What They Didn't Teach Us About Running a Business in Law School

with Neil Tyra

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Do you ever feel like what you learned in law school didn't prepare you for the world of running a law practice? Law school didn't teach us how to start our practices the right way so we could scale them into a thriving business. We didn't learn how to make sure that our businesses would meet our financial goals and provide the type of lifestyle we deserve. After ten years, I was fed up with struggling in my practice and decided to begin a journey to scaling a

successful practice that would actually allow me to finally live the life I've always dreamed of. I invite you to listen in on the conversations I'm having with some of the most successful solo and small firm practitioners  along with leading business entrepreneurs and share how I am implementing what I am learning. All with the goal of helping you take control of your practice, and your life. This is The Law Entrepreneur.

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329. Running a Criminal Defense Practice as a Solo with Kirk Tarman

By | August 15, 2022

Today my guest is Kirk Tarman. Kirk is a criminal defense attorney in Southern California, and we have a great conversation about his journey. He’s spent the better part of nearly 25 years being a criminal defense attorney and a solo practitioner, occasionally with some staff members, but currently a true solo practitioner with some support staff. We cover all the bases and the unique aspects of what it means to be a criminal defense attorney. I hope you find some value in this and enjoy the conversation.


In this episode, Neil and Kirk discuss:

  • Running a solo criminal defense practice. 
  • The power of negotiation. 
  • Why organization is so important in running your law firm. 
  • Being familiar with technology and courtrooms. 

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Every person and every story is different and deserves to have context and understand the unique characteristics of their case. 
  • Everyone deserves representation. Life is complicated and full of gray areas. 
  • No matter where you go, where you are known in a community, you will be the top-of-mind lawyer if people get to know who you are. 
  • Utilize the technology available to you to make your argument more persuasive. 

 

“The only way to deal with the stress, the true way, is to prepare, work hard, and know, at the end of the day, no matter what happens, that you’ve done a really good job, and you’ve done everything that could be done.” —  Kirk Tarman


Get in touch with Kirk Tarman:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kirktarman 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kirktarmanlaw/ 

Website: https://www.tarmanlaw.com/  

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirk-tarman-105aa377/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirk_tarman_law/ 

 

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Get in touch with Neil:

Website: https://thelawentrepreneur.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lawentrepreneur

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelawentrepreneur/?ref=hl

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyralawfirm/


If you’ve enjoyed the podcast, please head to Apple Podcasts and leave a rating & review for the show! It only takes a moment, and really helps me to reach new listeners. You can also head to the website at TheLawEntrepreneur.com for more information on the podcast and my legal services.

 

 Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie

 

Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You’re the expert. Your podcast will prove it.

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328. Relocating & Reinventing Your Life & Career with Elise Buie

By | August 8, 2022

This is a classic re-run of my episode with Elise Buie. Elise Buie had to evacuate and leave her life in New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina, leading to a winding journey across the country that ultimately landed her in Seattle, Washington, where she now practices family law. She’s had to reinvent herself a number of times through this process but she’s always been able to make it work because, as you’ll hear in this episode, she’s a very personal and personable person, which is also reflected in her firm culture and how she practices law.

We also discuss some of the challenges and difficulties when it comes to getting a new job in this profession, as someone who is a little older (in my case) or already has a large family. A lot of firms want to hire a young, unattached associate who they can keep for 20 years – and that can make finding a job especially difficult if, like Elise or myself, you are forced to relocate or choose to change careers in the middle of your professional journey.

 

Resources:

 

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  • The Net Profit CFO – Ryan Kimler works with attorneys who want to enjoy higher net profits without working longer or harder. With just 9 Simple Numbers, Ryan will help you drive more profit to your bottom line-and he won’t confuse you with all the details! Connect with Ryan at www.netprofitcfo.com.

Get in touch with Neil:

Website: https://thelawentrepreneur.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lawentrepreneur

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelawentrepreneur/?ref=hl

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyralawfirm/

If you’ve enjoyed the podcast, please head to Apple Podcasts and leave a rating & review for the show! It only takes a moment, and really helps me to reach new listeners. You can also head to the website at TheLawEntrepreneur.com for more information on the podcast and my legal services.

 

 Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie

 

Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You’re the expert. Your podcast will prove it.

Listen to the episode here

327. Being Different and Practicing Law with Humanity with A.J. Grossman III

By | August 1, 2022

Today my guest is A.J. Grossman, III. A.J. is the owner of a law firm in Orlando, Florida that specializes in and focuses exclusively on the area of family law. We trace his journey from law school to getting an LLM in dispute resolution to opening a practice with his wife (which presents its own challenges) to going back into big law and then coming back out of big law, but opening up his current iteration of family law called Leap Frog Divorce and he’s got some great observations about all that transition from one step to another. Listen in for another great episode. 

 

In this episode, Neil and A.J. discuss:

  • How A.J. got into family law and how his LLM helps him in his practice. 
  • Working in a field of law that you enjoy and practicing in a way that you believe in. 
  • Transitioning between big law and your own practice. 
  • Having a consistent message and understanding of how marketing can help your firm. 

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Family law often gets a bad reputation, but it is about making your clients’ lives better at the end of the day. 
  • Everybody has a different story and each story is unique. 
  • When working with your spouse, it is important to communicate with one another on what is needed to now allow only work to take over your personal life. 
  • Be willing to be different. In other industries, people stand out with unique branding, in both name and image. Do the same thing in your firm. 

 

“I’m trying to deliver a better divorce experience – better for children, better for the spouses. I’m trying to deliver an experience that focuses a lot more on people as people rather than just The Facts of their situation and applying the law.” —  A.J. Grossman III

 

Get in touch with A.J. Grossman III:

Website: https://www.leapfrogdivorce.com/ 

Show: https://www.leapfrogdivorce.com/podcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpJO0TfEhDt7wLsoG7hoMrQ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ajgrossmaniii/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJGrossmanIII 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leapfrogdivorce 

 

Thank you to our sponsors!

  • Ruby Receptionist – Virtual receptionist & live call services that will help you grow your office (and save money), one call at a time – to learn more, go to callruby.com or call 844.895.7829

  • The Net Profit CFO – Ryan Kimler works with attorneys who want to enjoy higher net profits without working longer or harder. With just 9 Simple Numbers, Ryan will help you drive more profit to your bottom line-and he won’t confuse you with all the details! Connect with Ryan at www.netprofitcfo.com.

Get in touch with Neil:

Website: https://thelawentrepreneur.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lawentrepreneur

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelawentrepreneur/?ref=hl

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyralawfirm/

If you’ve enjoyed the podcast, please head to Apple Podcasts and leave a rating & review for the show! It only takes a moment, and really helps me to reach new listeners. You can also head to the website at TheLawEntrepreneur.com for more information on the podcast and my legal services.

 

 Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie

 

Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You’re the expert. Your podcast will prove it.

Listen to the episode here

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