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Flying Solo: Managing Your Practice, Your Team, and Your Finances

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Produced on July 21, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Law Practice Management

Course Description

Linda Watson was a district attorney for years before she decided to start her own practice, a successful criminal and matrimonial law shop in Central Illinois. In this introduction to law practice management, she will share everything she learned about managing a thriving practice, staying ethical, and being a sought after attorney. 

First, she will discuss how to embrace technological aspects of managing a law practice - including digital platform operations, the tech you need to use every day, and different types of technology you may want to consider, depending on your practice area. Next, she will discuss staffing considerations, such as how many staff you need, how you know when to grow, what credentials to look for in support staff, how to ethically supervise non-lawyers, and how to provide a good work-life balance for your crew so that you can keep them long term. Finally, Linda will discuss finances - your own and your client’s. From client counseling to client trust accounts to payroll and other law firm expenses, Linda will break down the brutal truth about managing money as a solo practitioner.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Ethically use technology in your solo practices, including client communications and digital marketing
  2. Hire and supervise a great support staff, and keep them long term
  3. Stay solvent and profitable as a solo practitioner

Credit Information

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Linda J. Watson

Watson Law

Linda is a dynamic attorney who currently focuses her practice in criminal and family law. She helps those who have been wrongfully stopped or detained enforce their constitutional rights. Linda has been successful in suppressing wrongfully obtained evidence and knows how to obtain hard to get evidence. She focuses her family law practice on helping families create a healthy flow between households and quality communication between families. Linda is not afraid to make sure that children are always protected, by obtaining court ordered alcohol and drug treatments of parents and ensuring that parents follow strict appropriate codes of conduct and minimize the effect of a parent’s separation on children. Her solutions are creative and unique, often finding resolutions outside the box, specific to each client’s needs.

Prior to founding and building Watson Law in 2010, Linda was an assistant state’s attorney for nearly seven years, prosecuting everything from murder to traffic. She enjoys teaching continuing legal education both locally and nationally to other lawyers in such areas as digital forensic evidence and children’s hearsay statements admissibility. Ms. Watson has had a number of cases succeed at the Appellate level, having been published several times on new and novel issues including the use of Google Maps as probable cause, second seizure traffic stops, and complex child support issues.

In her spare time, Linda enjoys spending time with her husband of many years, and their teenage son.  She is passionate in pursuing traveling, photography, reading, hiking, and learning a second language.


Christina G.

Hands down the best Lawline CLE I've watched. I would absolutely and happily work for Ms. Watson.

Maria E.

thank you, enjoyed the course

Pamela K.

One of the best programs I've watched. Linda is dynamic, the material is spot-on helpful, and the principles are clearly explained. Thank you!

Joan K.

Excellent and practical. I am a solo practitioner and I loved it.

Larry Wayne C.

One of the best Lawline courses I have taken. Great content and an even better presentation.

Christopher T.

Good tips for anyone thinking of starting a practice!

Robert B.

Linda Watson is a pleasure. She is enthusiastic and delivers the right message on leadership and management of an office and people, as well as great hints on technology. I am going to locate her other CLE on Lawline and move it to the top of my list.

Maria M.

She was amazing.

Laura D.

Very good speaker and appreciated personal experience.

Sarah R.

This is one of the best Lawline courses I've taken - Linda is super personable, poised, and the information very helpful for a solo practitioner such as myself working in the COVID era and dealing with a rapidly-growing practice.

Edwin G.

Invaluable advice for someone setting up a practice for the first time, or making the transition to the cloud

David R.

One of the best CLE courses I have ever attended.

Stephanie K.

I liked this class.

Steven K.

Really appreciated the presenter's enthusiasm for the topic!!!

John T.

Fantastic course, Linda!

Walter T.

Phenomenal $$$ . . .

Candice M.

Loved this course!

Larry B.

One of the better programs

Diana L.

Very engaging.

Kadra A.

This CLE was amazing. Any attorney considering starting a law firm should watch. I loved the engaging presentation and the supporting materials which provide a wealth of information and options for finding the right technology for any budget. My only negative is that the video kept freezing and/or dropping, requiring me too refresh constantly during this live presentation. I have never had that issue with a live presentation before, so it was a bit frustrating. However, the presentation and information provided were fantastic and were will worth the technological issues I encountered. Thanks!!

Stacie H.

One of the most engaging Lawline presenters! Very knowledgeable and lots of good, practical information.

Julie W.

Instructor was very thorough and engaging..

Arthur E.

Expectations met.

Melissa L.

The presenter seemed to genuinely care about her employees and her work.


The presenter is extremely good. Really knows what she is talking about.

Jeremy S.

Thank you.

Michele L.

Love Linda's enthusiasm and straight-forward (but personable) presentation. Super knowledgeable, relatable, and enjoyable. Thanks!

William A.

Energetic, well-informed and personable speaker.

gerald c.


Kelly B.

Amazing presenter!!!

Frank B.

Good course, identified good technology and nice anecdotes!

Janet H.

Thank you Linda for all of the great information! I really enjoyed this CLE.

Jeffrey N.

Linda was amazing. Loved her enthusiasm for the material and her energy. Wish all panelists were like her!

Kathleen D.

Very helpful and practical info. Great presentation.

Jennifer L.

The presenter was very knowledgeable and high-energy. I appreciated her approach, found it inspiring, and learned a lot. Thank you!

Anne W.

Fabulous Job!!

Dena S.

She was the best speaker for this session! Very engaging; loved it!!

Benjamin D.

The presenter was great. I would attend more webcasts that she presents.

Brian T.

Excellent CLE and presenter.

Melanie H.

One of the best CLEs I've seen about running a practice.

Jorge P.

Best ever

Antoine M.

Good, practical, useful information

Susan H.

She is a wonderful presenter!

Greg B.

One of the better CLEs thus far.

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