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So, you’re a new lawyer or you’re new to practicing solo. You’ve got your game plan. Now what? First, know that you’re not ‘alone. It’s the fastest growing segment of the legal profession. Welcome to New Solo here on the Legal Talk Network, where you’ll learn a lot about practicing law. SOLO!

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    • 4.9 • 98 Ratings

So, you’re a new lawyer or you’re new to practicing solo. You’ve got your game plan. Now what? First, know that you’re not ‘alone. It’s the fastest growing segment of the legal profession. Welcome to New Solo here on the Legal Talk Network, where you’ll learn a lot about practicing law. SOLO!

    A Small Family Firm With Just One Client and No Website?

    A Small Family Firm With Just One Client and No Website?

    Guest Ana "Ani" P. Rodriguez-Newbern is a “do-gooder,” a Florida lawyer dedicated to service both to the state of Florida and to the public good. She serves on multiple legal committees while her small family firm, Tangel-Rodriguez & Associates, represents the Florida Department of Revenue in child support matters. She shares how working with both her mother and brother blends every aspect of professional and family life. (Not to mention, her father is a retired judge).
    Rodriguez-Newbern’s firm has only one client, the State of Florida, through a contract for the past 30 years. The firm specializes in child support cases in Orange County, Florida, working for the state on behalf of residents receiving public assistance. The state contract makes up the firm’s entire book of business.
    Interested in a government contract? Both city and state websites are a good place to look, as well as networking to learn when contracts may be coming up.
    Got questions or ideas about solo and small practices? Hit us up at NewSolo@legaltalknetwork.com
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    Learn about how a small, family, firm has prospered for 30 years with just one client: the State of Florida.

    Working in a firm with family members can be a challenge, but it can be rewarding as well. Family and professional life blend into one.

    Small, niche firms can always find ways to integrate technology, even if that’s at a careful, slow pace.

    • 36 min
    Putting Yourself Out There, Key to Your Solo Practice

    Putting Yourself Out There, Key to Your Solo Practice

    Guest Levi Barlavi is a “niche practice” solo attorney, focusing on the needs of medical providers. He started his own practice just three years after law school, and, yes, it can be done.
    But being a solo, no matter how good you are, requires insights into the available legal tech tools, and it’s OK to ask for help. They don’t teach you this stuff in law school. So how did Barlavi grow a solo practice, learn to plan, create a vision, and incorporate tech and marketing?
    Hear how networking, curiosity, conferences, public speaking, and following his passion helped Barlavi develop a practice that excites him and grows by the year. As Barlavi says, get personal, go outside your comfort zone, dive into social media, and “exercise your boldness.”
    Got questions or ideas? Don’t forget to hit us up at NewSolo@legaltalknetwork.com
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      Guest Levi Barlavi shares how he followed his passion as a solo practitioner and found a unique niche in healthcare services.

      Get outside your comfort zone and express your personality through public speaking, networking, and social media.

    Hear how sharing information and being open to conversations builds your reputation, your brand, and your practice.

    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Clio Legal Tech
    Toastmasters
    Allison Shields and Dennis Kennedy, “Make LinkedIn Work For You,”

    • 43 min
    HIPAA Happens, But Compliance Software Can Help

    HIPAA Happens, But Compliance Software Can Help

    Clio, the legal tech services giant, provides options that can help firms comply with federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance. As many lawyers know – or come to learn – healthcare information can be a third rail. HIPAA regulations create unique knots to untangle when you get anywhere near sensitive healthcare information.
    What’s a HIPAA “covered entity,” and how does it affect responsibilities for health records, data protection, and sharing?
    What level of security and encryption are required?
    And how do new HITECH act vendor data handling regulations affect you?
    If you’re representing doctors buying or selling a practice, or representing a nursing home or health provider, it can get messy in a minute.
    Attorneys can struggle to comply with all the regulations. But incorporating a comprehensive, firm-wide compliance tech solution can help.
    (Plus, learn how to stop misspelling HIPAA, because we’ve all done it).
    Got questions or ideas? Don’t forget to hit us up at NewSolo@legaltalknetwork.com 
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    Guest Joshua Lenon, lawyer and data protection officer at Clio, explains how tech solutions can help lawyers meet HIPAA healthcare data requirements.

    HIPAA regs can sneak into all sorts of legal work, including the buying and selling of medical practices or a medical malpractice case.

    …and HIPAA regs are constantly evolving. Are you keeping up?


    Additional Resources:
    HIPAA
    HITECH Act
    What is PHI
    Clio
    Clio and HIPAA
    Clio HIPAA add-on cost
    Standard Fusion
    Clio Cloud Conference
    Clio Twitter

    • 40 min
    “Solo By Choice” Update! Opening Your Own Shop

    “Solo By Choice” Update! Opening Your Own Shop

    Longtime friend of Legal Talk Network Carolyn Elefant – author, mentor, blogger, and solo practitioner – joins host Adriana Linares with a huge update to her hit book “Solo by Choice.”
    Get a one-stop-shop overview for any new solo practitioner. The pandemic, social media, online content, and business generation trends are shaking the legal practice bedrock.
    The online conferencing and virtual offices of the pandemic are challenging the need for a formal office. Billing practices and options are shifting. Virtual assistants and freelancers are the norm. Clients are looking to new sources for attorneys.
    Of course, you still need paying clients. Hear ideas on how to fully commit to your practice, find your niche, and build business from day one. Plus, business practice requirements, customer relationship programs, insurance, licensing, cybersecurity, and legal tech software. There’s no better time for new solo practitioners to ask for what they want – and get it. What’s ahead for the legal profession?
    Got questions or ideas? Don’t forget to hit us up at NewSolo@legaltalknetwork.com 
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    Guest, lawyer and author Carolyn Elefant shares tips for the modern era from her newly revised book, “Solo By Choice.”

