In this episode, Alay and Lydia discuss:
- Getting clients strategically for new firms
- Encouraging work-life balance in your firm
- Hiring the right fit and attracting talent
- Keeping people in your firm
- Staffing Up: The Attorney’s Guide to Hiring Top Talent
- Starting a new firm is easier if you have a strong professional network. Identify your ideal client and refer to those people or refer to the people that know those people.
- Work-life balance varies from one person to another. What works for some may not work for others. Discuss what work-life balance would mean for each person or candidate in your firm.
- Hire slow. Hire someone that fits your firm’s vision, culture, and is compatible with the clients you serve.
- Be passionate about your firm, know it’s values and what sets it apart from others. Building a strong culture will help your firm attract the right people and keep them..
- “It takes a lot of time and effort to train someone who doesn’t have experience. They may be less expensive but you’re going to pay for it with time.” — Alay Yajnik
- “…going out of our way to…build a network of ‘let’s help each other out and make sure that the clients are being put with the right type of attorney’” — Lydia Hsu
- “Attorneys that are happy, satisfied, feel like they’re being valued, are being paid appropriately, enjoying themselves, love their team – those attorneys are not going anywhere, they’re going to stay as long as they can.” — Alay Yajnik
- “We are more focused on finding the right person than getting somebody in right away… it’s about the right fit for our firm. Just like how we want our clients to be a right fit for us and for us to be a right fit for our clients” — Lydia Hsu
About: Lydia Hsu:
Lydia has worked in family law since 2009, she is a Partner in Foster Hsu, LLP. She previously worked with two non-profit organizations assisting domestic violence survivors and clerked with the Supervising Family Law Judge in Santa Clara County. Prior to co-founding Foster Hsu, LLP, she was a Senior Associate at the largest family law firm in the Bay Area. In addition to representing her family law clients, Lydia currently serves as a volunteer settlement officer for the Family Court.
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