I will not be a solo-practitioner when my shingle [make that a banner] finally gets tacked above my door. I am striking out to be a 'Non_Solo Lawyer.'
I am after all already a node in the IP world filled with resources, information and other non-solos. The shared resources among practice groups in a 1000 person mega firm separated by walls, floors and cities are not much different (albeit smaller) than the world of non-solos connected together over IP. Technology is the answer we have been waiting for. Efficiency,communication, outsourcing and vertical specialization are the promise of correctly used technology.
A pundit asked recently how big firms will evolve over the next decade. Pundits answered in all sorts of ways. But none mentioned that solos tied together offering more options and talent than the largest firms with niche areas of specialization will become new competitors to the largest firms. Non-solo practitioners with controlled overhead, nimble business models based on common principles but each built on the 'no-boss' principle will compete against the Goliath. Why would any client want the best lawyer within the practice group in a firm, when they kind have the best in the state, country or world? The Greatest American Lawyer is in the house and its time to change everything we have come to know about the practice of law. This site will chronicle my departure from a 10 lawyer 40 employee law firm in a medium United States town. It will include everything any lawyer needs to know about starting their own firm, from business plans to technology, from software to office space. After all, if you really are the best at what YOU do, why would you want to allow others to tell you how and why to practice law? If you have the confidence of the value that you can provide clients, you will succeed over time, over mountains and defiantly as a non-solo.