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Many lawyers think there is a magic to going out on one's own. That it takes some form of rocket science to start a law practice and be successful. A host of anxiety-arousing questions often plague the minds of lawyers in this position.

"How can I afford an office?" "Do I need a secretary?" "How do I get clients?" And, of course, "How do I get them to pay me?"

While the questions are good ones, the anxiety behind them is not warranted. 

While it may take some "science" to start a practice, it is not rocket science. And here at Hanging Out a Shingle.com we are committed to helping provide you with a systematic approach to building your own practice that we developed through trial and error - and that we can hand you on a silver platter. 

So sign up, join in the discussion, and start the process of learning how to be a successful, competent attorney who doesn't have to rely on somebody else's law firm for their paycheck.


Originally a native of rural Pennsylvania, I have lived since 1992 in Illinois where I obtained my undergraduate degrees.

I worked initially as a high school teacher, then decided to take a chance and shift careers and attend law school. Typical of most law school grads, I found a firm to work for and practiced personal injury law for about a year. 

As an associate attorney, the work was neither profitable nor challenging. I was paid a salary, not given the opportunity to profit share, not given control over my own cases (which, in fairness to my old boss, what partner of a law firm would ever let his first year associate have control over his own cases?), and not given the ability to expand the practice of the firm into other areas of the law - which could have made me and the firm more money. 

That's when I took another leap of faith - part out of desperation because my employment at my old firm was terminated - and started my own law practice in October of 2010. 
Like many attorneys choosing to hang out a shingle, I was scared shitless. How would I get office space? Did I need a secretary? How would I get clients? Even if I got clients, how would I get paid?
I had absolutely no idea what the answers to those questions were. So I hired a business consultant. 

She was awesome. There was probably nothing I looked forward to more during those dark days then my weekly conversations with her. And she gave me some great leads. "Brad, you need an online credit card charge company." "Brad, you need to advertise with these directories." "Brad, what are you doing for accounting?"

But she wasn't a lawyer. She didn't have the experience to address what to do with intakes, what companies I should look at for websites, and a host of other issues that are unique to law firms and attorneys who want to start one. 

And so I learned by trial and error. Example: when a potential new client calls, you better have a secretary and a system for dealing with them. Why? Because if you don't, guess what? They're going to go to another attorney. And that's just one example.

So that's why I started Hanging Out A Shingle.com. If you don't like working for a boss, if you want autonomy over your cases and how you run your law practice, if you want to net $200-300 thousand a year, I'm here to help you. Help you do the exact same thing I did - without the trial and error.


It might be hard to even imagine what needs to happen behind the scenes in the office when going out on your own. But since the beginning of Brad's law practice, I have been creating and developing administrative procedures to ensure that the firm runs efficiently and profitably. 

I can walk you through protocol for:
  • handling new clients and intakes
  • communicating with clients
  • communicating with difficult clients
  • training your first administrative employee
  • billing and billing systems
  • the importance of networking with other administrative professionals
  • staying organized and using a calendar system 
and a host of other administrative issues.

The bottom line is not that you can't afford an administrative assistant. But that you can't afford not to have one. 

I will be here to answer your questions and provide guidance to you and your secretary along the way - who, if you incorporate our principles, will be a major player and source of revenue for your firm.
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