Deandra is an expert at going the extra mile. Since starting her own firm shortly after graduating from law school, Deandra has become one of Texas’ top DWI attorneys.
Deandra recalls that both she and a friend who owned his own firm wanted to take their practices to the next level. So, they figured they’d get there faster if they merged and joined forces.
Today, Deandra manages five of 汉密尔顿格兰特电脑’s nine Texas offices. She offers three pieces of advice for merging firms successfully:
- Managers must delegate responsibilities to increase efficiency
- Create and implement processes and procedures for every position to ensure that the gears of the firm turn smoothly even when you’re out of the office
- Work to create a unified company culture
Deandra says that while it’s hard to create a unified culture from two different businesses, 这是可能的. Take time to get to know your employees and listen to them. 明确并坚持公司的价值观.
She also stresses the importance of knowing what kinds of skills you want from your lawyers when you hire them. 例如, Deandra’s firm is heavily litigation-focused, so she knew when she was hiring that she needed lawyers who were comfortable jumping from case to case and standing up in court.
Gain an Advantage through Ongoing Education
Deandra is one of a handful of attorneys in the U.S. with a Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation. 在她的职业生涯中, 她获得了多个学位, 认证, and scientific training in order to give her clients the best defense possible.
She recommends that DWI attorneys who are looking to further their knowledge should start with a standardized field sobriety testing course. This is an accessible way to learn information relative to your practice without requiring a hefty time commitment.
Deandra advises attorneys who own their own practice to be wise about how they spend their time.
“如果你是在私人诊所 . . . you have to watch the business at the same time you are watching your criminal cases. Because if you spend all your time chasing money . . . 那你就不是在做律师.” (16:53)
Deandra says it took her a few years to figure out that she needed to dedicate the bulk of her focus either to management or practicing law. She recommends connecting with other attorneys who are running their own firms and asking them about their best practices. Reach out on 脸谱网 groups, join bar associations and—above all—find a mentor.