Attorneys & Social Media Addiction

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Julie Gossett

JHQ Director of Communications



Introduction. Are you furiously opening and closing apps and mindlessly scrolling? Comparing yourself to others’ perfectly curated highlight reels? Seeing an increase in your screen time week after week? Yes…you are not alone. Especially in the legal industry. 

Let’s cut to the chase – I am by no means someone who can officially diagnose addiction, and I will not sit here and type up “red flags” to diagnose yourself. I am not qualified to do so, and I recommend speaking to a professional if you have any concerns at all about true addiction.   

But I do work closely with social media and attorneys every single day as part of my role at Justice HQ, and I have for the last three years. One thing has become incredibly clear to me: it’s easy to let social media cause negativity in your life. Negativity which can end up consuming your mental health.  

So, let’s talk about social media! 

The Good. There are clear benefits to social media. Apps like Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn offer endless information, connection with community or potential clients, entertainment, and memes. 

You can have a successful marketing strategy through social media without paying a single cent. When used appropriately, you can also inspire your followers and establish legitimacy for yourself or your business. Plenty of Justice HQ members have done just that! I think of Michelle Fonseca-Kamana (@westcoastlemons), an early adopter of using Instagram Reels to grow her lemon law firm. Or Ramin Montakab (@rtmlaw), who finds ways to tastefully tie his clients’ stories and journeys into the content he shares. Or Cynthia Santiago (@abogadasantiago), who has deeply connected with her community and established herself on both Instagram and TikTok. Or Taly Goody (@goodylawgroup) and Esther Estrada (@estherthelawyer), who both find ways to connect with law students and aspiring attorneys through the content they share.

Should I go on? I can! I am incredibly proud of our members who tap into the positives of social media. 

However, despite the benefits they can offer, social media platforms also should come with warning and caution signs. There is a dark side to these apps, and from my standpoint – we need to bring it to light and openly talk about this in relation to the legal industry.   

Comparing Yourself to Others.
Every industry has titans. Big hitters. Top dogs. Those people who seem to effortlessly achieve maximum results without breaking a sweat. If you are an attorney and you are reading this, I guarantee a few names will come to mind. With social media apps, you are now seeing everyone’s constant success and highlight reels at all hours of the day.

Does that inspire you and give you something to work towards? Amazing! Does that throw you into a spiral, cause you to compare yourself to their success, or make you feel like you are not good enough? If yes, it may be time to put the phone away. 


Keeping up with the Joneses. Here is the issue: once you get a taste of something that goes viral – or you see your followers, like count, comments, or shares going up… it is exciting! You start to set new standards for yourself. But due to the nature of how social media platforms and algorithms work: you cannot have all your content succeed. 

Listen, you may lose a motion, not get the desired result at trial, or end up settling for less than you aimed for. Similarly – you may struggle to get “results” on social media. If you let it, this can drive you mad. I have personally seen attorneys go down a dangerous path… buying followers, exaggerating success, showing off a lavish lifestyle, or leaving out key details in their advertising efforts or results. They enter a “keeping up with the Joneses” territory that wreaks havoc on their mental health. 

If you find yourself glued to your phone, constantly opening and closing apps, or fixating on how posts are performing… again, it may be time check yourself and your habits.

Also keep in mind that attorneys are held to a certain ethical standard and must adhere to the Rules of Professional Conduct – from communicating services, to advertising, to solicitation of clients, to touting specialization. The ever-growing number of lawyers using social media presents infinite dangers to the practice of law not only from a competency standpoint, but also from an ethics standpoint. 


Julie’s Tips to Reducing Time on the Apps:


  • Unfollow or mute people or accounts that bum you out. If you feel intense jealousy or you are bothered by the type of content an account is sharing, you have control over what you see (to a degree). Sure, if you follow a certain hashtag or topic, you may see something that you tried to avoid. But just as it is important to set boundaries for yourself in personal relationships and in work – it is also important to set boundaries for yourself on social media.


  • Delete the app from your phones. Decide which apps are most important for your personal or business life, and then consider removing other mobile applications completely. You can always access it from a web browser, but removing the apps removes the convenience. I check in on the business analytics for Justice HQ and engage through the web browser most of the time. It works, it functions, and it keeps me off my phone.


