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12 Things I Hate About Small Firm Practice

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After almost five years of epic BigLaw drudgery and misery, I finally decided it was time to choose lifestyle over status and pay. In other words, I joined a small firm, a/k/a “a litigation boutique.” Trouble is, I’m realizing that my decision was completely flawed because it was based on the faulty assumption that the small firm I was joining …

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ED (That Can’t Be Cured by the Little Blue Pill)

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There’s one prick every lawyer tries to avoid, and I know of very few firms (and very few groups within large firms) that don’t have at least one partner who is a total egotistical dick—an “ED.” EDs are impossible with associates.  Any given ED knows exactly how he’s perceived, and all the partners and associates see him coming from a …

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