This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Andrew Nickel, a criminal defense and family law attorney in Illinois. Andrew started his solo law practice in 2011 and has not looked back. In today’s interview, Andrew tells the story of how he went from an Assistant State Attorney to solo lawyer, to partner in a four lawyer firm in just a few short years.
Items Mentioned in the Podcast
- Clio for Case Management
- Google Calendar
- MyCase for Case Management
- Google Apps
- Andrew’s Law Firm
From fortune cookies (Andrew’s lunch reading)…
- “To do nothing is to be nothing.”
- “Courage is the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear.”
In this particular episode, you will learn:
How Andrew went from an Assistant State Attorney to Partner of his own law firm, and everything in between, including :
- Why Andrew decided to go into private practice and how he came to this decision
- Why it is so important to maintain relationships with people you meet
- The challenges Andrew faced when merging two law firms and how he overcame them
- The benefits and drawbacks of joining a partnership
- The best business advice that Andrew has learned from starting his own practice
- What Andrew likes most about having his own law firm (hint, it is the opposite of what happens to his client’s if he does a bad job for them – which he never does, by the way)
- The hurdles that held Andrew back from starting his own law firm.
- The number one habit that Andrew has developed that has contributed to his success as the owner of a law practice
- What Andrew would do if he had to start his practice over from scratch.
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