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4 Reasons Small Law Firms Are Better than Big Law Firms

Updated: Sep 11, 2018

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Big law firms

Some of these big law firms spend around a million dollars each year just on advertising. Think about how many cases it would take to justify that type of advertising budget. These same firms may only employ three to 10 lawyers. It becomes pretty clear your case is not going to receive much personal attention at these firms. The larger the advertising budget, the more cases these big firms need just to recoup the advertising expense. As a result, cases are often handled more by legal assistants than lawyers. Large firms create “processes,” which are simply a set number of steps to be followed in every case. The problem is not every case is the same. They are like the assembly line making press board cabinets.


Small law firms

Small firms operate like the craftsman hand making each table one at a time. There are many pros to choosing a small law firm. According to the American Bar Association, almost half of all lawyers in private practice are solo practitioners and another 15% are employed in firms of attorneys 10 or less.

Here are 4 advantages to choosing a small law firm:

  1. Hands on experience: With a smaller staff, you will deal more directly with the attorney handling your claim instead of an assistant.

  2. Personal Attention: With all the cases big law firms take on, they can’t possibly spend adequate time with each client. At a small law firm, the lawyers will really take the time to get to know who you are as a person and genuinely care about helping you. Additionally, because small firms take on fewer cases, it is much more important to do everything possible to win each case.

  3. Relaxed atmosphere: You won’t feel intimidated in a small law firm as opposed to a big law firm. Tall buildings and fancy suits can be overwhelming. Fancy furniture showrooms are very attractive. However, they don’t change the quality of the products inside.

  4. Flexible work schedules: Small law firms usually have a more adaptable environment; and therefore, have more flexible schedules to meet with you one-on-one. They work with you to meet at your convenience.

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