All You Need to Know About Starting a Law Firm

August 2, 2015

Starting, managing, and growing a small law firm in the District of Columbia is a difficult task, but why go it alone? If you're interested in hanging out your own shingle, the D.C. Bar Practice Management Advisory Service's (PMAS) award-winning "Successful Small Firm Practice" course is specifically designed for you.

Three sessions of the 10-week course will be available on August 17, 24, and 31, and participants can choose to attend either daytime or evening sessions. Daytime brownbag lunch sessions take place from 12 to 2 p.m., and evening sessions take place from 6 to 8 p.m.

Topics include choosing the right practice for you; determining your ideal clients; creating a business plan; the basics to help you get started on running a small firm; ethics and small firm management; banking, money management, and billing; fee setting and fee agreements; establishing client relationships; smart marketing; ethical obligations and pitfalls in solo or small firm practice; and harnessing digital technology to maintain maximum productivity.

The sessions will be led by Dan Mills and Rochelle Washington, assistant director and senior staff attorney, respectively, at PMAS who have over 35 years of combined experience managing a small firm practice.

"Successful Small Firm Practice" is offered for free to Bar members and their staff. Participants may register for the entire course or for individual sessions only. To register, e-mail with "Course" in the subject line. Specify if attending a "day" or "evening" session, and either the "full 10-week course" or specific sessions. Participants may register for a mix of day and evening sessions.

All sessions will be held at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor. For questions, contact Mills at 202-626-1312 or, or Washington at 202-626-1317 or

For more information, view the full schedule of upcoming PMAS courses.