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

(146 Ratings)

Produced on: January 22, 2018

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 77 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

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, Esq. is a Founding Member and Managing Partner of Van Horn & Friedman, P.C., a boutique family law firm, exclusively dedicated to handling family and matrimonial cases in the New York Metropolitan Area.

Prior to founding Van Horn & Friedman, P.C., Alissa opened the doors to her first solo practice in 2010, the Law Office of Alissa L. Van Horn, P.C. where she exclusively concentrated on matrimonial and family law matters.   Alissa was previously an associate of Rosin Steinhagen Mendel in New York, NY, a boutique family law firm, where she primarily focused on adoption and foster care litigation for more than three years.  Alissa began her career as an attorney in 2006, as an associate of Gildin, Zelenitz & Shapiro, P.C., where she engaged in general practice with a concentration in matrimonial and family law matters.

Alissa is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Family Law Chapter, the Suffolk County Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, a former member of the Queens County Women’s Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association.

Alissa is licensed to practice law in New York, Connecticut and the United States Supreme Court.  Alissa has a juris doctor from Widener University School of Law, and obtained her undergraduate degree in Public Administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.

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 are of Family Law 2 years in a row.

Alissa began teaching CLE’s in 2015 on family and matrimonial matters for Marino CLE and LawLine.  Alissa was also a Guest Speaker at Legaltech’s LegalWeek in 2018 on the topic of starting and succeeding in a small law firm.  Additionally, Alissa has presented on topics related to divorce and Family Law by the New York State Society of CPA’s and New York Presbyterian Hospital.  Throughout the year, Alissa offers free seminars to residents of Long Island on procedural and substantive matters they face in Family and Supreme Courts.  Alissa is also a member of, networking for a cause, and supports many local charities including the American Kidney Fund, Kids Clubhouse and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, LIAFF.


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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