As many of you already know, I have taken issue with the term ”solo” for practitioners who do not practice in a partnership setting. Solo has the negative connotation of being alone. When I was working in a partnership, I had no more resources than I have now. In fact, I arguably have more resources now, since I can easily look outside the walls of my own firm for answers to important questions. Finding the most knowledgeable person, rather than the most knowledgably person in your own firm, is liberating.
With email list services organized by practice areas and a growing number of legal blogs providing rich vertical content, any attorney has a variety of methods to identify issues and solve legal problems. There is no competitive disadvantage for attorneys who avoid the partnership model of legal services.
So what should we call practitioners who are not in partnership-based law firm, if not solo-practitioners? Maybe we should simply reject the solo label and simply reject distinguishing ourselves at all. We are lawyers. We are law firms. This is an issue I will be thinking about over the next months. I would welcome your suggestions.