Updated: July 18, 2018

Solo and Small Practice Section

We serve as a clearinghouse for qualified law practice management and technology information solo and small practice attorneys to support them in ethically conducting a profitable, satisfying business.

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Register Now for the 2018 Solo and Small Firm Conference: The Complete Lawyer: Mastering Your Practice and Achieving Balance

Gain practice management oriented tips, insightful strategies, and practice tips to help you prosper in today’s legal economy.

This year's faculty includes: Catherine Sanders Reach (The Chicago Bar Association, Chicago) and Nicole Abboud (Abboud Media, Los Angeles). Catherine will be sharing about Using Technology to Nurture Client Relationships plus Reputation Management; Nicole will be addressing Why Business for Good is Good for Business and Mastering Social Media! For a full list of speakers, click here. 

Other highlights: 12.25 CLE credits (including 2 ethics credits), an exhibit hall featuring products and services of interest, the opportunity for networking, a Friday evening reception with networking opportunities, lunch on both days, free parking, and free WiFi internet access onsite.

When: Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22, 2018
Where: Lynnwood Convention Center

Further details and registration for onsite attendance or webcast participation are now available here.


Join Us – Section Night at Safeco Field

Come meet and mingle with your fellow Solo and Small Practice Section members as the Seattle Mariners take on the Chicago White Sox at Safeco Field on Friday, July 20. We have reserved a block of tickets at $35 each.

We will meet before the game at 5:30 p.m. at the Pyramid Alehouse and Brewery, 1201 First Ave. S., Seattle, in the beer garden. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

Tickets are limited and must be ordered by June 28. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please visit here or contact Kari Petrasek or Jordan Couch.

For questions, contact Kari or Jordan.


Section Executive Committee Elections

Voting closed on May 31 at 5 p.m. in the Solo and Small Practice Section Executive Committee elections. Here are the newly-elected members, with terms beginning on Oct. 1, 2018.

At-Large Member: Jordan Couch

At-Large Member: Kristina Larry

At-Large Member: Darcel Lobo

Thank you to all of the candidates!


Access Members-Only Area

To access the Members-Only Area, login with user name SSP@wsba.org (not an active email address), type in the password you received with your section sign up/renewal, and then click continue. Resources in the members-only area include:

  • CLE Chapters and Articles
  • Management Tools, Tips, and Forms
  • Online Resources
  • The Blogroll

Whom We Serve

Solo and small practice firms comprise more than 60% of practicing lawyers in Washington. Small firm practitioners must handle their finances, marketing, business decisions and growth without the help of law firm administrators, comptrollers, marketing personnel and executive directors.

The Solo and Small Practice Section of the Washington State Bar Association offers the resources to help manage these firms to maximum efficiency and profitability.

Who Serves You

The Section’s Executive Committee is made up of elected solo and small practice attorneys. They understand what you’re dealing with because they’re facing many of those same issues in their own practices. See the Executive Committee page for details of the current members.

In addition, the Executive Committee enjoys input from the liaison for the Association of Legal Administrators, as well as various consultants to the legal industry, providing added perspective on solutions to solo and small practice challenges.

WSBA Member Benefits

Did you know there are several important member benefits and tools that come with WSBA membership including professional liability insurance and Casemaker? Membership in the Section can put you in touch with resources that you can't find anywhere else.  It's the next best thing to having your own law practice management consultant!  When you join the Section, you will enjoy full access to:

  • List serve discussions where you can post questions for Section members and receive help with your most challenging issues.
  • Links on our Member-Only pages to hundreds of helpful resources.
  • Practice tips to enhance your productivity, management and quality of life.
  • Section-sponsored CLEs and roundtable discussions focused on solo and small practice issues.
  • Networking opportunities with solo and small firm practitioners in your own area, as well as from around the state.

Please note the WSBA sponsored group medical insurance program has been cancelled. Group plans can be found through a broker and individual plans can be found through a broker or on the Exchange. For more information about WSBA benefits, please contact LOMAP.


Section Impact

"You all have been a great resource for me, and I'd like to say THANK YOU. I am eternally grateful for any nuggets of direction and advice... You all take the time to write out beautiful explanations that I read word for word and cherish. Your time is valuable and I appreciate it." 

– Venu N. Sareen, Attorney at Law

From list serve post, May 7, 2015


Letter to the ECCL Task Force


Executive Committee

Chair
Kari Petrasek (as of May 1, 2018)

Treasurer
Bruce Gardiner

Secretary
Loriann Miller

Immediate Past Chair
Nancy Pacharzina

Members
Kristina Larry (2015-2018)
Shana Pavithran (2015-2018)
Karin Quirk (2015-2018)
Nikhil Bavariya (2016-2018)
Vitaliy Kertchen (2016-2018)
Shashi Vijay (2016-2018)

Adviser Members
Ann Guinn*
John Redenbaugh*
Pete Roberts*

ALA Liaison
Gil Price*

BOG Liaison
Kim Hunter*

Young Lawyer Liaison
Jordan Couch*

*Non-voting member

Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

For general questions, or to switch your list serve settings to a daily digest, please email inquiries to sections@wsba.org. To get involved and learn more about the Solo and Small Practice Section, please contact the Section Chair Kari Petrasek.