JDB 097: The Role of Entrepreneurship in Law Practice

Lawyer Entrepreneur JDBlogger

Being a lawyer can be really difficult and really stressful.  For solo and small firm lawyers the load can be particularly heavy due to the many demands on your time and resources.  These demands leave many lawyers asking themselves if this is really worth it and too often it leads attorneys out of the practice of law altogether.

In this episode of the JDBlogger Podcast I discuss ways to incorporate your skills and passions into your law practice as way to only grow your bottom line but inject some life and personality into your law firm that will make it a more enjoyable place to work and may even open opportunities that you may not have anticipated.

I discuss four case studies on attorneys who have dared to do things differently and reaped both monetary and non-monetary rewards:

Gerry Oginski – New York Medical Malpractice Attorney – Lawyers Video Studio

Back in 2006 Gerry started make short videos about his practice area and uploading them to YouTube.  Fast forward to 2016 and Gerry has created more than 2,000 videos that have generated more than $7 million in settlements for his law practice and further has lead to the creation of the Lawyers Video Studio, a company where Gerry helps  other lawyers with their video marketing.

Daniel Spencer and Shantelle Argyle – Utah Attorneys – Open Legal Services

Soon after graduating from law school Daniel and Shantelle decided to open their own law firm with the goal of serving those who earned too much money to qualify for legal aid but not enough money to pay the full hourly rate.  Despite the naysayers they launched Open Legal Services, a non-profit law firm.  In two years they have grown the firm from two lawyers to six.  Their story is an inspirational one of two attorneys who went forward and made their idea a profitable reality even when others said it wouldn’t work.

Bryan Wilson “The Texas Law Hawk” – Texas Criminal Defense Attorney – Super Bowl Commercial

Bryan Wilson has gone from having two viral YouTube videos to appearing in the Taco Bell Super Bowl commercial to a world wide audience.

Michael Whelan – Texas  Family Law Attorney – Lawyer Forward Conference

Mike is always pushing the envelope and searching for new and creative ways to deliver legal services and educate lawyers on creating a law practice that they actually enjoy going to each day.  He is also the founder of the annual Lawyer Forward Conference based in Austin, Texas where lawyers get exposed to a new type of CLE and innovations in law practice.

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