Is It Time to Fly on Your Own? The Pleasures and Perils of Going Solo or Creating Your Own Small Firm – B07


Legal Tech/Law Practice Management Track
Small Firm Practice Management Section

Session B: 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Learn what to expect when you make the decision to open your own law practice. Short presentations from successful solo and small firm practitioners on effective strategies and tools will lead to a round table discussion on the pleasures and perils of going solo or creating your own small firm.
You will learn:
  • How to avoid common mistakes
  • Money saving techniques that work
  • Effective law office business management techniques
  • About potential ethical pitfalls 

Moderator:
Jerome N. Goldstein, Law Offices of Jerome N. Goldstein, Shelton

Attorney Goldstein has been successfully engaged in the general practice of law since 1988. As a solo he concentrates on crisis intervention. He represents clients in all aspects of law including Personal Injury, Automobile Accidents, Divorce and Family Law, Large Collections, Motor Vehicle Violations and DWI, Criminal, Wills and Probate. Attorney Goldstein also represents many business clients assisting them in creating, planning, and reorganizing their business. Attorney Goldstein received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Bridgeport School of Law, (now the Quinnipiac School of Law), in 1988, where he was a member of the Honors Chapter of Law Fraternity Phi Delta Phi.

He also was recognized for outstanding achievement in the study of law by Who’s Who Among American Law Students and is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Men of America Award. Attorney Goldstein is also an active member of the Connecticut Bar Association. He is Vice President of the Small Firm Practice Management Section and a member of the Family Law Section. Attorney Goldstein lectures on Body Language in Business, Interviewing, along with numerous law related matters, computers, and fishing. He is active in the community on Boards of and running projects for computer, fishing, networking, and elementary school father’s club groups. His spare time is spent with his wife and son with some fishing and music thrown in for good measure.

 
Speakers:
Colleen T. Joyce, Law Offices of Colleen T. Joyce LLC, Redding

Attorney Joyce is the Managing Member of Law Offices of Colleen T. Joyce, LLC, in Redding, Connecticut. She received a law degree from Fordham Law School in 1982, where she was an Editor on the Moot Court Board. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) from SUNY Albany in 1978.

Ms. Joyce is also Of Counsel to the Law Office of Joseph DiGiacinto, Esq., in White Plains, NY, a firm focused on estate planning, real estate and general business law. Ms. Joyce previously practiced law with Emmet, Marvin and Martin in New York City and Daniels and Porco in Carmel, NY.

Colleen is the Treasurer of the Executive Committee of the Small Firm Practice Management Section of the Connecticut Bar Association; and on the Banking and Financial Services Review Committee. She is a member of the Real Property Law Sections and the Estates and Probate Sections of the Connecticut Bar Association and of the New York State Bar Association.  Ms. Joyce also serves on the Connecticut Secretary of State Legal Assistance Project.

Sarah Poriss, Sarah Poriss – Attorney at Law LLC, Hartford

Sarah Poriss became a member of the Connecticut Bar in 2002 and after working for Consumer Law Group, LLC in Rocky Hill, went solo in 2006.  She has always loved the business aspect of running a law practice and has experimented with different billing methods and paid consultations in order to maximize profits and minimize hours in the office.  She prides herself in providing the best customer service possible to her clients and has built a reputation on working with a demographic of client (people who are “up to their eyeballs” in credit card debt, who are in foreclosure, or who need to improve their credit) that few other attorneys choose to serve.  Her firm is currently the largest woman-owned foreclosure defense firm in the state. 

Sarah began working with How To Manage A Small Law Firm (www.howtomanageasmalllawfirm.com) in July, 2014 and has seen her staff expand from 0 to 6 and gross revenues increase by over 200% under the guidance of that program. Her blog (www.sarahporiss.com/blog) was named to the ABA’s Blawg 100 list in the fall of 2015.  You can obtain information on a variety of consumer protection topics by signing up for Your Money CONNection, Sarah’s free online interview series about all things financial for Connecticut residents, at www.moneyconnectionCT.com.  