  • Turn off/adjust notifications or set time restrictions. For apps that you decide are important and meaningful, adjust your notification settings so that you do not feel pressure to pick up the phone for every little ping. For iPhone users, Go to Settings > Screen Time > App Limits. Once you hit your limit for a certain app, a notification will alert you. You can choose to add 15 more minutes or ignore the time limit completely. But getting that gentle reminder how much time you’ve spent staring at a screen…it truly does make a difference. Part of my job is to be on social media throughout the day. I still have a time restriction alert notify me if I hit two hours of active Instagram screen time.


  • Have a content strategy and work with a team to execute. We hear from members that they spend so much time on social media because they need content ideas for their own accounts and want to see what is working/trending. This is a fair point – however, this should not consume you. Justice HQ has a tight content strategy, and we spend a few minutes a day looking for content inspiration. Having a plan in place reduces scroll time. This is a big reason I wanted to create the Media Team and offer media benefits to Justice HQ Members. We are here to help members map out content and grow platforms without it consuming their life and mental health. If you are in a position to hire or contract your social media maintenance to a trusted individual or company, it can do wonders for your well-being!


  •  Use programs to schedule out your content. Spend less time on social media by using inexpensive programs to calendar posts. Programs like, HootSuite, and Canva allow you to post across a variety of social media platforms. You can choose the time, the platform, the copy, the hashtags, etc. These programs also help guide you and offer suggestions on how to maximize engagement. Word on the street is that even Instagram itself is testing out a scheduling program within the app. Use the tools available to you. I promise, it makes a difference. 


Wrapping Up. From what I can tell, too many of us are addicted to social media in the legal industry. We want to find ways to ensure that everyone sees us as the best version of ourselves, despite what is going on behind the scenes. 

If you are using social media platforms for personal or business use, I urge you to ensure you do not spend more time staring at your screen versus spending precious time with your family, clients, or cases. 

If you want to talk more about anything mentioned above, you can reach me at [email protected]. This is a topic I deeply care about, and I would be happy to connect.                                                      


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San Diego: Here We Come!

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Julie Gossett

JHQ Director of Communications


After years of searching for the right location and the ideal Premier Member, I think I can speak for the entire JHQ Community when I say WE ARE THRILLED to finally announce that our San Diego HQ is now a reality. Opening August 2022, the San Diego HQ will be located in Mission Valley.


Brett Schreiber has been an individual member of Justice HQ since July of 2020. Since day one, Brett has deeply believed in JHQ, his fellow members, and the power of community. He has continuously gone above and beyond for others, and his peers even nominated him for JHQ Member of the Month in November 2021.

“Brett Schreiber is a selfless, giving, rockstar – who ALWAYS takes your call and will talk your ear off about YOUR case.  His verdicts – and personal care for his clients – speak for themselves.” – Matthew Clendenin, JHQ San Diego Member

Our team has gotten to know Gerald Singleton on our many trips to and from San Diego while touring potential HQ locations. Gerald’s attitude and approach to life and the law are equal parts admirable and impressive. Throughout his career, Gerald has maintained a substantial pro bono and civil rights practice and has always championed the cause of the individual against the government and corporate abuses.

“The entire team at Singleton & Schreiber are true representatives of people, through and through. Their website says, “FEARLESS ADVOCACY” and that is absolutely who they are: fearless advocates. I’d be willing to bet there is not a courtroom in all of San Diego that they haven’t tried a case or argued an appeal in. In addition to being talented, passionate lawyers, they are incredibly kind and generous human beings.” – Kacie Vinel, JHQ San Diego Member

Brett, Gerald, and the entire team at Singleton Schreiber now proudly call themselves Premier Members of Justice HQ, joining the Simon Law Group, Dordick Law, MVP Accident Attorneys, and Dolan Law.

