CLE | Going Solo: Establishing Your Own Law Practice

Friday, September 22, 2017  | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | CNY Philanthropy Center, 2nd Floor Ballroom, 431 E. Fayette St., Syracuse, NY 13202 | CREDIT: 4.5 MCLE  (3.0 Skills, 1.0 Ethics, 0.5 Law Practice Mgmt.) | COST: $90 Member,  SPECIAL $50 RATE FOR NEWLY ADMITTED ATTORNEYS (2015-2017), $135 Non-Member, $45 Paralegal, FREE Lifetime/Agency/Student | Financial waiver information is available here | Under NYS rules this CLE has been APPROVED for both Newly Admitted and Experienced Attorneys | Continental Breakfast and snacks provided

Has the time come to hang out your own shingle?

If so, this half-day CLE is for YOU.



Ed Menkin, Esq., one of Syracuse’s most successful criminal defense attorneys, shares in Building Your Own Law Practice what it took to create his flourishing 35-year law practice. By asking basic questions that net revealing results, Menkin uncovers for you the steps to consider when becoming a solo practitioner.

  • Pros and Cons of Going Solo
  • Networking
  • Client Relationships
  • Getting Paid
  • Marketing Yourself

Rochester Attorney, Journalist, Technology Evangalist at MyCase and Author of  Cloud Computing for Lawyers and Social Media for Lawyers, Nicole Black, Esq., discusses Using Social Media & the Internet for the Solo Practitioner providing the technical need-to-knows to help you establish your digital presence. Black offers the Internet is your friend and to embrace all that it offers those setting out on their own. She’ll cover:

  • Social Media – A marketing tool for lawyers to showcase expertise, expand professional networks, and reach potential clients. What applies offline applies online – professional ethics covered.
    • Overview of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter
  • Web-based legal software – law practice management software
    • Mobility, convenience, and flexibility are the name of the game
    • Assuring 24/7 accessibility of secure confidential client information
    • Vetting third-party vendors
    • Encrypted communication with clients
  • Virtual Practices
    • Benefits and drawbacks
    • Blended firms
    • Ethical Issue


Matthew J. Larkin, Esq., partner, Barclay Damon, spells out the ABCs of Malpractice Insurance in his half-hour demystification of the decision to, or not to, ensure this coverage.




William J. Harmatuk, CPA, of Dermody, Burke & Brown, enumerates in Getting Down to Business – How am I Going to do This? the financial considerations solo practitioners must consider.

The seminar wraps with a panel discussion entitled Colleagues Who Have Taken the Leap and Lived to Tell About it, hear how local lawyers who’ve left firms or agencies did it to set out on their own. Panelists include:

Annaleigh Porter, Esq., Michael Spano, Esq., Jeffrey Schiano, Esq., Peter Grenis, Esq., J. Scott Porter, Esq., and Robert Wells, Esq.

8:30 a.m. Doors Open, Registration and Continental Breakfast!!

9 a.m. Program begins

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