A friend of mine recently asked me what has been my biggest surprise since starting my legal recruiting efforts in January.
I thought about it for a very short time. Then I said:
My biggest surprise is how much more money I would have made at some well known regional or mid-sized firms.
Why? I guess there are two reasons.
- Lower overhead
- Fewer senior lawyers on cruise control making lots of money, but not really working very hard.
I was never motivated by money, (if I had been I would have never left my law firm), but looking back now making more money at the pinnacle of my career would have certainly made Nancy and me more secure at this point.
When I was coaching lawyers, I got to know a great deal about each law firm where I coached. I was extremely impressed with many firms that I doubt I would have considered during my rising career. I really didn’t know much about those firms and now I do.