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The MSBA's Solo and Small Firm and New Lawyers Sections Present


"Hanging Your Own Shingle: The Practical and Ethical Considerations of Starting a Solo Firm"

Ready to hang your own shingle? Join the MSBA Solo and Small Firm and New Lawyers Sections for a program that will guide you through the practical and ethical considerations you should make when starting your own practice. The program will include an overview of malpractice insurance issues and trust accounts for solos featuring experts from MLM's Member Services Department, followed by a lively panel discussion.

A panel of successful solos, with varying years of experience, will answer your practice questions, including:

Should I create my firm as a legal entity? Which type?
How can I start I solo practice on a budget or without capital expenses? Should I take out a small business loan?
How do I get clients in the door?
How do I market my new firm?
How can I produce a website and use technology without spending a fortune?
Where can I go if I need that "partner" down the hall?
How do I avoid ethics complaints? What should I watch out for?
How does malpractice insurance work?
Should I office share? Should I share staff?

Participants will walk away with a helpful resource guide for starting a solo firm and the knowledge to hang their own shingle.


Susan Dickel Minsberg (Moderator/Panelist), Susan Minsberg Law Office
Ms. Minsberg has been practicing law for over 26 years and opened her solo practice in 1992. She focuses on litigation and serves as Adjunct Professor to the University of Minnesota's Maynard Pirsig Moot Court Program.

Ryan Garry (Panelist), Ryan Garry PLC, Attorney at Law
After practicing 5 years at a large criminal defense firm in Minneapolis, in 2010 Ryan left to create his own criminal defense practice in downtown Minneapolis.   His approach to practicing criminal defense is brutal honesty with his clients, creative defenses and clear-cut writing. Since opening his firm, Ryan acquitted clients in cases ranging from DWI, to a national interest First Amendment victory, to a recent not guilty verdict in a felony disarming a peace officer case.   

Andrea Hable (Panelist), Hable Law, PLLC
Ms. Hable opened her practice in 2009 with a focus on wills, trusts and estates. She is also the principal author of the MSBA's resource guide to starting a solo practice.

U. Todd Scott (Panelist), Minnesota Lawyers Mutual
Mr. Scott is the Vice President of Member Service at MLM. He has extensive experience in advising lawyers about their malpractice risks.

Greg Luce (Panelist), Minnesota State Bar Association
Mr. Luce is the Resource Director at the Minnesota State Bar Association and oversees development of programs and services that support solo and small firm practitioners. He also worked for over 14 years in private practice, focusing mostly on civil litigation and housing law.

1.0 hours of Law Office Management CLE credits approved

0.5 hours of Ethics CLE credits approved

Event Code: 154574



Date:   Friday, April 29, 2011
Time:    8:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location:   Radisson Hotel - Roseville
2540 North Cleveland Avenue
Roseville, MN 55113 

Please join us for breakfast and registration beginning at 8:15 a.m., followed by the program from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.


Section Member (Solo/Small & New Lawyers):  Free
Join the SSF Section and attend for FREE:  $20.00
MSBA Members (But Not Solo Small or New Lawyers Section Members):  $30.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $40.00

Participation by web and audio is available. Request instructions when you register or contact Elyse Farnsworth at 612-278-6336 or on or before April 27, 2011.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Elyse Farnsworth, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336.