Solo & Small Firm

SOCAL Symposium on Solo Success

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Thomas Jefferson School of Law
701 B Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Earn 4.0 MCLE Credit Hours

Onsite Registration Available

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Come join the California Lawyers Association Solo and Small Firm section for its first ever SoCal Symposium on Solo Success being held via in person at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego on September 20, 2019.

This informative programming is designed to provide Solo and Small Firm attorneys with imperative knowledge by seasoned experts.

Learn about “Forming Your Future- the Essential Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Successful Practice” with San Diego attorneys Chantal Duisters, Esq., Jeremy Ellias, Esq. and Vanessa Duisters, Esq. who will educate you on the tips and strategies to avoid common pitfalls when opening a small law firm and what really works.

Gain confidence by learning how to “Manage a Profitable Practice in the New Millennium” with Allison F. Tilton Esq, and Michael Bender, Esq.

Interact in “Tech Talk-Technology that Takes you and Your Firm into the Future” with well- known tech authors and attorneys, Robert M. Klein, Esq. and Kim Life, Esq.

Finally, boost your practice with “Up, Up & Away-Real Strategies for Growing A Sustainable Law Firm” with our stellar panel of local attorneys Joshua Bonnici, Esq, Brian Findley, Esq. and David Majchrzak, Esq.

Networking lunch is included with this informative 4 credit MCLE program. #WeAreSSF


The Solo and Small Firm Section Would Like to Thank Its Sponsors for their Generous Contributions

sponsors include Law Office of Jennifer F Novak, California Lemon Law Attorney/Law oFfices of Sotera L. Anderson, and Stackhouse APC. Thank You to our 2019 Sponsors. #WeAreSSF

Sponsorships still available. Please contact John Buelter at


8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Registration

Registration is open

9:25 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Opening Remarks

Opening remarks

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Forming your Future—The Essential Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Successful Practice

Four solo and small firm practitioners discuss the thought process on going solo, the steps to become a small business owner, and the importance of growing and protecting the company brand. These speakers will provide the tools and vision necessary to create a sustainable law practice from formation, to website, to administration, to handling client matters with vigor and care.

Speakers: Nastaran Parvizi, Esq., Chantal Duisters, Esq., Jeremy Ellias, Esq., and Vanessa Duisters, Esq.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | Break


10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Tech Talk-Technology that Takes You and Your Firm into the Future

Attorneys compared to non-attorney business owners are generally the last to implement technology into their practices. The panelists will take you through the process on allowing technology to work for you and your clients. In the end, the goal is for you to have more time for other things (including more clients) through efficiency and competency.

Speakers: Robert M. Klein, Esq., and Kim Life, Esq.

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Networking Lunch

Networking Lunch

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Managing a Profitable Practice in the New Millennium

Utilizing the acclaimed program “How to Manage a Small Law Firm”, learn about the value of time and how to leverage it for profit using your calendar as a profitable tool, strategic planning and managing stages of law firm growth.

Speakers: Allison F. Tilton, Esq., LLM, and Michael Bender, Esq.

1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Break


1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Up, Up & Away – Real Strategies for Growing a Sustainable Law Firm

The speaker for our final panel is a marketing guru turned attorney. Mr. Bonnici has been able to take his skills as a marketing professional and implement them into a successful law practice. Some of the things he will discuss are the use of newsletters, social media, speaking engagements, writing, and much more in the effort to grow and sustain your law practice clientele.

Speakers: Joshua Bonnici, Esq., Brian Findley, Esq. and David Majchrzak, Esq.

Essential Information

How to Register

Register Online Here (onsite registration available)

Or mail the registration form to: Program Registrations, California Lawyers Association, 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 650, Sacramento, CA 95814

Or email Program Registrations at In order to email your registration, credit card information is MANDATORY. (Photocopies of checks will NOT be accepted.)

On-site registration is subject to availability. Call to confirm space availability.

Registration Fees

$160 – Current Solo Section Members
$200 – Non-Section Members (includes enrollment in the Solo and Small Firm Section)
$95 – California Young Lawyers Association Members and Students

**Onsite registration fees are $180 for Section Members and $220 for Non-Section Members

Registration Deadline

In order to pre-register, your form and payment to the California Lawyers Association must be received 5 working days prior to the program.

Cancellations and Refund Policy

Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing no later than Thursday, September 12, 2019 and are subject to a $50 service charge. Refunds will not be available after September 12, 2019.

Program Materials

Registrants will receive a USB storage device with an electronic version of all program materials the day of the conference. Before the Conference, Registrants will receive a link with information on how to review and download the program materials. It may be helpful to review a program’s reference material before the class. This website is not available to the public, and access is given only to Conference registrants. Late-breaking supplemental materials not available before the Conference will be added at a later date.

Special Assistance

For special assistance please call 916-516-1753.


For registration information please call 916-516-1757. For information regarding the program please call 916-516-1753.

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