Is having an office unnecessary?

April 12, 2013
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An interesting debate has popped up online recently as to whether attorneys still need brick-and-mortar offices.

The ABA Journal reports that at the ABA Techshow last week, Mycase co-founder Matt Spiegel said, “The office is dead.” He went on to say that forcing clients to meet you in your office will lead to failure.

The ABA Journal also highlights two blog posts in defense of the physical office location, pointing out the lack of privacy when meeting at a coffee shop or restaurant.

I’m on Team Brick-and-Mortar Office. If I have to discuss sensitive topics or confidential information, why would I want to do that surrounded by other people? What happens if I run into a co-worker or friend? How do I explain what I’m doing or who I’m with?

The only positives I see with meeting clients at public place is the attorney saves money on rent (if you completely forego having an office location) and the restaurant may be a more convenient location than the attorney’s office or home.

Has anyone given up his/her physical office space in favor of meeting in public places? How often do you conduct meetings with clients over coffee or lunch?
 

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  • Is having an Office necessary?
    I work out of my home. I do meet with clients in person but SKYPE and similar technology make those times fewer. if I need privacy or more importantly quiet, I have an arrangement with my old firm to use their conference room-or, meet with the client at their offices. Otherwise, there are public places where you can have some privacy (except for the ever increasing cameras!)

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