Musings Goes Solo!

The Law Office of Christopher G. Hill, PCToday I start a new journey. After 13 years of working for the government and two private firms, I am now a construction lawyer in solo practice at The Law Office of Christopher G. Hill, PC. Like many solo lawyers, I make this jump with great excitement. My new contact information is:

The Law Office of Christopher G. Hill, PC
4870 Sadler Road, Suite 300
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Phone: (804) 205-5155
Fax: (804) 205-5156

e-mail: chrisghill@constructionlawva.com

Why do this now? My time at the Virginia Attorney General’s Office and two private firms here in Richmond, Virginia gives me the skills, insight and experience necessary to take on the challenges and rewards of solo practice. My skill set and dedication to my clients remains the same and I will continue to represent the people and businesses that I have enjoyed representing, namely contractors, subcontractors and other construction and design professionals.

Also, by moving out on my own, I can provide a level of responsiveness and flexibility to my construction clients that is not available at a larger firm. By taking this step, I will be able to respond more rapidly to my clients’ issues and participate in a more direct way to manage their risk and help their construction business grow. By being able to use more flexible billing and other business practices, I can better tailor my representation of my construction clients to meet their business needs.

Finally, and most importantly, I need to thank several people that have been instrumental in my decision. First and foremost, my great family. Without their support, I could not have made this great move to start my own firm. Also, all of those attorneys, bloggers, contractors and other friends that have provided guidance and encouragement over the years. The names of these folks are way to numerous to list here, but I hope that you all know who you are.

So please check out the new firm and contact me with any questions, words of wisdom or thoughts that you may have. I look forward to continuing the conversation from my new vantage point as a solo construction lawyer at The Law Office of Christopher G. Hill, PC.

As always, I welcome your comments below. Please subscribe to keep up with this and other Construction Law Musings.

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46 Responses to Musings Goes Solo!
  1. Todd Hawkins
    July 1, 2010 | 9:36 AM

    Good luck. As I’m certain you realize having given it careful consideration, you’ve now added at least two new hats: Head of Sales and CEO in addition to your legal chores and expert counsel. If you’ve never read, the E-Myth Revisited might benefit your life and prevent learning the hard way not enough hours in the day. Of course, most lessons are learned the hard way so you cannot totally avoid. All the best. Hang tough! You’re no longer working for The Man, you are now THAT man!

  2. Christopher G. Hill
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    July 1, 2010 | 9:43 AM

    Thanks for the encouraging words Todd. I’m looking forward to knowing the boss well. I just hope that we get along.
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  3. Melissa Brumback
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    July 1, 2010 | 10:04 AM

    Congrats on your new venture! I’ll be arm-chair traveling with you!
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  4. Christopher G. Hill
    Twitter:
    July 1, 2010 | 10:22 AM

    Thanks for the kind words.
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  5. Stefanie Devery
    Twitter:
    July 1, 2010 | 10:55 AM

    Chris-

    I am so happy for you! I have been solo for almost 7 years now and its the most rewarding (and sometimes scary) experience of my life. I wish you nothing but happiness and paying clients. 🙂

    Good luck and know that there are lots of us “Solos” out here and always willing to help each other.

    Stefanie

  6. Christopher G. Hill
    Twitter:
    July 1, 2010 | 10:56 AM

    Thanks Stef! I appreciate the kind words.

  7. Christopher G. Hill
    Twitter:
    July 1, 2010 | 11:59 AM

    Thanks Jay, I may just take you up on that!

  8. Doug Reiser
    Twitter:
    July 1, 2010 | 12:43 PM

    I’m very excited for you. Nothing is better than working under your own rule. The move will allow you to focus on the type of work you want to do for your clients. I have no doubt that you will be uber successful.

    Congratulations Chris – you deserve it!

  9. Christopher G. Hill
    Twitter:
    July 1, 2010 | 12:51 PM

    Thanks Doug!

  10. Imad Naffa
    Twitter:
    July 1, 2010 | 1:26 PM

    Chris,

    What an exciting time in your life! I know you will be more than ok and will do great things in the years to come. Going solo and leaving what is familiar can be the impetus for great things to come.

    You have so much to offer, love your craft and helping others. These qualities will guide you in the days to come.

    The Law Office of Christopher G. Hill, PC will prosper I have no doubt.

    Best wishes my friend!

