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We all need New Clients….Here are some tips


According to a survey conducted by Thomson Reuters Solo and Small Law Firm group, the biggest challenge for solo and small firm law practices is acquiring new clients. Here are some tips for getting new clients.

1. Network, Network, Network!

Attend conferences and networking events. Join a bar association, professional organization or committee. Reach out to other lawyers, but also connect with non-lawyers who work in the same field as you. Let your family, friends and acquaintances know about your practice and specialties. Besides networking in person, be sure to network online too. Do whatever you can to get the word out about your practice.

2. Establish and Maintain an Online Presence

Establish a professional website for your law practice. Create a social media account on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Avvo. Continually update and participate in social media like contributing to Avvo forums or posting tweets about legal matters. Start a legal blog that provides helpful information your target audience is interested in. You can link your blog posts to your Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter account.

3. Referrals

Maintain relationships with past clients and inform them of all the services your law practice provides. Referrals can also come from other attorneys. Attorneys who work in a shared office space can recommend potential clients. Sharing an office space with other attorneys provides many benefits like a strong attorney network, shared resources (printers, wi-fi, conference rooms etc.), reduced rent and a focused work environment.

4. Karma is Real

Just because a particular client isn’t a good fit for your practice doesn’t mean they’re not a good fit for someone else’s. Don’t be afraid to refer a client you wouldn’t normally take to other practices. Who knows, maybe other attorneys just met with someone that would benefit more from your area of expertise.


Exclusive Survey Results: Small Firms’ Greatest Challenges And What They’re Doing To Address Them

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The potential benefits of working in a shared office space are somewhat self-evident: shared costs of office staff, supplies, internet and IT support, access to conference rooms for client meetings, an essentially free referral network, to name a few. But what about the emotional and mental consequences of sharing office space? Is it possible that sharing office space can actually make you happier?Cabo

Research says it can. Deskmag, an international online magazine about coworking, conducted a Global Coworking Survery of 2,007 people in 2012. The survey suggested that there is a difference in the level of satisfaction based on whether the lawyer formally worked in a traditional or home office, however there are significant benefits to self-esteem and productivity in both situations.

Lawyers that come from a traditional office space to a shared office space report a 90% increase in self-confidence. While more controlled research needs to be done sampling a wider variety of lawyers using shared office space nationally, these results suggest that the improvement in emotional and mental contentment may be staggering. The Deskmag study concludes that this increase in self-confidence has two main causes: the flexibility that a shared workspace provides and the opportunity to pick your coworkers. Many lawyers coming from a traditional office appreciate the 24 hour access that some shared spaces offer. They also tend to choose office space that is closer to their home, decreasing their commute and consequently reducing work-related stress (Foerstch). has a feature to match you with a space close to where you work and play with our simple zip code match. We can match you with a place where you can choose your hours and your coworkers to create a healthy and supportive work environment.

Lawyers that formerly worked from home generally tend to appreciate the flexibility of a shared office space less than their traditional office counterparts. While only one in two report that they feel “healthier,” they benefit from decreased isolation and being a part of a community. The shared office space provides a “family” of faces each day, something that many home practitioners find they miss when going at it alone (Robertson). Even more importantly, former home workers experience a huge increase in productivity (23% more than lawyers coming from traditional offices) and an increase in income (32% more). Both of these factor into an increase in self-confidence.

Regardless of whether a lawyer is coming from a traditional office or a home office, the mental and emotional benefits are significant. The ability to influence your work environment allows a lawyer to create a supportive and beneficial work environment. Nearly all lawyers reported an increase in productivity and income, which contributes to positive self-esteem. At the very least, a shared office space provides the discipline and routine that makes lawyers feel more like invested business owners, increasing their chances of success (Elefant).

¹ Foertsch, Carsten, “Advantages of Coworking Spaces Over Other Offices,”, October 11, 2012. <>

² Robertson, Mark, “The Essentials of Office Sharing and Executive Suites,” Law Practice Today, May 2009. <>

³ Elefant, Carolyn, “Would You Rent Office Space if it only Cost $500/month—And What can We Do to Make That Happen?”, April 10, 2013. <>

PetitWorrell joins Atlanta


Petitt Worrell has joined the ranks of law firms in Atlanta setting up its office located at One Glenlake 1 Glenlake Parkway, Suite 1030, and Atlanta Georgia 30339.  The Glenlake Parkway office is now a home to the Tampa, Florida law firm with Andrew Worrell heading up the new law office. The law firm provides expertise in various practice areas including, real estate, litigation, zoning and land use, and general counsel.

