The ABA’s recent release Solo Lawyer by Design: A Plan for Success in Any Practice by Gary P. Bauer is a “must-read” for all new practitioners in the solo/small firm environment. I can also highly recommend it to seasoned practitioners as the information is timely, with insight and fresh ideas from which we all can benefit. Even those in a large firm should consider this book. As Bauer points out, all practitioners are really solos nowadays. If you can’t function as a profit center and understand the business of law as well as legal theory, you won’t last long.