    All you need to know about starting a solo or small practices, from software to cybersecurity.

    What’s new for the legal profession in a post-pandemic world? 


    New Insights
    Veteran attorney Jennifer Smith Thomas answers questions from new attorney Jennifer Townsend about the challenges of working with her father in a small, family-owned firm. 
    Question 4: “How do I get my dad to be open to change when his favorite phrase is ‘We do it that way because that’s the way we’ve always done it’”
     
    Special thanks to our sponsors, Lawclerk, Alert Communications, Abby Connect, and Clio.

    • 53 min
    The Microsoft 365 Special: Your Questions, Expert Answers

    The Microsoft 365 Special: Your Questions, Expert Answers

    At last! The anticipated Windows and Windows 365 tech episode with Adam Alexander, IT solutions guru and president of InterNetwork IT. Together, they answer all those questions you’ve messaged and tweeted in the past months.
    We’re getting into the nitty gritty. Learn what’s available and find solutions to problems that seem unsolvable. Don’t settle for “good enough!”
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    Adriana and Adam dive deep into all things Microsoft 365, OneDrive, and more.

    Make access to your data more organized, safer, and easier for your employees or coworkers to share.

     Plus, your questions about all things Microsoft. You asked, we answered. 


    New Insights
    In our series New Insights, veteran attorney Jennifer Smith Thomas answers questions from Birmingham, Alabama, new attorney Jennifer Townsend about the challenges of working with her father in a small, family-owned firm. 
    Question 3: “My Dad keeps saying ‘I’m a dinosaur, I don’t need to learn anything new.’ How do I convince him that he’s not too old or too settled to learn new skills that will improve the way we work together?” 
     
    Special thanks to our sponsors, Lawclerk, Alert Communications, Abby Connect, and Clio.

    • 56 min
    “Old Dogs” and New Tricks: An Established Firm Modernizes

    “Old Dogs” and New Tricks: An Established Firm Modernizes

    Guest Tom L. Drew is a longtime attorney in Des Moines, Iowa. He reached out to New Solo and host Adriana Linares for help modernizing his practice and getting the most out of today’s tech.
    Drew is comfortable with computers, but he’s always looking for newer, better, more efficient methods. As a long-time paperless operation, Drew’s office was in a good place when it went remote during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    As his office went to a work-from-home environment, Drew was quick to incorporate training sessions and provide the necessary tools to help his team set up comfortable, efficient home offices. He found that money spent on tech is money well spent, and speed and efficiency matters more than cost.
    Hear how Drew upgraded software and replaced an on-site server with the cloud for a faster, on-the-go setup. Still unsure about cloud technology, OneDrive, Office 365, remote access, and document sharing? Learn how and where these pieces fit in a modern office.
    Plus, we have a special upcoming mailbag edition on Office 365 and all things Microsoft. Got a question? Contact us at newsolo@legaltalknetwork.com.
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    Guest Tom Drew, longtime solo practitioner, talks about his recent tech makeover and moving from a server to the cloud.

    It’s not about cost, it’s about productivity and efficiency.

    In today’s work-from-home environment, being able to collaborate, schedule, and share information is more important than ever. Tech isn’t only for new solos, it’s for established firms too. 

    New Insights
     In our series New Insights, veteran attorney Jennifer Smith Thomas answers questions from new attorney Jennifer Townsend about the challenges of working with her father in a small, family-owned firm. 
     Question 2: “I work on cases with my Dad. In the South, it is uncommon to address your parents by their first name. How should I introduce myself and explain our relationship to new clients while being respectful of my Dad and not undermining myself as a new attorney?"
    Special thanks to our sponsors, Lawclerk, Alert Communications, Abby Connect, and Clio.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
98 Ratings

98 Ratings

baronjosh ,

Real stories from real solos and smalls

Great podcast. I love Adriana's insights and how she builds rapport with her guests. Kimberly Felton was a great guest with stories about starting her practice as a new mom and using technology to solve her clients’ problems.

Keep them coming!

Bold Women Lawyers ,

Great insights

For anyone starting a solo law practice this is a must listen to podcast. The insights are great. Very practical information for a new solo.

Loker Law ,

A practical must listen

I recently opened my own law firm and I cannot begin to thank the New Solo podcast enough!! While I knew litigation, I was not up to date on the business side of law. This podcast expedited my investigation in this regard and gave me the confidence to move forward on my way. Quite frankly, I highly doubt I ever would have followed my dream without New Solo!

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