How My Decision to Practice Law from a Virtual Office Jump-Started My Law Firm

By Law Firm Suites - March 8, 2016
How My Decision to Practice Law from a Virtual Office Jump-Started My Law Firm

Food, agriculture and family law attorney, Cari Rincker, shares how her experience practicing law from a virtual office helped her build a successful solo law practice.

We all take different paths to starting our own law practice. My path included a jeep full of clothes and my golden retriever sitting shotgun as I road-tripped home to Illinois from Wyoming and made my way to New York City a month later.

In 2009, I hung my own shingle on a shoestring budget out of a studio apartment on the Upper East Side. Soon after, I decided to practice law from a virtual office through Law Firm Suites, which helped springboard my nationally recognized law practice.

Here are a few of the reasons why a virtual law office helped my practice:

1.  Professional Mailing Address

When I first started my law practice, I used my home address as my business address; however, I eventually learned how important it is for solo practitioners to maintain an image of professionalism and success.

At first, it didn’t occur to me to consider how the legal community might perceive my law firm because I was using a home address. For example, I remember cringing when another lawyer told me to put “Suite 2A” in my email signature instead of “Apartment 2A.”  I also remember being a little embarrassed the first time I was in court in Brooklyn putting my home address on the record.

I still know some lawyers who use their home address as their business address, but I think it elevates your game to have a professional business address. It will boost your reputation and bolster your credibility among your peers and clients.

I think it elevates your game to have a professional business address. Click To Tweet

2.  Professional Office Space

Almost as important as the address, being able to practice law from a virtual office gave me a quiet, professional place to meet with clients.

Your office space will matter to clients because they have certain expectations for what their attorney will look like or what type of office they will have. You can make sure you are meeting those expectations by using your virtual law office as your own law office.

In the infancy of my law practice, it seemed some folks were charmed (or so I thought) when I offered to “meet them at Starbucks” or come to their home. Although, I think more people were turned off by the fact that I wasn’t meeting them at actual law office. In fact, one time I had a potential client refuse to pay my consultation fee when we met at a loud coffee shop.

I know some clients love when a lawyer will travel to them but many are leery about inviting someone they don’t know well into their home. For lawyers, making house calls doesn’t necessarily project an image of success.

Being able to practice law from a virtual office gave me the option of using a real, professional office space when I wanted it. It impressed my prospective clients and helped me close new business.

3.  Safety and Privacy

Attorneys typically put their law firm address on their business cards, in their email signature and on their firm website. If you’re using your home office address, this means anyone who has contact with you or looks you up online will know where you live. I soon realized I was taking a huge risk.

When I first started my law practice I did some per diem court appearances in a myriad of practice areas, including criminal law. After an experience in a newsworthy case, I decided it wasn’t safe for my home address to be publicly available.  

Even if you aren’t a criminal lawyer, you never know what type of enemies you could make when working a case or just in general. You should avoid giving anyone easy access to you, especially if you have a family. Using a virtual law office address instead of your home address for your law practice is a simple way to take precautions.

4.  Affordability

Finally, I received all of these benefits for a very affordable price. For a small monthly fee, I was able to maintain the credibility of my practice, solidify my reputation and retain my privacy, while still working out of my home office.

The best thing that my virtual office provided me with was time to develop my business. I was three years into running a solo law practice before I could afford a brick and mortar office. During these first pivotal years, I was able to have access to a professional space that supported the growth of my practice at a price tag I could afford.

The best thing that my virtual office provided me with was time to develop my business. Click To Tweet

If you have any questions on how Law Firm Suites or a virtual law office helped jump start my Food, Farm and Family law practice, feel free to contact me at [email protected].

About Cari Rincker



Cari Rincker is the owner of Rincker Law, PLLC. She is a top rated general practitioner in New York City with concentrations in food, agriculture law and family law. She is also a prolific writer, and articulate speaker. As a family and matrimonial attorney, Cari has developed a strong love for her work. She is a trained mediator for divorces and child custody and visitation disputes. In 2015, Cari published Onward and Upward: Guide for Getting Through New York Divorce and Family Law Issues

Cari’s passion for agriculture issues is also deeply rooted. She grew up on a seedstock Simmental cattle operation in Shelbyville, Illinois, where she spent significant time working on her family’s farm. Cari is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois and Washington D.C. If you want to contact her, she can be reached by email at [email protected] or phone at (212) 427-2049. You can also follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page or connect with her on LinkedIn.

About Law Firm Suites

Law Firm Suites is the leading NYC shared office space for solo attorneys and small law firms. At Law Firm Suites, attorneys get headache free sublet office space, virtual office rentals and litigation hotel services. Law Firm Suites has two locations in Manhattan, one in White Plains NY, and one in Annapolis MD. Law Firm Suites' community of self-employed lawyers are eager to help colleagues succeed, and routinely exchange over $2.5 million in legal business every year in each LFS business center. Connect with Law Firm Suites on Twitter and .

2 thoughts on “How My Decision to Practice Law from a Virtual Office Jump-Started My Law Firm

  1. I found your article informative. I share your belief that for virtually every type of law practice – even a solo practice – a “brick and mortar” presence is essential. I started a solo law practice 23 years ago, and I have always maintained an office in midtown Manhattan. Today my firm consists of two partners, an associate, and several support staff. Although the costs are high, we place a high priority on maintaining a convenient office (we are directly atop Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan) with all of the amenities that clients expect of a full-service law firm. I believe that the investment in premium office space is well worth the cost. My firm,, could not provide the same quality of legal services with solely a virtual presence.

  2. the article was very informative.I am still studying towards my LLB degree.My passion for law started when I was working with convicted offenders.I then decided to register a consulting company as a vetting and information verification service provider.I do ciminal record checks,sex offender registers,qualifications and licences because South Africa is a melting pot of people coming from all over Africa claiming to have full proof qualifications.I would appreciate any article on improving my service. I am also renting virtual offices in Sandton Johannesburg for a minimal fee which gives access to other provincial offices as branches .It works clients expect a certain standards when dealing with professional in the legal space.At the moment I am in the process of publishing my self built website.

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