When starting your first law practice, whether a solo or small partnership, there are anumber of considerations that must be reviewed in terms of the ABA Code of Ethics.
Join Joseph Vozza as he illuminates on what to expect when starting your own practice, how to handle the various hurdles you may encounter, and how to ensure you do all this ethically. He reviews the various ethical standards for partnerships, starting a virtual office, advertising, legal fees, and client management. In addition to reviewing the ethical rules for these areas of your practice he also includes his own advice as a successful solo practitioner. If you already have, or are considering starting your own law practice this is an essential course to expand your knowledge of what ethics rules you must follow, and also how to best manage your practice.
I. Understand the various ethical considerations for solo practices vs. small partnerships
II. Comprehend ethical considerations when setting up a virtual office
III. Grasp how to set up fee agreements
IV. Conduct proper client management
This course originally appeared as a part of our February 2015 Bridge the Gap Event.
Joe Vozza received his undergraduate degree with honors from Manhattanville College, in business management and history, and later received his law degree from Touro Law School. Joe also completed a legal externship at Moscow State University, Russia, where he studied civil law system and the Russian legal system in transition. He is admitted to practice law in New York State, and the United Stated District Court, Southern District of New York.
Joe joined the firm of Vozza & Vozza as lead trial counsel, and has tried many jury trials throughout the City of New York for both plaintiffs and defendants. Joe moved onto start his own office, and expanded his practice to include a variety of legal matters ranging from real estate transactions, to estate planning and probate. He still concentrates on civil litigation, and specializes in handling personal injury cases.
Joe has sat as a board member for many organizations, including Larchmont-Mamaroneck Community Television, and Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce. He is a New York State licensed real estate instructor, and offers seminars to local real estate brokers on current topics. Joe also sits as an elected Trustee and legal advisor for the Mamaroneck Public Library.
This prof was right on point addressing specific issues sole practitioners need to consider. He ahd great practical suggestions
I practice in a narrow area of law. This provided a very nice overview of other ways to look at the legal business.
Very good practical points about solo practice.
Excellent tips and reminders!
Very good job! Practical, honest.
Thoroughly enjoyed the instructor and his method of delivering information that can be rather dry in an interesting way.
Insightful and balanced legal concerns with being prepared beforehand. Very enjoyable.
This is an informative presentation. I liked the examples provided
Very useful. I liked how he had stories about mistakes he made starting out.
great course! very informative.
Excellent practical advice for new solo practitioners. Thanks!
funny and practical
very good advice. good presentation.
I felt the presenter spoke from the heart and clearly with personal experience. To me, he had real credibility and gave sincere advice, especially to new attorneys. Good program.
I appreciated the attorney' real life approach to this subject.
Excellent presentation! This was the best course I have seen yet with Lawline. I am an attorney in Colorado and liked how the instructor used illustrative examples to highlight how the general law applied to real life problems. Many of the other courses I have taken tend to focus on the black letter law of one specific state - usually New York - which is not helpful for out-of-state attorneys like myself. We all know how to look up the law, it's the application part that becomes tricky. I look forward to seeing more presentations from this instructor.
Good refresher course for me; haven't practiced in many years..
I found the speaker delightful.
Great specific advice and warnings about pitfalls - and many thanks for going over NY Rules about engagement letters! I learned things I didn't know before!
Great speaker and very engaging.
Very well done
Good course. Pieces of it extremely helpful
A great, down to earth, helpful pro
Good flow to the discussion
Great info for solo practitioners
Fantastic seminar for a solo practitioner! Loved the speaker!
This is a great starter and refresher for attorneys regarding the real life issues with being a solo and avoiding ethical and malpractice problems.
Speaker and presentation was a perfect 10, painting and detailing a detailed picture of solo practice.
Presenter kept my attention!
Very informative. Kept my interest
Excellent presentation - engaging and informative!
Excellent presentation. Both entertaining and practical.
This was very helpful to me.
I liked this guy. He gave good, straightforward advice.
Informative and useful information for a solo practitioner!
Very well done. Thank you.
Good overview and covers all major items to consider.
Terrific speaker, good practical advice
This guy was really great.
Good ethics primer
Excellent presentation. Valuable information presented clearly and concisely.
Great presentation! Enjoyed the speaker. Very practical tips.
Effective. Practical advice. whether an attorney in practice 4-5 months or 45 years
Good practical advice and content
honest and insightful
Good practical tips
Good general presentation even for those of us who have been solo practitioners for some time.
Excellent, and informative.
Engaging speaker. Personable. Covered a variety of important topics.
Very informative and practical information.
This was a very interesting and informative presentation!!! Good discussion of practical matters and issues, and good common sense approach to the solo practice of law!!!
good practical info
I'd definitely recommend this program. Very clear, very straightforward and one of the best ethics CLEs I've experienced in recent years
Very knowledgeable and interesting speaker.
Very good practical advice for a solo practitioner.
I have been in practice 30 years, 23 as a solo practitioner, yet found Mr. Vozza's presentation engaging, accurate and useful.
The speaker was informative and interesting. He kept me engaged in the material.
Having gone through the struggles of hanging out my own shingle, Joe's advice about the ethical considerations were spot on.
good practical course speaker was nery interesting and informative
very practical and informative
Very good program.
Great program! A treasure trove of information for the new lawyer and the experienced pratitioner alike
Good examples pleasantly., entertainingly, and educationally delivered.
Really well done - I could tell this attorney really cared about our success. Excellent program!
I wish this presentation was available 26 years ago when I started my solo practiced because I would have felt more confident that I was doing the right thing ethically with my clients.
This is a great program for lawyers beginning their legal carer.
Very informative and practical. I enjoyed it.
Faculty did a great job in conveying the information and making the presentation interesting.
Quite helpful topic.
Good presentation and very balanced.
Found this to be a lot of good practice information that I would not have thought to ask in advance.
very good throughout, practical
He was fantasticand interesting. Every lawyer should be required to watcht this CLE before he or she goes into private practice and again when we are in the practice for1 year and 5 years.
A bit discursive, but the ethics coverage was excellent and the broader "how it works" was focused and solid.
Good information for anyone who is solo.
Very good speaker, made the subject matter interesting with his own personal antecdotes.
This was the best program I have watched from Lawline in the two cycles of my CLE reporting requirement that I have used it.
Excellent! Highly recommended
good plain spoken counsel!
Vozza was a seasoned practitioner. I believe he (and his brother) had experienced and Vozza knew what he was talking about.
Provided first hand experience in opening a law office and ethical considerations.
Actually, this was a very good presentation.
Nice practical information
Many good tips for practitioners that are considering a solo practice.
Very sound and practical advise for the new attorneys and seasoned attorneys wanting to go start their own solo practice.
Mr. Vozza's program was very practical and easy to follow. Many of his examples could have come right from my law practice.
Very good seminar for young attorneys considering going independent. Also, very relevant with real time problems of a young attorney starting with IT and privacy issues.
Instructor was very knowledgeable and practical
love this class. very informative and practical.
Great presentation, easy to listen to and the material was well covered.
Nice guy. Mostly for young lawyers
He was terrific!! His information was invaluable and he was so practical and right on.....he was great!!!
Many good practical advices for solo-practitioners.
Excellent overview of practical advice and information, very relevant.
Best ethics CLE, as it was true story of what it is like and what he experienced. Making it personal made it very interesting.
EXCELLENT AND EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE SPEAKER
Excellent CLE! Very informative.
I enjoyed the speaker's presentation. It's nice to hear from another solo.
very useful course
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