2013 - How to Start Your Own Law Firm: A Step-by-Step Approach

3.5 General CLE Credits, including 0.0 Ethics Credits | WSBA AV CLE #375887

A successful panel of lawyers who have opened their own firms will, in a fast-paced and engaging CLE, go through the concrete information and steps needed to open your own firm.


Recorded:  12/10/2013
Credits:  3.5 General CLE, including 0.0 Ethics Credits | WSBA AV CLE #375887
Length: 3:42:01

Featured Speakers:
Jennifer Willner, Kinnon Williams, Greg McLawsen, Nancy Pacharzina, Mark Jordan

A successful panel of lawyers who have opened their own firms will, in a fast-paced and engaging CLE, go through the concrete information and steps needed to open your own firm.


Welcome and Introductions; Opening Remarks
Jennifer Willner, Halvorson & Willner PLLC, Bellevue | Bellingham

Step One: Creation (choosing a business entity)
Kinnon Williams, Williams & Williams PSC, Bothell

Step Two: The Machine (choosing hardware)
Greg McLawsen, Puget Sound Legal, P.C., Tacoma

Step Three: The Brains (choosing software)
Greg McLawsen


Step Four: Set up House (choosing your office arrangement)
Nancy Pacharzina, Pacharzina Law PLLC, Seattle

Step Five: Infrastructure (forms; checklists; flow of paper and work)
Mark Jordan, Invicta, Seattle

Step Six: Who Are You? (figuring out what law you want to practice)
Kinnon Williams

3:10 - 3:30 Step Seven: Protect Yourself (selecting insurance)
Kinnon Williams (materials provided by Julie K. Fowler)


Step Eight: Launch & Liftoff (telling the world you are open for business)
Mark Jordan

Step Nine: Create a Business Development Plan
Jennifer Willner

Step Ten: Keeping it Together (staying motivated, staying sane)
Panel Discussion

Question & Answer


MARK V. JORDAN is an attorney with INVICTA. He practices in the area of business law with an emphasis on
intellectual property, entertainment, international and corporate transactions. Mr. Jordan recently co-wrote
with Philip A. Talmadge the book "Attorney Fees in Washington" published by Lodestar Publishing. Mr. Jordan
has been appointed a Rule 39.1 Neutral by the United States District Court for the Western District of
Washington and serves as an arbitrator for King County Superior Court. Mr. Jordan earned his J.D. from Gonzaga
University School of Law and LL.M. (International and Comparative Law) from Notre Dame Law School.

GREG MCLAWSEN is the founding attorney of Puget Sound Legal where he represents families in the U.S.
immigration system. Greg is the Chair Elect of the Executive Committee of the Washington State Bar
Association's Solo & Small Practice Section and serves as Treasurer for the Washington Chapter of the American
Immigration Lawyers Association. Greg regularly publishes and presents on immigration law issues and on law
practice management. He can be reached at greg@pugetsoundlegal.net or (425) 998-7046.

NANCY PACHARZINA has been practicing law in Seattle for over 17 years. She started her solo practice in 2011.
Her practice is broad based and includes commercial and consumer litigation, employment matters and business
counseling and transactions. She has particular subject matter expertise in class actions and matters related to
worker classification as independent contractors. In addition, she has niche practices representing dental
professionals and amateur sports officials. Prior to practicing law Ms. Pacharzina worked for over a decade as an
environmental engineer. She then graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Washington, School of Law
and spent a year clerking for the Honorable Richard M. Bilby in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

KINNON W. WILLIAMS, managing partner of Williams & Williams PSC, received a Bachelor of Arts in Political
Science from the University of Washington, in 1982, a Doctorate of Juris Prudence from the University of
Oregon, in 1986, and was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 1986. Recently named a "Super Lawyer" by
Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, his practice focuses on eminent domain, real estate and the representation of
special purpose districts. Mr. Williams has extensive experience representing parties in matters involving real
estate acquisition, public works projects, taxation, impact fees and financing. Serving as Special Counsel to
private and public clients, Mr. Williams has successfully argued before the Washington State Court of Appeals
and Supreme Court. He is co-author of the WSBA Real Property Desk Book Chapter on Eminent Domain, a
Course Facilitator for the International Right of Way Association and is a frequent speaker on the subjects of
eminent domain, easements, roadways and impact fees.

JENNIFER R. WILLNER is a partner in Halvorson & Willner PLLC and manages the firm's offices in Bellingham,
Washington. The firm's attorneys have over 50 years combined experience representing employers throughout
the Northwest in the entire range of labor and employment law matters. Jennifer is the immediate past Chair of
the Washington State Bar Association, Solo & Small Firm Section, past Chair of the WSBA Continuing Legal
Education Committee, a three term officer of the Whatcom County Bar Association and member of the Mt.
Baker Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. Jennifer sits on the Board of Directors for
Evergreen Wellness Advocates and spends many volunteer service hours with organizations devoted to horse
rescue and rehabilitation. Jennifer received her B.A. in Psychology from Reed College and her J.D. cum laude
from Seattle University School of Law.


General Registration - $105.00

Seattle University School of Law Alumni - $85

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