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Surprising Qualities Most Billionaire Giants Have in Common

 (Last updated August 23, 2016) I’ve been privileged to work with multiple billionaire clients over the years as both an attorney and a software engineer. When I decided to start serving businesses under $50 Million instead of the global tech giants, it really caused me to dig deeply into what allowed those giants to obtain their market domination status. Here are some of the surprising qualities I’ve discovered that most of the billionaire companies seem to have in common. Observation #1: They Started By Producing Innovative Products That Made Their Competitors WANT To Obtain Those Products Let’s look at companies … Continue reading »

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Denise Gosnell
Denise is an entrepreneur who also happens to be an attorney. She owns multiple companies, including a consulting company called Denise Gosnell Consulting, Inc., where she writes various courses and books. One of her other companies is her law firm, Gosnell and Associates, P.C. where she serves Technology, Information Publishing, and Coaching companies as Intellectual Property and Internet legal counsel. She formed her own law firm about ten years ago after working for a large law firm prior to that. She also used to be a software engineer for over ten years before she became an attorney. Over the years, she has authored and co-authored 8 books on technology and business topics, and is currently a blogger for the Huffington Post on various legal and business topics.

So Few Lawyers ‘Get’ This, And The Consequence?

So Few Lawyers ‘Get’ This, And The Consequence?

“So I have a strong background in investment math and cash flow model, so I get this completely… 100%. My question is, Will lawyers understand this?” “I don’t know. But they need to. Because if they can understand this, everything changes.”   This week, my copywriter, Eric and I were pow-wow’ing, brainstorming on our marketing campaigns, and getting clear on what you’d need to hear/know to decide if our membership programs are right for you. (Do you have anyone to brainstorm your monthly marketing campaigns with? If not, you should. And, that’s something we do with our members, each month.) … Continue reading »

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Alexis Neely is a bestselling author and has been a frequent guest on numerous network talk shows and news broadcasts. After graduating first in her law school class from Georgetown Law, Alexis clerked for Senior Judge Peter T. Fay on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and then began her career at the #1 AmLaw rated firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She went on to build her own law practice into a million dollar a year revenue generator within just three years by creating a revolutionary New Law Business Model you’ll hear about on the call. She is a leading expert on teaching lawyers how to attract more clients, engage those clients at higher fees,* and to serve those clients using this completely different law business model. Lawyers using Alexis’ systems report far more happiness, bigger bank accounts, and that they love being lawyers again.

Why Building a Law Practice Like a Business Is So Freaking Terrifying

Why Building a Law Practice Like a Business Is So Freaking Terrifying

You thought you were going to law school to be a lawyer and counsel clients, and help people. You’d get a well-paying job in a law office afterward, or if you went out on your own, the clients would show up with ease. Now that you are out on your own (or considering making the leap into your own law practice) you are discovering there is this whole other piece no one ever told you about – the business aspect of law practice. Rainmaking. (Those 2-4 clients per month you need to make to even your base overhead every month … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Alexis Neely is a bestselling author and has been a frequent guest on numerous network talk shows and news broadcasts. After graduating first in her law school class from Georgetown Law, Alexis clerked for Senior Judge Peter T. Fay on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and then began her career at the #1 AmLaw rated firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She went on to build her own law practice into a million dollar a year revenue generator within just three years by creating a revolutionary New Law Business Model you’ll hear about on the call. She is a leading expert on teaching lawyers how to attract more clients, engage those clients at higher fees,* and to serve those clients using this completely different law business model. Lawyers using Alexis’ systems report far more happiness, bigger bank accounts, and that they love being lawyers again.

Most Common Law Practice Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Most Common Law Practice Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

In my last post, I revealed the reason why most lawyers and law practices fail themselves and their clients. Judging by the dozens of email replies over the weekend, it struck a nerve. This post is the follow-up, this time with actionable take-aways.   Let’s get right to it. This is my list of the most common law practice mistakes I see lawyers making, after coaching over a thousand lawyers the past ten years – and how to see them, fix them, and create a life and law practice you love.   The 15 Most Common Mistakes Non-Entrepreneurial Lawyers Make … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Alexis Neely is a bestselling author and has been a frequent guest on numerous network talk shows and news broadcasts. After graduating first in her law school class from Georgetown Law, Alexis clerked for Senior Judge Peter T. Fay on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and then began her career at the #1 AmLaw rated firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She went on to build her own law practice into a million dollar a year revenue generator within just three years by creating a revolutionary New Law Business Model you’ll hear about on the call. She is a leading expert on teaching lawyers how to attract more clients, engage those clients at higher fees,* and to serve those clients using this completely different law business model. Lawyers using Alexis’ systems report far more happiness, bigger bank accounts, and that they love being lawyers again.

The 4 Symptoms of a Failing Life and Law Practice and How to Fix Them To Love Being a Lawyer Again Today

The 4 Symptoms of a Failing Life and Law Practice and How to Fix Them To Love Being a Lawyer Again Today

There is a reason most law practices fail, even those that appear to be successful for the lawyers that own them. It’s not bankruptcy. It’s not the sudden loss of a partner or leader. It’s not fraud or malfeasance. It doesn’t even look like a regular business failure. Failure, defined simply, is not accomplishing an aim or purpose. So let me invite you to consider: What was the dream law career that inspired you to study for the LSAT, apply to law schools, work your butt off through the three years of classes and exams, and then take and pass … Continue reading »

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Alexis Neely is a bestselling author and has been a frequent guest on numerous network talk shows and news broadcasts. After graduating first in her law school class from Georgetown Law, Alexis clerked for Senior Judge Peter T. Fay on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and then began her career at the #1 AmLaw rated firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She went on to build her own law practice into a million dollar a year revenue generator within just three years by creating a revolutionary New Law Business Model you’ll hear about on the call. She is a leading expert on teaching lawyers how to attract more clients, engage those clients at higher fees,* and to serve those clients using this completely different law business model. Lawyers using Alexis’ systems report far more happiness, bigger bank accounts, and that they love being lawyers again.

