Graduates Offer Insights on How to Be Successful in Solo Practice

Left to right: Professor Gary Bauer, Sarah Ostahowski, Alexander Benikov, and Associate Dean of Career and Professional Development Charles Toy

Left to right: Professor Gary Bauer, Sarah Ostahowski, Alexander Benikov, and Associate Dean of Career and Professional Development Charles Toy.

June 13, 2014 - Thomas M. Cooley Law School recent graduates Alexander Benikov and Sarah Ostahowski spoke to a full audience of attorneys and law students about their success and trials of starting solo law practices during Cooley’s Solo By Design™ workshop. The presentation was held at Cooley’s Lansing campus on June 6 and was simulcast live to Cooley’s four other campuses. Their presentations included candid conversation about the successes and trials of solo practice, featuring their prescriptions for success in two very different styles of practice.

The presentation included a question and answer session, with participants questioning Benikov and Ostahowski about establishing and maintaining a profitable practice, while still maintaining control over the quality of one’s non-professional life.

“Our Solo By Design workshops are just another example of how Cooley educates young attorneys on how to be successful while practicing law,” said Gary Bauer, Cooley professor. “Cooley Law School has always taught students how to be successful while practicing law through a practical hands-on education.”

Benikov and Ostahowski, both only three and four years out of law school, shared their secrets to solo success. Benikov teaches classes in law office management as an adjunct professor, has published two books on going solo and managing clients, and practices private criminal defense in a large urban center.

Ostahowski has established a practice in a small village of only 2,000 residents, focusing exclusively on estate planning. Each shared their personal experience of going solo in an uncertain economy, even though just fresh out of law school.

Alexander Benikov speaks to lawyers and students interested in solo practice, while fellow presenter Sarah Ostahowski (far right, by window) listens with the audience.

Alexander Benikov speaks to lawyers and students interested in solo practice, while fellow presenter Sarah Ostahowski (far right, by window) listens with the audience.


About Cooley Law School: Celebrating 40 years of excellence, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 18,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and in Tampa Bay, Florida.

 

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