Podcast #76: Setting Flat Fees at a New Firm, with Jamie Whitney

On this week’s podcast, Sam talks with Jamie Whitney about how to make choices about fee-setting when starting a new firm.

How to Worry about Security the Right Way

Aaron mentioned that he’d recently seen an article over at Motherboard mocking the Observer for publishing what Motherboard termed “the worst guide to digital security on the internet today.” The guide insisted that people do complicated (and largely unworkable) things like running all their programs on virtual machines and keeping a second entirely secure PC. On the other hand, the guide failed to address very basic and very useful advice like using password managers.

Sam pointed out that if you follow the advice in 4-Step Computer Security Upgrade guide, you would address most computer security issues. Unlike the Observer’s guide, Lawyerist’s guide covers easy and basic steps you can take. First, make sure you use strong passwords. Next, encrypt your hard drive. Use a VPN aka a “virtual private network” when browsing. Finally, enable two-factor authentication on your most-used web services. Doing those four things will keep your computer reasonably secure and does not require that you take difficult and highly technical steps.

Setting Flat Fees at a New Firm, with Jamie Whitney


Jamie Richards Whitney is the owner of Richards Whitney, P.C., a solo law firm. Jamie began her career at Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P. (now Norton Rose Fulbright), an international law firm recognized for its litigation teams. In 2016, Whitney started her own firm. She now works with growing businesses and online businesses to help them plan for the future, resolve disputes, and support expansion. She has served on the State Bar of Texas’ Court Rules Committee since 2009 and also provides volunteer legal services to political asylum seekers.

You can follow Jamie on LinkedIn and Twitter. 

Thanks to Xero and Abacus for sponsoring this episode!

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