Going Solo or Starting a Small Firm 2022

Course Date: May 25, 2022

Full Course Materials
Total: 6h 10min
Total Ethics: 2h 2min

Welcome and Land Acknowledgement (9:00 - 9:10)

Kendelle L. PollittPier Law & Mediation, Surrey

Going Solo/Starting a Small Firm—the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (9:10 - 10:10)

  • considerations to keep in mind
  • shared experiences
  • we did it and so can you

Uphar K. Dhaliwal Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Corporation, Abbottsford
Tarel Swansky Swansky Family Law & Mediation, Maple Ridge

BREAK (10:10 - 10:20)

The ABC's of Setting Up a Law Firm (10:20 - 11:20)

  • incorporating
  • setting up trust accounting
  • finding space or going virtual
  • accessing resources

Erin Brandt PortaLaw Corporation, Vancouver
Ronald Kumar Ronald Kumar Law Corporation, Vancouver

BREAK (11:20 - 11:30)

Business and Strategic Planning (11:30 - 12:30)

  • creating a business plan
  • planning for success
  • presenting your best case for financing

Heather Gray-Grant Business Strategist, Marketing Planner and Certified Executive Coach, Vancouver
Chris Moscatello Regional Manager, Small Business Banking, Coast Capital Savings, Surrey

LUNCH (12:30 - 1:00)

Filling the PipelineWill I Have Enough Work? (1:00 - 2:00)

  • non-marketing approaches to marketing
  • being economical and effective
  • professionalism and ethics in marketing 

Charley Mann President and Lead Coach, Great Legal Marketing, Fairfax, VA

BREAK (2:00 - 2:10)

Setting Yourself Up for Success! (2:10 - 3:10)

  • how to choose, plan, and budget for law office technology
  • access to mentorship
  • the ethics and rules of starting a law firm
  • setting expectations and avoiding common pitfalls

Thomas L. Spraggs Spraggs & Co. Law Corporation, Coquitlam
Edith Szilagyi Nova Law Corporation, Port Moody and Practice Advisor, Law Society of BC, Vancouver

BREAK (3:10 - 3:20)

Law Firm Human Resources (3:20 - 4:20)

  • building a team
  • finding staff
  • motivation and supports
  • importance of self-care

Debra Douglas Paralegal, Pier Law & Mediation, Surrey
Paula Krawus
PortaLaw Corporation, Vancouver
Rachel Rabinovitch Human Resources Consultant, Spraggs & Co. Law Corporation, Coquitlam

Closing Remarks (4:20 - 4:30)

Kendelle L. PollittPier Law & Mediation, Surrey