San Diego: Here We Come!

Julie Gossett

Julie Gossett

JHQ Director of Communications

A LONG TIME COMING

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.

SINGLETON SCHREIBER JOINS THE JHQ FAMILY

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

ABOUT THE SPACE

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

FLEXIBILITY OF MEMBERSHIPS

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 info@justicehq.com.

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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.

Welcoming Kristine Gallo to Justice HQ

Justice HQ, both as a community and as a company, has grown significantly since its inception. But to really take JHQ to the next level, we wanted to expand our team and include someone who knows this industry like the back of her hand.

We are beyond thrilled to formally announce that Kristine Gallo has joined the Justice HQ Team as our new Director of Membership! Prior to bringing her unique talents to Justice HQ, Kristine worked for more than 20 years in the legal field. Most recently, she was the Executive Director/Marketing for a prestigious law firm where she oversaw all aspects of the firm’s logistics, programs, strategic planning, and brand management during a period of significant growth for the firm.

As our Director of Membership, Kristine is charged with developing and enhancing programs along with creating innovative events for community engagement to benefit all JHQ members. Additionally, she is involved in the growth of our Premier Memberships and Mentorship Programs and will be spearheading JHQ’s Vendor Partner Program to magnify member resources. Given her energy and work ethic, there is no doubt that Kristine’s role will expand as she becomes familiar with the needs of our members.

Outside of work, Kristine sits on the Board of Directors for Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities, an organization which works with more than 106 partner charities on issues related to education, children, survivors of abuse, persons with disabilities and homelessness. Kristine’s involvement includes being a co-chair of the Direct Giving Committee as well as being a co-chair of the charity’s annual Golf Tournament. She is particularly proud that her dedication to the organization’s mission led her to be selected as the first non-attorney board member. In addition, she has received the organization’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Service.

And don’t worry! Julie Gossett isn’t going anywhere. Involved with Justice HQ since our initial launch, Julie was our original Director of Membership. She laid the groundwork for many of our current programs, built out the onboarding for new members, and was able to keep this community strong and connected (even during a pandemic).

In the last year, Julie’s involvement with JHQ evolved into a dual role focused on both membership and marketing activities when she launched our internal Media Team. With Kristine on board, Julie will officially transition into our new Director of Communications which will allow her to focus on the overall marketing and branding of the company while continuing to expand our internal Media Team and its offerings to our members.

Please join us in welcoming Kristine Gallo to our team and congratulating Julie on her new role within the company. Our community could not be more excited about the future of Justice HQ.

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San Diego: Here We Come!

A LONG TIME COMING After years of searching for the right location and the ideal Premier Member, I think I can

Top 7 Reasons To Go Solo in 2021

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.

Top 7 Reasons To Go Solo in 2021

Conor Granahan

Conor
Granahan

Granahan Law, P.C.

Michelle Fonseca-Kamana

Michelle Fonseca-Kamana

West Coast Lemons

Taly Goody

Taly
Goody

Goody Law Group

Alexis Gamliel

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.

1. BE AN ENTREPRENEUR

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.

2. WORK REMOTELY AS MUCH (OR AS LITTLE) AS YOU’D LIKE

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. 

3. LOVE THE WAY YOU WORK

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. 

4. CHOOSE YOUR CLIENTS

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.

5. CREATE YOUR VISION

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.

6. EMBRACE YOUR COMMUNITY

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!

7. SET YOUR OWN GOALS

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!

THE WRAP-UP

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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Top 7 Reasons To Go Solo in 2021

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Justice HQ March member, Christa Ramey

Q&A With March Member of the Month: Christa Ramey

Justice HQ is proud to announce our 2021 March Member of the Month: Christa Ramey! Christa’s peers nominated her because she endlessly encourages those around her and is a great representation of the JHQ family. Her fellow members also value both the meaningful conversations she brings to the Women of JHQ roundtables and her intense legal knowledge and insight she shares with the community.

“Christa makes the women of JHQ particularly proud by being an outstanding member of the community. She is constantly sharing her legal knowledge and insight!”   – Alexis Gamliel, Gamliel Law, Justice HQ Member

 In 2004, Christa opened her own law practice to exclusively represent injured plaintiffs and consumers. In 2016, Christa and her husband, John Ramey, joined forces to create Ramey Law P.C. – the two have been representing clients in the areas of personal injury, construction defects, business litigation, and civil rights (including school bullying and abuse) ever since. Ramey Law P.C. maintains an office in Los Angeles, California, but Christa can often be found at the Downtown LA HQ.

You opened up your own firm in 2004, just 4 years after passing the California bar. What was that experience like as a relatively new lawyer? 

I realized at some point that if I was working for a big firm, I was never going to get the opportunity to try a case on my own.  So, I just decided to do it one day.  If I did not have the support of John Ramey – it would not be possible at that time.  I started out primarily doing contract work and appeals.  I eventually started getting opportunities to second chair trials or try small cases for other attorneys.  It all worked out; I think I always knew if it did not work out, I would get hired again.  

According to reports from the National Association of Women Lawyers – only 20% of equity partners are women, despite making up 50% of the law school population for the last decade. Why do you think we so rarely see women partners at bigger, more established law firms – and did that influence your decision to start your own firm? 

I think women are natural entrepreneurs, but we are in a profession that is dominated by male-owned firms.  And I think women worry about family differently.  We think we need to work for a firm to have that security for our family and children.  In reality, I had more freedom and was there more for my family when I went on my own.  I left my job in late 2004 because I was told I could not take off a few days around the Thanksgiving Holiday. I decided to go anyway – family is too important.  Kids are only young for a second.  I can now say I have made more money doing this on my own; I have felt more secure; I did not miss a Little League game, water polo match, cheer performance, or any important event in their lives.  I know that this would have been different if I was not in control of my own destiny.   

You’re heavily involved in the legal community – Chair for the Women’s Caucus for CAOC, and Chair of the Plaintiff Trial Academy for CAALA. Why do you believe it’s so important for attorneys to be involved in their greater community? 

I benefited greatly because of mentors in the legal community.  When I was a baby lawyer, I was told by my old bosses at Rose, Klein & Marias to get involved – and I did! I naturally gravitate toward helping – I think this is true for most lawyers.  The giving back of your time is very important.  I do this regularly in the legal community and also through philanthropic organizations as well – I am a member of Rotary International and a past president of my Rotary Club.

You’re known in the JHQ Community as someone who takes on Bullying & Abuse cases. Why do you think you gravitate towards those types of cases? 

I have been bullied.  My daughter was bullied.  I was so angry when it happened to her – I started learning about what parents can do. I started writing blog posts and that eventually led to getting more cases.  

We get to see you as a regular commentator on CourtTV – discussing everything from Ruth Bader Ginsburg tributes to the Ahmaud Arbery case. What has that experience been like for you, and do you see yourself taking on more commentator roles in the future? 

I love doing this, and I am good at it! It is so much fun.  I have always wanted to have my own show on CNN.  My goal this year is to at least be on Don Lemon’s show by the end of the year.  Maybe I will get discovered and be a regular!

Outside of the law – what do you enjoy doing?

In addition to obviously being a fantastic mixologist, I am a fantastic cook.  I learned how to cook Middle Eastern food at a young age by my Great-grandmother and Grandma.  I adapted one of their recipes and ended up cooking in the Food Network Kitchens for a feature on the Cooking Channel.  If I was not a lawyer, I would be a restaurant chef/owner.

To get in touch with Christa, you can visit https://www.rameylawpc.com/ [or email her directly at Christa@rameylawpc.com ]

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