These savvy lawyers are conscious of the economic trends and client needs. “We can tailor fee arrangements on a case-by-case basis,” Pedro Bajo said. “When you’re smaller, you have that flexibility and can control your overhead” (as quoted in 2010). One of the ways Petitt Worrell is controlling overhead so that it can make impact in Atlanta is seeking other lawyers who are willing to share office space.  The law office space available at the lovely office of One Glenlake includes a modern class “A” office building, conveniently located on the perimeter, adjacent to Georgia 400 and easy access to most of Atlanta. Window office on 10th floor with great panoramic views and an interior office are available.  All offices are fully furnished with beautiful furniture. Secretarial spaces are also available and/or limited secretarial help may be negotiated.  Rent includes full use of office including beautiful conference room, copier, fax and kitchen. Attached covered parking deck with free parking.  The building has a bistro on the first floor, workout area and shoe shine.  Perimeter Mall and numerous other retail and restaurants are close by.   Check out the details at

Welcome Petitt Worrell! It looks like this law firm will be here for a long time.

Petitt Worrell’s Tampa offices are located at One Urban Centre 4830 W. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 475Tampa, 33609

New Listing Ideal for Civil Trial Attorneys!

Thumbnail image for ansley-park-300x224.jpgLawSpaceMatch has a new listing ideal for civil trial attorneys! Located on 1201 Peachtree Street, this space features a receptionist, conference room, a covered parking deck and a great view of nearby Ansley Park. An established trial firm owns the space, and there are several offices available. This is a fantastic opportunity for a solo practitioners to work amongst reputable, knowledgeable colleagues in a professional environment. If interested, create your free attorney profile and contact Kari Beebe for more information!
See Also: Atlanta Office Space Vacancies, Law Firms with Unused Offices

Expansion to California!

Cocos_nucifera_2.jpgLawSpaceMatch is now officially represented coast to coast; we have added a listing in California! Plug and Play Executive Suites is a Newport Beach area listing that offers a live receptionist, internet, phone lines, and access to conferences around the world from the get go. Check them out! You can also browse locations in Atlanta andNew York, among others.

Attractive Midtown Law Space to Share

Great Midtown Atlanta Space has beautiful law office space available for you to share. Check out this law firm location today. Share attractive law office with 2 attorneys. AV rated firm. Two partner offices available. Brand new build out. Excellent location. Easy access. Overflow work available. Ample and well-appointed admin, conference and reception areas. Excellent break room. Modern, flexible phone and internet system. A chance to practice with experienced attorneys in a warm and supportive environment with low overhead and minimal hassles. Secretarial services available. Excellent location and views on Peachtree Street across from Woodruff Arts Plaza and High Museum.
Sharing space is becoming more and more common among attorneys in this economic climate. With part time attorneys seeking an office space to meet clients and have a place to land with their files other than a coffee shop, has become a solution for attorneys seeking law offices and shared space at the touch of the key pad.
Attorneys search for free and law firms or attorneys may list the empty law space for free.
With lawyers avoiding the signing of a long term lease, and with Atlanta landlords not giving grand concessions, sharing law space is a solution. Even one Sandra Day O’Connor opted for after her law school graduation.

