Law Practice Management Resources*
Books | Websites & Blogs | Bar Journals & Other Periodicals
Mark Herrmann, The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law (ABA 2006)
This short book is full of advice about surviving as a first-year lawyer, and it is recommended for anyone about to begin work at a law firm as an associate or summer associate. This is information you should have before you begin employment with a firm you want to impress.
KF300 .H47 2006
Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer (K. William Gibson ed., 4th ed., ABA 2005)
Written by a number of solo practitioners and small-firm lawyers, this book covers just about everything you need to know about starting your own law firm. It is pretty long, so you may want to read it a little at a time.
KF298 .F34 2005
Jay G. Foonberg, How to Start and Build a Law Practice (5th ed., ABA 2004)
This book is packed with practical advice, checklists, and templates, on planning, launching, and growing your law practice.
KF300 .F65 2004 (on reserve)
Arthur G. Greene, The Lawyer's Guide to Increasing Revenue: Unlocking the Profit Potential in Your Firm (ABA 2005)
The accompanying CD and numerous appendices include samples and forms for tracking and measuring the variables necessary to successfully manage a profitable law firm.
KF318 .G74 2005
George W. Kaufman, The Lawyer's Guide to Balancing Life and Work: Taking the Stress out of Success (2d ed., ABA 2006)
The author wrote this book to help lawyers find both professional AND personal satisfaction in their career choice. Exercises are provided throughout the book and on the accompanying CD.
RA785 .K38 2006
Gerald A. Riskin, The Successful Lawyer: Powerful Strategies for Transforming Your Practice (ABA 2005) (forward by David H. Maister)
As the title suggests, this book is about being a success as a lawyer, rather than starting your own firm. It suggests strategies for time management, client relationships, professional growth and success, and saying "no."
KF300 .R57 2005
William Huss, Start Your Own Law Practice: A Guide to All the Things They Don't Teach in Law School about Starting Your Own Firm (Sphinx Pub. 2005)
This book is shorter than Flying Solo, and it covers the topics from a different perspective.
KF300 .H87 2005
David H. Maister, Charles H. Green & Robert M. Galford, The Trusted Advisor (Free Press 2000)
The authors discuss the importance of trust relationships with clients and how such relationships can be developed.
HD69.C6 M34 2000 (on reserve)
Websites and Blogs
Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog
"An Oklahoma-based weblog about law practice management, the Internet and technology as it applies both in law practice and in all of our lives."
Law Practice Today
This webzine is published by the ABA Law Practice Management Section as a supplement to its Law Practice magazine.
Law Technology Today
Another webzine from the ABA Law Practice Management Section, this one focused on legal technology, tools, and strategies.
This website "for and about solos and small law firms," was launched by Carolyn Elefant in December 2002. In addition to the blog, it includes an On-Line Guide to Creating a Law Firm and a Survey of State Bar & ABA Resources for Solos and Small Law Firms.
This blog is published by California attorney Jonathan G. Stein to "[help] law students and lawyers learn everything they wanted to know about law practice management, but did not learn in law school."
Maister's site includes a podcast, "Business Masterclass," a blog, "Passion, People and Principles," and other materials for business professionals.
Bar Journals and Other Periodicals
This magazine is published by the ABA Law Practice Management Section. It covers marketing and client development, practice management, legal technology, and finance.
This magazine is published by the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division. Twice yearly it includes the Technology and Practice Guide, which reviews new technology of interest to general, solo, and small firm practitioners, and two issues each year feature the best articles published by other ABA entities.
* Thanks to Casey Sears, class of 2007, for his assistance in selecting and reviewing these sources.