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Beyond WFH: Practice Law on the Go, Anywhere

By William Vogeler, Esq. on December 19, 2017 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Shreya Biswas Ley sometimes practices law from home, but what makes her different is that her home is a boat.

Ley represents a different breed of lawyer, not the kind you find behind a mahogany desk in a traditional office. You might find her, instead, at a climbing gym where she holds network meetings.

"I like to stay active, so if people are game to try it out, why not?" she told Lawyerist.

"Active" Practice

When the world has shrunk to the size of a cell phone, many professionals can work any place they can get an internet connection. Ley goes by boat, plane, and foot -- wherever cases or clients will take her.

It's not that her practice is so exotic; she does asset protection, estate planning, business law and intellectual property. She's just one of those people who likes to get out of the traditional office, and she can do it with mobile technologies.

"Between these tools and apps, I can stay connected, delegate, work from anywhere, serve clients all over the world, and empower people to schedule meetings," she said.

Lawyers have long ventured into alternative venues, sometimes combining other business interests with their law practices. From coffee shops to barbershops, attorneys have found ways to make it work from anywhere.

Law Practice to Go?

Kim Pearson is the original hot dog lawyer -- literally. He opened a hot dog stand decades ago and dispensed both lunch and legal advice. Advice was free -- not lunch.

Jeffrey J. Hughes took his passion for coffee and turned it into a law practice. Don Howard followed his lead and opened a barbershop law firm.

How about a tiny office on a beach or a mountain retreat? It's about going where you -- and clients -- want to go.

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