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Best Practices in Billing

Information  compiled as part of the D.C. Bar’s Practice Management Advisory Service.

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Checklist for Starting a Law Practice

Prepare a Business Plan, Choose the Entity Type and Know Why, Office Space Considerations, and more.

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Practice Guidance

The Practice Management Advisory Service offers guidance to help attorneys avoid disciplinary problems and improve management skills in the practice of law.

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Opening an IOLTA Account

Client or third party funds in the lawyer’s possession as a result of a representation must be placed in a trust account.

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Resource Line

The Management Resource Line is a telephone advisory service, or helpline, designed to help you with practice management issues.

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Self Check

Practice Management Advisory Service - Law Firm Management Quiz (Self Check)

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Business Entity Selection

Launching a Law Firm Entity selection and startup considerations, presented by Heather Batzel of Batzel Law PLLC. (Presentation | Handout)

Washington Lawyer Articles


Ready to Launch? Talk to Us. (July/August 2023)

The Power of Feedback (May/June 2023)

How Did Firms Fare in 2022? (March/April 2023)

The Fear of Going It Alone (January/February 2023)


The Risks of Waiver of Entrustment (November/December 2022)

Small Firm Lawyer, Savvy Entrepreneur (September/October 2022)

It All Comes Down to Planning (July/August 2022)

Matching Your Value With Your Client’s Needs (May/June 2022)

Tailoring Technology to Your Ideal Client (March/April 2022)

10 Ways to Step Up Your Marketing (January/February 2022)


Does Your Client Need a Payment Plan? (November/December 2021)

Back to the Office Some of Us Go? (September/October 2021)

Clarity & Precision in Fee Agreements (July/August 2021)

10 Ways to Protect Your Clients’ Data (May/June 2021)

10 Ways to Protect Your Clients’ Data (May/June 2021)

Earning Mechanisms for An Advance Fee (March/April 2021)

Earning Mechanisms for An Advance Fee (March/April 2021)

Survival of the Fittest in the New Normal (January/February 2021)

Survival of the Fittest in the New Normal (January/February 2021)


Building a Positive Firm Culture (November/December 2020)

An Innovation Model for Firms to Follow (September/October 2020)

Leverage Downtime, Boost Your Business (July/August 2020)

Think Like an Entrepreneur (June 2020) 

Practice Management Metrics for Success – Part One of Two (May 2020) 

Options for Working with Other Lawyers (March/April 2020) 

Ways a Newsletter Can Work for Your Firm (January/February 2020)



Got a New Client? Document It (November/December 2019) 

Blocking Out Time: The Secret to Working Smarter (October 2019) 

Choosing the Technology That Fits Your Needs (September 2019) 

How to Avoid Becoming an ODC Statistic (July/August 2019) 

Risky Business ’Non-Refundable’ Legal Fees (June 2019) 

How to Choose the Right Clients (May 2019) 

Why Empathy is Key to Small Firm Success (April 2019) 

The D.C. Bar Practice Management Advisory Service A Beacon for Lawyers (April 2019) 

Going Small: Essentials for Starting a Law Firm (April 2019) 

Maximize the Benefits of Annual Reviews (March 2019)