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The fledgling virtual firm Vanst Law in San Diego has no office, no break room and no conference room of its own—so the partners get creative about finding ways to stay collegial. Instead, the five women who currently comprise the partnership roster make a point of assembling at local events. There are meetings of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, an all-female bar association. When the firm onboards a new partner, as it has every other month or so since Morgan-Reed opened the virtual doors in September , members gather for a welcome session, sometimes at Enrich, a coworking space for solo and small-firm lawyers. Morgan-Reed planned it that way when she transitioned from her solo practice last year. Earlier, she had spent 12 years in traditional firms not her own, and she was fed up with the pay disparities, the structural rigidities and the misogyny, she says.

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The fledgling virtual firm Vanst Law in San Diego has no office, no break room and no conference room of its own—so the partners get creative about finding ways to stay collegial. Instead, the five women who currently comprise the partnership roster make a point of assembling at local events. There are meetings of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, an all-female bar association.

When the firm onboards a new partner, as it has every other month or so since Morgan-Reed opened the virtual doors in September , members gather for a welcome session, sometimes at Enrich, a coworking space for solo and small-firm lawyers. Morgan-Reed planned it that way when she transitioned from her solo practice last year. Earlier, she had spent 12 years in traditional firms not her own, and she was fed up with the pay disparities, the structural rigidities and the misogyny, she says.

Why the name? Indeed, one of her goals was to create an innovative, forward-thinking firm. Thirty percent goes to overhead and compensation for Morgan-Reed and her chief operating officer, tax attorney Allison Soares. We lower our carbon footprint and increase our impact. Partners themselves handle most back-office duties. We leave it to their discretion; they know their needs best.

The firm has an administrator, and the individual partners hire her as each needs help, Morgan-Reed says. Law firm strategist Kent Zimmermann of the Zeughauser Group consultancy says a drawback to virtual firms is that they lack the breadth and depth that raise the profiles of traditional firms. He points out that traditional firms also tend to have robust internal referral networks.

Why not hang out your own shingle and be friends with other lawyers? Morgan-Reed is happy to be out of the conventional law firm system.

The income partners are in the middle, and the minions slave at the bottom. These are pyramid schemes. I spoke with my feet and left, like a lot of women choose to do. And you get paid what you should. Nicole Auerbach, a Chicago lawyer and a veteran of big law firms, agrees. Auerbach, a founder of Valorem Law Group, teamed with Patrick Lamb last year to open ElevateNext, a four-lawyer majority woman-owned firm spun off from law services consultant Elevate.

No longer. Morgan-Reed says she could have remained a solo, busy with the land use and real estate practice she had established. I decided to take that pyramid and flatten it. I decided to create a lateral daisy chain, an all-partner firm.

For the time being, the firm is still all-woman, but Morgan-Reed says she is interviewing men as well. Previous: Defense of the unpopular: Lawyers should not suffer backlash for defending rights of unsympathetic clients. Next: Do DIY divorce apps deliver?

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San Diego lawyer launches all-female, all-partner virtual firm

This is the pattern. Then, as you go up the ranks the gap widens as female attorneys start to fall away. By the time you get to partner level, just one in five is a woman. We often hear that this will take a generation or two to change, and that the efforts made now are laying the foundation for that change.

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Jun 15, - Marcus: What advice do you have for a female attorney who has ambition to become partner or equity partner? Tursi: Stay the course.

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