We asked the General Practice Section, "How Did You Land Your Best
Professional referral (38%)
Referral from friend/acquaintance (34%)
Cold call or direct pitch (0%)
Advertisement (including website) (1%)
Percentage response as of 12/2/2011
Here are some of your "Other" responses!
I am active in my community, NYSBA,
Suffolk County Bar Association, my church, the local chamber of
commerce, Boy Scouts, Rotary, etc.. My friends are my clients and my
clients are my friends and acquaintances. These folks have given me
repeat business and have referred other clients to me. –John
J Roe, III, Bohemia, New York
Reputation for high level of services.
Currently 70-80% of my practice is counseling lawyers and law
firms on legal ethics matters. Virtually all of these clients are
referrals from other lawyers who know my credentials in this
field. –Seth Rosner, Saratoga Springs, NY
Referral from another client:
Referral from former client.
Most of my clients are referred to me by other satisfied
clients. The next largest group is referred by
colleagues. –Diana K. Bangert-Drowns, Albany, NY
Doing work for a client who had transactions with the one who
became my best client.
I received the best client I ever had through another client,
who had used me for a number of things. I began to represent the new
referral, and represented him in a number of matters over a myriad of
legal issues. Had I not relocated, I assume I would still be doing work
It was a referral from another client. They were both creditors
in a bankruptcy and I was able to recover money for both of them. Since
then the referred client has given me all his business and terminated
his relationship with his prior attorney.
Referral by another client. –Robert T Farrell,
Warrensburg, New York
Recommendation from an existing client
Socializing –Anastasia Sarantos Taskin, NY. NY
Participating in the GP Section ListServ
LinkedIn site networking –Nancy Delain, Schenectady,
Client loyalty from a previous firm:
Through providing superior service at a prior place of
employment, my best client decided to continue to work with me after I
moved on to another firm.
When I opened my own practice, he came with me from former law
While working at a firm I had the good fortune of representing
this client on a minor matter. When I opened my own practice this client
sought me out because of that experience.
My two [best] clients were accounts which I handled while
an associate in a law firm. When I left the firm they approached me
about continuing to serve their accounts.
Served as opposing counsel:
...I ended up representing one of my very best clients
because I sued him for someone else and after the suit was over ( it
took several years ) he called me and asked to speak with me about
representing him which I have now done for about 20 years.
Defeated the company (then adversary) in protracted litigation.
I was subsequently hired by the in-house counsel and represented client
for more than thirty years.
Met a person who was his VP riding Amtrak to
Wilmington –David Cohen, New York
I met my best client when I was an associate for another lawyer
and he was that lawyer's client. A couple of years later we ran into
each other in the street and he hired me on the spot to represent him in
a case. He's been my client now for thirty years.
Internet search –William L. Fox
I haven't landed my best or any clients yet! –Paul C.
Hannaford, Somerville, MA
Biggest and best client is an old friend. Second best was a
referral from another client. –Richard C. Agins, NY, NY
A combo of client referral and direct pitch after request for
pitch from prospective client –Tim Johnson, Edmeston, NY