Author of Solo by Choice & Solo Blogger to Offer Free Teleseminar to Assist Lawyers Who Leap from Big Law to Start Their Own Firms

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These days, it's not just new law grads who can't find jobs who are starting their own firms. Increasingly, big law attorneys, frustrated by bloated rates, long hours and the bureaucracy of large firms are discovering that they can start their own firms and continue to handle traditionally "big firm" practice areas like securities regulation, renewable energy development, commercial litigation, IP and trademark law and still make it home for dinner. Unfortunately, most programs on starting a practice presume that solos will handle consumer oriented matters like family law, criminal defense or bankruptcy and don't focus on issues unique to big firm attorneys hanging a shingle. For that reason, Carolyn Elefant, a nationally recognized solo author and blogger and owner of an energy regulatory practice that routinely competes with, or goes up against big firms, is offering a free Teleseminar that makes the case for why big firm attorneys should consider starting their own practice and how they can leverage today's trends and technologies to succeed.

As documented in a recent New York Times piece, big firm lawyers are jumping off the partnership track to hang their own shingles. Although big firm attorneys who start a practice have the advantage of mastery of sophisticated and potentially lucrative practice areas, they're also less familiar with the nuts and bolts of running a practice management system or marketing on a budget than lawyers who've practiced in a smaller shop. Moreover, most programs assume that solo lawyers will handle consumer practices and therefore, may not be relevant to large firm lawyers making the leap.
For that reason, Carolyn Elefant, author of the just released 2011-2012 edition of Solo by Choice, the most comprehensive and current guide on starting a firm (available on Amazon) and creator of, the longest running blog on solo and small firm practice is hosting a free teleseminar on Thursday evening, December 15 at 9 PM ET. The teleseminar will offer an overview of why big firm attorneys should consider starting their own firm and how to leverage current trends like co-working, outsourcing, alternative billing, social media and cloud computing to success. To register, sign up at or the link below.

In addition to writing and speaking on the solo experience, Carolyn is also co-author, with Nicole Black of Social Media for Lawyers and principal in her own firm, Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant (, where she represents clients located in the U.S., Canada and Europe on energy regulatory matters, renewable development, federal eminent domain and social media in regulated industry. Carolyn's firm has been profiled in the ABA Journal (Carolyn was a Legal Rebel in 2010), Washington Legal Times.

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