My name is J.T. Funk and my business partner, Ben Spandau, and I decided in our second year of law school to start our own law firm. Our decision began to take shape after my first year. I had a wonderful experience interning over my 1L summer with some brilliant lawyers at a small firm in Indianapolis. That small firm experience solidified for me my desire to build a practice on my own or with another new attorney. I approached Ben in September of our 2L year; I told him my goals for my law career and he echoed them. Ultimately, we made the decision to start solo (well, start small in our case).
When Ben and I decided to go it alone we did not make the decision in haste, nor did we anticipate the reactions we received from peers and other attorneys in our area when we told them. We were told that we were “stupid,” “crazy,” “awesome,” and “bold.” However, we have pushed on undeterred, and our hope is that this blog will serve as a resource for law students or attorneys who are considering going solo or starting their own firms.
We also view this blog as an opportunity for us to tell our story, as well as show others how this process works. We hope to focus our attention on how you can get a jump on the process while you are still in school as well as discuss technology, networking, going paper-less, and anything we think may help others succeed. We will discuss what has worked and what has not worked. We will show students and other hopeful solos or small firms the ins-and-outs of the risky, but rewarding (we hope!) venture of starting solo.