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Change practice area from plaintiffs pi?

Maybe it’s just Monday, idk. I’ve focused on plaintif physicssezno02/04/19
Are you at a mill or a firm that puts in the time and works jd4hire02/04/19
It’s a lot of cases but we’re also on trial a lot. I gue physicssezno02/04/19
I know what you mean. I disdain PI work. It is petty and pre trickydick02/04/19
Yea that’s kind of the problem. What skills does a pi physicssezno02/04/19
I know every jurisdiction is different, but in New Jersey, w youngbuck02/05/19
physicssezno (Feb 4, 2019 - 10:58 am)

Maybe it’s just Monday, idk.

I’ve focused on plaintiff’s side pi since Law school and have been in practice for about four years. Bit of an SJW. Want(ed?) to be a great trial lawyer.

I’m finding I dislike the grind of the work, the conflicts, the volume, the judges and court staff, and the clients. The daily unpredictable calendar is miserable. The ups and downs. The criticism from people about being a pi Lawyer (the public is over confident and uninformed), the overwork and underpay and looming deadlines.

I lose the feeling that I’m helping people in the paper pushing of it. I’m in court or depositions daily.

I’m just not getting the satisfaction I thought I would.

So I’m wondering what I could do with steadier hours, better work environment, and whether my skills are transferable.

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jd4hire (Feb 4, 2019 - 11:13 am)

Are you at a mill or a firm that puts in the time and works the cases up? If the former, I'd say you could look to move on up in the PI world. If the latter, ALJ for SSA on disability, legal aid organizations (although you'll be swamped), EEOC/Human Rights Commission, PD, or some non-profit large enough to have a policy/legal counsel office.

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physicssezno (Feb 4, 2019 - 11:43 am)

It’s a lot of cases but we’re also on trial a lot. I guess a mix of both

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trickydick (Feb 4, 2019 - 4:39 pm)

I know what you mean. I disdain PI work. It is petty and predicated on a lot of dubious conceits. That said, what you really should be looking into is finding a way out of legal practice entirely. The most accessible areas of law are all plagued by those aspects of PI work that you don’t like.

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physicssezno (Feb 4, 2019 - 6:12 pm)

Yea that’s kind of the problem.

What skills does a pi Lawyer have to get out of litigation?

Healthcare compliance maybe?

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youngbuck (Feb 5, 2019 - 7:36 am)

I know every jurisdiction is different, but in New Jersey, workers' compensation is very enjoyable - a lot of attorneys I know who practice both PI and workers comp will remark how simpler and more collegial the latter is. It might be worth looking into

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