“No one is ever successful without a team. We’re fortunate to have built a deep bench, but we are truly excited to be able to extend it further as Premier Members of SD JHQ. Collaboration is key, and we look forward to continuing to work with our friends and colleagues in our community.” – Brett Schreiber, JHQ Premier Member


The San Diego HQ is located at 591 Camino de la Reina, #1020, San Diego, CA 92108. This space will feature eight reservable private offices and three reservable conference rooms of varying sizes. With multiple lounge areas and café seating, this space will have a familiar layout and vibe of our other HQ locations our members have come to know and love. And yes… there will be cold brew!

This location also includes a free parking lot and a covered garage for members and guests, and it is conveniently located with easy freeway access. We’re only about 5 miles away from Downtown San Diego.

“I’m looking forward to having a physical space in San Diego to work out of and meet with clients. The collaboration and connection that happens amongst attorneys in the physical offices is special and I’m looking forward to connecting with our San Diego colleagues.” – Jessica Collins, JHQ San Diego Member

Singleton Schreiber’s new main office space is located across the hall from the JHQ suite, and we share our common areas. Our members can expect to see the Singleton Schreiber team frequently on-site to talk shop.

“San Diego is known for its beaches and bays – and by extension, our legal community recognizes that a rising tide floats us all. We look forward to the SD HQ carrying on that vibe, being a place for true support and real collaboration, and being the only HQ with an ocean view!” – Brett Schreiber, JHQ Premier Member


Our members can also enjoy the freedom of working and networking at all HQ locations as part of their membership. By the end of Summer 2022, all Justice HQ members will have access to Downtown Los Angeles HQ, Santa Ana HQ, Torrance HQ, and San Diego HQ.

“As I am expanding my firm, JHQ has helped me shape the way I want to run my law firm – e.g., a hybrid in-office/virtual law firm with flexible work schedules for my staff.  We have already utilized the different JHQ offices to meet with clients, trial prep or simply a place to work for a few hours. JHQ’s benefits are perfect for my firm’s needs right now.” – Angie Chun, JHQ San Diego Member

Beyond just physical space access, our members elevate their practices by leveraging their memberships.

“JHQ has empowered me to take on civil cases from the outset.  Once I signed a couple, settled a couple, I felt more comfortable taking the next leap – trials! And JHQ has again empowered me to take that leap and try a case. I’m currently set for mid-July with JHQ NorCal Member, Casey Hultin. Without JHQ, I would not feel ready to (somewhat blindly agree) to take on a case like this. I’ve been able to learn as I go, ask questions, and get invaluable tips from fellow members.” – Michael Hawkins, JHQ San Diego Member

If you believe in moving law forward, together – our applications are open. Chat with our team about a membership, speak with those in our community, and learn why our members are so damn proud to be a part of the Justice HQ family. Reach out to us at [email protected].

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Conor Granahan


Granahan Law, P.C.

Michelle Fonseca-Kamana

Michelle Fonseca-Kamana

West Coast Lemons

Taly Goody


Goody Law Group

Alexis Gamliel


Gamliel Law, P.C.

Conor Granahan, Michelle Fonseca-Kamana, Taly Goody, and Alexis Gamliel sat down (remotely, à la pandemic) and put their heads together to bring you their experience-based insight on founding, managing, and operating their very own law firms. This article is their brainchild. Conor kicks us off with his thoughts, and Michelle, Taly, and Alexis sprinkle in their “pro tips” for those interested in launching their own solo practice in 2021. 

Conor: Go solo in 2021! It sounds scary. Even saying “going solo” sounds like you are heading out into the woods on a personal quest, perhaps never to return. But this is one of the unique things about being a licensed professional: You are able to work for yourself.

If you want to be an entrepreneur, work remotely, control your work, choose your clients, be creative, join a community, and develop a brand, then solo work is for you.


Conor: You are your own startup! You already have the idea: a law practice. In relative terms for businesses, the startup costs are very low for a solo, especially with remote work.

Now for the fun part – you get to do it how you want because it is your business. You get to choose your practice areas, your market, your clients, and your target revenue. You get to create ideas for case strategy, advertising, and marketing.

You get to learn how to run a business. This is a skill that transfers to any other professional pursuit you undertake. Working out a budget and revenue targets to grow my practice has given me a great deal of professional satisfaction. I am always learning and want to keep learning to get better and more efficient at the business side of the practice to serve my clients well.