The Counterintuitive Truth Behind Your Struggling Law Business: Why Generating More Clients Will Cost You Money, Time, and Energy

Study after study has shown that most lawyers are unhappy – it’s one of the most unhappy professions in the U.S. The fundamental flaw is that, even though they are unhappy doing their law practice as it is now, most lawyers mistakenly believe the key to a successful practice is simply getting more clients. Let me help you unravel why thinking this way is such a grave mistake, which simply leads to compounding your unhappiness. Think about this… Imagine everything stays the same. You keep serving clients as you do. You even get more clients, like the ones you are … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Alexis Neely is a bestselling author and has been a frequent guest on numerous network talk shows and news broadcasts. After graduating first in her law school class from Georgetown Law, Alexis clerked for Senior Judge Peter T. Fay on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and then began her career at the #1 AmLaw rated firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She went on to build her own law practice into a million dollar a year revenue generator within just three years by creating a revolutionary New Law Business Model you’ll hear about on the call. She is a leading expert on teaching lawyers how to attract more clients, engage those clients at higher fees,* and to serve those clients using this completely different law business model. Lawyers using Alexis’ systems report far more happiness, bigger bank accounts, and that they love being lawyers again.

Learn From My Epic Failure: $5,500 Loss Into 7-Figure Triumph

Out of everything that happened that day, it’s the feeling of triumph that I remember most clearly. My brand new client had just signed on for my new $5,500 estate planning “package.” And me? I was ecstatic. Little did I know that, 2 weeks later, the triumph would be replaced by a massive defeat. My practice was new, and I was just starting out on my own after leaving my first law job at the Biglaw firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. I had no idea what to charge for my estate planning service – I pulled $5,500 from the … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Alexis Neely is a bestselling author and has been a frequent guest on numerous network talk shows and news broadcasts. After graduating first in her law school class from Georgetown Law, Alexis clerked for Senior Judge Peter T. Fay on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and then began her career at the #1 AmLaw rated firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She went on to build her own law practice into a million dollar a year revenue generator within just three years by creating a revolutionary New Law Business Model you’ll hear about on the call. She is a leading expert on teaching lawyers how to attract more clients, engage those clients at higher fees,* and to serve those clients using this completely different law business model. Lawyers using Alexis’ systems report far more happiness, bigger bank accounts, and that they love being lawyers again.

From the Archives: What Is A ‘Door Lawyer’ And Why It Sucks To Be One!

Before I can tell you why being a door lawyer is sucking your life away, I need to make sure you are clear on what it is exactly. So, what is a door lawyer? A door lawyer is… a lawyer who, in the past, might have been called a general practitioner a lawyer who takes whatever walks in the door – a divorce here, a criminal case there, a personal injury for good measure and the occasional will and trust, etc. There’s some part of you that knows this is not the best way to serve your clients, but you … Continue reading »

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From the Archives: 8 Steps to Grow Your Law Practice: From “Solo” to Small Firm

“Grow or die!” is a vital mantra in business today, even in the law business. As a solo practitioner, there will come a time when you will be faced with the decision of whether to expand your work or maintain the status quo. If you’re like me, you’ll drool at the chance to make a bigger mark on the world. I’d noticed that my firm’s capacity had maxed out about two years after I opened the doors. I had a deep sense of wanting my work to become “our” work, a work done by a team that joined me in … Continue reading »

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Martha Hartney
Martha Hartney's is a successful Estate Planning lawyer in Colorado and co-creator of the Estate Planning Bootcamp. As a Law Business Mentor her greatest hope is to help other lawyers claim, or reclaim, the joy and the spiritual pursuit of being a lawyer.

Confessions of a Former Door Lawyer: How One Lawyer Reinvented Her Practice, Herself, and Now Serves Clients She Absolutely Loves, Everyday

  You can’t accuse Amie of having an easy entry into the field of law. During her first year at law school, she was diagnosed with cancer. And, later on, she found out she was pregnant and gave birth to her son. She eventually finished law school in 2011, meaning she entered one of the worst law job markets in history. It was so bad, in fact, that she ended up putting her legal career on hold, taking a tech job with no exposure to law. A new mother, she didn’t have a choice – her family needed her income. … Continue reading »

About the Contributor
Alexis Neely is a bestselling author and has been a frequent guest on numerous network talk shows and news broadcasts. After graduating first in her law school class from Georgetown Law, Alexis clerked for Senior Judge Peter T. Fay on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and then began her career at the #1 AmLaw rated firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She went on to build her own law practice into a million dollar a year revenue generator within just three years by creating a revolutionary New Law Business Model you’ll hear about on the call. She is a leading expert on teaching lawyers how to attract more clients, engage those clients at higher fees,* and to serve those clients using this completely different law business model. Lawyers using Alexis’ systems report far more happiness, bigger bank accounts, and that they love being lawyers again.