Amazing Ladies of VLOs

March 18, 2010 W. R. Eilers 3 Comments

Well, I have given shouts to these folks before, but I thought I would give it one more dedicated “cheers.”  As I have been trying to build this system, this virtual law firm as a sustainable concept, I am constantly fighting to keep positive and to maintain my drive to make it work.  Every morning, I read my piles of blogs that fill my Google Reader boxes.  I read everything from news to comics to personal blogs.  However, the most important blogs that I read are the ones about starting a solo law firm in a virtual space.  Lately, I have notice that my most inspiring reads come from the ladies, the women who are pushing the boundaries of what we think a law firm should be.  This is not to down the men and their tremendous efforts in any way.  However, living with an inspirational new mom who balances new motherhoodness, wifey-ness, and constant work on her blog. ( I have been feeling a great appreciation for the efforts and work of these ladies.  And so without further ado, I will just list them off.

Stephanie Kimbro, a real pioneer of the VLO concept. She runs her own VLO firm and with her husband, developed what I think is the best virtual law office software available, VLOTech

Carolyn Elefant is a solo practitioner that literally wrote the book on going solo.  Any law student questioning the big firm route, undoubtedly has stumbled upon her book in the stacks when they should have been shephardizing.  Her blog, MySingle go to resource solo practice issues. 

Nicole Black is busy busy New Yorker who writes, blogs, webcasts, tweets, and practices law. When I first started researching this stuff, Nicole was everywhere.  An avid mac fan (we all have our faults 😉 ), Nicole is a fountain of technology information and how it applies to practicing legal professionals.

If you have been looking at become a solo practicioner, then you probably have come across Solo Practice University started by Susan Cartier Liebel.  Over the past year she has developed an incredible faculty and community around the idea of going solo.  You can catch her blog here.

Another super mom to check out is over at 

Ladies, cheers!!!  Keep up the great work and keep inspiring.  To everyone else, I hope these women can help you as much as they have helped me.

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3 Comments → “Amazing Ladies of VLOs”

  1. Traci D. Ellis 7 years ago   Reply

    Great post. I've been practicing law for 19 years, the last 4 of which have been as a solo. The hardest part of building my practice has been dismantling all the "tradition" of how to practice law, and freeing my mind to the possibilities of actually being able to create a law practice that fits who I am and works best for me. You think it'd be easy but the truth is that it has been very difficult to undo all the madness that says I have to bill in 1/10 hour increments, I have to have a brick and mortar office, I have to send monthly invoices, I have to… you get the picture. Well, everyone one of the ladies you mentioned has been an inspiration to me over the past 4 years to do something different, and I'm FINALLY, just now doing it. I'm in the process of moving out of my office, my VLO is up and running, and I'm SO excited. I feel more passion about my business now than I probably have in 3 years. My biggest accomplishment? I finally have a website that looks like anything BUT a "lawyerly" site, and I'm so glad, LOL! Here's to these women…they've led me right off the cliff!

  2. W. R. Eilers 7 years ago   Reply

    Thank you for the great comments. At least you'll have company during the fall. 😉

  3. Claudia Guerreiro 7 years ago   Reply

    Lily and I love you, your blog and your shout out to the ladies! Beijinhos.

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