Pro Tip from Michelle: Keep your overhead low. As solo practitioners, we have the opportunity to be very resourceful. Keeping your operating budget low will not only help you survive that first year, it will set you up to run a cost-efficient law firm in the future. 

Pro Tip from Taly: If you’ve always wanted to be a business owner or a leader, here’s your chance! Going solo and starting your own law practice is your business – it’s also your baby.  Watch your baby (business) grow and have fun with it!

Pro Tip from Alexis: While it is important to have an “entrepreneurial spirit” to foster innovation, the driving force behind my firm continues to be excellent work product and client-focused care. It can be easy to get caught up in business development tasks, the hype of social media, and other ways to achieve growth – sometimes too much “entrepreneurship” can create too much noise. Knowing when to mute the business development and turn up the volume on the casework is key. Plus, keeping your eyes on the prize of quality legal work is never bad for business.


Conor: Any stigma for remote legal work is gone. Entry level opportunities for remote offices in 2021 are everywhere. You can start with a mail drop, a virtual office, an office share, or a sublease before deciding whether to have a permanent space. Even before Zoom depositions and mediations, court reporters and mediators had conference rooms for you to use. You don’t need a dedicated space for that. Justice HQ offers a unique opportunity for a solo to get an enormous amount of resources like office space and conference rooms while growing your own practice.

For me, remote means that where I do my daily work does not have to be where I get mail or where I meet clients. I can work at home or in an office close to home without a long commute. I maintain a presence in downtown San Francisco for the more traditional legal things like mail, paper file storage, and in-person meetings.

Pro Tip from Michelle: Virtual law firms are IN! Use the pandemic to your advantage. If a client happens to ask you why you don’t have a traditional brick-and-mortar office, tell them you found it wasn’t worth the expense during the pandemic when everyone had to work remotely, and now you’re able to provide legal services at a much more reasonable rate now that there is less overhead to pay for. Who can complain about getting affordable, high-quality legal services?!

Pro Tip from Taly: Can we say goodbye to work commute traffic forever?!  At my prior job, I used to commute a total of 3 hours a day.  Considering the lifestyle changes that came with opening my own law firm, I can’t imagine going back to 3-hour commutes ever again.  Having the choice to work virtually or closer to home is a huge advantage to going solo.

Pro Tip from Alexis: If the pandemic has taught us anything as professionals, it is the importance of agility. Learning how to adapt to changes in the practice – and to take advantage of technology – is crucial; taking certain aspects of the practice “remote” has become more widespread, more comfortable, and more acceptable in the milieu of the pandemic. Appearing remotely via Zoom or other platforms benefits us (in terms of convenience) and ultimately, our cases and our clients (with regard to cost-saving). Thus, it serves us well to take advantage of the remote world. While I prefer to work in an office setting (as opposed to a home office) for my daily work, I frequently incorporate the benefits of remote appearances, depositions, and meetings. For example, for certain brief client meetings which pre-pandemic might have consisted of a phone call, I now take advantage of hosting a Zoom call for the meeting – this allows me to see my client “face-to-face,” assess body language, elicit more salient information, and build a deeper emotional connection. Moving forward, I will continue to weave in remote meetings, depositions, mediations, and court appearances – to the extent they serve my clients’ best interests. I highly recommend integrating “remoting in” as a means of convenience and utility, where appropriate (for instance, for hearings like Case Management Conferences and other less contentious hearings). However, into the future, I would not recommend using remote appearances as a crutch to avoid attending substantive meetings, depositions, or important hearings in person. We should all use our best judgment to recognize when an appearance warrants an in-person cameo for more gravitas and impact. 


Conor: Wherever you set up your workspace, you get to control how you work. You have the flex schedule to do other things that matter. I like to work a few hours in the morning uninterrupted, so I set my meetings in the afternoons. I can take time off on a weekday for things in my life outside of work and shift the work to another time. I don’t have to ask permission to take a day off or a vacation. I am accountable to myself to get the work done, which makes me love the work I do.

Pro Tip from Taly: A major plus is the flexibility you have with the way you work.  If you need to make those doctor appointments, have family obligations, or just need a mental health day, it’s your choice to take that time off.  Loving the way you work, on your own terms, leads to finding work life balance and making time for what’s important to you.

