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Gerber's powerful insights have given thousands of entrepreneurs new control over their businesses. . . --Success magazine

Gerber loves to exhort people to develop powerful visions for their companies. --Fortune --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Running a successful legal practice is a juggling act. You need expertise in your area of the law to provide services to clients. You also need the know-how to run a small business. You've probably been well prepared by your education and experience for the technical ins and outs of legal practice. Yet what training has prepared you to run a business?

The E-Myth Attorney fills this knowledge gap, giving you a complete toolkit for either starting a successful practice from scratch or maximizing an existing practice's performance. Loaded with practical, powerful advice you can implement easily, this one-stop guide enables you to realize all the benefits that come with a thriving legal services business.

Combining the wisdom of renowned business development expert Michael E. Gerber and the legal expertise of attorneys Robert Armstrong and Sanford Fisch, The E-Myth Attorney equips you to:Liberate yourself from the predictable and often overwhelming tyranny of unprofitable, unproductive, and time-consuming routinesTransform yourself from a successful legal technician (attorney) into a successful legal-manager-entrepreneurRethink your practice, shifting from tactical thinking (working "in" your business) to strategic thinking (working "on" your business) Stop trading time for dollars Manage those processes through which people get things done, which becomes your ManagementSystem—for everything you do Implement innovative systems to produce consistent results as your practice growsTake the sanctity of time seriously, blocking time for entrepreneurial work and using a weekly planning toolCreate the story about your practice; this storybecomes the heart of your practice

Leading a legal practice can seem like a daunting task,with too few hours in the day, too many petty management issues, and problems attorneys at large firms don't seem to face. The E-Myth Attorney offers you a road map to create a legal business that's self-sufficient, growing, and highly profitable. Take your practice to levels you didn't think possible with this unique guide!

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470503653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470503652
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best part about this book was that it did not cost me anything. It was and maybe still is given away for free in .pdf format on the web site of an estate planning lawyers organization. As a few others pointed out, the book is too basic to be of any real use as well as generic to the point of resembling a cut & paste version of past E-Myth books. This one was whipped up just for attorneys. Problem is, again as someone pointed out, ethical considerations regarding client confidentiality make the 'family business' model problematic than for say, a vacuum cleaner repair shop.

The book is not unlike much of what passes for business/marketing books these days, usually offered first as a thin, hard cover book for almost twenty five bucks, the content is often more than a blog posting masquerading as a book. This is true here. Moreover, the text is not just written to the level of a child, but presented in something called "hypnotic prose." Hypnotic prose is a method of writing taught as part of an overall marketing approach to get you one step closer to going to the related web site and signing up for a product or service therein.

Any lawyer with a modicum of training or experience in trial advocacy should be able to smell a pitch like this a mile away, just like the closing argument of an opposing counsel. Many books about e-commerce and web marketing promote this tiresome fad, but if there's one thing lawyers hate is being talked to like a jury full of idiots! Continuing to read while knowing I was just being tossed an obvious sales pitch left me cold.

If you're still interested, have a look around on the web and grab a free copy. You shouldn't have to pay for brochure-ware.
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Format: Hardcover
As a young briefing attorney, a U.S. District Court judge once told me that there is more to the practice of law than being a good attorney. An abundance of knowledge and ability mean little if an attorney lacks the ability to lead his clients, associates, and staff. The attorney's knowledge also means little if the attorney lacks the ability to manage the equalizer that favors none, which is time. Therefore, in light of those challenges, if you seek an enlightened way to transform your law practice into a successful business that delivers quality legal services, and which is then transformed further into a successful enterprise that functions smoothly in your occasional absence, then you should read and heed the wisdom contained in The E-Myth Attorney. If you care not, then you risk repeating the failures of so many who came before you.
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In my 23 years as an attorney, I've been through many practice models. I've worked in a prestigious firm, worked for the Federal Government, worked in a small firm, operated in a partnership and ultimately opened my own firm. During the first half of my career, I was diligently searching for the model which would make me happy and allow me to honorably serve my clients and still have a balanced family life.

I've worked closely with the two gentlemen who helped write this book and I attribute my success and happiness as a lawyer and layperson to their coaching.

This book is the perfect primer for new law school graduates and seasoned attorneys seeking the answers which have alluded them in striking the right balance between life and law.

Unfortunately, while law school teaches you how to think like a lawyer, it does a poor job of teaching you how to operate in a law firm or run a legal business.

I've read all of Michael Gerber's books and heard him speak numerous times. I think he's right on point.

This book is a supplement to his other books and specifically addresses the challenging issues which cause attorney dissatisfaction and law firm failure. If you are a satisfied attorney you shouldn't read this book. It's not for you. If you are not happy, this is the place to start.

Legal practices are changing at a rapid speed. The old models are being replaced like yesterday's garbage. Successful, happy lawyers understand the skills involved in operating their practices as businesses. In my experience, this creates happy, satisfied clients. It's a win-win situation.

Two of my children are now in college, both wishing to pursue different passions.
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There are few self-help books targeted to the solo and small firm lawyer. E Myth Attorney is the answer to the need. I read "E-myth" about 6 years ago, it changed my practice. As a solo attorney, I remember thinking how great it would be if there was an E-myth book devoted just to lawyers. My prayer was answered. The book itself is set up to meet the needs of the busy lawyer. It's an engrossing read and each concise chapter deals with a separate topic. From the people you employ to the way you set fees - Its all covered.

Here is the important thing; it's co-authored by Robert Armstrong and Sandy Fisch. In my opinion these two law practice pioneers are the leading practice management and marketing thinkers in the nation. Learn from these great minds and you will be far ahead of your competition.

Mike B- Newtown PA
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