In the legal world, a solo practitioner is a lawyer who works on his or her own, without another lawyer on staff. There a plenty of good reasons why individuals, small businesses, and large corporations should hire a solo practitioner to represent them in a lawsuit or arbitration proceeding. Some of these reasons are:
- Knowledge and experience. Although some lawyers may choose to work alone right out of law school, a lot of solo practitioners have worked with other lawyers for several years before starting their own law firms. It is not uncommon for solo practitioners to have previously worked as partners or associates at larger law firms for several years before striking out on their own. As a result, solo practitioners have been exposed to a wide range of lawsuits within their chosen practice areas and have become very good at what they do.
- Business savvy. In addition to practicing law, a solo practitioner is also running a business. Solo practitioners must have a keen understanding of how to manage opportunities and risks in order to run a successful law practice. This business sense will carry forward into the context of your case and provides a solid foundation for a solo practitioner to appreciate your goals, to develop strategies to achieve your goals, and to take a practical, common sense approach to achieving the best possible outcome in the face of often complex and difficult legal and factual issues.
- Priority. A solo practitioner is likely to make your case a priority. Solo practitioners tend to be discriminate about the number, type, and size of cases that they handle at any particular time. If you seek out a solo practitioner to represent you, and he or she takes your case, you can be confident that his or her time and resources will be devoted to your matter and that your case is an important one.
- Availability. When you are represented by a solo practitioner, you will always have a "point person." You will have a direct line to your lawyer, one lawyer will handle your case, and you'll know what you're getting. You don't need to be concerned that your case will be handled primarily by unknown lawyers in a larger law firm.
- Cost. Due to a variety of factors associated with running a law practice, solo practitioners are typically able to charge lower rates than lawyers who work in larger law firms.
For the past 16 years, Joel Ewusiak has represented many individuals, small businesses, and large corporations in lawsuits and arbitration proceedings. Please contact Joel for legal assistance with your particular matter.