Atlanta Law Firm Gets Sued By Landlord For Back Rent – Share Law Office Space Instead

Resurgens staircase.jpgA major Atlanta law firm, Epstein Becker & Green has been sued by its landlord for unpaid rent for its Atlanta/Buckhead law office. While the law firm and the landlord were engaged in negotiations regarding failure to pay for legal space under the lease agreement, the law firm has been sued for failure to pay rental payments in the amount of $855,000 in back rent. Ken Menendez, the Atlanta local managing shareholder, was surprised by the filing of the lawsuit and stated, “… notwithstanding the lawsuit, we expect to work out a deal to restructure our lease.”
Epstein Becker is not the only larger law firm which has contracted during the recent recession. Other Atlanta law firms have also downsized. Epstein Becker has allowed one and one half floors of “dark space” in Resurgens Plaza, a well-known Atlanta Buckhead commercial building near Lenox Mall. Atlanta’s commercial real estate landscape has left a lot of law firms with vacant space. As a result of tenants having too much empty space, even when attempting to renegotiate with landlords, law firms risk getting sued for back rent. A sublet is an option for tenants with excessive vacant law space. Extra law office space may be subleased to lawyers seeking a turn-key law office situated in a prestigious commercial building. Smaller law firms in Atlanta are engaging in this space sharing and benefit from reduced costs. provides a simple avenue for lawyers and law firms with empty law space to sublease to lawyers in transition and seeking to sublease from lawyers. Law firms may post their empty law space on for free. Lawyers seeking to share space may search by zip code or by custom criteria based on areas of practice, and other amenities such as receptionists, shared secretaries, covered parking, and rental rates for the sublease.
Perhaps during its negotiations with the landlord at Resurgens Plaza, Epstein Becker could have considered utilizing a free service and obtained a sublease, even for a short period of time, allowing a sublease for lawyers desiring the creation of a law practice within its prestigious law space within Resurgens Plaza.
Notes: Fulton Daily Report – Friday, July 1, 2011
See Also: The Need For Law Space Match, Landlords Make Room for New Tenants, Provide Relief for Existing Tenants, Atlanta’s Largest Law Firm Comes Out on Top with Strategic Cost Cutting

Sandra Day O’Connor Shared Law Office Space

sandradayoconnor.jpgEven graduating third in your class from Stanford Law does not guarantee a credible position at a law firm. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor found out just this upon graduating from Stanford. Rather than accepting the legal secretarial positions that various firms offered her, she opted to start a private law practice. In order to keep costs down, Justice O’Connor opened an office in Phoenix, Arizona, and shared law space with another solo practicing lawyer. In doing this, she was able to carry on a solo practice while cutting fixed real estate costs.
Although made upon necessity in Justice O’Connor’s case, the decision to share office space with other lawyers is made by a significant amount of legal solo practitioners. The reasoning behind this decision can be brought down to pure economic principle; it benefits all involved to reduce fixed costs in an office space, and law office subletting does just this. In today’s uncertain economy, fixed costs are a large concern, and their reduction allows lawyers to dedicate more funds towards other aspects needed to improve and maintain their practice.
In addition, the sharing of law space allows young independent lawyers fresh from law school to surround themselves with like-minded solo practitioners. These co-tenants represent a source of advice, support, and potential client referrals that are essential components for the success of one just entering the field of law.
Today, these benefits are becoming increasingly more important, as the unstable economy and job market have made solo practice a more attractive, and in some instances, necessary option. Thus, a service allowing Atlanta solo practitioners to connect and share law space is something that is incredibly valuable both now and looking forward. Elaine M. Russell, a lawyer practicing corporate law in the Buckhead section of Atlanta, Georgia saw this need and created This free service allows Atlanta lawyers to quickly and easily create attorney profiles and post empty office space in all parts of Atlanta.
Notes: See Also: Law Firms with Unused Offices, You Can’t Run a Law Practice from a Coffee Shop , The Business of Law

