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Mark Metzger is an attorney, law firm owner, and my good friend. He started out working for a huge law firm in Chicago and went out on his own in early 2006. When he first began his solo practice, it was just him and his computer. However, in less than seven years, Mark grew his practice tenfold.  In this episode, Mark is telling us the secret to his growth. He’s letting us in on the strategies that allowed him to grow his law firm so exponentially. Tune in to learn the three changes you can make to grow your law firm. In this episode, you will hear: Mark’s career journey. How he came to hire his first employee. Why hiring employees is an investment, not an expense. How to hire strategically. Why working in your practice is as important, if not more important, than working on your practice. Mark’s unique workflow process. How innovation has improved his firm.  What “mind the gap” means as a law firm owner. How we have to shift our mindset and skillset as attorneys after graduating from law school. Subscribe and Review Have you subscribed to our podcast? We’d love for you to subscribe if you haven’t yet.  We’d love...

Why is it crucial to build a great life? Can’t you just give your all to building your practice, make a lot of money, and be content with that? No. That is the biggest lie and the most fatal mistake I see lawyers making.  This is exactly why I started this podcast. I’m creating the show I wish I had when I started my practice, one that explains why you need to work on creating a great life and how to begin. In this episode, I’m diving a little bit deeper into why I started this podcast and what I hope to get out of it. I’m also telling you more about what you can expect if you keep listening in and what you will get out of it. Finally, I’ll give you three challenges that will help you get started in building a great life and a great law practice. In this episode, you will hear: Three key reasons I started this podcast. What you should expect from this podcast. Three challenges every lawyer faces when they start a process of growth. Why your firm’s growth is capped by your personal skills. The difference between legal skills and business skills. Why you need...

As a very reserved, introverted person (with a speech impediment to boot), I’m not the likely candidate to start a podcast. I was questioned a lot as I began the journey of launching this show. However, I have a message I want to share with the world and, more specifically, with my fellow lawyers. This message gives me a driving passion that helps me overcome my limitations and get out into the public sphere to share it. What is that message? If you’re focused on building a great practice but neglect your real life, you will never know true success.  We need to build a great practice and a great life at the same time–in other words, life in practice. That’s what this podcast is going to be all about. Throughout each episode, I’m going to share shortcuts, strategies, and guides to help you build a great practice and build a great life. Tune in to learn more about what that will look like.   In this episode, you will hear: More background on the substance of and motivation for this podcast. My first incredible experience as an attorney. How chaotic the first two years of my career were. How I decided to open...

What if you could hang out with successful small and solo law firm attorneys, ask them about their successes and failures, their business strategies and mindset habits; then take an insight or two to guide your own growth in your practice? That’s what we do each week on Great Practice, Great Life. Hosted by Steve Riley –– former trial attorney and lawyer coach for more than 20 years –– every episode is an in-depth look at how to work less while maintaining high client service standards, reduce your stress levels while growing your income, and find time to make changes when you are time-starved. The goal is to provide strategies to help you balance your lives and grow your practice....