I founded this law firm in November of 2012. I had recently graduated from the University of Richmond School of Law, passed the Virginia Bar, and I was hungry for work.
The economy for graduating lawyers that year was less than optimistic.
Instead of continuing what had been up to that point a fruitless job search, I decided to hang my own shingle. I’ll always be grateful for my wife’s support when I told her I wanted to quit my current job and work for myself.
I was doing full-time document review work during the day, but at nights I was setting up and planning the launch of my own firm. I wrote an ebook about Trademarks and put it on Amazon in the hopes that ebook sales would generate interest in my legal services and I would be flooded with clients.
For the first month I think the ebook sold two times.
I decided to quit my full-time doc-review job anyway, and started reaching out to different pro bono groups and friends. I wasn’t looking for a different job, just work–something to do that would hone my legal skills and help me develop as a lawyer. I called a friend of mine who headed a pro bono immigration legal clinic and left a voicemail saying I wanted to take on a case or two to get my name out in the community.
It didn’t take him long to call back.
“You asked if you could take a couple of cases,” he told me over the phone. “How would you like to take on a couple hundred?”
My friend was transitioning his practice and switching to another firm, and it turns out that he wouldn’t be able to head up the legal clinic he had founded.
Going from literally zero to 200 clients in about a week was as daunting a task as it sounds. The majority of the clients had been promised pro bono representation, and for that first year it was a tricky balancing act helping as many clients as I could pro bono while trying to make a living and grow a practice. There’s no way that I could have managed the case load without some technical expertise.
I had worked at a web marketing and development firm prior to law school, so I was able to setup an online client management system on my own using WordPress and a forms plugin. My knowledge of available tools helped me to establish a practice that was technologically sleek and suited to the immediate high volume I was experiencing. Because I was doing so much pro bono, a friend offered me some free office space to setup shop. It was difficult to jump into a new area of law, start a practice, and try to make a living all at the same time, but I did it.
And now, years later, it’s not just me anymore, and we’ve consulted and helped thousands of clients in areas ranging from immigration to intellectual property, estate planning to law practice management. We’re excited to be practicing law during a difficult time in the industry, and time and time again we rise to the challenge.
We don’t take your decision to trust us lightly, and we’re proud to serve you with high-quality legal services tailored to the expectations of the 21st-century client.
We look forward to serving you,
Tingen & Williams, PLLC