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SlideShare Friday:  Balancing Practice with the Business of Law

Survival Guide for the Independent Attorney

Solo and small law firm attorneys often struggle with why and when they should bring people in to help, and the answers really aren’t that hard, according to Glen Malia, an attorney with Malia Law, LLC.

Mr. Malia was one of three contributors – all attorneys with their own shingle – that helped piece together the Survival Guide for the Independent Attorney.   His advice on hiring help includes:

“It might sound counterintuitive, but the best time for extra help is right from the very start of your business. Many functions of a law office, like answering phones, can be outsourced at a reasonable fee. Your time is much too valuable to be doing things that can be outsourced.”

We first introduced the guide at the ABA TECHSHOW – it was available in hard copy form in the LexisNexis Firm Manager booth. However, because it is a short yet impactful piece – with 3 vignettes for attorneys and by attorneys – we’ve posted it to SlideShare and it’s this week’s Friday Share.

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About Frank Strong

Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director for the LexisNexis software division located on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. In this capacity, he leads communications efforts in support of software products for law practice and law department management and also litigation tools – across large law, small law and corporate counsel segments. With more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech sector, Strong previously served as director of public relations for Vocus, which developed marketing, PR and media monitoring software. He has held multiple roles both in-house with corporations, ranging from startups to global organizations, and has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs at PR firms including the top 10 global firm Hill & Knowlton. A veteran of two year-long deployments, Strong has concurrently served in uniform in reserve components of the military for more than 20 years, initially as an enlisted Marine and later as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard. Strong holds a BA in Film and TV production from Worcester State University, an M.A. in Public Communication from American University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University. He is a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver and holds a USPA "B" skydiving license.