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The Rub/Boomer Problems

Probably more of a cathartic rant than a question, but advic jorgedeclaro10/26/17
Are you a partner at your firm? If so, do you have the power tcpaul10/26/17
this, this, a million times this. The practice of law can dingbat10/26/17
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jorgedeclaro (Oct 26, 2017 - 3:03 am)

Probably more of a cathartic rant than a question, but advice would still be appreciated.

My firm of 5-10 attorneys is in negotiations with another firm of 5-10 attorneys to create a new firm. I was originally on board with the idea because I would love to practice with their managing partner and a couple other attorneys at the firm. Their firm isn't perfect as there is a back-office guy, a couple post-peak boomers and a couple of green attorneys in not sold on. I think they have more fat than we do.

All of that could be overcome except for the one boomer, former managing partner that I can't stand. I can't stand the way he practices law. He is a blowhard to the point where it's not even effective and I question whether it ever was effective. He makes other people's lives miserable for the sake of making them miserable and it makes my blood boil whenever I have a case with him even though I have a perfect record against him.

I realized today that if someone else in the community called me up to complain about him, I would be unable to justify any portion of his approach to the practice of law. I don't want to be in the position where I can't even make excuses for someone I call my partner. This job is hard enough without sh!tbags pooping in the punch bowl for fun.

I suppose the good news is that we are not talking about a done deal. I'm considering going to my managing partner tomorrow and telling him I am out of if this goes through. I'm 85% sure my MP would rather scrap the deal and keep me than go through with the merge. But I suspect he will strongly strongly strongly try and convince me that it wouldn't be so bad. I don't know how to respond to that pressure, I've been blessed in that I've never had an attorney in my office who I couldn't stand.

For those of you who have dealt with a sh!tbag partner, how did you deal with it? Especially if you had the power to change or stop it.

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tcpaul (Oct 26, 2017 - 7:09 am)

Are you a partner at your firm? If so, do you have the power to kill the deal yourself?

I wouldn't partner with that guy. Reputation is too important in this profession. If the merger makes too much sense otherwise, I'd try to cut this guy out. Good luck.

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dingbat (Oct 26, 2017 - 9:15 am)

this, this, a million times this.

The practice of law can be miserable enough even when working with people you like. Do you really want to dread coming to work every day?

If you have the clout to kill the merger, kill it. If you're in position where you can walk away, if you can't kill it walk away.
If it's at all possible to cut that guy out, do so. It may be costly to do so, and it may cost you personally - the other partners may not be willing to pay him off (in that case, you can ask for a higher percentage ownership of the new firm).

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esquire138 (Nov 3, 2017 - 7:09 pm)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5N3OQklFEU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dmYgjpZEVo

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