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What does Lisa Solomon know about starting and running a successful legal research and writing practice?

A lot.

I know how to start a legal research and writing practice

My article on starting a legal research and writing practice appeared in GP Solo magazine’s GP Mentor column

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I did it myself, back in 1996. It was a little scary for me, and it will probably be a little scary for you, too. But with guidance from Legal Research & Writing Pro, you’ll learn everything you need to know to get your own legal research and writing practice up and running, from how to find your first client, to how to set your rates, to the best ways to make sure you get paid for your work—and more.

I know how to run a legal research and writing practice

My practice has been featured in the National Law Journal (twice), the ABA Journal, JD Bliss and 50 Unique Legal Paths: How to Find the Right Job

I’ve been doing it for the past fifteen years under the name Lisa Solomon, Esq. Legal Research & Writing. I’ve landed clients, done the work, billed, collected and handled all of the administrative tasks involved in running a successful law practice.

You don’t have to take my word for it: my practice has been featured in such publications as the National Law Journal (“Outsourced Legal Writing,” March 17, 2003; “Downturn May Have an Upside for Contract Attorneys,” May 5, 2009), the ABA Journal (“Home Alone: Using Available Resources, Working at Home can Pay Off,” November 2004) and JD Bliss (“Success Story: Lisa Solomon: Using a Home Office to Balance Legal Work and Family,” January 11, 2005), and in the book 50 Unique Legal Paths: How to Find the Right Job.

My chapter on how to outsource legal research and writing projects appeared in Effectively Staffing Your Law Office

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When the editors of GP Solo magazine wanted to run an article about the basics of starting a legal research and writing practice, they asked me to write it. When the editor of Effectively Staffing Your Law Office needed a chapter about how to outsource legal research and writing projects, she came to me. Now you can take advantage of my experience to put yourself on the fast track to a legal career that’s intellectually stimulating, flexible and financially rewarding.

I know how to market a legal research and writing practice

In fact, I wrote the book. Well, not an entire book: my chapter on “How to Market a Legal Research and Writing Practice to Other Lawyers” appeared in How to Capture and Keep Clients (ABA Publishing, 2005). Put simply, if I didn’t know how to market my services, I wouldn’t have the thriving practice I have today.

I know how to teach legal research and writing

I have given CLE courses for state and local bar associations around the country, and I’ve helped individual lawyers improve the effectiveness of their legal writing. But, again, you don’t have to take my word for it: you can view my CLE course, Pixel Persuasion: Legal Writing for the 21st Century and judge for yourself. Visit my law practice website for more information on where I’ve spoken&#8212and where I’ll be speaking next.

I know how to do legal research and writing

Although I know how to start, run and market a legal research and writing practice, if I didn’t deliver for my clients, I would never get any repeat business or referrals—both of which are the lifeblood of any law practice. I’m proud to have satisfied clients who have relied on me for years to assist them with all their legal research and writing needs, and have referred their friends and colleagues to me as well.

Just in case you want to know more about me . . .

I’m admitted to practice in New York, the United States Supreme Court, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. But my bar admissions don’t limit the scope of my business, and they won’t limit yours, either: a legal research and writing provider can ethically assist lawyers in any jurisidiction. My own far-flung clients—from Utah to the Virgin Islands, and many places in between—are a testament to this fact.

I’m an active member of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association; the Westchester County Bar Association; the Justice Brandeis Westchester Law Society; Scribes – The American Society of Legal Writers; and the Legal Writing Institute.

I graduated from New York University School of Law, where I received my J.D., cum laude, in 1993. While there, I was a semi-finalist in the Orison S. Marden Moot Court Competition.

I received my B.A., magna cum laude, in history and psychology from Brandeis University in 1990. At Brandeis, I was Phi Beta Kappa, on the Dean’s List (all semesters), and was named a Justice Brandeis Scholar and an Abraham Sachar Scholar.

But it’s not about me

It’s about you. Legal Research & Writing Pro is here to help you create your law practice, on your terms. If you’re ready to achieve professional satisfaction and work/life balance, click here.

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