Lawyers’ definitions of virtual practice vary, but not when it comes to finding success.

Then there are those who reject the terminology altogether. “You hear ‘virtual firm’ and ‘virtual lawyers’ and think they’re not real lawyers,” says Benjamin Lieber, managing partner of Potomac Law Group, a Washington, D.C., firm with more than 40 lawyers who telecommute from home but occasionally come into the firm’s offices for staff or client meetings. “Real lawyers come in and work terrible hours. They’re not as committed if they’re not sitting together and working in that traditional, big-firm environment. But ours is a firm that has lawyers working mostly through telecommuting. It’s non-brick-and-mortar, just like virtual banks. That’s the main distinguishing feature for me.”

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