Legal Practice Lab

The Columbus Bar’s Legal Practice Lab is a 6-week program designed to provide lawyers with the practical information and skills they need to build and establish a thriving law practice.

Each session will be held at the Columbus Bar offices, and begins with brown bag lunch and networking from 12:30-1:00pm. Class sessions are held from 1:00-4:00pm.

January 17, 2014

Overview / top tips panel
  • What is it like starting a law practice?
  • Experiences of attorneys who've been there before
  • Q&A
  • Ryan Gordon, The Law Office of Ryan Gordon, Esq., LL.M., LLC
  • Matt Austin, Esq., Austin Legal LLC

January 31, 2014

Law practice as a business
  • Employees, insurance, and other responsibilities of business owners
  • Business entity/name selection
  • Malpractice and other insurance
  • Employee issues
  • Finding office space
  • Mark Stansbury, The Stansbury Law Firm
  • Jamie Zitesman, Esq.
  • Brent Rosenthal, Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP
  • Frank Hatfield, Downes Fishel Hass Kim LLP

February 14, 2014

Financial management and accounting
  • Bank accounts
  • General business accounting
  • Trust accounting
  • Getting paid
  • Fees
  • Jocelyn M. Armstrong, J. Armstrong Law Firm, LLC
  • Orsolya Hamar-Hilt, Supreme Court of Ohio, Office of Disciplinary Counsel
  • Sue Schnitz, Perfect Balance
  • Bradley Frick, Bradley Frick & Associates

February 28, 2014

Law firm technology
  • Technology basics
  • Running a paperless office
  • Ethical issues with clients and technology
  • Ryan Kuhn, Kuhn Limited
  • Bryan Griffith, Sanborn Brandon Duvall & Bobbitt Co., LPA
  • Peggy Gruenke, Owner, LegalBizSuccess

March 14, 2014

Marketing (getting clients)
  • Web design
  • Managing your online presence
  • Social media
  • Jessica Hamlin, Director of Business Development & Marketing, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
  • LeeAnn M. Massucci, Massucci & Kline LLC

March 28, 2014

Client relations (keeping clients)
  • Work/life balance
  • Managing client relationships, including sharing bad news and “firing” a client
  • Involvement with professional associations
  • Adam R. Todd, Esq.
  • Athena Inembolidis, Esq.
  • Drew Baker, The Baker Law Group
  • Mark C. Petrucci, Magistrate, Columbus Bar President

Now enrolling for
January-March 2014

Cost (for all 6 sessions)

CBA Members: $75
Non-Members: $150


To register for Legal Practice Lab, please contact Donna Sweet at or 614/340.2062.