The Beginnings of Modlin Legal
Anyway, I wanted to share a bit about myself. in 1994, I emigrated from Saint Petersburg, Russia. I received my B.A. from U.C. Davis in 2003, and my J.D. from Univ. of San Francisco in 2007. It took a long time after graduating and passing the bar to get my first job as an associate.
I accepted the job, but saw that it was not the right fit, and gave my two weeks’ notice. Departing, I was saddened by the fact that while I was leaving behind a large pile of un-finished work, many of my friends and colleagues had no work at all.
I had no other job lined up, and so after quitting I flew to Colorado to do some rock climbing and to think about my next steps. By the time my flight landed in Denver, I knew that I was forming my own company, Modlin Legal.
The goal of Modlin Legal was - and still remains - to help myself and my other unemployed friends find legal work. I envisioned doing that by connecting new unemployed attorneys with solos and small firms that had more work than they want to handle, but didn’t want to hire full time associates. While this was a good idea, there were two problems with its execution – I didn’t know how to get freelance work, and as a recent graduate, I didn’t know how to practice law.
Over the next four years, I learned how to network, how to run a business, and how to practice law. I wrote The Independence Track, and built a wills and trusts law firm (please visit www.modlinlegal.com to learn more).
Today, my company is uniquely positioned to fulfill its founding vision: Through The Independence Track, I teach new attorneys the skills that I learned the hard way over the past years. And the Modlin Legal wills and trusts practice, together with my connections in the legal community, supply the freelance work that can be done by new and inexperienced attorneys.