How I Practice-Rosemarie Tully

Rosemarie TullyRosemarie Tully
Law Office of Rosemarie Tully
Huntington, NY

1. What are your areas of practice?

Entertainment Law, Business Law, Real Property Law.

2. Describe a typical day for you.
If only there were typical days (laughs). My practice is largely transactional, so I am usually either negotiating or drafting an agreement, meeting with clients, meeting with other attorneys or professionals, or attending the occasional real estate closing. Despite creating a plan of action the night before, inevitably something unexpected happens and my day takes an alternative route or a goes in a totally different direction.

3. Where do you practice? Do you have a stand-alone office or home office?
I practice in Huntington, New York. I have both a formal office in the Village of Huntington where I meet clients. I also have an office in my home.

4. What is the most rewarding thing about having your own practice?
• My boss appreciates my efforts (most of the time)
• Flexible work hours. If I’m caught up with work, I can take the afternoon off.
• Control over how I practice and who I work for.

5. What are some of the challenges about having your own practice?
• You’re it. If you don’t do it, it won’t get done. If it doesn’t get done, you don’t get paid.
• Administrative burden. Administering a law office, even for solos, is daunting. I do everything except prepare the tax returns.
• Making rain. Not only do you have to do the work, you have to bring in the work. In the current legal climate, networking and marketing is more essential than ever.
• Taking a couple of days off.

6. What are your must-have tech tools/apps?
I am not high-tech. I have a modern ThinkPad, an old server, and an iPhone 6 Plus so I can read documents easier with the larger screen. I have a handful of apps on my iPhone and none of them are work-related. I don’t even keep my calendar or the majority of my contacts on my iPhone.

7. How do you market your practice? How do you find new clients?
Marketing is a challenge for me. I have a website, but it is in dire need of updating. I occasionally tweet; I do not use Facebook for business. I do belong to three networking groups: one meets weekly and is composed of a variety of professionals; another meets monthly and is also composed of a variety of professionals; the third is my local Chamber of Commerce.

Thankfully, most of my clients are referred by former clients or other attorneys.

8. When and where do you interact with other attorneys?
Bar Associations - NYSBA and the Suffolk County Bar Association; and my alma mater, Touro Law. I meet other attorneys at CLE programs as well, but 95% of the CLE’s I attend are NYSBA programs.

9. How do you stay informed with legal news/developments?
NYSBA Sections: I am a member of a variety of NYSBA Sections. Also, I regularly visit a handful of online sites, e.g. Lexology, Hollywood Reporter, etc., and I subscribe to the Wall Street Journal.

10. If a fellow attorney decided they wanted to start their own practice, what is the one thing they should know?
It’s probably best to take office space within a suite of other attorneys. It is helpful to be among fellow attorneys with whom you can discuss a legal theory, commiserate, refer business, receive business, and have camaraderie.