Solo and Small Firm

The Practitioner Summer 2019, Volume 25, Issue 3

Letter From the Chair

By Renee N. G. Stackhouse

Renee Stackhouse is a San Diego trial attorney and founder of Stackhouse, APC who focuses on plaintiff’s personal injury, military, and criminal defense. She is Chair of the CLA Solo & Small Firm Section, Immediate Past President of California Women Lawyers, President of the CWL Foundation, and sits on the San Diego County Bar Association. She is faculty at the prestigious Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and the founder of She can be reached at

It is part our mission to guide our members on their path to becoming strong, competent and ethical solo and small firm business owners so this issue of the Practitioner is devoted to the Business of Law.

According to the Small Business Administration, there are over 28 million small businesses in the United States. Of those, only 50% will survive. Worse, only about one third last more than 10 years. "Wait," you’re saying…" does that include law firms?" Yes, my friends. Law firms = businesses.

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