With all of the things going on in the world, I woke up this morning and realized that Sunday (Nov.1) was the 3rd anniversary of my law firm—Law Office of Sharon M. Davison, and the 5th anniversary of going out on my own. In October 2015 I walked into the office of the partner in charge of my practice area and told him I was leaving the firm. I will never forget the look on his face. It said everything I needed to know. How can you leave us? What are you going to do? You are going out on your own, you will never make it.
I left that firm and went to a very small firm (two other lawyers) where I was given the title Partner. That meant that if I didn’t bill anyone, I didn’t pay my bills and if I did bill anyone the firm got 20%. I started to realize that step was more of a crutch. I was also not located in New York City, even though I lived there.
One day a client who always asked me when I was going to be in “The City” said you need an address in NYC.
So, I started my journey to create my own law firm. On November 1, 2017, I had talked to all of my clients. I was moving again within two years. This required new engagement letters and they were troopers. I set up a network, phones, email, new business cards, and updated my LinkedIn page.
To all of those people who thought I wouldn’t make it, you were wrong. Not only have I made it I am growing my practice every year.
Over the last three years I have grown my relationships with existing clients and built new relationships. My network of attorneys has grown, and this has allowed me to grow my practice.
The decision to step out on my own was absolutely the right one. I want to thank all of my clients who stood by me and brought me into their businesses. I also thank them for referrals of new clients.
I look forward to the next five years as we grow our businesses together.
Copyright Sharon M. Davison 2020. Use with attribution.