New Brunswick –The vast majority of New Jersey’s attorneys in private practice don’t work in big law firms. Rather, three-quarters of the firms in the state are solo firms and another 20 percent of the firms have just a handful of attorneys.
The New Jersey State Bar Association will hold Solo and Small-Firm Conferences in two locations in the coming weeks meant to help attorneys address the unique challenges they face and learn from experts and peers about running an effective, efficient and sustainable practice. The conferences are part of the bar association’s larger efforts to help solo and small-firm attorneys.
The event was launched in 2009 with around 100 attendees and has grown steadily leading to sell-out crowds in recent years. Because of the interest from lawyers around the state, the association is holding the conference in two locations for the first time this year. On March 1 the conference will be held in Morristown. On March 15 it will be offered in Voorhees.
“This is one of the association’s most exciting events of the year. It is central to the mission of the New Jersey State Bar Association to address the needs of solo and small-firm attorneys. They represent a vital and growing segment of New Jersey’s legal community,” said Association President Ralph J. Lamparello.
The daylong conferences will feature a series of educational panels, including ones on how lawyers can market their services in an ethical way; what lawyers must know about the Affordable Care Act; how to address malpractice complaints; and dealing with challenging clients.
In addition to the educational programming and networking, the Morristown event will feature the presentation of the Solo Practitioner of the Year Award by the association’s Solo and Small-Firm Section.
This year’s honoree is Miles S. Winder III. Winder is the association’s first vice president and has a solo practice in Bernardsville.
"It is hard to think of someone more deserving of this recognition than Miles Winder. He has given freely of his experience and wisdom in support of the Solo and Small-Firm Section since its formation. I am proud to be a solo attorney in the company of such an exceptional practitioner,” said William Mack, chair of the section.
Here’s a closer look at the breakdown of law firms in New Jersey
NUMBER OF LAW FIRMS
Size of Law Firm
|Number of Attorneys
||Firm Size Midpoint
||Number of Firms
||Individual Category %
|3 to 5
|6 to 10
|11 to 19
|20 to 49