Start Date: 11/13/2020 12:00 PM EST
End Date: 11/13/2020 1:00 PM EST
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Running a Small Firm or Solo Practice 1.0 Total HR including Q&A
Facilitated by Karen Faulkner, 2020 KACDL First Vice President and Communication Committee Co-Chair
Presenters: Rachael O'Hearen, Matt Pippin, Whitney Lawson, David Ward
This presentation will discuss the ins and outs of running a successful Small Firm or Solo Practice, from managing the business to managing your clients. We will focus on how to create a successful practice, how to attract and maintain happy clients, and how to manage your calendar in order to make sure you make every appearance and meet every deadline. The presentation will feature solo firms throughout the State who focus on criminal defense. We will explore why each practitioner decided to maintain a solo practice or small firm, and answer any questions for those interested in pursuing this endeavor as well as provide some tips on practicing throughout the Courts of Kentucky.
Karen Faulkner is an experienced attorney who has practiced for fifteen years.
Karen has been recognized by her peers as one of Louisville Magazine’s Top Lawyers and has received awards from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL) and the Louisville Bar Association (LBA). Karen is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, where she also served as an adjunct professor. She is passionate about helping clients and is also a court-appointed Parent’s Attorney for Family Court Division 9 and serves as conflict counsel with the Louisville Metro Public Defender office and the Department of Public Advocacy.
Karen previously served as a Louisville Metro Public Defender for 6 years winning awards in both the Juvenile and Adult Divisions and spent time in public service as a family court advocate for the Center for Women and Families. After leaving the Louisville Metro Public Defender she became a Partner in an all-female criminal defense firm, Faulkner Kaelin Law Office. After her partner was elected to the District Court Bench she formed and continues to run Karen Faulkner Law Office.
When Karen is not practicing law, her free time is spent with her five-year-old, Liam, on the soccer pitch with her husband, or volunteering throughout Louisville.
David M. Ward is a partner with the law firm White, McCann & Stewart, PLLC, a four-attorney law firm located in Winchester, Kentucky, where he has practiced since 2000. Originally from Ashland, David is a trial lawyer who has extensive experience trying a wide variety of both civil and criminal cases primarily in Central Kentucky. A 30 year military service veteran, David began his legal career with the Army Judge Advocate General Corps as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, Chief of Criminal Law, and later Trial Defense Counsel, ultimately serving as the Staff Judge Advocate for the 93rd Regional Support Command in Mountain View, California where he led an active, civilian, and Reserve staff of 18. In Kentucky he was assigned to DPA’s Richmond office as an Assistant Public Advocate and later joined White, McCann & Stewart. David is a past President of KACDL and the Clark County Bar Association and has received KACDL’s Distinguished Service Award as well as the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star. He has been married for 30 years to the former Elizabeth Wolfford and has two children ages 24 and 15.
Whitney True Lawson
Whitney True Lawson was born in Frankfort, Kentucky, where she graduated from Western Hills High School in 2007. She attended Transylvania University and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) in 2011.
After law school, Whitney moved to Frankfort with her husband, Philip C. Lawson, where she began her practice with the firm True Guarnieri Ayer, LLP. Whitney specializes in cases involving state criminal law, federal criminal law, domestic relations, disability law, and administrative law.
Whitney has been appointed as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. During her career, she has been the recipient of the KACDL Clarence Darrow Prodigy Award in 2015. In addition, she was named one of National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 in 2014 and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. She was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Outside of her law practice, Whitney stays busy as a member of First United Methodist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky, and spending time with her husband and son.
Rachael O'Hearen graduated Cum Laude from Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase Law School in 2011. Since opening her solo practice in 2012 she has focused on representing clients in the areas of Domestic Relations and Criminal Defense. She currently serves as a Board Member for the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is the Chair of the organization's DUI Committee. In 2017 Rachael received the Public Advocate Award from the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy for her work as a Conflict Trial Attorney and in 2020 was selected as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine for her work as a family law practitioner. Rachael is a lifelong resident of Northern Kentucky and lives in the Wallace Woods neighborhood of Covington, Kentucky. She enjoys all things outdoors and when not at the office, can most often be found running or hiking nature trails with her dog, Jon, while listening to true crime podcasts.
has been a solo criminal practitioner since graduating from Brandeis in 2005. He started in a small office across from the Spaghetti Factory in Jefferson County and soon moved to 600 West Main while opening a satellite office in Shelby County where he grew up. In 2012 he consolidated his Shelby and Jefferson Offices into Shelby County. He currently practices regularly in eight counties and has appeared in over thirty. He has extensive trial experience in a very diverse set of venues and issues from traffic tickets in Jefferson County to felony assault in Bowling Green. Since starting out Matt has also maintained conflict counsel contracts with the 12th Circuit and 53rd Circuit Departments of Public Advocacy representing hundreds of indigent people on all types of criminal cases along the way. Matt is an avid fisherman and is licensed and listed as an expert by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife for fur bearing animal trapping and removal in Oldham, Henry, Shelby and Jefferson County He has one daughter in college and lives with his wife, also an attorney, in Jefferson County.
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