When starting your first law practice, whether a solo or small partnership, there are a number of considerations that must be reviewed to ensure compliance with the ABA Code of Ethics. Join Joseph Vozza as he examines the ethical obligations to consider when starting your own practice. He reviews the various ethical standards for partnerships, starting a virtual office, advertising, legal fees, and client management. He also includes his own advice from his experiences 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. Specific topics to be covered include advertising and social media, proper client retainer agreements, and effective client management.
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.
Great course. Thanks for the effort.
Mr. Vozza's tone/style was a bit dry, but he clearly knows about running a solo practice. He could have done more with the advertising and partnering up parts given that it's the 21st century. And joining the Lion's and Kiwanis clubs are really, really old school... HOWEVER, the GREAT thing Mr. Vozza did to provide some GREAT gems of advice (such as, if the client can't pay 1/2 upfront, then probably not a client you want to work with), but his gems were very subtle and could easily be missed! Thank you for the presentation.
Very useful, I think you should emphasize having a written fee agreement.
WOW Wish I had heard something like this when I first started out!!
Good overview of some of the ethical issues in law practice management.
A lot of valuable, practicable advise born of years of experience as a sole practitioner.
Solo practice or a small firm partnership is a lot of work.
Mr. Vozza did a nice job
Very good suggestions and advice.
well spoken, easy to listen to and informative
valuable reminders about keeping software updated.
Very good presentation. Present was very clear, knowledgeable, and organized.
Thoughtful practical advice from a solo who’s been there.
Valuable information resource
Very useful overview
Excellent, well done and informative presentation.
He did a good job. It was a good overview.
Definitely geared toward newer attorneys, but still worthwhile.
Clear useful presentation for new solos. i would rate it beginner rather than intermediate.
Review of basics.
Very basic but helpful.
Very useful and practical!
Practical & of value
Good practical advice...especially regarding the "virtual office".
Presenter was down-to-earth and well-spoken. Good introduction to the world of solo practice and how to reduce your risk and increase your reward.
Very Informative for an individual seeking to start a solo practice. Thank You.
I really enjoyed this program. The facilitator was engaging, approachable and honest. I truly appreciated his insight and sincerity.
straightforward practical advice
Most informative Ethics CLE That I have taken....actually useful
Faculty identified important issues and potential pitfalls.
Great course. Attorney presenter did a great job.
Best course I have taken!
The speaker was very practical.
Excellent primer on solo practice for anyone.
Attorney Vozza presented a good program! Thank you.
Very thorough presentation!
Would be very useful for beginning attorney. Good refresher for me.
Good Overview of Solo Practice Office Management Issues. Thanks!
I enjoyed the course! Thank you.
Very good description of the reality of solo practice.
The presenter was very knowledgeble and experienced. Valuable information and many good practical suggestions as well. Thank you.
Smooth as glass!
Excellent as always.
I started out as a solo practitioner myself eight years ago, and I found this advice helpful and on point with what one should do to insulate oneself from liability, promote efficiency, and appear professional to prospective clients. While the presenter does reference NY rules of ethics, most ethical rules are similar so it won't be difficult for viewers to find their corresponding rule if they have an issue or question with their responsibilities.
Fantastic! I was a solo from the beginning and this presenter and CLE gave a direct realistic presentation. Very Good.
This presentation fulfills a need for a significant audience of solo practitioners. Thank you.
Very much appreciated solo perspective, rather than a large law firm. Also great to get links to NYSBA Opinions and Social Media Ethical Guidelines, so that I could print out while on the CLE.