Scott Tzinberg is an attorney at the Law Offices of Scott Tzinberg. His law firm concentrates on family law related matters. This includes divorce, paternity, child custody, visitation, child support and pre and post nuptial agreements. They represent clients in simple or complex matters and their clients range from low to very high net worth individuals.
Tzinberg graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1996 and immediately started his own firm. Tzinberg’s role in his firm consists of representing clients on a daily basis, both in and out of court. This includes advising, advocating and keeping his clients informed so they can make educated decisions as part of their case. Attorney Tzinberg enjoys the small firm environment and feels he can provide extreme value for his clients, both in personal attention and cost.
Tzinberg shares his challenges and successes in running a very successful law firm.
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What has been your biggest challenge?
One of my biggest challenges was expansion and the decision of hiring an associate. In 2005, my practice was doing very well, but I was still resistant to hiring an associate. This mostly related to the financial aspect of taking on salary and the additional overhead involved. I also was so confident in my own work that I was not sure I could delegate tasks to someone else. However, I found myself waking up in the middle of the night and not falling back to sleep, as I would start compiling a list of all the deadlines and projects that I needed to complete. I shared this fact with a fellow attorney and former sole practitioner and he said, without hesitation, ‘Hire an associate.’ That was the push that I needed.
What have you done to overcome the challenge?
In 2005, I placed an ad, and after conducting interviews, I hired my first associate and employed a part-time attorney from 2005 – 2011. Then, in 2012, I hired a full-time associate and thereafter a full-time legal assistant. I was fortunate to find employees with excellent work ethic and ability to handle cases in a professional and competent manner.
What are the results after you implemented your solution?
I discovered that by expanding and having an associate on my team, my firm could provide better representation to clients. I had another person to analyze cases, meet with clients, analyze discovery and develop a strategy. In turn, I had additional time to develop new business and grow my client base and revenue. The salary I was concerned about was the best money I could have spent. Perhaps the best result of expanding my firm was that I have a much easier time sleeping through the night.
This article was written by Michelle Guilbeau for Small Business Pulse