How to Start and Build a Law Practice Paperback – 1976 Jay G. Foonberg American Bar Association B0032VIHFE

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April 15, 2016
This is a book mainly about the business of practicing law; how to get started, what to buy, how to assess your needs, etc. I've owned two businesses prior to going to law school and I can tell you this: if you plan on going solo, buy this book.

Some readers are disappointed that it doesn't have up to date internet tips. But that's such a tiny part of what you need to know. You can find your answers to internet advertising with a quick google search. This book is about the meat and potatoes of getting off the ground. Buy it if you want to be your own boss.
August 12, 2015
Mr. Foonberg has put together a wonderful resource in this book.

When starting a law practice, there are many questions, unknowns, fears, and sleepless nights. Mr. Foonberg adequately and accurately addresses each of these concerns, and helps to prepare the young lawyer for a practical startup.

The only reason for leaving a 3 instead of 4 star review is the repetitive nature of the writing style in the book. That said, Mr. Foonberg does in fact warn you about this repetitive style, and states that it is because of being intended to be used as a manual as opposed to a novel, and so information is included in multiple parts in case you're looking something up and don't read another section including the same information.
October 31, 2016
This book talks about Rolodex, fax machines, carbon copies, and other antiquated nonsense. Avoid.
October 1, 2014
The author writes each chapter as a standalone. The result is repetition . . . which is good. I bought an older, dated edition; and, as you might imagine, the technology is dated and technology has changed the way we do things. The author points out that his book will always lag technology, but that any technology that works is obsolete. Somethings never change - how to chose a location, decisions about how to organize files, how to attract clients,setting fees, etc. If starting a law practice is in your future, reading a random chapter here and there or reading the book from cover to cover will smooth the road. So, you can read the four chapters of interest and walk away, and you will have received a return on your time investment and money. Additionally, you can come back and read other sections along the way and at any time in the develop of your practice and benefit.
Willie V. Hughes
April 29, 2006
I bought this book before starting up my new law practice because it's one of really only two good books on opening a law office, and this one seemed to have the most praise.

On the positive side: (1) It appears that Foonberg really cares about the legal profession, and he would like to help future lawyers become better advocates and counselors for their clients. This is obvious in his writing style, and in his constant reminders that attorneys are in a service profession. (2) Foonberg really makes an effort to try and keep the book updated and relevant by offering new editions. Many authors would have just let it ride on a book written 20 years ago. (3) There aren't many attorney-authors that have really attempted to put together such a comprehensive and focused book specifically on opening a law practice.

On the negative side: (1) With all due respect to Mr. Foonberg, the current edition is very much a work of Dr. Frankenstein. It has been pieced and stitched together, with parts being swapped in and out. The book does not flow with a theme, and it appears the author has made so many revisions over time that the chapters have been inserted and removed simply as needed. My opinion is that the book needs to be completely rewritten from the ground up. (2) Despite his best efforts to stay current, many of Foonberg's ideas are terribly outdated. For example, his chapter on Personal Data Assistants (PDAs) consists of essentially a paragraph. My PDA is not only my complete calendaring and docketing system, but it is also a significant part of my client conflict checking system, and it contains all of my
Daniel Denbeste
February 11, 2017
March 6, 2012
I know the author. He and I were on a speaking tour back in the early 70's with the first edition of the book. He talked about oil and tax issues. I talked about a one person office and general practice. The book was and new editions are fantastic. They need to use this book in law schools for seniors who are looking for jobs and cannot find one. The newest edition is over the top. Three times a thick as the first edition but even more helpful. This should be required reading by all associates. The big firms may not be for you but before you start you own law practice you need to read this book. When a law student sends me his resume and wants an interview I suggest we have lunch and then I show them the book and say please read it. I suggest they read it every other year while they are in the pracice. Sometimes you forget.... Thanks Jay for sharing with us over the years.......

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