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February 26, 2008

More Female Attorneys Hanging Shingles for the Benefits of Solo Practice

Increasing numbers of female attorneys are declaring their independence.

Several women have hung out shingles in Sauk County in recent years. They left established firms to start solo practices, taking a financial risk in search of flexible schedules and decision-making authority.

Sandra Cardo Gorsuch was a pioneer, starting a solo practice in Reedsburg 12 years ago. Now she takes the cases she finds rewarding — primarily family law, real estate and probate — and turns down the types of personal injury cases her former firm once assigned.

"I enjoy the ability to make my own decisions about what I do and don't do," Gorsuch said. "I can pick the clients I want to take."

A desire for autonomy played a role in Nancy Thome's decision to launch a practice in Baraboo a year ago after a dozen years working at firms. As a mother of two small children, she also sought a flexible schedule that would allow her to attend school events or stay home when they fall ill.

You can read more here on these Wisconsin female solos.


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