 

Kristen Wolf, Wolf & Shore LLC, Hamden

Attorney Wolf is a partner and owner of Wolf & Shore, LLC.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut School of Business in 2006 and her Juris Doctor degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2009. While in law school, Attorney Wolf had the honor of serving as the Student Bar Association Treasurer and the Finance Committee Chair, and also received several awards including Excellence in Clinical Work.  Prior to opening Wolf & Shore, LLC, Attorney Wolf was a partner at a small general practice law firm in Orange, Connecticut.  

Attorney Wolf also previously clerked at the Hartford Superior Court and worked as a legal assistant in a private practice in Stamford, Connecticut.  While attending UCONN, Attorney Wolf interned at the Public Defenders’ Office in Hartford, Connecticut.

Attorney Wolf is licensed to practice in the state of Connecticut and is currently a member of the  New Haven County Bar Association, including the Family Law Committee, Trusts, Estates and Probate Committee, Young Lawyers Section, and is also the co-chair of the Solo and Small Firms Committee. Attorney Wolf is also a member of the American Bar Association,  Milford Bar Association, and Connecticut Bar Association, including Young Lawyers Section, Family Law Section, Estates and Probate Section, Young Lawyers Executive Committee, Juvenile Law Executive Committee, as well as serving as co-chair for the Solo & Small Firm Practice Management & Children in the Law Sections. Kristen Wolf is also a participating attorney for the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund and serves as Assigned Counsel for the Office of the Chief Public Defender at the Hartford Juvenile court for child protection and delinquency matters. In addition, Attorney Wolf has completed the GAL/AMC training session offered by the Connecticut Commission on Child Protection as well as the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s training.  

Outside of her legal endeavors, Attorney Wolf is also actively involved in the community.  She serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Dan Orlovsky Foundation which works to provide opportunities for Connecticut’s children who are in need.

John Zaccaro, Cipparone & Zaccaro PC, New London 

Attorney Zaccaro was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1984, John currently focusses his law practice in the areas of Real Estate Matters, Estate Planning, Probate, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Succession Planning, Commercial Law, Construction Law, and Municipal Law.

John attended University of Bridgeport School of law, now known as Quinnipiac School of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctor degree in 1983. He was the Editor-In-Chief of the law school newspaper, the Common Pleas. He also served as the appointed student member of the Student Discipline Committee where he participated in hearings and helped decide on matters relating to violations of the Student Discipline Code and University Rules. John also served as: Clerk for the Connecticut State Legislature, Human Services Committee; Clerk for Connecticut State Legislature, Black and Hispanic Legislative Caucus; Law Clerk for Howard A. Glickstein, a Special Master in Age Discrimination cases for the United States District Court, District of Connecticut; and Scheduler and Issues Coordinator for the Campaign of Charles B. Tisdale for Mayor of Bridgeport.

After his admission to the Connecticut Bar in 1984, John began a sole practice, handling administrative appeals, consumer protection, and corporate matters. In 1985, he ceased private practice and went to work as an Investment Banker with a mid-size Wall Street firm, handling tax-exempt bond issues, business development, public hearings, due diligence, and closings. In 1986, John was retained by a large nonprofit housing developer to work on legal matters related to large projects financed in part by tax-exempt bonds. In 1987, John became an Associate with the Marcus Law Firm in New Haven, Connecticut. As a litigation attorney, he represented clients in trials and hearings, and handled litigation and arbitration of real estate, construction, and commercial disputes. In 1993, John began his own private practice, handling similar areas of representation, with some domestic relations matters, torts and collections. He also performed transactional work including business organizations, residential and commercial real estate, and finance. In 1998, John became a member of the New London law firm of Cole-Chu & Cipparone, LLC, the predecessor to the current firm of Cipparone & Zaccaro, P.C. He has remained associated with this firm ever since, becoming a partner in 2006.

 

CLE Credits: 1.5 Hours (LPM)