    Imad

  11. Susan Cartier Liebel
    Twitter:
    July 1, 2010 | 1:47 PM

    Chris, Congratulations! You will be amazing:-) As a faculty member at Solo Practice University you will always have all our resources available to you to help you on this journey!

  12. Christopher G. Hill
    Twitter:
    July 1, 2010 | 1:53 PM

    Susan and Imad, thanks for the kind words. Both of you, and all who have commented or contributed here are on the “Thanks” list even if I didn’t have enough room to list you all!
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  14. Martha
    Twitter:
    July 1, 2010 | 6:28 PM

    Chris –

    Congrats on your new adventure and I wish you the very best!

    I know you are going to create something special – nothing compares to being the captain of your own destiny.

  15. Simon
    July 2, 2010 | 6:49 AM

    How exciting for you, I’m sure you will look back on this decision as a very positive and important step. Best wishes for the future,

    Simon
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  16. Christopher G. Hill
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    July 2, 2010 | 7:12 AM

    Captain of my own destiny… I like that Martha. Thanks for the kind words.

    Simon- thanks and thanks for checking in.

  17. Jeff Childs
    July 2, 2010 | 4:09 PM

    What an appropriate time to become independant and setting out on a great adventure! Have a great and fun 4th of July and good luck, I have no doubt you will be very successful and be able to set off fireworks in celebration every year!

  18. Christopher G. Hill
    Twitter:
    July 2, 2010 | 4:15 PM

    That’s the plan. Thanks for the kind words and have a GREAT 4th!

  19. Tina Marie Hilton
    July 4, 2010 | 12:11 PM

    Congratulations and best of luck Chris! I have no doubt you’ll find success as a solo. 🙂
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  20. Christopher G. Hill
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    July 4, 2010 | 4:51 PM

    Thanks Tina

  21. Timothy R. Hughes
    Twitter:
    July 6, 2010 | 2:05 PM

    Sorry on the slow reply Chris – been away until today. All the best, I am sure you will succeed in this newest venture!
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  22. Christopher G. Hill
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    July 6, 2010 | 2:09 PM

    No problem Tim. Thanks for the kind words.
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  23. Adam Baker
    July 7, 2010 | 8:06 AM

    Congratulations! I only hope that being captain of your own ship won’t rob us of your contributions! All the best in your new endeavour.

  24. Christopher G. Hill
    Twitter:
    July 7, 2010 | 8:51 AM

    Don’t worry Adam. I’m not going anywhere. I’m glad you appreciate my contributions and I’ll keep ’em coming.
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  25. Ron White
    July 19, 2010 | 1:09 AM

    Best wishes, Chris. I know you will find a new level of success and satisfaction from your law practice. Onward and upward!
    Ron
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  26. Christopher G. Hill
    Twitter:
    July 19, 2010 | 7:13 AM

    Thanks Ron

  27. imadnaffa (Imad Naffa)
    July 19, 2010 | 9:47 AM

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    One more time! I’m solo! [link to post] /via @vaconstruction

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  28. teamwilson (teamwilson)
    July 19, 2010 | 10:03 AM

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    One more time! I’m solo! [link to post] (via @constructionlaw) congrats chris.

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  29. BlitheMDJD (Melissa Denton)
    July 19, 2010 | 10:07 AM

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    @constructionlaw Best wishes on your new law firm. I have loved being my own boss & expect you will love it, too.

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  30. SLSConstruction (SLS Construction)
    July 19, 2010 | 11:01 AM

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    @constructionlaw No problems Christopher – so how goes the solo practice? [link to post]

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  32. Michelle B. Kane, Esquire
    November 16, 2010 | 5:34 PM

    Congratulations. I took the leap in 2002 and it seems like yesterday. Time flies when we are having so much fun. Solo practice is a different creature, and for me, it has proven successful by allowing the flexibility I craved and the opportunities to learn nuances within my practice areas. I wish you all the best!!

  33. Christopher G. Hill
    Twitter:
    November 16, 2010 | 5:37 PM

    Thanks for checking in Michelle. I agree, the flexibility is great and I am truly enjoying myself
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I am a construction lawyer in Richmond, Virginia, a LEED AP, and have been nominated by my peers to Virginia's Legal Elite in Construction Law on multiple occasions. I provide advice and assistance with mechanic's liens, contract review and consulting, occupational safety issues (VOSH and OSHA), and risk management for construction professionals.

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