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Work, Interrupted

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“Work, Interrupted” is a live audio webcast on how to identify and deal with the constant flow of interruptions in your practice. Presented by Steve Riley of Atticus. 1.0 General CLE credit. Section members $55; non-section members $100. Course number 3412. REGISTER

Steve Riley first practiced law as a trial attorney, acquiring a decade of experience trying more than 100 cases, including multiple jury trials. Balancing trial work with the rigors of running a practice gave Steve a thorough understanding of the challenges faced by firm owners. After 10 years of litigation, Steve transitioned his practice into estate planning and elder law and through referral-based marketing strategies built a thriving, large practice.

The firm’s dramatic growth prompted other lawyers to seek Steve’s mentorship on growing their own practices, and he quickly became the go-to advisor for many successful practitioners. To further pursue that passion, he sold his practice and joined the nation’s premier law practice management consulting firm, Atticus, as a shareholder. Atticus currently works with approximately 500 solo and small firm owners seeking to grow their practices. Founded in 1989, Atticus has taught thousands of attorneys how to focus on what’s really important in their lives and ways to build and maintain a thriving practice that supports their work and personal goals.

Steve Riley of Atticus

FREE CLE: Attracting and Retaining Clients

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Wednesday Wisdom: “Attracting and Retaining Clients” by Bill Curphey. Zoom audio webcast, free for Solo & Small Firm Section members.

Whether you are starting as an associate at a firm, working for the government or a business, or starting out on your own, Bill Curphey will share his insights on how he built his successful private practice after transitioning from a federal trial attorney and corporate in-house counsel and how he continues to grow and keep his client base throughout his over 45 years of practice. CLE credit pending. Registration will be confirmed when section membership is verified. REGISTER

Attracting and Retaining Clients


2020 Solo and Small Firm Conference

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Register online now. Don’t miss the annual solo and small firm conference on Friday, Feb. 7 in Orlando. The conference theme is SOS: Secure, Optimize, Systemize. Survive—and thrive—strategies for solos and small firms. Presented by Bank OZK.


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  • Secure the Hatches. Cybersecurity and Privacy for Lawyers
  • Know the Ropes. Bar Resources, Mentoring and Member Benefits
  • Lighten the Load. Automation, Integration and Paperless Strategies
  • All Hands on Deck. Creating and Managing a Successful Virtual Law Firm
  • Bridge the Gap. Generating Outside Income and Revenue Streams
  • Stay the Course. Surviving Solo While Sick
  • Toe the Line. Ethics and Social Media

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FREE CLE: Why Does the Practice of Law Have to Be This Stressful?

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Free, members-only Zoom webinar presented by Jamie Billotte Moses, an appellate specialist with Holland & Knight. What makes the practice of law so stressful? What are you doing or not doing that might be contributing to your stress? Are you making things more time consuming and frustrating than they need to be? Are you sabotaging your peace of mind? Jamie Moses will share with you some of her strategies for balancing work, raising children and trying to be a contributing member of the community.

Jamie Moses Work Life Balance CLE

Transitioning from Government to Private or Solo Practice

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Live audio webcast presented by Sean Desmond of Dudley, Sellers, Healy, Heath & Desmond, PLLC and John Maceluch of the Office of the 14th Circuit State Attorney. So I know how to litigate a jury trial or take a case to DOAH, surely I can run a law firm, right?!  Learn from the experiences of two former prosecutors who opened up a practice and learned the hard way about overhead, personnel issues, marketing, etc. Course 3409. 1.0 CLE. Section members register for only $75. Register online now.

Transition to Solo CLE

Free CLE for Section Members – Basics of Sovereign Immunity Litigation under F.S. §768.28

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Free CLE seminar for Solo & Small Firm Section members. Basics of Sovereign Immunity Litigation under F.S. §768.28 is a live presentation by Section Chair Lee E. “Pete” Muschott, from 5 to 5:50 p.m. at Le Méridien Tampa. This CLE will provide the foundation for prosecuting claims against governmental entities or defending those entities against claims for negligence. 

Afterward, please join us for a networking reception, also at Le Méridien Tampa, in the Bizou Lounge on the second floor of the hotel. Visit with other section members and learn how you can get involved on a committee or in a leadership role. If you plan to attend the CLE or the networking event, please RSVP to Section Administrator Ricky Libbert at Solo & Small Firm Section members only. We hope to see you there.

Pete Muschott

Annual Ethics Update – Live (Tampa) and Webcast

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Creating a Gold Standard Reputation – The Ethics of a Successful Law Practice

Register online now for the 2019 Annual Ethics Update. Live (Tampa) and webcast on Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore. As members of The Florida Bar, our reputation, ethics and standing in the community should be impeccable. Our presenters will focus on professionalism, courtroom etiquette, cybersecurity in a changing world, sexual harassment and the unauthorized practice of law. Course 3477. Discounted registration for Solo & Small Firm Section members only $160 (live) and $210 (webcast). REGISTER

8:00 AM – 8:10 AM Welcome Peggy Hoyt, Oviedo

8:10 AM – 9:00 AM Professionalism – The Cornerstone of Your Reputation Caroline Johnson Levine, Tampa

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM Cyber Security – How to Ethically Protect Yourself and Your Firm Angel R. Rojas, Jr., Tampa

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM Break

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM An Update on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Ghunise Coaxum, Orlando

10:50 AM – 11:40 AM Ethically Speaking, It’s Our Reputation – Imposter Syndrome and Sexual Harassment Melanie Griffin, Tampa

11:40 AM – 12:30 AM Etiquette for the Courtroom – Ethical and Practical Tips in a Digital World Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin, Live Oak, Peggy Hoyt, Oviedo and Melanie Griffin, Tampa

2019 Ethics Update