Size Matters

  • Feminism, Gender, Small Law Firms, Women's Issues

    Size Matters: Them Lazy Broads?

    Are women working in small law firms lazy bums? Survey results say that they might be, but columnist Valerie Katz doesn’t agree with that assessment….

    32 Comments / / Nov 8, 2011 at 4:14 PM
  • Bankruptcy, Facebook, Lawyer Advertising, Small Law Firms, Texas

    Size Matters: Should I Friend a Small Firm?

    Like many of her other uber-productive legal brethren, Valerie Katz spends an obscene amount of time on Facebook, so she decided to look for some small firms there. Much to her delight, she found a great Facebook page, and will now share some observations on the firm’s highly effective use of the site….

    24 Comments / / Nov 3, 2011 at 4:20 PM
  • Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners

    Size Matters: I Ain’t A Lawyer, I Just Charge A Lot

    Last week, Clifford Winston, drew up some controversy when he suggested that we do away with law school and bar exams and let anyone practice law. Valerie Katz cannot help but wonder if we were to do away with law school and license requirements, would that mean an end to small law firms? How could a small group of trained and experienced attorneys compete with a superstore of the Winston variety of attorney?

    45 Comments / / Nov 1, 2011 at 4:52 PM
  • Holidays and Seasons, Small Law Firms

    Size Matters: Trick or Treat

    Halloween holds a special place for small-firm attorneys. Why? Because small firms permit, even encourage, their attorneys to dress up for All Hallows Eve. So, with only a few days left before the big day, Valerie Katz offers you her tips on how to dress up at your small firm….

    18 Comments / / Oct 27, 2011 at 4:36 PM
  • Small Law Firms, Technology

    Size Matters: Be the Guy That Writes the Book

    Valerie Katz interviewed a small-firm attorney, wondering if one can turn a niche practice specialty into a twenty-one-year career. If you are Fred Hopengarten, the answer is yes. Becoming an antenna zoning lawyer, while perhaps not the most obvious specialization, was a natural fit for Hopengarten….

    23 Comments / / Oct 25, 2011 at 3:05 PM
  • Feminism, Gender, In-House Counsel, Kids, Small Law Firms, Women's Issues

    Size Matters: A Conversation with Mae O’Malley

    If you ask a small-firm attorney what is the advantage of a small firm over Biglaw, most will tell you that smaller size makes firms more nimble and better able to adapt to client needs and market changes. It stands to reason, then, that small firms could revolutionize the law firm model. But what changes should small firms make? To answer these questions, Valerie Katz spoke to Mae O’Malley, founder of Paragon Legal, and a visionary when it comes to offering legal services….

    14 Comments / / Oct 20, 2011 at 5:20 PM
  • Small Law Firms

    Size Matters: Reunited and It Feels So Goooooooood

    When it comes to networking events, there are two schools of thought. Some say that networking events are a waste of time. Others believe that it is important to go to networking events. That is why Valerie Katz attended her law school reunion last weekend. Attending law school reunions is a worthwhile way to network with other attorneys, provided that you follow a few simple steps….

    23 Comments / / Oct 18, 2011 at 4:35 PM
  • Immigration, Law Firm Names, Lawyer Advertising, Small Law Firms

    Size Matters: Mr. Small

    Sometimes, the name chosen by your parents guarantees that you will be a success. The luckiest of all, for our purposes at least, are those chosen few with the last name Small. First, you are guaranteed to come up on a Google search for “small law firm.” Second, your name says it all. How much clearer can you get than Mr. Small’s Small Firm? And you can have fun with marketing, too….

    34 Comments / / Oct 13, 2011 at 5:06 PM
  • Deaths, Small Law Firms, Technology

    Size Matters: Innovate

    It is without question that Steve Jobs was a genius, and we will never know what he could have created with more time. As the saying goes, if you can’t beat ’em, copy ’em. Or at least that is what Valerie Katz is saying now. And luckily, she came across a blog post by Larry Bodine about what lawyers, particularly small-firm lawyers, can learn from Jobs….

