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SOLO MISSIONS - Decades of client building and dues paying used to be a prerequisite for successfully making the leap from Big Law to a solo practice. But a growing number of millennial lawyers are skipping that step and just going for it, spurred by a desire to navigate their careers according to their personal values, Law.com’s Meredith Hobbs reports. “I really want to use my legal skills to do more than help uber-rich companies with their bottom line and reducing their legal risk,” said Alina Lee, who has started her own firm, Your Ad Attorney, at age 30 after working in Big Law and then in-house at a corporate legal department. “That’s where the money is, but there is so much more to life.” And for those young lawyers looking to hang their own shingles, the barriers to entry are lower than ever—in fact, there’s no longer any actual shingle-hanging required. “You had to buy servers, a phone system—and you had to have a fancy office downtown with a Peachtree Street address. That is what it meant to have a firm,” said Stephanie Everett, who left a big Atlanta firm in 2007 to co-found her own firm and now coaches small firm lawyers at Lawyerist. “Now the young lawyers I work with all work from home with just a computer and a few cloud-based subscriptions.”

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