A new year always pushes people to make resolutions — some vow to lose weight,find love or quit smoking. For young attorneys, starting one’s own firm or businessmight be a goal, but for some it always remains just that: a goal.

For Alan Nochumson, though, that goal has become a reality in 2006. This year will be unlike anyyear before, because his goal was to start his own firm and he is acting on that resolution.At 31 years old, Nochumson this month will join the ranks of about 5,000 solo practitionersin the five-county region. He is one of the many young attorneys who have struckout of their own recently, turning away from the firms where they found their footing andstarting down what can be a very rewarding, if not extremely challenging, path.According to Mark Tarasiewicz, the director of publications and new media for thePhiladelphia Bar Association, it is estimated that solos make up about 27 percent of thetotal number of lawyers and about 59 percent of the total number of law firms in that area.Nochumson left Funk & Bolton, a Maryland firm that he helped get established inPhiladelphia, after a few years. It was his third law firm job since graduating fromWashington, D.C.’s George Washington School of Law in 1999.

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