How I Practice-Joshua Dubs

Joshua DubsJoshua E. Dubs, Esq.
Law Office of Joshua Dubs, PLLC

1. What are your areas of practice?
I am a general practitioner. While a majority of my practice is focused on real estate and estate/probate administration and litigation, I also do some criminal defense, some litigation, some appellate work, and other things.

2. Describe a typical day for you?
There really is no typical day. Some days are spent primarily in the office, some are spent in court appearances and between meetings. Frequently I finish my work day at home, finalizing paperwork and answering e-mails that the day did not see completed.

3. Where do you practice? Do you have a stand-alone office or home office?
I rent an office space for myself and my two paralegals. I have satellite offices at two other local law firms that allow me periodically to meet with clients. But with a laptop and an internet connection, your office can be any coffee shop.

4. What is the most rewarding thing about having your own practice?
Having a young child at home and a spouse who does not work a traditional 9-to-5 job, the flexibility is very convenient. The ability to make my own decisions about what clients I take on also helps me avoid some of the stress that comes with dealing with matters which are overwhelming or outside one’s wheelhouse.

5. What are some of the challenges about having your own practice?
The primary challenge is the unpredictability and uncertainty -particularly financially - that comes with running your own practice. No paycheck means no regular financial stability. 

6. What are your must-have tech tools/apps?
The smartphone with e-mail access is key. Portable computing devices are also excellent, with a connection to a cloud-based server which will allow you to work from anywhere.

7. How do you market your practice? How do you find new clients?
Most of my clients are word-of-mouth referrals, from other attorneys or from realtors or other professionals. I achieved this by networking a lot, though I do not have the same time to do it these days. I also do some internet advertising, but not to the extent some larger firms do.

8. When and where do you interact with other attorneys?
In Western New York, we have a very genial bar. A lot of time is spent before and after court appearances socializing with our opposing counsels and co-counsels. This leads to not only respect amongst colleagues, but also a camaraderie.

9. How do you stay informed with legal news/developments?
Periodicals and CLEs primarily.

10. If a fellow attorney decided they wanted to start their own practice, what is the one thing they should know?
In addition to the typical advice you get... I tell budding solos to never ever EVER be anywhere without business cards. They are your lifeblood, and the easiest and least expensive form of advertising. You never know when a stranger will learn you are an attorney and want your card...Make sure you always have one to give!