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Carolyn M Dillinger, Esq.

Founder and President

Carolyn Dillinger is an adjunct professor teaching Law Practice Management and Technology at Western State College of Law in Fullerton, California. Carolyn co-founded and co-chaired the Solo/Small Firm Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law Young Lawyer’s Forum. Carolyn has served three years on the executive committee of the State Bar of California’s Section on Law Practice Management and Technology, including one year as editor-in-chief of The Bottom Line, the Section’s signature publication. Carolyn has served as Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Section as well as serving on its board and various other officer positions.

In these positions Carolyn gathered resources, in the form of speakers, authors, and publications, to help the members start, manage, and grow their law firms. Now, Carolyn provides expert resources in software form to implement your success. Carolyn is thrilled to present to you her lineup of experts here at JumpStart Genius.
Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California
J.D. – 2003, at the age of twenty-two

RecipientEarl Warren full-tuition scholarship
Honorsranked 4th
Honorsmagna cum laude
RecipientWallace R. Davis Public Service Award: given to one law school graduate who embodies a lifestyle of public service
RecipientWitkin Award for Academic Excellence: earned by the one student who has earned the highest grade in the course

  • Civil Procedure
  • Corporations
  • Criminal Law
  • Professional Skills
  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Vanguard University of Southern California, Costa Mesa, California
B.A. – 2000

MajorHistory/Political Science
Honorsmagna cum laude
HonorsPhi Alpha Theta, National History Honor Society
HonorsDelta Kappa Honor Society

Western State University College of Law

Adjunct Professor, Law Practice Management and Technology, Spring 2014 to Present
Adjunct Professor, Civil Procedure, 2004

Argosy University

Adjunct Professor, Business Law and Ethics, Spring 2010
Adjunct Professor, Negotiations and Conflict Resolution, Summer 2009

Vanguard University

Adjunct Professor, Business Law, Fall 2006
Adjunct Professor, Business Law, Fall 2004
The Bottom Line, State Bar of California Section of Law Practice Management and Technology, 2014 issue V, (Volume 35, #5)
Guest Editor - Legal Process Outsourcing for Sole Practitioners and Small Firms
The Bottom Line, State Bar of California Section of Law Practice Management and Technology, 2013 issue IV, (Volume 34, #4)
Editor-in-chief - The New Paradigm For Law Practice Management
The Bottom Line, State Bar of California Section of Law Practice Management and Technology, 2013 issue III, (Volume 34, #3)
Editor-in-chief - Privacy At Risk
The Bottom Line, State Bar of California Section of Law Practice Management and Technology, 2013 issue II
Editor-in-chief - Future of Legal Technology
Book review - Richard Susskind’s Tomorrow’s Lawyers
The Bottom Line, State Bar of California Section of Law Practice Management and Technology, 2013 Issue I
Editor-in-chief - Attorney as Employer
The Bottom Line, State Bar of California Section of Law Practice Management and Technology, December 2012 issue
Editor-in-chief - All MCLE issue
The Bottom Line, State Bar of California Section of Law Practice Management and Technology, October 2012 issue
Guest Editor - Efficiencies in the Practice of Law
The Bottom Line, State Bar of California Section of Law Practice Management and Technology, June 2012 issue
Article - “Less Cost, More Value: Case Studies illustrating The Use of Technology and Alternative Billing Methods.”
OC Lawyer Magazine, May 1, 2009 issue
Article - “Would You Benefit From a Professional Law Corporation?”
OC Lawyer Magazine, July 1, 2008 issue
Article - “Use Strategic Networking to Build Your Customized Book of Business”
Vanguard University Social Sciences Forum, April 24, 2000
Presented a paper on key issues in China and Taiwan relations, specifically the military capabilities of each party and China’s strenuous military buildup.
American Bar Association Section of Business Law, Young Lawyers Forum,
Chair of the Solo/Small Firm Subcommittee, 2007
Member of the Solo/Small Firm Subcommittee, 2008-2009
State Bar of California Section of Law Practice Management and Technology,
executive committee member, served a 3 year term, 2011-2014.
Orange County Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Section
Member, Executive Committee, 2006-2013
Section Chair, 2008
Chair Elect, 2007
Secretary, 2006
Corporate/Business Section, Board Member, 2007
Western State University College of Law VITAE: Volunteer Income Tax Preparation, Marketing Director
Christian Legal Society, President
Vanguard University Associated Student Body Vice President, 1998-1999
Sophomore Class President, 1997-1998
Freshman Class President, 1996-1997
President of college political party organization, local chapter
Representative on the state board of college political party organization
Legal Secretaries Incorporated
Transactional Law Section, February 22, 2013

