The economic turmoil of the past two years has had a dramatic impact on those of us who chose a career in the private practice of law. For many attorneys, these conditions have created an ideal time to strike out on their own and fulfill a dream of becoming a solo practitioner. For others, substantial layoffs at large firms and hiring freezes throughout the legal profession have teamed up to leave them with no other choice but to make a go of hanging out their own shingle.