Start Your Solo/Small Firm: The First Five Years

Event Description

Co-sponsored by the Practice Management and Marketing, and New Lawyers Sections

Deadline to Register: Friday, May 6, 2016

Learn how to start from the ground up at this CLE program brought to you by the MSBA Practice Management & Marketing Section. The program is perfect for young lawyers, law students, and any attorney who is considering going solo or starting a small firm, or a solo/small practitioner who wants greater insight into managing a solo/small practice. The program is designed to help you through the process of planning and starting your own practice, and keeping your new practice afloat during the first five years. The program will largely use a Q&A format, so that you can get your questions answered. Each of the presenters brings their own practical experience in starting up a solo or small law practice recently.

Lunch and registration will begin at 12:15 p.m. The program will begin at 12:30 p.m. 


Rebecca Schack
Rebecca is a founding partner of Meier Schack, LLC, a two attorney law firm focusing exclusively in the practice of family law. Rebecca founded Meier Schack, along with her law partner, Lisa Meier in 2011. Lisa and Rebecca worked together for 6 years prior to founding Meier Schack as associates attorneys in a mid-sized family law firm.  Rebecca prides herself on maintaining high standards and effective client advocacy in divorce, child custody, parenting time, child support and post decree cases as well as in the preparation of antenuptial agreements.

Joe Larson
Joe Larson is a solo practitioner in the areas of employment, business, personal injury and transportation law. A graduate of Creighton University School of Law and the University of Notre Dame, Joe started the Joseph A. Larson Law Firm PLLC three years ago to focus his practice on helping individuals and small businesses protect their rights in the workplace and beyond. He was named a 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Star and currently serves as Secretary of the MSBA's Practice Management and Marketing Section.

Kevin Sieben
Kevin is a third generation lawyer in the Sieben family from Hastings, Minnesota. From a family steeped in law and politics for over 100 years, Kevin dedicates his practice to defending those accused of a crime. Kevin’s practice has taken him to the four corners of the state. A graduate of St. John’s University and William Mitchell College of Law, Sieben has worked in Washington, D.C. for Congressman Bill Luther and he has managed legislative campaigns. Kevin now runs and owns the law firm of Sieben Edmunds PLLC along with his law partner Samuel Edmunds, practicing in the areas of criminal defense and personal injury.

Jayne Sykora
Jayne is a partner at Sykora & Santini PLLP in Minneapolis where she focuses her practice on estate planning, estate administration and business law. Jayne currently serves on the board of the Hennepin County Bar Foundation and volunteers for the MSBA's Wills for Heroes program.

Bill Gschwind
Bill Gschwind provides legal and business services focused on owner-operated businesses, primarily residential contractors, remodelers, and renovators. As the founder and principal attorney of Minnesota Construction Law Services, opened in 2012, Bill divides his time equally between client representation in transactional and litigation matters, and firm development and management. In the three-plus years the firm has been operating, it has developed a solid book of clients that depend on Minnesota Construction Law Services as their outside general counsel. Bill is a results-oriented, entrepreneurial, analytical, and business-savvy leader with 28+ years of experience in change management and business ownership.  His clients benefit from his proven success predicting future trends and implementing strategies to achieve success.

CLE Credits:

1.5 Law Office Management CLE Credits approved | Event Code: 219592

Cost (includes lunch):

Practice Management/New Lawyers Section Members:  $15.00 
MSBA Member not in the PM&M and NLS Sections:  $25.00 
Non-MSBA Members:  $30.00 
Law Students: Free 

Join the Practice Management & Marketing Section:  $24.00  MSBA members who are not members of the Practice Management & Marketing Section can join the section and attend this CLE for FREE.  Click here to add the section to your membership and then contact Shawn Carlson to register for this meeting at no charge.

Remote Participation: 

Teleconferencing and webcasting are available. Instructions will be emailed the day before the program.

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Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy. 
Questions? Contact Shawn Carlson | 612-278-6305

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Presidents Room / Minnesota State Bar Association Minneapolis, MN United States