Persistence of the Economic Downturn Forces a New Legal Landscape

downtown_atlanta_usa.jpgThe past few years have brought significant changes to the legal industry in the US. The recession has forced law firms to reduce costs to stay in business. Just behind reducing staff, cutting back on real estate ranks second in efforts to creating cost efficiencies for most firms. For larger firms, the reduction in office space leased can contribute large savings to the bottom line over many years. But, not all firms have million dollar real estate agreements. Smaller firms are relying on a new way of doing business to survive. And eventually, as opportunities to reduce overhead diminish, even the largest firms will be forced to adapt.
As the economy faltered, relationships between law firms and their clients began to change. Many clients were no longer willing or able to pay top dollar for routine legal activities. Cost is king in the new legal landscape of the recession and many clients are now interested in different types of arrangements to obtain the legal counsel needed. Bartering services, for example, so that no money changes hands between parties, is becoming more common. Clients may be unable to pay for legal services, but the need for these services has not diminished.
This situation is similar to what the healthcare industry suffered in the US as the recession of the 1990s took hold. Patients, unable to pay, still showed up at hospitals in need of urgent care. As the recession deepened, premium healthcare providers were not able to continue with pricing that excluded the bulk of the US population. The result was a shift in how healthcare is managed and obtained. With changes to insurance, individuals were asked to manage their own care as cost was assigned to these individuals. For some underinsured patients, the only solution is to look for healthcare overseas, where costs savings of 30% or more can be founds.
This may be where the legal industry is headed. When the economy was strong, the cost of healthcare and legal services was never questioned. These were must-haves, at any cost. As the economic downturn persists, cutting legal expenditures is on the hit list, even for the largest corporations. Web-based legal services and cookie-cutter programs can help companies and individuals defray legal expenses. But, just as with healthcare, the long-term effects of this strategy may backfire on even the most conscientious consumers.
In 2010, Elaine M. Russell created, a service that matches lawyers seeking to sublet space with unoccupied office space at compatible law firms around the country. Elaine M. Russell is a corporate and business attorney representing clients throughout Georgia. Elaine’s office is located in the Buckhead section of Atlanta.
Taken from: The legal industry’s changing environment: Permanent or temporary?

Lawyers Avoid Ethical Issues While Office Sharing -Follow Proper Policy and Procedures

201593_downtown_atlanta_usa.jpgMany attorneys currently find themselves practicing law on their own after cutbacks by law firms all over the country. For these attorneys, office sharing provides distinct advantages. Solo-practitioners can improve their own branding by locating their office within an established law office. This strategy not only affords the solo-practitioner the opportunity to piggy-back off the image created by the established firm, but it also allows the attorney to reduce the costs that come with establishing a new practice. Law firms with excess space to rent benefit by sharing costs and both sides can improve revenue by offering clients a broader range of legal services under one roof.
The tough economic climate has created an opportunity for all parties. But with this opportunity comes a certain level of risk. While sharing law office space is not forbidden under ethics rules, care must be taken to avoid potential conflicts. These conflicts revolve mainly around client confidentiality. Proper signage within the offices is required, so that clients can see that the practices are independently operated. Utilizing joint letterhead or listing unaffiliated attorneys on common signs can mislead clients regarding the association between lawyers in the office space. Additionally, telephone answering services should separately handle each practice.
Fortunately, these items are easily managed. In fact, many low-tech and high-tech solutions are available to attorneys sharing space. For example, confidentiality can be ensured through the proper storage of client files. Keeping files separate and filing cabinets locked is a simple low-tech solution. Additionally, conversation with the client can be handled discretely by holding all face-to-face meetings behind closed doors, either in an individual office or a conference room. High-tech solutions can also be implemented. Electronic placards, easily updated for changes in personnel, can separately list attorneys in an office and phone systems can be customized to accommodate different users within the space. These types of simple solutions ensure that all parties follow ethical practices.
Atlanta law space sharing is a viable option for reducing costs and is efficient. Law firms are now seeking attorneys desiring shared space: “Come share our fully furnished office space in Downtown Atlanta with a great view of Peachtree Street!”, noted by a small AV-Rated Law Firm located in the well-known Candler Building. We have one large partner’s office available to sublet as well as another office with space for support staff. For instance, quality commercial office space in Downtown Atlanta can be tough to find but we’re here to help. This option is highly flexible so you can usually rent as much or as little space as you need to suit your needs.
Privacy for each subletting lawyer and for confidential information of clients may be maintained by thinking through the practicalities of your everyday law practice. Downtown Atlanta cubicle space is the workspace option for you if you want to save money on office costs.
In 2010, Elaine M. Russell created, a service that matches lawyers seeking to sublet space with unoccupied office space at compatible law firms around the country. This law office space and other Atlanta be veiwed at Elaine M. Russell is a corporate and business attorney representing clients throughout Georgia. Elaine’s office is located in the Buckhead section of Atlanta.