The following is an excerpt from a Gene Commander article introducing the State of the Solo Survey.

The article introduces the survey, designed to gain insight into the professional experience of Colorado’s solo lawyers, who assist countless individuals and small businesses with their important legal needs. More than 5,200 solos – or 21% of all active Colorado attorneys – make up this crucial segment of the state’s legal industry. The article and link to the survey is available here.

The inaugural State of the Solo Survey is open now and hosted by Law Week Colorado. Gene Commander Inc. is honored to co-sponsor this survey – an earnest effort to learn about the experience of solo practitioners in Colorado. If you are a solo, please take a few minutes to respond right now. Your response will be anonymous. We hope to have robust participation and diverse representation among survey respondents to gain a clearer picture of the challenges facing this crucial segment of the legal profession.

Solos face different business challenges from firms with multiple attorneys, most notably the pressing need to engage in succession planning to protect clients’ interests upon the solo’s death or disability – along with the need to protect the financial interests of the solo’s family. Meanwhile, solo lawyers play a vital role in representing countless Coloradans, in addition to the small businesses and women- and minority-owned businesses that are the backbone of our state’s economy.