Young Lawyer Chair

Mr.Bradley J Tate

Bradley J. Tate is tax manager for the firm of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, L.L.C. He received a BS degree in accounting in 2005 from Southeastern Louisiana University, his JD degree in 2008 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center and an LLM in taxation in 2012 from the University of Alabama. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2009.

Brad has served as chair-elect, secretary and the District 5 representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division Council. He was a member of the 2011-12 Leadership LSBA Class and co-chaired the 2012-13 Leadership LSBA Class. He was a member of the Louisiana Bar Journal’s Editorial Board and has served on the LSBA’s Budget Committee.

He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) where he has served as chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division’s (YLD) Committee on Real Property, Estates and Trusts and the ABA YLD’s Committee on Taxation.
Chair Messages

October-November 2017: Tips for Establishing Your Own Practice

It is no secret that many young lawyers have difficult times finding jobs or establishing their own solo practices. I have watched many friends and colleagues struggle with both of those issues since completing law school almost 10 years ago. Some have found jobs outside of the practice of law because of difficulties in the job market, while others struggled with going out on their own and eventually went on a different path. Conversely, I have seen others establish new practices and flourish with sustainable, growing practices.

While the job market can be a tough place, I can offer some tips for those of you who are establishing your own practices. I work with small businesses on a daily basis and here are the tips I believe can be beneficial to each of you who are out on your own.

Find a mentor. An easy way to do that for some young lawyers is the Transition into Practice (TIP) Program offered by the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), For those who do not qualify for the TIP Program, seek out a mentor in your community. Those of us on the Young Lawyers Division Council would be more than happy to help you find someone to offer guidance in establishing your practice.

Understand the business side of your practice. A law firm is a business and oftentimes new attorneys are not experienced in the operation of a business. There are issues from office equipment to staff to bills and collections that can be overwhelming on top of the law practice. Many colleges and universities offer continuing education classes that can help guide you through some of these issues.

Consult a tax professional. Establishing a new business has many pitfalls and understanding the tax implications are very important. Failure to understand proper tax elections, accounts and deductions can add hefty tax bills onto a newly established practice. The tax compliance obligations, including income tax, occupational taxes, withholding taxes and property taxes, should all be considered.

In addition to these tips, the LSBA and your local bar associations offer many ways to gain experience and clients. Many of the local bar associations have client referral services that can help you find new clients. Through the LSBA, there are many ways to gain experience including programs like Lawyers in Libraries. Taking on a pro bono case can also be a great way to gain experience. The LSBA’s Access to Justice Program offers many ways to become involved in pro bono and reduced fee cases.

The Young Lawyers Division will have many opportunities for you to be involved in our activities this spring. Our annual Louisiana64 will take place in January. Several Wills for Heroes events will be conducted. Our annual High School Mock Trial competition will begin. Stay tuned to our social media for ways to participate.
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