Law Attorney/Author Chris Shella gives tips for creating a six figure law practice

Author Chris Shella is a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Texas Law School and started his legal career in Long Island, New York at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. He is admitted to the practice of law in New York, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and North Carolina. Shella is also admitted to the federal court in the Eastern District of North Carolina, the Middle District of North Carolina, U.S. District of Columbia, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern District of New York, and the Southern District of New York.He is also admitted to the Bar Of The United States Supreme Court. He and his cases have been covered on Court TV, CNN, and in the New York Times, and other media outlets across the globe. He has represented everyone from lawyers to major drug traffickers to a serial killer in Baltimore. His two most famous case are the Vegan Baby Case and his defense of the Duke Lacrosse Case accuser for the alleged murder of her boyfriend.

Chris now resides in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and son.

His latest book is the legal nonfiction, Grinding It Out: How to Create a Six-Figure Law Practice.

You can visit his website at

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About Grinding It Out: How to Create a Six-Figure Law Practice

Learn everything you need to know about starting your own law practice. Chris Shella discusses the good and the bad of running a successful law practice The secret to making sure you get paid is revealed with specific steps designed to guide you through the A, B, C’s of a Six-Figure-Law-Practice.

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Chris. Can you tell us how long you’ve been writing and how your journey led to writing your latest book, “Grinding It out: How To Create A Six Figure Law Practice”?

Chris: I had read a New York Times article about law graduates coming out with 200k in debt but since they couldn’t find law jobs they were working minimum wage jobs. I just want them to believe in themselves and step out and do what they have been trained to do.

Q: How did you choose your title and was it your first choice?

Well the title comes from the hard work I do to succeed everyday. The title was my only choice and I had it before I even wrote the book.

Q: We all know that publishers can’t do all of the publicity and that some lies on the author. What has your publisher done so far to publicize the book and what have you done?

Well unlike a lot of folks, I am my own publisher and I have hired a publicist, done a book signing tour, a virtual tour and lectures a various law schools.

Q: Open to a random page in your book. Can you tell us what is happening?

Page 92 is where I just opened the book to see. There I am advising lawyers that when they open their practices, make sure they get paid before they handle a case. That there is no shame in being paid in a hallway if It insures that you can pay your bills.

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

I have written a legal fiction urban thriller “ Reasonable Facsimile” and Im working on the sequel to that book “ Just Shut Up and Pour My Liquor.”

Q: What is the one thing you learned about your book AFTER it was published?

That after it was professionally formatted it was half the size as anticipated.

Q: What is your most favorite time of the day or night to write?

Late afternoon, when Im finished with court and decompressing before I go home. That’s when words just flow out of me.

Q: What is usually better – the book or the movie?

The book is always better. That way I can picture the characters as I would like to see them not as Hollywood portrays them.

Q: You’re about to write your next book. What did you learn from your previous book to help you write your next book?

Let the book write itself. Let it flow naturally don’t force it. It will finish itself.

Q: Finally, what’s your best tip you can give to writers who want to be published?

Get off your butt and write. Stop looking for books to give you the secret formula to become an author and become one.

Q: Thank you for your interview, Chris. Do you have any final words?

Please check out my fiction novel “Reasonable Facsimile” as well on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. Oh yeah… Hook ‘em Horns!!!!


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