With a doubt, April 4, 2018 is a momentous date in our history – being the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. It is a day to contemplate and memorialize a great man, to celebrate his life and accomplishments. His legacy will endure for the ages.
But it is also the anniversary of a more private matter – I opened my solo practice on this date in 2016.
Why pick April 4th? It was a practical decision. I moved in my office in March and slowly built it up – buying a prefabricated table and used chairs at the local flea market/antique store. I bought my door sign and business cards online.
And over the Easter holiday took my family to Historic Williamsburg in Virginia. We came home on the 3rd and I decided to officially open my office on the 4th.
So how has the last two years been?
Pretty good, actually, thank you for asking.
It was an odd feeling: I had been an attorney for almost 25 years at the time but still felt like a “new” attorney. I introduced myself to judges and attorneys whose names I had known but never met.
I’ve made some good acquaintances during these two years and send and receive client recommendations through several “networks” of friends.
I still like to think I concentrate mainly on bankruptcy. I have “taken over” a few cases from people looking to polish their cases and get them through to discharge after prior attorneys – to be honest – dropped the ball in some way or another. This includes converting a few Debtors from their Chapter 13s.
But from scratch I filed over 50 bankruptcies in the past two years. Not a lot, but quite a bit from hindsight. A far cry from the days in the 1990s when I would file 50 per month, but … a good start.
On top of my solo cases I am privileged to be a partner with Upright Law, a nationwide law firm dedicated to helping people turn around their financial situation. It is a pleasure to be a partner and help people file for relief under the bankruptcy code that I might never have helped on my own.
I have only done a few divorces – all of them uncontested. A few where the spouse has disappeared and a few where both sides agreed and just needed someone to guide them through the process. I enjoyed helping them and have learned so much about the new divorce laws in Illinois that started in 2017. It was nice that I did not have to “unlearn” prior law. More harrowing cases get sent into my network of recommended lawyers. “If you have custody issues, here is an attorney I recommend …”. Since I am still new at family law, I don’t feel comfortable doing custody matter.
I have also established myself as a landlord-tenant attorney. A mobile home park hired me to do their evictions and replevin actions (where they are buying their mobile home). The mobile home park is run by a former client from many years back. They were in need of an attorney and when the manager saw my online presence he called me and hired me on the spot. “You helped me and now I’ll help you. I’ll keep you busy!!”
He sure has!
By far the best source of employment has been my per diem work. Attorneys from bigger firms from Chicago or the east coast that need a “warm body” to appear in court for them – first appearances, default dockets, etc. It is cheaper for them to pay me to appear than for them to send an associate. It provides me income and gives me a chance to appear at local county courthouses I may never get to practice before otherwise. I blog about my visits in my “Riding the Circuit” series.
Who knows what the next year will bring?
If my bankruptcies pick up I may have to pare back my per diem. I’m also hoping to pick up more landlord-tenant cases.
Of course, business picking up puts a damper on my writing. I’m still hoping to publish a bankruptcy/divorce book by year’s end. Blogging is easier and quicker obviously – not just my travelogues but also trending local and national case law, FAQs, and Celebrity Spotlights will continue.
Stay with me – it will be a thrilling ride!
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