March 01, 2016

Creating and Operating a Successful Law Firm: An Interview with Kerry Lavelle

Cynthia Sharp

Kerry M. Lavelle began his own practice, Lavelle Legal Services, in 1989, focusing primarily on matters of tax law. Today, the firm, now known as Lavelle Law, Ltd., has grown to include 22 attorneys with practice groups in tax, business law, commercial real estate, estate planning, criminal law, home health care, small business, gaming law, bankruptcy, corporate formation, family law, litigation, grocery law, employment law, residential real estate, securities, and LGBT law. He is the author of The Business Guide to Law: Creating and Operating a Successful Law Firm, published by the Division.

What inspired you to write The Business Guide to Law: Creating and Operating a Successful Law Firm?

It was simply a matter of trying to pass along information to new attorneys and other existing attorneys who need business advice on how to run their law firms. As I say in a lot of my public speaking, I do not stand before anybody claiming to be the smartest person in the room, but I have made so many mistakes that I have corrected along the way and if my book can help other practitioners avoid the mistakes I’ve made, their trajectory to success will be accelerated. I really do enjoy talking about law practice management and hopefully, in the long run, the book will assist many practitioners in either starting a successful law firm or improving their already existing law practices.

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