Pro Tip from Alexis: As with any loving relationship, your relationship with your practice takes work. Finetuning the best schedule to fit your needs requires knowing yourself. Curate your space and your schedule to suit your case needs and personal preferences. While being your own boss allows extensive freedom, staying disciplined becomes that much more important. Set a schedule and follow it. Create time-sensitive goals for yourself on each of your cases. 


Conor: Solos excel at customer service for clients. First, you choose your own clients. Second, you are the client contact. This builds trust for when they need you to advise them about how to resolve the case.

For those who have practiced without being client facing, it takes away the human element. When I was at a large defense firm, I was not client facing and the client was just a name on the file. As a solo on the plaintiff side for many years, it’s still a pretty cool feeling when a client sits across from me and decides to hire me to solve their problem.

Pro Tip from Michelle: As tempting as it is to take on every new client that comes through the door, an important aspect of being a solo practitioner is learning how and when to say no. Trust me, certain clients are not worth the headache, and you’ll thank yourself for learning that lesson sooner rather than later.


Conor: This is your opportunity to create your vision for your law firm.  Set the tone for client interactions, market and brand your firm, and be creative in how you deploy your time and energy in a case. You have the ability to use technology to automate tasks and find ways to work efficiently on your own terms. 

Pro Tip from Taly: One of the benefits of owning a law practice is the ability to create your vision and bring that vision to reality. Tailor your marketing tactics to match your brand. Whether that’s creating your website, getting creative on social media, or building your professional network. When it comes to marketing, use your style and authenticity to bring your brand to life. Don’t be shy to get creative, but also don’t feel pressured to do what everyone else is doing.  

Pro Tip from Alexis: You can get creative with your vision in a variety of ways – after all, a law firm is a multi-faceted business operation. When creating your “brand” (from the logo, to the color scheme, to the messaging – and everything in between), you have the opportunity to develop a business that is an extension of yourself. When it comes to your brand’s image, you get to choose the colors that make you happy, design a logo that you love, post images that capture the essence of “you,” and put out messages that align with your core values. As I felt when I first started my firm, when you look at your letterhead, you will feel abundantly proud if you invest the time in cultivating your creative vision.


Conor: Solos can band together. It is counterintuitive, but when you are working alone, your professional connections are going to be people outside of your firm. If you are in a large firm or company, you may only connect with those people on a daily basis. Other solos are in the same position as you and you are both are ready to share ideas. Solos can band together for advice or to partner on a case, but still keep a separate business structure. Justice HQ is an office share that get its and and fosters this community.

Pro Tip from Michelle: Find your tribe! Being a solo practitioner can be lonely, so finding a group of encouraging, inspiring, and skilled attorneys to surround yourself with will not only be good for your mental health, it will make you a better attorney and business owner in the process.

Pro Tip from Taly: Don’t be afraid to reach out when you need help! The legal community has a lot of welcoming colleagues to help you in your early days going solo.  We’ve all been there – and are more than happy to provide some feedback to specific concerns or questions you may have along the way!


Conor: You get to set your goals. There is no one answer for what this means as a solo. It can be the foundation for building a larger practice with associates or partners. It can be a set book of clients with a steady income stream.

Pro Tip from Michelle: Instead of working towards building someone else’s dream, as a solo practitioner you are building your dream and taking control of your life and that is a beautiful thing. The way you choose to run your law firm will not only impact the way your professional life unfolds, but it can also allow you to have that ever elusive work-life balance.  

Pro Tip from Taly: Each goal you set is not only helping your clients and building your law firm, but you are ultimately investing in yourself.  You can set monthly, quarterly, and yearly goals. Watching your goals come to fruition is a feeling that can’t be beat!


Conor: If you are contemplating going solo in 2021 (or beyond!), want more information, or are ready to go, please feel free to contact any of us or the other wonderful solos in our Justice HQ community.

Virtual offices are in, and partnership tracks at other law firms are probably out (especially after the pandemic), so this is arguably the best time to go solo. Take control of your personal and professional life, work towards building your dream, and meet a lot of amazing solo practitioners in the process.

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