Keynote speaker: Presented to legal staff and attorneys on the nuts and bolts of forming California corporations and gave an introduction to key issues in mergers and acquisitions. The presentation focused on the forms and the process and included a significant handout, over 200 pages, including sample forms, checklists, and letters.
Orange County Bar Association
Corporate/Business Law Section, September 28, 2011.

Keynote speaker: The nuts and bolts of forming corporations in California There is a common misconception among solo and small firm attorneys that forming corporations is an easy task. In this one hour presentation, Ms. Dillinger shared the detail required to properly customize the corporation for the client. Topics included client intake, forms, the process, and timelines. Attendees received a few hundred page handout for their reference.
Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of California
August 31, 2011

Keynote speaker: Understanding the Of Counsel relationship. The Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of California (LMIC) is an insurance company that provides malpractice insurance for its more than 11,000 attorney members. LMIC paid Ms. Dillinger to film a one hour ethics presentation in a professional film studio. The presentation is made available to stream from LMIC’s website for its attorney members.
University San Diego School of Law
November 4, 2010 and February 4, 2009

Speaker: Christian Legal Society Shared with the law students about: 1) How to create a successful law practice, 2) How to maintain a healthy work/life balance, and 3) how to build strategic referral relationships to grow a law practice.
Orange County Bar Association
September 16, 2010

Panelist: “Running and Developing a Successful Business: The Next Step for a Thriving Law Practice” Was one of four panelists at the Orange County Bar Association’s seminar with over 50 attorneys in attendance. Ms. Dillinger spoke on a variety of topics, including setting goals and staying motivated, strategic networking, advertising, developing your firm branding, keeping low overhead, the pros and cons of growing your practice.
Western State University College of Law
April 8, 2010, Fullerton, California

Keynote speaker: “What to Know Before You Sign That LLP Agreement”. Ms. Dillinger presented a continuing legal education event to over 25 attorneys. The topic was on limited liability partnership agreements, including a comparison of tax and legal issues between professional law corporations and limited liability partnerships. This presentation received credit from at least the State Bars of California and Nevada.
Western New England College of Law
February 26, 2010, Massachusetts

Panelist: Rainmaking for attorneys. Ms. Dillinger presented on how to maximize your marketing time by defining your target client and identifying key referral partners.
Orange County Bar Association
July 11, 2009, February 21, 2009, February 9, 2008

Panelist: Bridging the Gap which is a one day event put on for newly licensed attorneys. It is designed to give them an introduction to the practice of law and includes sessions on different areas of practice. Solo/Small Firm Panel: Ms. Dillinger spoke on how to open and maintain a successful law practice. We discussed practical steps to opening a practice and signing clients. Business Law Panel: Ms. Dillinger spoke about the differences between business transactions and litigation, what makes a good business transactions attorney, and why she is passionate about working with entrepreneurs.
Orange County Bar Association
June 18, 2009

Panelist: “Operating Your Law Practice on a Shoestring Budget” Ms. Dillinger presented to over 75 Orange County attorneys about the ways to run a successful law practice on a tight budget. Topics included: office space, malpractice insurance, computer software, employees, and letterhead.
Vanguard University
February 12, 2009, October 27, 2008, January 31, 2008 & March 26, 2007

Panelist: “How to prepare for law school” Discussed preparing for and taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), choosing and applying for law schools, obtaining scholarships, succeeding in law school, and career options after law school.
Orange County Bar Association
June 19, 2008

Facilitator, Roundtable Discussion: “Your Marketing Time and Money” Facilitated the discussion between the attorneys regarding the use of their marketing time and money. The discussion included the following topics: How much time and money do they spend on marketing, What Bar activities are most productive for them, Do they use print material for marketing, and How has their website worked for them?
American Bar Association
Transactional Law Section, February 22, 2013

