You can buy a cake or you can bake one from scratch. You can buy a retirement plan practice or build one from scratch. As a former law firm associate whose managing attorney didn’t think I could ever bring in business was able to build a national ERISA practice from scratch. I’m not taking a victory lap because I’m not as successful as I’d like to be. However, I’ve been able to build a retirement plan practice, so let me share my “secret” recipe on how to build a successful retirement plan practice.