Skip to main content

Merging Law Firms and Promoting Associates to Partners: How to Handle the Legal Structure of Law Firm Ownership

April 21, 2020 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

“Merging Law Firms and Promoting Associates to Partners: How to Handle the Legal Structure of Law Firm Ownership” is a live audio webcast by Laurie Lee of The Legal Department for Service Professionals, P.A. in Jacksonville. Many solo practitioners and small firms run into particular issues when looking to expand. Some expand by merging practices with another lawyer or firm and some expand by promoting associates to partners.  In both scenarios, there are business concerns that need to be understood and addressed that will be discussed during this program. Course number 3413. 1.0 CLE credit. REGISTER NOW

Laurie Lee

Laurie Lee, The Legal Department

Laurie Lee started her career as a history teacher but after a conversation with an advisor reawakened her childhood passion for law, she switched focus going all in on her pursuit of a law degree. Her love for creativity, independence and optimistic life-view made practicing law on behalf of the small, service-based business a perfect fit.

The Legal Department evolved out of her desire to occupy an uncommon space in the legal industry. She wanted to share knowledge and create long-term relationships with clients as their trusted advisor changing the narrative of attorney-client relationships. Laurie’s deep understanding that relationships are essential to the success of the business owner; whether it’s relationships between owners, clients and customers, or community partners, a business must develop and adopt good business practices.

In an industry where making money and winning are prime objectives, Laurie’s singular focus on serving businesses that serve others through the exchange of information and relationship building is a revolutionary concept. Focusing on this type of client drives her continued pursuit of innovative ways to educate and serve her clients.

Laurie graduated from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law with honors in 2003 and has practiced business law since becoming a member of the Florida Bar that same year.

The SBA awarded Laurie Lee the 2019 North Florida Woman-Owned Business of the Year; an award recognizing her work supporting and advocating for small businesses. She is an AV Preeminent® Peer-Rated by Martindale-Hubbel®, the highest possible rating for professional ethical standards and legal ability. This honor is achieved through reviews and recommendations from members of the bar and judiciary. She also has a 10 out of 10 Superb AVVO® Rating.

Bar Involvement

  • Member of the Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Vice-Chairman of the Jacksonville Bar Transactional Section (2016-2017)
  • Chairman of the Jacksonville Bar Corporate & Business Law Committee (2014-2015, 2015-2016)
  • Member of the Florida Bar Business Law Section

Business Involvement

  • President of the Small Business Resource Network (2019-2020)
  • Small Business Resource Network, Program Chair (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Small Business Resource Network, Steering Committee (2008, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Member of the Women Business Owners of North Florida