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How to Start & Run a Successful Solo or Small-Firm Practice


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Do you dream of starting your own practice or “hanging your shingle”? Have the recent law firm mergers and shifts affected you? Are you reevaluating your career and thinking about striking out on your own? Are you a law student with a plan to go straight into your own practice? “How to Start and Run a Successful Solo or Small-Firm Practice” is a comprehensive, one-day seminar that features practical advice on what you need to become a successful lawyer-entrepreneur.


Our faculty of experienced lawyers will provide guidance and insight on every aspect of starting a law firm while sharing practice pointers on growing their own firms.


This lively program, which has been one of the most popular and valuable MBA seminars to date, includes a working, networking lunch for a chance to meet with colleagues who can help get you started. Program highlights include:


The Mechanics of Setting Up Your Firm

Analyzing the costs and benefits;

Going solo vs. associating with others;

Selecting a practice area;

Scouting sources of business before making the move;

Location considerations;

Choice of entity;


Office space;



Financing; and

The proper way to leave your current firm.


The Mechanics of Running Your Firm

Case selection;

Client relations;

Docket control;

Fees and billing;

Accounting and bookkeeping systems;

Bank accounts, including IOLTA;

Discrimination and harassment policies;

Avoiding malpractice;

Malpractice and other insurance; and

Highlights of the rules of professional conduct.


The Mechanics of Marketing


Speaking, lecturing, teaching;


Getting written about;

Advertising; and

Web sites.


Putting It All Together

Working efficiently and profitably;

Setting priorities;

Taking care of yourself; and

Where to turn if you need help.



**The General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section Council will host a member reception immediately after the conference. Meet the section council chairs and members in an informal setting while networking with colleagues with similar interests. This event is FREE for MBA members and all attendees at the "How to Start & Run a Successful Solo or Small-Firm Practice" Conference. You do not need to register for the conference to attend.



Marc L. Breakstone, Esq., program co-chair
Breakstone, White & Gluck PC, Boston

David W. White Jr., Esq., program co-chair
Breakstone, White & Gluck PC, Boston

William T. Bogaert, Esq.
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, Boston

Gabriel Cheong, Esq.
Infinity Law Group LLC, Quincy

Rodney S. Dowell, Esq.
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Boston

Andrea Goldman, Esq.
Rosen Law Office, Andover

Alan J. Klevan, Esq.
Law Offices of Alan J. Klevan, Newton

B. J. Krintzman, Esq.
Law Office of B.J. Krintzman, Waban

Denise I. Murphy, Esq.
Rubin and Rudman LLP, Boston

Terence Welsh, CPCU, AIS
President, MBA Insurance Agency, Boston/Springfield

Date:Thursday, January 28, 2010
Time:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
16 Billings St
Randolph, MA, 02368
MBA Paralegals$100.00
MBA Law Students$100.00
MBA New Admittees$125.00
MBA Member$150.00
MBA Non-member$175.00

Online registration for this event has closed.
For more information, please e-mail Member Services or call 617-338-0530.

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