March 02, 2017 Articles

First Steps for Launching Your Own Firm

By Ruthanne M. Deutsch and Hyland Hunt

Do you ever think of starting your own firm? Many lawyers don’t—and perhaps women advocates are even less likely to consider hanging out their own shingle. While launching a firm may not be for everyone, our goal here is to make the process a little less mystifying for those who might be interested. We’ve just been through it ourselves. In September 2016, after months of brainstorming and preparation, we launched Deutsch Hunt PLLC, our boutique appellate litigation firm. This “first steps” article describes some of the lessons we have learned over the past months. We’ve boiled things down to seven tips we hope will serve as a useful guide to others thinking of starting their own practices.

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