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MAY 2017




As a trial attorney, is there really any such thing as a work-life balance?


I read a lot today about the younger generation and their belief in a work-life balance.  I am currently digging out from the confluence of multiple docket control orders in different cases merging together to create the perfect storm.  I am receiving calls from the clients, adjusters, as well as general counsel, wanting to discuss the upcoming deadlines and how we intend to respond to them.  I know it will all get handled and when we are finished, everyone will be pleased.  I know this because that is the way it has always been.  However, for the short run, there will be no work-life balance.


Does the younger generation really appreciate the level of commitment necessary to run a successful trial practice?  In earlier times, it was unthinkable to not be in your office before your boss arrived or to leave before they left.  Today it is the norm.  While clients and carriers attempt to keep hourly billing rates low, the newer and younger work force demands to be paid more money and work less hours.  The clients say they are hiring you because of your ability.  They are not hiring your firm.  The perfect storm is coming.  Clients are sending their biggest files to the more seasoned lawyers, who have gained the trust through years of trials and tribulations.


In the next ten years, the pool of truly seasoned litigators is going to greatly diminish.  Out of necessity, each one of us has handpicked a few young lawyers who we think have the right stuff.  In order to prepare our successors, we will need buy-in from the clients.  Only last week, I tried to convince a client to let one of my younger associates defend a case against a plaintiff who would likely lose on their affirmative claim and would allow us to prevail on our counter-claim.  The plaintiff was judgment-proof and yet, the client was reluctant to allow the associate to try the case.


I would be greatly interested in hearing your stories about how you are convincing your clients to allow the next generation of trial lawyers to try cases.  Please email me your stories.  I would like to highlight some of them in the next Trial Tactics column.  I think the entire organization could benefit from understanding how to successfully transition clients in large loss cases to the next generation.  I look forward to hearing from you.


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