ATTORNEY HANNAH BINGHAM
The biggest challenge I faced in setting up my practice was “getting started.” When I say getting started, I don’t mean obtaining a business license or reserving a domain name. I mean (1) establishing the beginnings of a network of colleagues and mentors available for professional guidance and (2) laying the groundwork for a systematic client referral machine.
When starting out, I wanted a support system of experienced attorneys I could reach out to with questions about basic law practice management and for advice about how to best serve (and find) clients. I also wanted to develop a reputation as a lawyer to whom referrals could be made with confidence.
I overcame this obstacle and gained traction in terms of both establishing a supportive network and beginning to receive a steady stream of client referrals by deepening my roots in the community and by talking to everyone I met about my new law firm. I often found that sharing my enthusiasm about my firm inspired offers of assistance. It also layed a foundation for new professional relationships with more experienced attorneys.
To deepen my roots, I worked on building relationships in the community I wanted to serve. For me, this took the form of becoming more civicly engaged and increasing my volunteer activities. I also went to as many lawyer networking events as I possible (Yes, what they told you in law school is true). Nurturing both old and new relationships has helped me to build a pipeline of client referrals that continues to keep my firm busy. While there is still an immense amount of work to do and every days is filled for opportunities for learning, I have truly “gotten started”.
Our firm focuses on employment matters, landlord/tenant disputes, consumer law and general civil litigation.
The Law Offices of Hannah Bingham are committed to helping bridge the “justice gap” in our community. We have pushed beyond the model that reserves adequate representation for the wealthy. We aggressively advocate for each and every one of our clients while offering a comprehensive legal services delivery plan. In addition to standard fee arrangements, we incorporate a variety of alternative delivery methods including unbundling and modified fee structures to accommodate more affordable legal services. In some cases, we make use of a sliding fee scale, determining payment by income and family size.
Hannah Bingham came to the law from a career in public service. She worked as a Legislative Aide and Community Liaison in the Hawaii State House of Representatives and served as a campaign finance and legal compliance consultant for multiple Congressional races. In 2008, Ms. Bingham received the Distinguished Service Award from the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program. In 2009, she was honored with the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services from the State Bar of California.