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I have been at my current firm approximately 4ish years. The lawdawg01/30/18
Sounds like a golden opportunity to get some trial experienc tcpaul01/30/18
I’d Do the trials. Do not leave until. ambulancechaser201301/30/18
What is the alternative options? Why is the grass greener on nighthawk01/31/18
There are lots of reasons to leave firm life. But I would su defectoantesto01/31/18
lawdawg (Jan 30, 2018 - 5:50 pm)

I have been at my current firm approximately 4ish years. They seem happy with me - I guess. But lately my clients have been wanting to take a lot of cases to trial, the partners seem too busy to help, I feel like every day I am putting out a fire and can't get on top of my work. I am not in a firm that is abusive, has screamers, etc. I generally like my bosses and the people I work with. I am just tired of how litigious it has become (I have never taken a case to trial as they have all settled at some point). I just feel tired, anxious, overworked, and am always waiting for sh*t to hit the fan.

I also should add I pretty much dislike practicing law the majority of the time, and have resigned myself to doing this for now either hoping I will eventually learn to love it - or will find something else.

Should I stick it out and hope it gets better? Try to find a firm that doesn't take cases to trial to the extent mine does? Switch sides entirely and go Plaintiffs?

What say you?

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tcpaul (Jan 30, 2018 - 6:08 pm)

Sounds like a golden opportunity to get some trial experience. But if you don't care about that and are truly miserable, I'd bounce. I myself switched to plaintiff's side and love it but it doesn't sound like you would.

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ambulancechaser2013 (Jan 30, 2018 - 6:31 pm)

I’d Do the trials. Do not leave until.

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nighthawk (Jan 31, 2018 - 8:42 am)

What is the alternative options? Why is the grass greener on the other side? OP, you need more of a plan.

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defectoantesto (Jan 31, 2018 - 9:21 am)

There are lots of reasons to leave firm life. But I would suggest not leaving on the eve of a trial.

First, if you have the opportunity to do a trial you should. You might not enjoy it but I guarantee you will be a better lawyer for it.

Second, if you have been with this firm for 4 years and have a good relationship with them—and then you leave and stick the partner or other associates with a trial they are not prepared to handle—you may have just nuked the bridge you would normally only have torched. And this may not be the best way to end a relationship with a firm/partners who appear to have treated you reasonably. If the place treated you like dirt that would be a different story but that does not appear to be the case here.

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