Panelist: for the Business Law Section’s feature program: “The Three Rs of Client Development: Rainmaking, Retention, and Referrals”. Ms. Dillinger discussed how to build a customized portfolio of clients through strategic networking.
Vanguard University
March 19, 2008 & Spring 2007

Speaker: Producing for TV and Film class, “How to structure and protect your entertainment business” Had an interactive question and answer time with the undergraduate students and covered the following issues: traditional financing versus angel investors and venture capital firms, control issues with investors, structuring the business entity, and risk management for the entertainment business owner.
Inland Empire Roundtable
March 12, 2008

Speaker: “Protecting Yourself by Having Solid Agreements with your Partners” Discussed the key issues to discuss in advance with your real estate business partners, so that a detailed partnership agreement can be implemented.
Biola University
February 7, 2008 & January 2007

Speaker: Entrepreneurship, MBA course Discussed choosing the right types of business entity for their businesses, mergers and acquisitions, succession planning, building your strategic business team, and risk management for the business owner.
Orange County Bar Association
September 20, 2007

Panelist: “How to Start and Maintain Your Law Office” Was one of four panelists at the Orange County Bar Association’s seminar with over 100 attorneys in attendance. Ms. Dillinger spoke on the nuts and bolts of setting up a law practice, including choosing your business entity, the tax considerations, obtaining proper insurance coverage, accounting software, and building your customized client portfolio through strategic referral relationships.
Western State University College of Law
August 30, 2007, Fullerton, CA

Featured Speaker: Business Law Center Spoke on starting a business transaction practice and maintaining it through strategic referral relationships.
Ten Percent Down Real Estate Investment Club
May 2007, Newport Beach, CA

Speaker: How to Protect Your Real Estate Investment Discussed how to take title to real property, types of legal entities, insurance protection, and estate planning considerations.
Chapman University School of Law
March 29, 2007

Speaker: A Day in the Life of a Solo Practitioner Discussed the decision to become a solo practitioner, and the pros and cons to running your own law practice, and answered the students’ questions.
The Alternative Board
November 2006, Brea, California

Speaker: Ms. Dillinger gave a presentation to the CEOs of various businesses, including manufacture and service industries. Discussed the different types of business entities and their legal and tax consequences, how to prepare for a merger or acquisition, real estate acquisitions, and business succession planning.
Loyola Marymount University
November 2005

Panelist: Business Law Society, discussed the process of applying and going to law school and how she uses her law degree as a business transactions attorney.
Western State University College of Law
August 20, 2005

Panelist: “WSU Programs and The Real Practice of Law” Discussed her law firm and the ways to put a law degree to work in a business transactional practice.
Citibank
March 18, 2005

Guest Speaker: “Business Entities” Presented to the region’s Citibank business bankers on different business entities, including sole proprietorships, general partnerships, joint ventures, s corporations, c corporations, limited liability companies, and limited liability partnerships. The presentation included information on how to find a good attorney, ethical considerations for attorneys, and networking with attorneys.
Vanguard University, Costa Mesa
California

Panelist: “Going to Graduate School”, History/Political Science Department Discussed the process for applying and going to graduate schools.
Vanguard University, Costa Mesa
California

Panelist: Law Society Discussed the process of taking the LSAT, through law school and the Bar Exam and life afterward as an attorney.
Vanguard University
Spring 2004 & Spring 2003, Costa Mesa, California

Guest Lecturer: Intro to Women’s Studies Ms. Dillinger taught a two hour segment on Constitutional Law as it relates to gender discrimination. She discussed the historical case law and lead the class discussion on the key issues.
Santiago High School
January 2002-2004, Corona, California

Guest Lecturer: Literature courses Ms. Dillinger gave an introduction on public speaking and parliamentary debate. It was an interactive experience where I demonstrated public speaking dos and don’ts and helped the students discover the errors and the useful techniques. The students then paired up and conducted a college style parliamentary style debate. Since my time with the students, they have organized a campus debate club and participate in high school competitions.