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Small Law Firm Management – How to Start and Succeed as a Solo and Small Law Firm

(269 reviews)

Produced on January 22, 2018

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$ 89 Law Practice Management In Stock

Course Information

Time 77 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This course, presented by managing attorney Alissa Van Horn of Van Horn & Friedman P.C., navigates how to open, run and succeed as a small law firm and/or solo practitioner, through real life examples, considerations, problems, and success stories. It will provide a guide for what every managing attorney needs to do in order to sustain and grow a small law firm.  

The course will give you the tools necessary to hire, manage and fire a staff, and manage insurance considerations, financial considerations, delegating, billing, and ethical considerations. Lastly, the program will also discuss practical lifestyle expectations.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Provide information on how to start up a law firm
  2. Examine real life experiences on staff, employment, managing and delegating
  3. Discuss and define the practical considerations of running a solo or small law firm
  4. Explore when and how to utilize others’ services for the most effective and efficient outcomes
  5. Balance how to run a business while still performing legal duties
  6. Navigate marketing, referrals, networking, and reputation management


Alissa Van Horn

Van Horn & Friedman, P.C.

Alissa L. Van Horn is the managing partner of Van Horn & Friedman, PC, a family law firm serving the New York City and Long Island, with its primary office located in Westbury, New York. Alissa L. Van Horn has extensive experience with cases involving divorce, adoption, custody, child support, orders of protection, foster care litigation, name changes, prenuptial, postnuptial and separation agreements. Alissa L. Van Horn concentrates her practice in the New York City Metropolitan Area, including Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Prior to founding Van Horn & Friedman, P.C. with Meredith Friedman, Esq., Alissa and Meredith, began their careers in New York at a small general practice law firm in Queens, wherein their practices focused on representing clients in divorce and family law matters, as well as criminal and civil litigation. Thereafter, Alissa joined a boutique Manhattan family law firm as an associate, where she handled all facets of foster care litigation and adoption law. In 2010, Alissa founded the Law Office of Alissa L. Van Horn, P.C., where she honed her research, writing, litigation and negotiation skills to provide the best possible outcomes for all of her clients.

In 2017, Alissa received Alissa received the Long Island Power Women in Business Award and the Long Island Business News Leadership in Law Award and has been selected as an honoree at the Long Island Business News 40 Under 40 Awards in 2018. Alissa is also a 3-time recipient of the Rising Star Award and the Top Female Attorneys Award for NYC Metro by Super Lawyers Magazine. Alissa received the “10 Best” Award by the American Institute for Family Law Attorneys in 2016 and 2017, the Top 10 Under 40 Award by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, the Top 100 Attorneys Award and the Top 40 under 40 Award for NYC by the National Advocates in the area of Divorce and Family Law, the Outstanding Women in the Law Award for 2016 by Hofstra Law School’s Center for Children and Families, and was featured by LI Pulse Magazine as a Top Legal Eagle in March 2017.

Van Horn & Friedman, P.C. was selected as a Top 10 Law Firm in New York in the area of Family Law 2 years in a row. 


Karla J.

Alissa was very informative. She conducted one of the best small law firm CLE’s I have listened to. Thank you for all of your insight.

rosie q.

Sshe is extremely good! I was never bored and quite impressed that she could do this without anyone else"

Evrard D.

Great class. Practical! Best on this topic.

Walter F.

The Presenter did an excellent job of providing an overview with experienced insight into law firm set up, development and management., Very well done. Thank you.

Ira H.

A lot of excellent information, delivered from a point of real experience

joseph b.

Very well done.

Kristin M.

Awesome. I have been out of practice for almost 10 years to be a stay-home mom. Was wondering about today's practice, incl. handling cell phones, texts, and millennials. You answered all my questions and gave me even more to think about! Thank you!

Mary R.

I really liked all the personal examples she gave. Would have liked to have heard a little bit more about the types of insurance needed to start a small/solo practice.

Damon M.

The attorney provided lots of great examples to illustrate her points.

Kent W.

Great overall CLE. Good overview of small firm life and challenges faced. Knew someone she practiced with in NY, even though I'm in AR. Small world.

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