelo, TX attorney must handle a variety of legal matters for her community but also because she is a hat aficionado.

She graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder and New York Law School. After practicing in New York, she settled back in her hometown to start her solo law practice. She has fully embraced social media and has a great website that incorporates video. You can check it out at www.elizabethjferguson.com.

In our interview, she shares her secrets of her solo success.

Q. Why did you make the leap to start your own law firm?

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What I Wish I Knew About Solo Law Practice…An interview with Liz Johnson, Esq.

Liz Johnson Interview
Liz Johnson, Esq.

Liz Johnson has a mobile law practice, E.H. Johnson Law where she focuses on estate planning in Annapolis, Maryland. She also writes about the highs and lows of starting a solo practice in her Young, Hungry & Committed blog for Law Firm Suites. She shares her advice for the newly minted attorney: lay the right foundation for your practice, learn all you can, seek help from other attorneys, and get out and network! In our interview, she talks about the excitement a mobile lawyer can have from mastering new concepts, to thinking of creative ways to network, to being attacked by a rooster!

Q. Why did you make the leap to start your own law firm?

A. When I was still in law school, I landed a prestigious internship with a government agency.  I loved that job but it is difficult to jump back into government job.  Once I passed the bar, my temporary security clearance expired, and now I needed 3 years of experience to apply for a legal position.  After the bar, I started out doing document review but didn’t want to do that forever.  I connected with someone who said I could use the second office in their suite.  I didn’t know what I wanted to practice, didn’t have any software, didn’t have any procedures, but I quickly started hunting for books and resources on how to set up a practice.

Q. What makes your practice unique?

A.  I have a mobile law practice. After paying rent for an office I hardly used, I invested in some good tech – printer, scanner, other things.  I throw it in my car and meet people at or near their home.  My services are focused on estate planning, real estate and mediation.   For convenience, I use a virtual office suite with Law Firm Suites. Read more