Thursday, September 17, 2015

September 22: Seattle - Getting Paid: Money Matters in a #LowBono Practice

Even though low bono attorneys aren’t in business for the big bucks, they still need to get paid. Because their profit margins are tight, it is crucial that their low bono clients have payment options that result in a high rate of payment. Pete Roberts, practice management expert, will walk us through the pros and cons of various billing models applicable to serving moderate means clients and describe situations in which it is best to use flat fee vs. hourly billing. Following Pete will be a panel of three solo practitioners who will share about best practices when it comes to getting paid.
In partnership with WSBA’s Moderate Means Program, Law Office Management Assistance Program, and Low Bono Section, the SU Low Bono and Solo Initiative presents the next workshop of our2015 Low Bono Brown Bag Series
Bring your brown bag lunch and join us for this CLE to help you run a successful practice!
Getting Paid: Money Matters in a Low Bono Practice
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
12:00 to 1:30 P.M.
Sullivan Hall, Fred Dore Courtroom, 1st Floor
Seattle, WA
1.5 CLE Credits Approved
RSVP required

  • Pete Roberts is a private practice management consultant for lawyers. He is the former Practice Management Advisor in the Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP) of the Washington State Bar Association for 13 years. Mr. Roberts has his MBA from The College of William & Mary and a Certificate as Small Business Webmaster from the University of Washington. He is a frequent speaker and has consulted with over 1,000 attorneys. He is active in the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Division, GPSOLO Division, and Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Peter is both locally and nationally recognized as an industry expert on issues related to the business of practicing law.
  • Yasmeen Abdullah, founder of Abdullah Law Firm, practices in the areas of personal injury, employment law, family law, discrimination, and civil litigation. Prior to starting her own firm, Yasmeen represented school districts across Washington State, local government entities, and small businesses. Before then, she was a Deputy Prosecutor for Thurston County where she handled thousands of criminal cases. While a prosecutor, Yasmeen helped form an Animal Cruelty Unit in the Thurston County Sheriff's Office. She has also completed two judicial clerkships at the Washington Court of Appeals, Division II. Yasmeen graduated from Eastern Washington University with a BA in Government and received her JD from the University of Richmond. Outside of her practice, she contributes significant pro bono work in the area of family law.
  • Mikel Carlson is the founder of Carlson Law Firm. Her areas of practice include family law, domestic violence protection, estate planning, and landlord/tenant law. Prior to launching the firm, Mikel worked with the Seattle University Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, providing representation to survivors of domestic violence. Her work with the clinic included civil representation as well as U-Visa applications from Homeland Security. She also interned with the Moderate Means Program as a student, helping middle income clients access attorneys willing to charge reduced fees. Mikel graduated from Seattle University with a BA in Business and Finance and received her JD from Seattle University School of Law. Mikel is active in the legal community through various bar sections and pro bono activities.
  • Zeshan Q. Khan is the founder of ​Law Offices of Zeshan Q. Khan. His practice emphasizes bankruptcy, family law, and general litigation, including personal injury, small business, and real estate litigation. Prior to starting his own firm, he clerked for the Honorable Sen K. Tan in Alaska. He attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate degree, received his JD from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a Masters in Law in Sustainable International Development at the University of Washington School of Law. In addition to his community engagement and pro bono activities, he is a part-time professor of family law in the paralegal program at Edmonds Community College.

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