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Got word a couple weeks ago that my company was eliminating txattorney10/26/18
You should be applying for new jobs yesterday. Don't go bac jd4hire10/26/18
Got to your boss and play on his feelings for upending you s wallypancake10/26/18
Apply to clerkships at US Bankruptcy courts. Not an easy cli billcarson10/26/18
The one bit of advice I give young lawyers (especially if th patenttrollnj10/26/18
evaluate the possibility of an exit from law...along with ap jdcumlaude10/28/18
txattorney (Oct 26, 2018 - 11:13 am)

Got word a couple weeks ago that my company was eliminating our department of 3 attorneys due to a merger with another company. We have been doing clean up the past couple weeks, but that's pretty much dried up. Now sitting here with nothing to do. There is an off chance that the company will give us a different type of work to do, but that's completely up in the air and they might just be blowing smoke. Boss said we would have work until the end of the year, but that seems highly unlikely. Only been here 8 months, while the other 2 attorneys are going on 3 years. Dreading the possibility of going back to doc review. Any advice appreciated, plus looking to vent.

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jd4hire (Oct 26, 2018 - 11:23 am)

You should be applying for new jobs yesterday. Don't go back to Doc Review...work like hell to get a new position lined up with no lag time in between the two.

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wallypancake (Oct 26, 2018 - 11:28 am)

Got to your boss and play on his feelings for upending you so early after being hired. You need to be of the mindset that doc review is not an option. If your boss senses that you are resigned to doc review, he may view you as doc review material and not put in the effort to help you move forward. On the other hand, if you press him to help you because you are a quality tax lawyer and need a job in the field, s/he will be more receptive. Your mental makeup, body language, and how you present yourself now is very important. Remember, you were not looking to leave, the company is dropping the ax on you.

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billcarson (Oct 26, 2018 - 11:48 am)

Apply to clerkships at US Bankruptcy courts. Not an easy climb but I know several guys in mid 100s by early 30s who reset their careers clerking for a BK judge. In my area mid-100s is like 500k in a major market.

However, many will enter—few will win.

Asking your boss is probably worth a quick hour. Reality is he is an in-house manager himself. You have a better shot of getting back to private practice as a novice than he does after presumably decades out of the “law is a business” mindset.

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patenttrollnj (Oct 26, 2018 - 10:31 pm)

The one bit of advice I give young lawyers (especially if they're under 30) is to get the hell out of law ASAP !!!

It's not worth it. You don't want to get to 40 and be unable to find meaningful legal work. Certainly, you can try for a bit longer, but if it's not working-out (and all you get is doc review or you're stuck in some crap law job), you need to cut your losses and move-on. Go back to school if necessary.

Good luck!

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jdcumlaude (Oct 28, 2018 - 4:48 pm)

evaluate the possibility of an exit from law...along with applying for new work....avoid doc review unless you are using it as a hold over with the main goal being an exit strategy....if you go to doc review your chances of going back to law DROP....good luck, it sucks that it is so close to the holidays.

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