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The Fear of Failure: Effects on a Solo Attorney

Many emotions are involved when starting and running a solo practice including anger, surprise, and pride. However, the most difficult emotion to deal with as a solo is fear- fear of the unknown, fear of what might happen or might not happen. What it all boils down to is fear of failure. While all solos are doing something for themselves, they risk a lot …

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Independent-Minded Lawyers and the Yo-Yo Effect

The independent-minded lawyer is a special breed. We are viewed as renegades – rebels who eschew the familiar path of the traditional lawyer.   Most of my fellow independent lawyer colleagues would probably not object to such a label. However, our independent spirit is often mistakenly interpreted to mean that we don’t enjoy the company of our fellow attorneys. In most cases, that is an …