« on: January 12, 2009, 10:18:18 PM »
Interesting post Mathies...you wrote:
"...we donít have salary stats for small or solo partners, we just have salary stats for large firms. We therefore assume that's what out there for most lawyers, its not."
Yep. I watched trails in my area last year. One defense attorney struck me as particularly adept, and he had his own practice, no associates at all. This is from the Fees section from his website:
Traffic Tickets ($250+)
DWI Misdemeanor ($1,800 - $4,500) Most cases $2,500
DWI Felony ($3,000 - $7,500) Most cases $4,000
Other Misdemeanors ($750 - $4,000) Most cases $2,000
D & E Felonies ($3,500 - $5,000) Most cases $3,500
B & C Felonies ($4,000 - $10,000+) Most cases $7,500
A Felonies ($7,500 - $25,000+) Most cases $15,000
Do the math, he isn't doing so bad.On the other hand, he was the best attorney I saw. Plenty of others were ho-hum, some terrible (one refused to accept an ACD for her client). They might have great fee structures, but not too many clients (this would fall under interpersonal skills, yes?)
One attorney told me she didn't do criminal work anymore, she only did family law, because divorcing couples were better about paying up at the end of the day. But she was solo too...I'm sure she was doing better on her bread and butter divorce work than a small firm would be handing her. Maybe not so much as BigLaw, but the point is, solo practice loks lucrative, and you aren't a workhorse. Besides you get to defend the Constitution. Yikes, idealism.