By Riley Parr, McKinney 4L
The IndyBar Law Student Division's monthly Breakfast With the Bar series concluded this semester with a final event featuring solo and small firm practitioners. The students who attended mingled with five local attorneys who are either solo practitioners or own their own small firm: Randall Cloe, Cloe Legal LLC; Chris Eskew, Eskew Law; Marc Matheny, Attorney at Law; Sara McClammar, Bennett & McClammar LLP; and Jessica Williams, Baldwin Maples & Williams LLC.
The lawyers provided helpful tips on a variety of topics, including what it was like to start a firm immediately after graduation, the challenges of handling administrative duties alongside practicing law, figuring out a particular area of law on which to focus, finding clients/developing client relationships and the importance of having good mentors who can provide guidance.
One particularly excellent piece of advice was to start developing a business plan during law school and, as students gain additional information and insight, make adjustments to that business plan. Even if opening a solo practice soon after graduation does not happen immediately, taking this step will help to ensure that when the time does come to take the plunge into owning your own firm, you have a solid plan in place.
Keep an eye on the IndyBar calendar in the coming months for information on next semester's Breakfast with the Bar events!
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