Although big law firms may get the most headlines, three-quarters of New Jersey firms are actually solo practices, according to the state bar. Going it on your own as a solo practitioner offers both opportunities and challenges. Solo lawyers have complete control over their practice, and autonomy to develop their own clients, interests, and specialty. They also face the responsibility of building a book of business, running the financial aspects of a firm, and complying with ethical duties all on their own. Lawyers can take very different routes into solo practice. Some entrepreneurial graduates jump into solo practice right out of the bar exam; others transition into it from law firm practice.
This discussion will give current students a sense of what life is like as a solo practitioner — both the opportunities and the complexities. Our discussion will feature two Rutgers alums who will talk about their experiences:
– Jeff Medio (Rutgers CLAW ’10) has run the Medio Law Firm, a solo practice, since 2015. His focus is in business law, including business advice, contracting, and bankruptcy. Attorney Medio is a member of the alumni steering committee of the Center for Corporate Law and Governance.
– Roy Gordon (Rutgers CLAW/MBA ’17) is co-partner of Gordon & Lowman, a five-attorney firm, and previously practiced on his own. He holds a dual degree from the Rutgers Law and Business schools. His practice focus is commercial litigation, business and corporate law, and compliance.