It's a Balancing Act.

Author:Suskauer, Michelle R.
Position:President's page

I am constantly asked, how do you do it all? How can you be president of the Bar, practice law, and be a mother and a wife? It's definitely not easy. It's a balancing act. Some days I do it better than others. I know as a Florida Bar member that you understand what it means to try to balance it all.

It's not easy running your own shop. For 18 years, I worked with my husband, Scott, at The Suskauer Law Firm, our mom-and-pop criminal defense firm in West Palm Beach. It worked for us. We had two small kids, and we wanted to have freedom to run our firm, the flexibility to parent our children, and engage in voluntary bar work. I have been in the trenches like so many of you, fighting daily to keep the lights on. I know the challenges well. All the highs and lows that come with dealing with law-firm practice management made me who I am today. And I wasn't alone then or now. Most Bar members are walking in these same shoes. Sixty-five percent of Florida Bar members work in firms of five or less lawyers, 35 percent are solo practitioners, and 74 percent are working in firms of less than 10 lawyers. Solos and small-firm lawyers are the backbone of The Florida Bar.

In greater numbers, attorneys are shouldering the responsibility of managing not only their clients, families, and Bar service--but dealing with the business of law that comes along with managing a law practice. That is why as Bar president, it is so important to identify challenges, provide resources, and help our lawyers increase productivity and profitability. My long-time experience as a small-firm practitioner inspired me to provide tools for Bar members that are effective daily to help you be more productive and profitable. The Florida Bar is here to help you try to relieve this pressure --because running a solo or small firm not only has its challenges, but also great rewards. Some of these great tools and resources include:


Last summer, the Bar rolled out LegalFuel, connecting you with strategic tools designed to help you fuel your law practice with increased efficiencies and profitability. At, you can access more than 70 hours of free CLE credits and over 100 forms for use in operating your law firm. I also love the new LegalFuel speaker series, which provides free CLEs from renowned speakers that cover a wide range of topics that impact solo and small practices, like social media, cybersecurity, ways to avoid Bar discipline, and more. Another great...

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