    14 Comments / / Oct 11, 2011 at 4:47 PM
  • California, Divorce Train Wrecks, Family Law, Gay Marriage, Small Law Firms, Weddings

    Size Matters: Divorce Lawyer Gives Marriage Advice

    Valerie Katz profiles a San Francisco family lawyer whose firm has become a highly regarded boutique that specializes in “Family Building,” “Divorce and Dissolution,” and “Asset Protection.” What’s so special about him? This guy is a marriage counselor, too. Would you take marriage advice from someone who specializes in divorce?

    46 Comments / / Oct 6, 2011 at 5:39 PM
  • Associate Advice, Small Law Firms

    Size Matters: Tell Me I Am Pretty

    Small firm columnist Valerie Katz thinks that the year-end review, like the New Year’s Resolution, does not work. Rather than getting feedback only once a year, you should make every day New Year’s Day. Well, maybe not every day….

    26 Comments / / Oct 4, 2011 at 3:59 PM
  • Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners

    Size Matters: Show Me The Money

    Valerie Katz spent many hours in her small firm working on collection actions against delinquent firm clients. This was a new experience for her, and highlighted a problem that she had never thought about. As sad as it is when a client does not get the award he is due, it is much worse when the lawyer does not obtain her fees for the work done to obtain that award, right?

    48 Comments / / Sep 27, 2011 at 4:23 PM
  • Continuing Legal Education / CLE, English Grammar and Usage, Lawyer Advertising, Pro Bono, Romance and Dating, Small Law Firms

    Size Matters: Announcements and RFPs

    With the departure of Jay Shepherd, small firm columnist Valerie Katz is now (at least temporarily) filling the role of small firm chica (Val) and small firm expert (Jay). Let me tell you, it is exhausting. So, she am going to do what any smart, small-firm partner would do in this situation, and she am going to delegate. And, by delegate, she means push the work off on you. She have a few new features that she would like to unveil (and she swears, it will be better than the new Facebook)…

    15 Comments / / Sep 22, 2011 at 5:01 PM
  • Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners, Sports

    Size Matters: Sport-Minded Solo Success Story

    Small firm columnist Valerie Katz would like you to meet Jessica Fairchild of Fairchild Law Offices, LLC. Fairchild, a University of Chicago graduate and former Sidley Austin attorney, started her own firm in May 2010. Fairchild’s path to solo success was the result of this lady making things happen. How can you achieve similar success? Try for yourself by following these steps….

    23 Comments / / Sep 20, 2011 at 2:53 PM
  • English Grammar and Usage, Small Law Firms

    Size Matters: Project X

    As you can likely tell, Valerie Katz is fascinated by terminology. She understands the importance of using language to market and promote your firm. She had never thought, however, about the use of terminology within a firm until recently. The word that inspired this revelation was “project.” Project is used in many ways and with multiple connotations….

    20 Comments / / Sep 15, 2011 at 4:10 PM
  • California, Small Law Firms

    Size Matters: California Love

    For the next few months, small firm columnist Valerie Katz is working and living in San Francisco. It is safe to say to that it is a different world here than in Chicago. This difference, she has learned, is present not only outside of the office, but inside as well. How? According to several small-firm attorneys, this difference manifests itself in a work culture that stresses healthy competition in a supportive environment. Let’s examine this difference in a little more detail….

    17 Comments / / Sep 13, 2011 at 3:45 PM
  • Small Law Firms, Social Networking Websites, Twittering

    Size Matters: Make New Tweeps, But Keep The Old

    Apparently, the way to garner a loyal (and numerous) Twitter following is the same way you make friends: build relationships, communicate and engage one another, and share information and unique insights. Yes, Twitter is like high school, except that anyone can be a cool kid. So, if you want to be a Twar (read: Twitter star), use the following tips….

    9 Comments / / Sep 8, 2011 at 5:01 PM
  • Small Law Firms

    Size Matters: In Praise of Nepotism

    Nepotism is not a new concept. Small firm columnist Valerie Katz would bet that anyone reading this article can imagine an example where nepotism played a role in one’s obtaining a legal job, rising to prominence at a law firm, or securing a client. Some people, including myself, used to scoff at those people. She thought that one should rise or fall based solely on his merit. She was wrong (and naive)….

    25 Comments / / Sep 6, 2011 at 3:00 PM