Practice Management Advisory Service

Small Firm Lunch and Learn Series

Lunch and Learn

The Practice Management Advisory Service of the D.C. Bar presents the Small Firm Lunch and Learn Series. Each program in this series will explore a topic of particular interest to members who are starting, managing, or growing law firms in the District of Columbia. All sessions take place from Noon-2:00 p.m. at the D.C. Bar (1101 K Street, NW) and are free to Bar members and their staff. This is a brown bag event.  Attendees may bring their own lunch.  Beverages are served.  Here is more information about each of the programs in the upcoming Lunch and Learn series.

Lunch and Learn Series Schedule:

October 8, 2015 -- What Every Lawyer Should Know Before Hiring an Investigator, presented by Angela Valdez of First Line Investigations. Her presentation will cover what to expect from your investigator and what good investigators expect from attorneys.  She will also share sleuthing tricks, from a backdoor method for searching Facebook to finding evidence in underappreciated public records.

October 15, 2015 – Low Bono for the Small Firm Lawyer: How to Successfully Start, Manage and Grow a Low Bono Practice in D.C., presented by Marc Borbely of the D.C.Tenants' Rights Center and Steven Krieger of Steven Krieger Law PLLC. These two local attorneys will share their experiences as well as the benefits and the common pitfalls associated with low bono practice. They will also provide useful insights into how to successfully implement alternative fee structures, how to market your low bono firm, and the technology tools used to successfully run and manage a low bono practice.

October 22, 2015 - Business Entity Selection and Formation Specifically for Lawyers, presented by Heather Batzel of Batzel Law PLLC.  Heather presents practical guidance on what lawyers should consider when choosing a business entity for their practice, how to move from one entity form to the next, jurisdictional issues, and the process of complying with applicable D.C. codes.  Heather opened Batzel Law PLLC in 2013 to bring her substantial corporate law experience to her favorite clientele -- entrepreneurs and small businesses.  Her decade of legal experience prior to founding her own firm includes representing the World Bank in international transactions, working as a corporate and securities associate at two top law firms and serving as General Counsel at an international start-up company.  

For descriptions and handouts from recent Lunch and Learn programs, click here.

To register or for more information on this program and other services offered by the Practice Management Advisory Service you may contact: Daniel M. Mills, assistant director, or Rochelle D. Washington, senior staff attorney, at